SCHENECTADY -- The Edison Tech Center has found a new home, one that both keeps it inside the city of Schenectady and maintains its long connection to The Daily Gazette Co.
Housed in the newspaper's former press building on Broadway since 2005, the Edison Tech Center will move to 2345 Maxon Road on the city's north side -- into a warehouse at the current Daily Gazette site.
"Believe me, that wasn't lost on anybody, but it is really just a coincidence," said Bill Kornrumpf, a retired General Electric engineer now serving as treasurer for the museum and interactive learning center. "When we made the decision, having enough space and having that space in good shape was our priority. It was also important for us to stay in Schenectady, and The Gazette made that possible.
"We will be using that building as our headquarters," Kornrumpf said. "This city is the home, the birthplace, of the electrical industry, so we felt that keeping it here was critical."
The Edison Tech Center will begin moving into The Gazette's building on June 11.
"The Daily Gazette is extremely pleased to have the Edison Tech Center moving into The Daily Gazette building," said Publisher John DeAugustine. "We are so pleased that the Edison Tech Center will be able to stay in Schenectady and happy that we can be a part of it."
DeAugustine said The Daily Gazette is leasing 10,000 square feet to the Tech Center, though that space will eventually be reduced.
"We need that extra space for a time so we can get organized, but then we will compress that area," said Kornrumpf. "We need to re-establish ourselves, and then hopefully we will be able to open our public display area and invite people in again later in the year. We still have to work out that arrangement."
Some of the archival material that was at the Edison Tech Center has already been delivered to miSci.
"We have an agreement with them to store some of the artifacts that require a controlled environmental storage area," said Kornrumpf. "Some of that material is on loan to miSci, and some of them we have given to miSci. They have been very supportive."
The Electric City Tech Center and the city of Schenectady began fighting over possession of the two buildings on Broadway six years ago. The city originally sold 132 and 136 Broadway to the Edison Tech Center for $1 each in 2004, and the not-for-profit moved into the site the following year. In 2012, the city argued that the Tech Center did not bring both buildings up to code and filed a lawsuit to reclaim ownership of the property.
In April of 2016, Judge Richard Sise ruled that the two buildings should be returned to city ownership, but the Edison Tech Center appealed that ruling and, in February of 2017, the state appeals court determined the city, for the time being, could not reclaim the property.
Instead of continuing to fight the city, the Tech Center board agreed to vacate the building last month. It was given a move-out deadline by the city of July 17.