Capital Region Land Bank Will Demolish Vacant, Blighted, Zombie Property in Rotterdam Junction

June 17, 2022

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — The Capital Region Land Bank has reached an agreement to take title to and demolish 1233 Main Street in Rotterdam Junction.

“This property located right on Route 5S in Rotterdam Junction is one of the most blighted zombie properties in Schenectady County,” said Richard Ruzzo, Chairman of the Land Bank and a member of the Schenectady County Legislature. “Today, we are pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement that will allow the Land Bank to proceed with demolition, eliminating this ugly eyesore in Rotterdam Junction.”

Anthony Jasenski, Chairman of the Schenectady County Legislature said, “We thank the Land Bank for making this major improvement to the main corridor in Rotterdam Junction.  This is a meaningful change that will eliminate a blighted building that has been a hinderance to investment and a major nuisance to neighbors.”

The Capital Region Land Bank has asked the last three owners of the property to clean up the site before the most recent owner finally handed over the deed so that the property can be demolished.  The Land Bank is administered by Metroplex as part of Schenectady County’s unified economic development team.

“Whenever possible we try to save structures and repair them,” said David Hogenkamp, Executive Director of the Land Bank. “In this case, the building is way beyond repair and demolition is the only solution.”

The Land Bank will immediately demolish the building once closing occurs and utilities are disconnected.  Dan’s Hauling & Demo. Inc. will complete the demolition on behalf of the Land Bank.

The Capital Region Land Bank revitalizes neighborhoods by eliminating blighted structures that are beyond repair as well as renovating and building new housing in Schenectady County.

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