Inside Albany’s biggest eyesore

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News 10 ABC revealed a plan by the new owner of Albany’s Biggest Eyesore to wrap it in “artistic advertising” to help pay the cost of finally moving the old building into re-development.

Many of you voted in our poll, “Would you support full size ads on the building?” The results in a moment.

But, first, let’s take you inside the infamous 1927 Central Warehouse for a closer look at the new owner’s plan.

The old building is 12 stories of concrete. New owner Evan Blum, an antique architecture salvage expert from New York City, would use the first two floors for an Upstate New York location for his multi-million dollar business, Demolition Depot. He has one of the greatest architectural antique collections in the nation.

Click on the image to play th video and take a look inside:

The lower floors are damp and gray, but offset by colorful graffiti. Rock solid concrete columns support the second floor entrance for the freight trains that once hauled in meat, produce, milk, and other food staples for the Capital Region and beyond.

Heading up the rickety stairs, it’s obvious the hard work and cost to rehab this old building will be enormous. On the upper levels, the 2010 fire that burned for days consumed great stacks of paper but left the concrete skeleton undamaged.

The building rumbles as an an eastbound Amtrak slides across the Hudson River. We head higher to what we think is the best view in Albany. This would be the polished lens on what would no longer be Albany’s Biggest Eyesore. And, just look at the view!

Blum says, “my vision tells me to make an event space up here. That would be enjoyed by everyone. Bar, Restaurant. Down below would be Albany’s new Skyway Park, a new Hyatt Hotel, and new apartments now under planning or construction. While people party and watch fireworks from the roof, Blum envisions an art center where Upstate artists and craftsmen could show and sell their wares. And, just maybe, a school where students could learn the delicate task of salvaging and re-assembling his beloved architectural antiques from around the state.

Because this old Albany Eyesore has such a deep history in our region, Blum says he otherwise wouldn’t change a thing.

Blum says he’s still leaning toward keeping the name, “Central Warehouse.” Because it has a ring to it.

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