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Former Draper School one of 71 parcels in auction

Friday, October 25, 2013
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Former site of Schenectady Seed along Freeman's Bridge Rd. that will be auctioned off by Schenectady County on Saturday at Schenectady County Community College.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Former site of Schenectady Seed along Freeman's Bridge Rd. that will be auctioned off by Schenectady County on Saturday at Schenectady County Community College.

— County officials will auction off 71 properties Saturday morning, including the former Draper School in Rotterdam and several notable commercial parcels in Glenville and Niskayuna.

Only four of the original 75 properties listed for auction were withdrawn from the block as of Friday evening. They include a small restaurant on Guilderland Avenue and a single-family home on Floral Avenue in Rotterdam, plus two vacant parcels of land in Princetown and Glenville.

Still up for bid is the former International Charter School of Schenectady building on Draper Avenue in Rotterdam, which has remained vacant since 2008. The 94,000-square-foot building located on 3.5 acres was being eyed for housing by the Disabled American Veterans, but the organization never followed through with a county plan to take title to the property.

At a glance

• The auction is scheduled for 11 a.m. this morning at Schenectady County Community College’s Carl B. Taylor Auditorium on Washington Avenue in Schenectady.

• For information, contact Collar City Auctions Realty & Management at 895-8150 or visit www.collarcityauctions.com.

Also up for bid in Rotterdam are about 18 acres with frontage along Burdeck Street. The property owned by the Hudson Handling Co. is located in an area of town that could soon be prime for development once a sewer line is brought south of the rail line to the Burdeck Street Business Park and Techfibers Inc.

In Glenville, the county is auctioning 19 acres owned by the defunct Schenectady Seed Co., a farmers market and gardening supply business that operated in Glenville for more than a century. Zoned for general business, the property is assessed at $631,100 and is located on Freemans Bridge Road near the intersection with Dutch Meadow Lane, an area that town officials believe is ripe for commercial development.

Farther down Freemans Bridge Road, a roughly 12-acre former Superfund site that was the subject of a lengthy $23 million cleanup several years ago is being auctioned off.

Though there are some development restrictions on the property, it’s in an area of the town prime for commercial business.

The county is also selling off the Isle of the Senecas, a 14-acre island in the village of Scotia. It’s the smallest of four islands located by the Western Gateway Bridge. It’s zoned for conservation, meaning its only real use would be for passive parkland.

In Niskayuna, the former Wells Nursery property now owned by the Sunmark Federal Credit Union is on the block. The seven acres on Aqueduct Road is where Schenectady Concrete Products Co. once operated.

An even larger property a short drive up Hillside Avenue from the nursery is also being put up for bid. The 112 acres associated with the Hillside Commerce Park is mostly vacant, save for the remnants of cement track that was used to test tanks for the military during the Korean War.

In Duanesburg, a sprawling 100-acre parcel between Suits Road and Interstate 88 is being sold off. The vacant land was once slated to be the second phase of Pleasant View, a 12-lot housing development that never came to fruition.

County officials haven’t said how much is owed in back taxes on the parcels being sold. Several calls to county spokesman Joe McQueen were not returned Friday.

 
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