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Metroplex to historic building's owners: Sell it or we'll take it

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Schenectady County’s most power economic development agency has delivered an ultimatum to the owners of the deteriorating Foster Building on State Street: Sell the historic building for a reasonable price or face eminent domain. The Metroplex Development Authority’s board took action at its meeting Wednesday night to begin the legal process to seize the building at 508 State St. from owners Craig G. Alsdorf and Dennis Todd. Alsdorf and Todd were not available for comment. ...

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June 11, 2009
6:45 a.m.

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“Our whole goal is to button up the building, to fix the roof, to board up the broken windows and to prevent any more water damage from occurring. We will not get into a situation where it is destabilized, requiring demolition,” Gillen said." The current and enforceable NYS Property Maintenance Code provides the means for the City to accomplish this.

June 11, 2009
9:01 a.m.

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Maybe Gillen should finish one project like finding an initial tenant for Clinton Square? Gillen has no track record for rehabbing anything. Some "comeback"? A facade downtown with no jobs behind it.

June 11, 2009
11:49 a.m.

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Ahh-h-h...Eminent Domain. My Favorite.
It's mine, now, 'cause I said so.

"I claim this house in the name of The Crown"!

As Eddie Izzard observed, America was created by
a "cunning use of flags", from the beginning.

Yes, I agree with Mr. Vandalay: I much prefer
a TIDY vacant building. Acquisitive, 'ain't he.

June 11, 2009
11:12 p.m.

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Taking the building away from these two persistent tax delinquent slumlords would be one of the best things would one of the best things the city and metroplex could do.

These two bought the building and chose not to turn the heat on which caused pipes to burst, flooding the building, damage in excess of a million dollars along with damage to other buildings downtown.

June 12, 2009
8:56 a.m.

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Tax delinquents? Like City Councilmen? LOL. Of Course then we should should force a sale. Only the government can put an inflated price on property. Never businessmen.

If things are so great Downtown like Gillen keeps saying they should have had no problems flipping this property.