A block of State Street will be closed from this evening until the end of the demolition of buildings at the corner of State Street and Erie Boulevard.
State Street from Erie Boulevard to South Ferry Street will be closed to traffic from 6 p.m. today until the demolition is complete, according to Building Inspector Eric Shilling.
Eastbound traffic will be rerouted across South Church and South Ferry streets. Westbound traffic will be rerouted across Liberty and South Church streets.
Shilling said the road closure is a precaution as the demolition of the BiMor Army & Navy building at 232 State St. gets underway by Jackson Demolition of Schenectady.
The demolition of the old BiMor building, along with a red brick building at 236 State St. and later the Olender Mattress building at 254 State St., will make way for apartments and retail.
HighBridge Development of Schenectady and Prime Companies of Cohoes are investing $20 million into the “Electric City Apartments,” which will include 105 luxury apartments and 9,900 square feet of ground-floor retail space.
After the demolitions, the 144,000-square-foot building is expected to take about 18 months to construct, with occupancy planned for the summer of 2017.
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