Schenectady demolishing more blighted buildings

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A house being demolished. (Haley Hamilton / Unsplash)

A house getting demolished. (Haley Hamilton / Unsplash)

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (News10) – The Funds Area Land Bank started demolishing two buildings on Barrett Street in Schenectady on Thursday. This followed Wednesday’s announcement that the Metropolis Section of Advancement is contacting for bids to raze 4 other nearby blighted qualities.

“As we make again better from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are continuing our potent, unified attempts to struggle blight by demolishing unpleasant properties that simply cannot be mounted,” said Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy in a published statement. “Today, we do away with two challenge properties on Barrett Street as we prepare to demolish an additional 4 structures in the weeks ahead.”

1052 and 1062 are the two Barrett Street properties. The 4 other homes slated for the subsequent round are metropolis-owned and in just the Neighborhood Revitalization Approach Location and Mont Pleasurable Renewal Location. They are:

  • 804 Strong Street
  • 529 Mumford Street
  • 16 Grove Spot
  • 652 Sunset Street

Those vacant, outside of-repair buildings will be torn down in early spring with $91,300 in funding from Group Enhancement Block Grant cash as a result of the Division of Housing and Urban Development. The four new demolitions go right before the City Council Development and Planning Committee on Monday, March 15, with ultimate approval envisioned by the Town Council on Monday, March 22.

The metropolis of Schenectady, the Capital Region Land Bank, and the Schenectady County Metroplex Improvement Authority say they’ve demolished above 200 blighted properties in modern decades.