News From the Town of Colonie
Paula A. Mahan
Demolition of Sebastian's to Take Place November 2
Newtonville , N.Y. – Supervisor Paula A. Mahan has announced that the final phase of demolition of the building at 705 Troy-Schenectady Road , commonly known as Sebastian's, will take place on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 beginning at 7 a.m.
At that time, the demolition crew using heavy equipment will commence knocking down the walls and tearing up the foundation of the structure. It is anticipated that the building will be completely removed by the close of business on November 2.
Work began on October 31 with asbestos abatement and removal of the roof, which was completed on that date. The Town subsequently received its asbestos abatement certification from New York State , paving the way for final demolition.
“This building has been an eyesore that has negatively affected the property values and quality of life in this area of the Town, and its removal will further positive redevelopment of our Route 7 Corridor. I am very happy that we have been able to successfully resolve an issue that has troubled the Town for years. ” said Colonie Town Supervisor Paula A. Mahan.
The demolition and removal of this unsightly structure was made possible only after the Town adopted a tough, new Abandoned and Vacant Real Property Law earlier this year under the leadership of Supervisor Mahan.
The demolition is being performed by Columbia Development Companies, BBL and NBT Bank at no cost to the Town.
According to NBT Regional President Jeffrey Levy, "We are delighted to be able to contribute to the Town's efforts to make this important section of our community more attractive and appealing to businesses and residents."
Plans are for the site to be cleaned up and graded immediately. In the spring the site will be landscaped with grass and plantings and turned into an attractive greenspace, also at no cost to the Town.