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Library to give Schenectady neighborhood a boost

New facility part of project aimed at revitalizing State Street

The former Flea Market site left vacant by a devastating fire, lies empty for the time being on State Street in Schenectady Wednesday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
The former Flea Market site left vacant by a devastating fire, lies empty for the time being on State Street in Schenectady Wednesday.
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Schenectady County’s new family literacy center will soon rise from the ashes of a once-derelict flea market straddling the city’s Vale and Hamilton Hill neighborhoods. The new 4,000-square-foot facility is expected to break ground in 2014 on the site of the old Whitehouse Flea Market building on State Street. The new facility is slated for an area that is about seven-tenths of a mile from the Schenectady County Public Library’s Duane and Hamilton Hill branches ...


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safny
August 14, 2013
12:03 p.m.

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Who exactly came up with this idea? And, of course, the next questions are: how much will it cost the taxpayers and who benefits?? Who's the "private developer"? Were there bids or is it the Galesi group? The people who run this city and county just do NOT get it - you keep spending our money like this and sooner or later, there won't be anyone left paying taxes. What does this mean for the branch already on State Street? Way too many unanswered questions. No surprise there - everything here is a secret.

ChuckD
August 14, 2013
9:56 p.m.

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safny, your points about the unknown private developer deserve more notice, but I can't think of a much better way to invest in a city then to put a library in the middle of one of the most literacy and educationally challenged sections. Well done Schenectady Library, and County of, so far.
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Now lets all keep all our cards on the table where we can see them. How much of that donated 'portion' will be library and family literacy center versus "commercial development"? We all need to be on guard when words like those are uttered by developers. Sure hope our newspaper of record pursues those questions and more. That is what they're supposed to be doing.

safny
August 15, 2013
2:23 p.m.

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I do understand where you are coming from, Chuck, but here is part of my issue - we have a school system that is trying hard to get parents interested in their children's education. Our dropout rate is awful. Would this money be better spent on programs that get kids into school from early on in their lives? Is having a building more important than having people working in the community to end truancy? I find it strange that there was never a whisper about this until it was a done deal. Public comment should come first.

hodgkins.t
August 16, 2013
4:28 p.m.

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4,000 sq ft is a very small proportion of the lot, and a much smaller investment in literacy, compared to the need. The real waste in County government is in the elder home. Its an inefficient albatross that needs to be privatized, while protecting service to indigent residents. Focus needs to be on creating outstanding educational opportunities for kids, in because the long term economic benefits vasty outperform other governmental investments; and it fosters justice and a functioning democracy.

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