Schenectady to demo 11 more blighted properties

July 11, 2019 07:51 PM

Jeanetta Carter has lived on Jefferson Street in Schenectady for the last six months. She says the abandoned house across the street from her building is a hub for illegal activity. She was thrilled to find out the house will be torn in the city's latest efforts to revitalize neighborhoods and boost economical growth.

"I'm glad it's coming down, because my child last week found somebody doing something back there that he wasn't supposed to be doing. It's hazardous to the kids," said Carter.


Carter says 16 Jefferson Street attracts drug addicts, sex offenders and squatters.

"I hope that they put a nice apartment building there to help some of the people that's in shelters to get out of the shelters," said Carter.

Richard Ruzzo is the Chairman of the Capital Region Land Bank. He says the house on Jefferson was a prime candidate to be a part of their latest efforts.

"If you have that type of activity what happens to the rest of the neighborhood? It spills over. So, when you have a neighbor who says 'Ew, there's a lot of bad things going on,' we wanna be aggressive,' said Ruzzo.

Ten other blighted properties are slated to come down by the end of the year. Ruzzo says they are currently accepting bids for the work and hope to have all of the properties down by the end of the year.

The homes slated to be torn down include:

1568 Van Vranken Avenue

625, 702 and 1002 Crane Street

16 Jefferson Street

602 Hattie Street

1213 First Avenue

1520 Fifth Avenue

1227 Sixth Avenue

1336 Eighth Avenue

602 Orchard Street

Ruzzo says the funding for the demolitions comes from a combination of grants, city, county and state funds.


Jacquie Slater

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