A preservationist group's proposal for a 90-day review period for demolitions of historically significant buildings that are more than 50 years old might have a new friend on the city council. City Council Member Tony Avella, an outspoken critic of big development who is planning a bid for mayor, said he likes the idea but still needs to review it thoroughly. "Clearly something needs to be done," said Avella, a Queens Democrat. "A slight delay before a building is demolished and the investigation of an alternative use can only be in the public interest." Meanwhile, the Real Estate Board of New York is on the other side of the debate and is sharply criticizing the idea.
Demolition review gains support