SCHENECTADY — An old auto showroom on State Street is getting another shot at life.
The building at 1016 State St., with its distinctive brick facade and large windows, has been many things over the years, including a furniture store and auto repair garage, but it has been idle and vacant for a while now.
Khalil Salim, who has owned it for about a year, plans to create two apartments, a retail store and a workshop in the building. His proposal goes before the city Planning Board on Sept. 19.
He doesn’t have a tenant or a type of tenant in mind for the retail storefront, but he does have an occupant lined up for the workshop: It will house his own business, Discount Plumbing and Heating.
Salim said he’s fixed the roof so far but has not started the other work that needs to be done on the one-time showroom.
“It used to be the old Plymouth Dodge dealer,” Salim said.
Looking at the building, one can imagine its former uses.
An online search turns up a black-and-white image of Schenectady Plymouth in 1961, with three well-dressed people — one of them possibly dealership owner Jim Schultz — standing on the sidewalk with a line of now-classic sedans, one of them destined to be a driver education vehicle.
Long-gone circular awnings hang over the entrances, one of them already beginning to show signs of rot.
The building later held Katie & Sons auto repair and Economy Furniture, among other tenants.
The facade is in substantially worse shape than its days as a car dealership.
Along with his plumbing business, Salim owns some rental properties around the city. He said 1016 State St. is his first redevelopment project on this scale.