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Despite setbacks, man pursues plans for Schenectady gym

The scene at 237-245 State St. in Schenectady on Dec. 28, 2012, the morning after flames swept the building.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
The scene at 237-245 State St. in Schenectady on Dec. 28, 2012, the morning after flames swept the building.
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James DeFalco has grand plans for the old Patton and Hall building in Schenectady. He wants to open a gym on the first floor of the prominent four-story, 26,000-square-foot building on lower State Street. He wants to open a cafe that offers healthy cuisine, a juice bar that features protein shakes and his own supplement line, Jact Nutrition. He wants to create offices on the second, third and fourth floors. Before he can do any ...


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tonijean613
June 11, 2014
2:26 a.m.

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How exactly would this new gym be different from the Y? The special nutrition line of products sounds interesting- would the product be made in Schdy? Office tenants would benefit from gym in own building -they would not have to go outside in bad weather- I suggest a wall of windows over State St where the stationary bikes can offer a nice view while working out-

safny
June 11, 2014
6:32 a.m.

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While I realize that the taxes here are way too high - how does a person who already owes 135 thousand expect to pay that and then renovate the building - at which time they will raise the taxes!! With all due respect - a gym just does not seem to be what's needed there as the Y is already downtown and another gym is opening on Liberty shortly.

joycemadre
June 11, 2014
8:16 a.m.

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Well Mayor McCarthy maybe if you worked with businesses not just your pet projects people would not file bankruptcy. Remember people have their hard earned money invested. The city certainly allowed my property to be serverly damaged by not requiring the construction of Union TownHomes to put in a drainage system, which for everyone else is required. Mayor you are worried about it slowing down the process? how about how the feelings of the property owner? Work together?
Gym why not try it especially if it has other features to offer and I am sure the YMCA will be fine. You have excessive number of bars so why not two gyms.

JIMOCONNOR
June 11, 2014
10:07 a.m.

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I still haven't heard any ideas/plans to address the male 'smokers' who congregate in front of the 'Y' and deli now. What magical thought convinces leaders that the thirty something generation will invest time, money, and energy gentrifying this area. How are the Hodorowski boys doing with the City Mission's 'smokers?'

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