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Officials turn development eye to lower State Street

Lower State St. view.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Lower State St. view.
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The decay on lower State Street runs deep. There’s the obvious: the empty Olender’s building near Erie Boulevard and the expanse of empty space next door where the Robinson’s building once stood. But there’s much more than just empty storefronts in trouble on the block. Lower State Street hides its empty, echoing buildings. Businesses that seemed to be active are now using only a fraction of the space in their buildings, leaving floors empty and ...


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JIMOCONNOR
March 10, 2013
11:54 a.m.

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There should be a means to allocate funds for routine uniformed police foot/bike patrols. Drug deals, prostitution, and mental health issues between Erie and Washington Ave. are too apparent to casual observation. I saw it while working cases there for decades. I saw it again returning from a Workforce Development class Wednesday night. These behaviors will continue after superficial gentrification, decreasing return on investment.

ChuckD
March 10, 2013
3:55 p.m.

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Completely agree. Cops in nice cars isn't working. Cops on foot and bike do. It builds a better connection to the community and the support network for crime fighting and quality of life issues is much stronger.

I work in downtown Schenectady and have never seen a cop walking, and 2 or 3 times seen a cop on a bike. But I see lots of them driving around, completely detached from their environment.

guitarpsych
March 10, 2013
4:32 p.m.

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I agree with the top two comments. They need cameras in that area. I own a business that is legitimate there. If they are serious about revitalization that is where the process starts.

Tocker3law
March 10, 2013
10:38 p.m.

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Infrastructue in the form of curbs,sidewalkes and Victorian lighting on the west side of Jay St from Union to Liberty St needs to be taken care of first before the sidewalks and curbs are installed on lower State.

This block is across the street from Little Italy on North Jay where new curbs, sidewalks and lights were installed years ago . People walk across Union street and find deteriorated curbs and sidewaks right across the street from the Post Office and down the block from City Hall,both on the National Historic Register.Jay St is a significant corridor leading from Union College, the Gollub Corp and Little Italy to the Post office,City Hall, Proctors and the very heart of downtown.
They even did new curbs and sidewalks on Liberty St west of Jay to Broadway and beyond .

In fact most of the downtown area aroud City Hall and the Post office have the Victorian Lights in addition to the sidewalks and curbs.

Isn't it time to do the Jay St. Victorian lights, curbs and sidewalks from Union to Liberty?

robbump
March 23, 2013
3:20 p.m.

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Why should taxpayers (through MetroTax) have to subsidize new sidewalks?
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Most of the sidewalks in that area are SERIOUSLY below code. Owners of the buildings are responsible for keeping sidewalks to certain standards, and they should be forced to do so.
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I remember the poor sidewalks when I went to SCCC fulltime in 1994 and would walk up to the main downtown area for lunch. I think the only place to have done any sidewalk improvements since that time is ARC and the law firm ("Massarati & Capasso"??)
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Ans speaking of sidewalks, what's with trucks and SUV's owned by Focus Construction doing parked daily on the sidewalk below the train overpass? There's a perfectly good parking lot right across the street.

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