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Remsen Street continues to be rebuilt several years after devastating fire

Emily De Vito
Updated: February 25, 2020 10:29 PM
Created: February 25, 2020 10:24 PM

COHOES – The rebuilding of Remsen Street in Cohoes is continuing. It’s been just over two years since a massive fire tore through the street, damaging dozens of buildings.

Tuesday night a ribbon cutting was held for Anthony’s Restaurant.

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“We wanted to save a piece of history from Cohoes,” said one of the owners of the restaurant Donald Russell.

Russell said the building is from the 1860’s and it was going to be demolished after the fire in 2017. However, Russell and the other owners saw potential in it.

“We spent 18 months renovating the whole thing top to bottom and we now have a great restaurant and a couple of apartment so another jewel to the city or Cohoes,” said Russell.

Russell said this restaurant is something the city was in need of.

"This definitely fills a void,” said Russell. “it's been 40 years since there was Italian in the city of Cohoes."

But Tuesday wasn’t just about having a new Italian spot in the city. It’s about the rebirth on Remsen Street after the fire that damaged 30 buildings. Three buildings had to be demolished. 

"The city has gone through so much over the past several years,” said Russell. “The new mayor took office in January and he wants to continue to see things grow and we're just very happy to be a part of it."

Many business owners appear happy to be a part of it as several restaurants have opened on Remsen Street since the fire.

"It's the small business owners and the small private developers who want to come in and put in the work,” said Steve Napier the Director of Community and Economic Development in the city. “My phone has done nothing but ring from people who want to come and move to Cohoes and invest in Cohoes."

Russell hopes other developers consider being part of the movement of bring new life to the street.

"The timing is right for other restaurants, other retail spaces to come into Cohoes, because it's finally all coming together,” said Russell.


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