Arts center to help rebuild Hamilton Hill community


SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The City of Schenectady is aiming to revitalize its downtown with the demolition of eight run down buildings. The city has demolished 200 of them in recent years.

Plans are already in place for some of the buildings. The Hamilton Hill Arts Center said it will turn the land across the street into a sculpture park.

“We plan to work with the police to have a gun buy back and to have that metal welded so that we can transform the idea of violence into something beautiful,” said Executive Director Rachel Conn.

The arts center has eyed the land for many years. The park’s groundbreaking is scheduled to happen in May after demolition is completed.

“We help to transform a history of pain into something beautiful, and that’s what we plan to do here with the park,” Conn said.

The city will demolish the buildings, and a grant from the Schenectady Foundation will help build the park.

Bids for the demolitions are due to the city by April 24. 

The eight buildings to be demolished include:

  • 511 Schenectady Street
  • 333 Georgetta Dix Plaza 
  • 1706 Carrie Street 
  • 955 Strong Street 
  • 9 Backus Street 
  • 410 Schenectady Street
  • 412 Schenectady Street 
  • 410 Summit Avenue

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