End in sight for Troy's long-vacant Leonard Hospital bulding

May 31, 2019 04:00 PM

TROY – The big, brick eyesore may finally be coming down. So says City Hall of the former Leonard Hospital on New Turnpike Road.
"That'll be great to get rid of that because that's a big eyesore," said Jennifer Murray, who moved into a duplex with her son last month.

Opened in 1972 and sitting on 6.4 acres, the 140,000 sq. ft. building served countless families in Lansingburgh, Schaghticoke, Waterford and Cohoes. Two years ago, the city council voted 7-2 to sell the property for $1 with the understanding it would be developed into apartments or affordable housing. However, nothing has happened. A fence with barbed wire was put up to surround the building a little over a year ago.

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Ronald Dushane was treated at Leonard in 1987 when he cut his hand with a circular saw on his wedding day. He was making stakes for the tent that was being used in his backyard. He got three stitches and still made it to the ceremony.

"I'll believe it when I see it," Dushane said of the proposed demolition, adding, "Just an eyesore. A great piece of wasted land."

"They'd probably put houses in there. 10-15 houses in there. Make another neighborhood. I don't see what else they could put in there."

Leonard will undergo asbestos remediation prior to demolition, said Mayor Patrick Madden in a press release.

"For too long, the Leonard Hospital building has harmed property values and decreased the quality of life for families and businesses in our Lansingburgh neighborhood," Madden said. "Demolition of this blighted structure will create new opportunities for neighborhood revitalization and investment in north Troy, part of my administration’s commitment to support our diverse neighborhoods and positively impact the future of our community. I am proud to advance this long-awaited project safely and responsibly, and look forward to the first phase of operations to begin."

Work is expected to begin early summer and continue through the fall season.


WNYT Staff

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