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Neighbors angry over rundown church in Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) - At the corner of Westerlo and Green, sits a big beautiful old Catholic Church.

“The church has been here since I’ve been here 15 years.”

After taking a closer look, you'll see why neighbors consider this building an eyesore.

“It’s very frustrating because it affects property values. The homeless could be in there don’t know never toured inside.”

Joseph Hyson, the founder of World Unity Group, has.

“The place is a wreck when I got it. The roof leaked holes in the floor just really terrible dangerous to walk around inside.”

He bought the property back in 2009, but according to Albany County, the company became delinquent on their payments and owes back taxes.

Hyson blames the failure of the project on his treasurer who was arrested.

“It brought a lot of bad attention to the corporation and all our funding was pulled.”

Now the county is responsible for collecting the money on behalf of the company until the property goes into foreclosure, which could take a number of years.

“We do everything in our power to find a responsible receiver of the property. We are open to any individual looking to take on a project," Mike McLaughlin, Albany County Director of Policy and Research, said.

But for Sue, that's not enough.

“We’d like for Albany County to stop with the excuses.”

There could be a number of environmental issues on the inside as well.

The county does not want to conduct any testing because once they do, they take ownership of the building.


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