Graffiti: 537 Delavan
by Geoff Kelly - posted 9:46 am, March 28, 2008
Some graffiti at 537 Delavan (a few more pics after the jump). A former auto parts manufacturing plant, the sprawling complex was sold in 1997 by its last operator, Vibratech, to Mario Pugliese of Niagara Falls, Ontario, who shuffled ownership through holding companies created especially for the purpose—possibly to muddle the question of environmental liabilities—until it finally defaulted to the city, which sold its tax liens on the property to MBBA, the state agency whose stewardship of abandoned properties in the city remains a sticky problem that both parties are seeking to resolve.
In its last Restore New York Communities grant application, the city sought funds to demolish the facility—nearly 400,000 square feet occupying a city block, where upward of 2,000 people once worked, now flooded with rain and melting snow, its wood-block floors scraped into piles on the cavernous factory floors.