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Schenectady’s rehab venture shows promise

Contractors buying into housing potential

Gary and Lynn Pappas are the first contractors to take on a foreclosed house in Schenectady to renovate. Here, from left, Gary Pappas holds his grandson, Asher Borrett, 1, while daughters Mackenzie Pappas and Erin Borrett, wife Lynn Pappas and son-in-law Jason Borrett sort through debris in the house lon Myers Alley.
Gary and Lynn Pappas are the first contractors to take on a foreclosed house in Schenectady to renovate. Here, from left, Gary Pappas holds his grandson, Asher Borrett, 1, while daughters Mackenzie Pappas and Erin Borrett, wife Lynn Pappas and son-in-law Jason Borrett sort through debris in the house lon Myers Alley.
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An unlikely and ambitious plan for Schenectady’s blight is actually getting results.

A contractor has purchased an overgrown, trash-filled house near Union Street.

A tenant, who once put up with an absentee landlord who didn’t make repairs and didn’t pay the taxes, is now buying his former apartment.

And many other contractors are eagerly awaiting the rehab specs for about 20 houses throughout the city, which they plan to bid on so they can ...

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