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Schenectady land bank eyes Eastern Ave. revitalization

This building on Eastern Avenue is among the sites the city of Schenectady targeted in its effort to clean up the street. The local land bank hopes to build on that effort by targeting more structures on the street.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
This building on Eastern Avenue is among the sites the city of Schenectady targeted in its effort to clean up the street. The local land bank hopes to build on that effort by targeting more structures on the street.
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The City Council unanimously endorsed a plan Monday to focus on the Eastern Avenue neighborhood for revitalization. The local land bank is applying for a $3 million state grant to demolish 31 properties, all owned by the city, and offer small facade grants to homeowners. But the grant application required the support of the council, and council members gave it without hesitation Monday. It does mean that the city has chosen one neighborhood over the ...


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safny
August 26, 2014
8:11 a.m.

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I'm never sure I understand this revitalization. It seems to be nothing more than tearing down buildings. What kind of business would fit in that neighborhood? Basically - none.

tonijean613
August 26, 2014
8:43 a.m.

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getting rid of multi-family dwellings that are beyond repair and turning those lots into drive ways or yard green space is a huge quality of life improvement-
$5,000 grants to people for new facades/siding -is probably going to be the biggest bang for the buck. This issue is blight vs beauty. Any beautification will help stabilize neighborhoods- its just common sense that nicely kept houses make a neighborhood feel safer. Hopefully, the City doesn't turn around and increase the taxes on these houses. Exterior general repairs and maintenance should not result in an trigger that increase the value and taxes. Unaffordable taxes are the root cause of why people don't have the money fro upkeep and repairs to begin with and reason for so many of the forclosures .So this is all good- but goal has to be to cut the taxes

JIMOCONNOR
August 26, 2014
9:09 a.m.

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I think it is strange that the only quotes from special ed. in recent months involved his boy's room outburst to a fellow councilman, and, an invitation to dine at our dog pound. Now, as elections near, his formulations magically become cogent enough to garner 20-30 lines in this paper within a 48 hour period. Who, or, what has gotten to him????

Hamelot
August 26, 2014
12:09 p.m.

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The city was built for 100,000 residents and we have approximately 60,000 now. Keep tearing down the excess housing, put in driveways to get cars off the street, and the community gardens on a limited basis. This will make a big difference. Just keep going.

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