SCHENECTADY — The old Trailways bus station at the foot of State Street will be demolished and paved over as part of the impending beautification of South Church Street.
The Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority announced Wednesday that it has signed a contract to purchase the 22 State St. property from Adirondack Transit Lines for $285,000.
The bus station has been unused for years, Metroplex Chairman Ray Gillen said. Greyhound and Trailways buses both still stop at the station but with such a large percentage of ticket sales being made online, both carriers opted to stop staffing the building, he said.
The bus station isn’t particularly shabby at this point but neither is it a showpiece. It stands in contrast to the new and renovated structures nearby, Gillen said, adding that its removal will be an improvement for the lower State Street neighborhood
“We’re fixing South Church Street, it’s a good time to do it,” Gillen said.
Asbestos removal and demolition is expected to cost less than $100,000, he said. Ground-penetrating radar shows nothing lurking out of sight that could increase the price tag.
When the building is gone, the site will be paved over and become additional parking in an area that needs it, Gillen said.
Long-distance buses will continue to stop there after the work is complete — Metroplex will create a bus turnout area and will erect a shelter for waiting passengers.
Gillen said the hope is to complete the demolition this autumn.
That will allow the site to be repaved as part of the South Church Street reconstruction later this year, so it will cost less than replacing the bus station as a standalone project.
Metroplex in June approved $1.38 million in contracts for the South Church Street work.
The roughly 675 feet from State Street to Fuller Street will be rebuilt, with utility lines moved underground; new paving, curbs, lighting and sidewalks installed; decorative elements and landscaping added; and a complete overhaul performed on two existing parking lots along the street.