Vacant Schenectady building comes down in emergency demolition

April 20, 2017 06:44 PM

SCHENECTADY - A building that has been vacant for years in Schenectady's Hamilton Hill neighborhood was coming down in an emergency demolition on Thursday, and neighbors say they're happy to see it demolished.

The building used to stand at the corner of Schenectady and Strong Streets.

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People NewsChannel 13 spoke with say it has been vacant at least three years and was falling apart. 

Pieces of the building falling off is actually what brought it to the city's attention Wednesday. The fire department tells NewsChannel 13 crews were driving by when part of the building fell off.

Strong Street and Schenectady Street near the building were closed down.

The fire department alerted Code Enforcement, who checked out the building. Codes said there were numerous issues with it, including crumbling bricks and said the building was in danger of collapse. That was no surprise to those who work at Brian Auto Repair, just down the street from the demolition.

"It’s dangerous to people walking there and stuff falling. The building was falling apart," noted Vinod Jagnath, who owns the auto repair shop.

Jagnath says he hopes that with a vacant lot, a new business will be able to move in next to him. He also wants to see Schenectady be more aggressive in taking down old and vacant buildings to allow new homes and businesses to come in.

The fire department told NewsChannel 13 they were hoping to have the demolition wrapped up by Thursday evening and the scene to be cleared soon after that.


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