SCHENECTADY – The city and the county development authority approved plans for a five-generation, family supply company to expand.
Chas G. Burch Supply Company at 773 Albany St. will add 4,200 square feet of building space in an adjacent lot that was cleaned by the Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority, the authority said in a statement.
The kitchen, bath, and plumbing supply company’s expansion was approved by both the City Planning Commission and Metroplex’s board of directors Wednesday.
A $460,000 investment, the building expansion is the latest in a series of investments in Hamilton Hill in recent years along Albany and Craig streets.
“Our economic development team cleaned up this site on Albany Street with the hope that we could help bring new investment to this corridor,” Ray Gillen, Metroplex chairman said. “Chas G. Burch has a great history in Schenectady and we are pleased to see this expansion move forward.”
“As a fifth-generation business and one of the oldest in Schenectady, Chas G. Burch Supply has made incredible contributions to our community,” Mayor Gary McCarthy said. “This expansion is another great example of neighborhood progress and revitalization that is designed to build upon the momentum in the Hamilton Hill neighborhood.”
Charles G. Craft, company owner, expressed appreciation for “Metroplex’s support to continue our family’s legacy in the city of Schenectady by expanding our kitchen and bath showroom.”
The expansion will create an improved appearance for the business with a new facade facing Albany Street.
In 2019, Metroplex partnered with The Community Builders to tackle blight in this section of Albany Street. The team hired Jackson Demolition of Schenectady to demolish 759 and 763 Albany St. and removed a tractor trailer and a garage building at 749 Albany St. that illegally stored hundreds of used tires.
Metroplex will support the investment with a $95,000 facade grant.
In recent years, more than $95 million in new investment has been made in Hamilton Hill to construct new or renovate housing on Albany, Craig and Stanley streets and renovate two long vacant schools on Craig Street as new housing and as the home of the Electric City Barn.
A new Schenectady County library branch was also built on State Street.
A number of blighted buildings have been demolished and a brownfield site at the corner of Albany and Craig streets has been cleaned up.
Schenectady recently received $2.7 million in federal funding to improve Craig Street.