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Three more Albany Street structures to be demolished in Schenectady

Three more Albany Street structures to be demolished in Schenectady

Eyesores sit amid target zone for Hamilton Hill revitatlization
Three more Albany Street structures to be demolished in Schenectady
A building at Craig and Albany streets demolished March 21, 2019.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer

SCHENECTADY — Three more decayed pieces of the Hamilton Hill landscape are in line for a cleanup.

The developer undertaking a spate of demolition and construction projects in the neighborhood and the economic development agency that’s trying to revitalize the Albany Street corridor announced Thursday that 749, 759 and 763 Albany St. will be demolished.

The city sold the three properties to The Community Builders, which has multiple projects underway in the area. Each of the structures had major problems and none was architecturally significant. One is just a small garage.

It’s a contiguous block of three parcels that forms a greater visual impact that any one of them would have on its own.

Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority Chairman Ray Gillen said they detract from ongoing efforts to revitalize the area.

“We’re kind of moving up from downtown up Albany, up State,” he said. “This is right as you go up the hill on that side. They’re not salvageable.”

Gillen also noted that the overgrown and boarded-up properties can attract or facilitate illegal activity. They’ve been on the wish list for a while, as was a semi trailer filled in front of the small garage.

Jennica Petrik-Huff of The Community Builders noted that the trio of properties is directly across Albany Street from the mid-rise apartment building the Boston-based affordable housing developer will start constructing this autumn.

TCB will have significant assistance with the three properties: Metroplex secured a $20,000 Restore NY grant from the state to help pay for demolition and will provide an $85,000 grant of its own to pay for demolition and tire disposal costs.

When the site is leveled, it will be purchased by Chas G. Burch Supply Company, a kitchen/bathroom/HVAC supplier next door that has been in the neighborhood since 1928. It will use the lot for parking, and possibly future construction.

“It’s nice when we have a buyer [lined up] for the site,” Gillen said.

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