From the air, everything looks different.
On Thursday, Gazette photographer Marc Schultz and I took a helicopter ride to get an aerial view of ongoing projects and popular sites in Schenectady.
We got a look at the Mohawk Harbor site off Erie Boulevard, where construction is quickly moving ahead for the Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor.
The steel structure is already erected for the Rivers Casino, with the outer shell starting to be constructed followed by interior work. The casino is expected to open by early next year.
The 124-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel on the northern end of the site is nearly complete and expected to open by the fall. It will be the first building done on the site.
Behind the Marriott, the steel structure of Galesi Group’s 204-unit apartment building is going up. The building, with ground-floor retail space, is projected to open by early next year.
Next to the Marriott, piles are being driven into the ground for an office and retail building. Tenants of the building are expected to be announced in the near future.
The carved-out harbor is the most striking feature of the site. About 50 boat slips will go in sometime next year to accommodate Mohawk River traffic.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s small nuclear reactor stands out at the edge of the harbor, as does STS Steel’s building by the casino, with pieces of steel sprawled in the neighboring yard.
In Amsterdam, the pedestrian bridge is taking shape and is expected to be done by Labor Day. The construction timeline was pushed back to add artistic elements back into the project plans thanks to state funding secured by local officials.
We also got a picture-perfect view of downtown Schenectady, General Electric, Union College and other sites throughout Schenectady and Amsterdam.
To see more photos from our helicopter ride, see a photo gallery at www.dailygazette.com.
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