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Cleanup complete at old McDonald's site

An environmental cleanup of the old McDonalds site in Scotia is now complete, making the land ready to hand over to Mazzone Management Group for overflow parking and an eventual bakery.

The Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority announced Tuesday that the cleanup finished on time and under budget for $213,824. Metroplex bought the property in March from McDonald’s Corp. for $1 with an agreement to sell it to Mazzone for the cost of cleanup up to $250,000.

Mazzone would then use the 1.1-acre plot at 25 Mohawk Ave. temporarily as an overflow parking lot for Glen Sanders Mansion events. Eventually, Mazzone President Angelo Mazzone plans to house a retail bakery operation at the site, along with other retail offerings in a strip mall-type arrangement.

About 1,100 tons of petroleum-impacted soil and three underground 1,000-gallon storage tanks were removed from the site. Metroplex worked with C.T. Male Associates, of Latham, and several environmental contractors to clean the site.

“I congratulate our county economic development team for the successful clean-up of the former McDonald’s site in Scotia," said Marty Finn, chair of the Schenectady County Legislature’s economic development committee. "This effort has now created a shovel-ready site that will be a catalyst for additional development along Mohawk Avenue that will benefit the village and all of Schenectady County.“

Metroplex has cleaned up other brownfield sites in Schenectady County, including the former Big N Plaza, the old American Locomotive Company site, several major lots downtown, the former Capitol Plaza in Rotterdam, a former gas station where the new Schenectady County Community College housing is located, sites on Technology Drive and the former Marks property in Duanesburg.

Metroplex plans to complete the sale to Mazzone Management Group later this year.

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