Schenectady to demolish 13 vacant buildings

10 Catherine Street is shown. 

10 Catherine Street is shown. 

SCHENECTADY — The city is seeking bids to demolish 13 vacant buildings throughout four neighborhoods as part of ongoing efforts to eliminate blight and revitalize local communities.

The city is planning to use funds allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program to demolish the buildings, which are “beyond repair,” according to Mayor Gary McCarthy.

“These severely distressed properties are some of the worst of the worst structures that are beyond repair and harm quality of life in our neighborhoods,” he said in a news release. “The removal of these structures is part of a focused and strategic effort to revitalize neighborhoods and strengthen the future of our community.”

The properties are located in the Hamilton Hill, Vale, Mont Pleasant and Goose Hill neighborhoods.

Eight of the properties are located in the Hamilton Hill and Vale neighborhoods and fall within the city’s Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area, a primarily residential area that extends from Union Street to the north, McClellan and Brandywine avenues to the east, Interstate 890 to the south and Veeder Avenue and Nott Terrace to the west.

The strategy, which encompasses less than one square mile, was outlined in coordination with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2018 and allows the city greater flexibility to utilize block grant funds for projects that would spark revitalization efforts.

Demolishing the eight buildings will create five buildable parcels, according to the city.

Three parcels in the Mont Pleasant neighborhood — 756 Cutler St., 1360 Crane St. and 928 Pleasant St. — fall within the Mont Pleasant Renewal Area, a 1-square-mile area where officials hope to target blight and vacancy.

Buildings set to be demolished

  • 941 Maple Ave.
  • 943 Maple Ave.
  • 702 Westover Place
  • 347 Summit Ave.
  • 756 Cutler St.
  • 1360 Crane St.
  • 1517 Ave. B
  • 24 Eagle St.
  • 10 Catherine St.
  • 12 Moyston St.
  • 34 Moyston St.
  • 928 Pleasant St.
  • 552 Crane St. (porch only)

The city, in partnership with the Capital Region Land Bank and the Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority, has demolished over 200 blighted and vacant buildings throughout the city in recent years.

Bids for the demolition work are due by Nov. 17 at 10:30 a.m.

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