Posted at: 08/30/2012 6:10 PM
| Updated at: 08/31/2012 11:30 AM
By: Subrina Dhammi
TROY - Tears generally aren't a part of marking the completion of a big economic project.
Today though, the emotion was fitting.
Cutting the ribbon on a project that's seen as transforming part of downtown Troy -- phase two of City Station, a combination of RPI student housing and new retail stores -- is now complete.
"It is truly, has started to be, and will become a legacy project in urban economic development," Mike Uccellini said.
Mike Uuccellini spoke on behalf of United Group, the real estate development firm behind the project, and on behalf of his father, Walter, founder of the successful company based in Troy.
Walter Uccellini, president of the company, and Jim Quinn, vice chairman, both passed away after a small plane crash in Clifton Park two weeks ago. Quinn died two days ago. Uccellini died at the scene.
City Station was Walter Uccellini's vision. The RPI graduate wanted to link his alma mater to downtown to help breath new life into the Collar City.
"He's just an incredible entrepreneur," Mike Uuccellini said. "He was selfless and anybody who knew him knew he didn't like the spotlight. He liked to fly under the radar."