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Troy plans to demolish old Leonard Hospital

May 01, 2019 07:39 PM

TROY -- Residents have long called the old Leonard Hospital in Lansingburgh a dangerous eyesore.  It's been vacant for more than two decades.  The windows are smashed; there's broken glass and debris around. 

In 2005, NewsChannel 13 got a look inside at all the damage back then.  People would break in to party, or do damage.  Fires were deliberately set.

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The city took it through foreclosure in 2012. City officials say the property itself is in a great location and it has a lot of potential. 

"The beauty of Lansingburgh and the top of Lansingburgh especially is its connection to southern Saratoga County, all of the other areas you can pull in from, especially Waterford being right across the river," said Deputy Mayor Monica Kurzejeski.  

However, the huge building and its asbestos have long been a big problem. 

Plans to build affordable housing here were voted down by the council two years ago, after lawmakers heard opposition from residents. The city then paid for fencing and security. 

However, this time around, the council has authorized $2.5 million for demolition and asbestos abatement.  It's an investment to make the site shovel-ready and more attractive to developers. 

"Ideally, it's a place where we need to have a fresh, clean start and build something from the ground up," said the deputy mayor. 

Officials say the possibilities for this property are endless. 

Bids for demolition are due by May 15.

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Kumi Tucker

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