Crews safely demolish building neighboring Albany's oldest

August 18, 2016 06:06 PM

ALBANY - After two floors of 50 Hudson Avenue collapsed Monday, city officials decided the building needed to come down.

Demolition of the building sitting next to Albany’s oldest didn't quite go as planned on Thursday morning.

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The slow decline of 50 Hudson Avenue got a lot faster this morning.

"The building went down unexpectedly and was a little nerve-wracking," admitted Robert Magee, the Buildings and Regulatory compliance director for Albany.

Crews were separating 50 Hudson from a wall supporting 48 Hudson next door when a piece of that wall fell into the building.

Magee says that pushed the façade of 50 Hudson out, leading to the collapse.

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The worry was that something like what happened this morning would happen but 48 Hudson wouldn't be ready to bear it. And luckily it was and the work they did ensured that the momentum didn't affect 48 Hudson," he noted.

No one was hurt when the building fell unexpectedly, and demolition work continued throughout the morning.

In the end, 48 Hudson, the oldest building in Albany built back in 1728 was unharmed. That’s thanks in large part to work crews did yesterday to shore up the building from the inside.

However, 50 Hudson wasn't just build of brick and mortar. It was also built of memories, especially for Perry Jones of the Capital City Rescue Mission.

Jones joined the rescue mission in 1982, while it was housed at 50 Hudson.

The mission left 18 years later after 47 years in the building, but Jones says it was an important chapter of the mission's history and his own.

"It's just like a chapter of your life you don't want to miss. It's like going to a reunion of your old high school when you haven't been there in a long time, you haven't seen people who were a blessing to you and this building was a blessing to me," he admitted.


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