SCHENECTADY — The first old houses targeted in Schenectady’s 2021 campaign against blight bit the dust Friday.
Two structures on Barrett street crumbled beneath the mechanical claw, and four more are on the execution line.
The long-running campaign by city government, the Capital Region Land Bank and the Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority has so far leveled more than 200 vacant buildings that are deemed beyond repair.
Demolition of the structures at 1052 and 1052 Barrett St. is expected to continue through next week.
The other four are at 804 Strong St., 529 Mumford St., 16 Grove Place and 652 Sunset St.
They will be demolished in early spring with $91,300 in Community Development Block Grant funds provided by the federal government.
The Barrett Street demolitions are near the Live In Schenectady townhouse project. The street has been the site of other demolitions to make way for the redevelopment as well as to improve aesthetics.
Mayor Gary McCarthy alluded to this strategy in a news release.
“As we build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are continuing our strong, unified efforts to fight blight by demolishing unsightly buildings that cannot be fixed,” he said. “Today, we eliminate two problem properties on Barrett Street as we prepare to demolish another four structures in the weeks ahead.”
The city Department of Development opened bids for the four demolitions Wednesday.
They’ll go before the City Council’s Development and Planning Committee on Monday, and are expected to go before the full City Council on March 22 for approval.
The city of Schenectady, the Capital Region Land Bank and the Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority have collaborated to demolish more than 200 blighted buildings in recent years to help revitalize city neighborhoods.