SCOTIA — A former carpet store at the foot of Route 50 is targeted for demolition.
The wood-sided structure once was part of Scotia Motors but has long been vacant and has fallen into disrepair. The Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority on Tuesday said it will remove the building and help the owners renovate the remaining buildings of the former auto dealership.
“When we met with village leaders, county officials representing Scotia and business leaders from the Scotia Business Improvement District earlier this year, the number one request was to demolish the carpet store,” said Metroplex Chairman Ray Gillen in a released statement.
The building at the corner of John Street and Ballston Avenue will come down this summer, he said, calling it a highly visible eyesore for local residents and business people as well as for travelers passing through the key intersection for north-south traffic between Schenectady and Glenville or Saratoga County.
Metroplex has approved $45,000 in funding toward removal of asbestos and then the actual demolition of the old carpet shop.
Scotia Mayor Tom Gifford welcomed the announcement, noting numerous new or improved businesses in the village’s downtown business zone, as well as infrastructure upgrades such as facade improvements and additional parking.
“The village is pleased to work with Metroplex to get this blighted building removed from our growing business district,” Gifford said. “Scotia is a great place to live and work and we want to continue to build on the momentum we are seeing along Mohawk Avenue.”
Much of the economic development efforts by Metroplex in its 21-year history have been in Schenectady, but its service area extends into parts of the surrounding municipalities, including Scotia.
Within the village, its past projects have included redevelopment of the former McDonald’s site, construction of a large parking lot in the business district and demolition of a decayed former antiques store.