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Workers stabilizing Nicholaus Building in Schenectady

Workers stabilizing Nicholaus Building in Schenectady

Crews worked to stabilize the Nicholaus Building on Saturday following damage to Thai Thai Bistro on
Workers stabilizing Nicholaus Building in Schenectady
Construction workers stabilize the Nicholaus Building in Schenectady on Saturday afternoon, April 2, 2016.
Photographer: Erica Miller

Crews worked to stabilize the Nicholaus Building on Saturday following damage to Thai Thai Bistro on the first floor the day before.

Engineers worked through the night on Friday in an effort to come up with a plan to repair the building, said Ray Gillen, chairman of the Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority.

Workers were on site Saturday to begin stabilizing the building, which included placing large steel rods on the side of the structure at the corner of State Street and Erie Boulevard.

Thai Thai Bistro owner Piyamas DeMasi on Friday said the restaurant inside the building started shaking that afternoon, resulting in tiles falling from walls and cracks forming in the floor.

The building was deemed structurally unstable later that day by the city Code Enforcement Department. The cause of the damage is unknown at this time.

The Olender Mattress building next door was demolished last month to make way for a $20 million housing project — the Electric City Apartments — by Highbridge Development of Schenectady and Prime Companies of Cohoes.

The future 144,000-square-foot building will include 105 luxury apartments and 9,900 square feet of retail space. It’s expected to be completed by the end of next year.

City officials did not say on Saturday whether the Nicholaus building could ultimately be repaired.

Road closures around the building, on State Street and Erie Boulevard, are expected to remain in effect through the weekend.

Thai Thai Bistro is closed until further notice. Tenants in three apartment units on the second and third floors of the building have been displaced.

The Nicholaus building was erected in 1820 and is named after Louis Nicholaus, a German immigrant who came to Schenectady to work for the Schenectady Locomotive Works, later the American Locomotive Company, according to Chris Hunter, director of collection and exhibitions at miSci.

In 1901, Nicholaus remodeled the building in an old German style, which is why the date on the building’s iconic facade reads 1901. The Nicholaus family had a restaurant there until 1975.

The building later housed Maurice Readi-Foods, followed by Bangkok Bistro.

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