More Awesomely Great News

The Recorder features some of the awesomest news on residential development as funding for Key Bank rehabilitation has fallen through (here). Here is the salient part:

This spring, the city applied for Phase III of the program, and denoted that the funds, which were not to exceed $2.5 million, would be used towards rehabilitation of the former Key Bank building on East Main Street. Plans for the building have included luxury apartments on the top floors, office space throughout the rest of the seven floors and maybe a business on the first floor.

What’s awesome is that we sustain the current lack of residential development and residential investment in the community. That’s the path to success.
Plus ‘luxury apartments’? In Amsterdam?! Please!! It’s clear that this is a boondoggle as no one will ever choose to live or rent in Amsterdam. In fact, this is merely a clever dodge for Section 8 housing and we all know the very concept of adaptive reuse of historic buildings makes no sense when you could tear it down and build a strip mall or have an empty lot on which an awesomely viable commercial venture will start that will kickstart  Amsterdam’s economy.
Tune into WCSS and the local radio hosts and callers –especially local elected leaders– will set the record straight on the utter impossibility of luxury apartments in the city.   They’ll set the hapless owner and sponsor of this project straight for sure. Also tune in when they announce schedule for the fireworks celebration for the failure to get funding and the demise of luxury apartments as a marketable concept.  Woo hoo!
Finally I hope the editorial board of the Recorder weighs in with an editorial on a ticking clock as that building has been there a long time and something’s got to be done NOW. Tick tock…
Even awesomer than our funding fail is that Kaufmann’s funding for rehabing a historic property in Broadalbin has fallen through (here).  I’m not sure why their mayor is so disappointed as the building may have to be razed. Who cares about historic properties when you could ‘tear it down’ and build new commercial properties or even better, a parking lot. Don’t they see how brilliantly it has worked here?
What an awesome day so far. It can only get awesomer from here.

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3 Responses

  1. Karin says:

    I feel that our local radio is “very negative” when it comes to discussing Amsterdam in general. Many of these “downer” routine callers are not even residents of the city. They live in the “Towns” of Amsterdam. Why must all this chatter be so negative? This is one of the main reasons we scare potential home buyers and businesses away. Is ther no possibility to concentrate on ANYTHING positive here? Section 8? Blame it on Centro Civico (who I just found out, the person in charge there lives in Clifton Park??????) When the new council comes into play, I sure hope that there is more open mindness in this city’s future and a more positive approach on how to bring our city back to where we once were, a great place to live and raise a family. Get rid of the out of town landlords and section 8 and our lives will improve 100%. And maybe we will finally get the overflow of potential homebuyers and businesss here that we desparately need, instead of criminals, drug dealers and baby making machines who are scamming social services. My Star Rebate check was given to social services who were supposed to be buying back to school items, but instead, were out buying beer, ciggarettes and lotto tickets! I could have used my rebate money to enhance my property which I pay dearly to live in! And one last thing, with our new Code Enforcement Officer, maybe the city will start FINING HEAVILY to all the people who are way behind in fixing up their properties, and bringing down our neighborhoods and our city. And don’t even mention the city owned properties. I’ve heard enough about “Why should I fix my own house up when the city owned properties are deteriating”. There are more privately owned houses falling apart in this city than there is city owned. Dosen’t anybody care about what there houses and yards look like anymore? What ever happened to a can of paint, garbage bags, a broom and a lawnmower? Where is the pride of homeownership in this city? Our taxes wouldn’t be this high if people would start cleaning up after themselves. Maybe then we could get more people to want to own a nice old house in our city instead of buying a home in Anywhere Else USA.

  2. Mark says:

    I agree with Karen. The general response to any kind of new development in the city is always negative. I keep reading that everyone wants to tear down the Chalmers building and the Mohasco building and all of the deteriorating homes throughout the city. If we were actually to take a chance and allow developers to renovate the beautiful old buildings in the city then surely there is some benifit to be made. Tax revenue would increase and blight would decrease. And the historic buildings would give the city character and spur further growth. Simply tearing everything down and hoping for something new to take it’s place is indicative of the modernist movement that brought that hideous and defunct mall into the city and completely destroyed downtown. I think it’s shameful how the council scared away the developer that wanted to actually do something with Mohasco and Esquire and I honestly can’t believe that the city is trying to thwart Uri Kauffman’s plans for the Chalmers building. The city is basically destroying any efforts being made to revitalize the city’s downtown. And to all those who say that there is no place in amsterdam for high end apartments there are hundreds of examples of cities being completely reborn by attracting upperclass tenants into refurbished factory buildings. Downtown Chicago and Tribeca in New York are both examples. Granted, Amsterdam is significantly smaller, I still believe there is hope. Amsterdam is a dump because it caters to the type of people who live in dumps. If we never offer anything better then we will never get anything better. I think the common council needs to get a backbone and start working towards some real change.

  3. Karin says:

    Thank You! I think by renovating and repairing some of these beautiful homes in our city instead of tearing them down, will keep the city’s history alive. We are an old city with old charm. I don’t understand why there are so many people just rooting to knock everything down? Building new is not always such a great idea. If you want new, buy a condo on Midline Road. If you love the old charm of Amsterdam, buy a beautiful old Victorian on Guy Park Avenue. I also think Amsterdam should start a Historical Society and put plaques in front of some of the beautiful old homes in our city. There is just so much history here. Educate people on where they are living and just maybe they will learn to appreciete our beautiful city.

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