BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Ani DiFranco's recording company has offered to buy a landmark 130-year-old church in her hometown to use as offices.

Scott Fisher, president of Righteous Babe Records, is on the board of the Preservation Coalition of Erie County. He lobbied Buffalo officials to prevent demolition of the vacant church when stones started to fall from the tower in the mid-1990s.

The city bought Asbury Delaware United Methodist Church for $175,000 last October. Righteous Babe Records plans to make a $5,000 down payment for a six-month option to buy. A sale price will be established later.

``It solves the problem of what to do with such a gorgeous facility inside and out,'' said Common Council President James Pitts.

DiFranco, whose latest album is ``To The Teeth,'' has earned several Grammy nominations.