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Another nice old building lost in Schenectady

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Once again, the city of Schenectady is faced with the classic development dilemma: spend more money to save a nice-looking, historic building or spend less to knock it down and build something new. Sadly, it appears the City Council is leaning toward the latter. The building is the old Nott School (more recently the county social services building) at 487 Nott St. The handsome but dilapidated brick building, which dates back to 1875, needs a ...

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July 5, 2013
7:36 a.m.

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If the building wasn't filled with asbestos Union College would have purchased it. It was good enough for County employees though. This was supposed to be a retail mall according to Mr Gillen. Time after time he talks about rehab when he really means knock down. Robinson's rubble is another example.

July 6, 2013
9:26 a.m.

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Given all the abandoned houses in the City, I don't know it's worth spending that much if anything on this one structure.

Perhaps, if they want to rehabilitate homes, they could convert many of the salvageable two family houses into one family residences. One family homes generally involve a family committed to living there. The neighborhoods with one family residences typically fare better re: resistance to blight. If you can fix up the homes and someone is willing to live there and, in turn, pay taxes...might be something to look into before dropping that much money into one location.