Capital Region Land Bank Ready to Go with 19 More Demos in Schenectady

Capital Region Land Bank Ready to Go with 19 More Demos in Schenectady



NEWS RELEASE                                     For Immediate Release


Contact: Gary McCarthy, Mayor                                                                                                                Office:  (518) 382-5000
City Hall, 105 Jay Street                                                                                                                           Cell:      (518) 424-0483
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Schenectady NY 12305

Schenectady, N.Y., January 28, 2016 — The Capital Region Land Bank today issued a request for proposals to demolish 19 more vacant buildings in Schenectady.   Bids are due back to the Land Bank on February 11, 2016.

Richard Ruzzo, Chairman of the Capital Region Land Bank and a member of the Schenectady County Legislature said, “We are pleased to announce 19 more vacant and blighted buildings will be taken down by the Land Bank to continue our efforts with the City and County to boost neighborhood revitalization and improve the quality of living for our residents throughout the community.”

Mayor Gary R. McCarthy said, “We are pleased to work with the Land Bank to get rid of houses that are beyond repair while we continue to renovate and restore other homes for new residents through our H.O.M.E.S. program.”

Schenectady is using a $3 million Land Bank grant from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and HUD funding secured through a partnership with Senator Schumer and Schenectady County to help pay for demolition and renovation projects.

The Mayor’s Home Ownership Made Easy in Schenectady (H.O.M.E.S.) Program also includes efforts to market homes to new residents and to sell City-owned property to residents who commit to invest in Schenectady.

The buildings scheduled for demolition include:

1126 Albany Street

1205 State Street

1207 State Street

114 Porter Street

909 Wendell Avenue

858 Eastern Avenue

4 Elmer Avenue

123 Prospect Street

854 Eastern Avenue

105 DeGraff Street

108 DeGraff Street

101 Prospect Street

112 Prospect Street

129 Prospect Street

1035 Second Avenue

1039 Second Avenue

409 Duane Street

413 Duane Street

706 Vale Place

A final bid award is expected by February 19, 2016.  Demolition work is scheduled to start immediately following the bid award.  For more information,