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Albany eyesore to be demolished

A look at the crumbling Central Warehouse exterior.
Zack Littrell
A look at the crumbling Central Warehouse exterior.

Albany's notorious eyesore, Central Warehouse, will be coming down.  

The Albany County Legislature has passed legislation to demolish the long vacant 11-story building. Sam Fein of the 6th district says its demise has been a long time coming.

 "We voted to provide $3 million of funding from ARPA funding to go towards this demolition. I know the state's also putting in $10 million so hopefully we take down that eyesore soon, do something much more productive with that site," said Fein. 

The Legislature says the county has applied for RestoreNY state grant funding from to cover the remaining costs.

Fein says there's no timetable yet for tearing Central Warehouse down.


Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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