Demolition on the way for 11 more derelict Schenectady buildings

Three are to be demolished on Crane Street
This house at 1227 Sixth Ave. is one of those set for demolition
This house at 1227 Sixth Ave. is one of those set for demolition

More demolitions of derelict city-owned properties are coming. The Capital Region Land Bank has issued a request for bids to demolish 11 vacant properties primarily located in Mont Pleasant and the city’s Northside neighborhoods:

  • 1568 Van Vranken Ave.
  • 625 Crane St.
  • 702 Crane St.
  • 1002 Crane St.
  • 16 Jefferson St.
  • 602 Hattie St.
  • 1213 First Ave.
  • 1520 Fifth Ave.
  • 1227 Sixth Ave.
  • 1336 Eighth Ave.
  • 602 Orchard St.

Each of the structures is beyond salvaging, said Richard Ruzzo, chairman of the Capital Region Land Bank and a member of the Schenectady County Legislature.

“All were carefully evaluated for potential reuse before the decision was made to demolish them,” Ruzzo said in a prepared statement. “Taking these blighted, vacant structures down improves the neighborhood and reduces the city’s cost to maintain vacant properties.”

Officials indicated a strategic approach for selecting the properties:

The Crane Street locations were selected with input from the neighborhood, while the structures on First Avenue and Orchard Street were chosen because they are near Orchard Park, which the city is renovating, according to the Land Bank.

The list also includes some of the city’s most visible problem properties, including a fire-damaged structure located two doors down from the new Mont Pleasant Library.

Across the city in the Stockade neighborhood, residents have long complained about 16 Jefferson St.

“It’s 20 years in the making,” said Gerald Plante, who lives around the corner from the crumbling structure.

The building’s previous owner was a limited liability corporation based in Cheyenne, Wyo., that lost the building through foreclosure after failing to pay $75,000 in back taxes.

“It’s been bothersome and brings down the quality of life like any absentee landlord would,” Plante said. “The absentee landlords rule the neighborhood.

“Whatever happens in the future, no absentee landlords, please.”

Bids are due back to the Land Bank on July 23 no later than 10 a.m. Funding for the demolitions will be provided by Enterprise Community Partners.

The properties are among the 34 locations that city officials and Capital Region Land Bank are evaluating to determine whether the structures can be saved or should be demolished.

“We’re going to take a look at others in that group of 34,” said Metroplex Chairman Ray Gillen.

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