Schenectady, NY (NEWS10) — The Schenectady County Legislature passed a resolution Tuesday night through a commission to purchase 754 State Street in Schenectady in hopes of building a food market there. To take effect, the resolution must also be passed at the regular session of Congress on September 13th.
Several areas within Schenectady have been identified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service as low-income census districts with a significant number or percentage of residents more than half a mile from the nearest supermarket. I’m here.
Schenectady County Councilman Gary Hughes, Chair of the Economic Development Planning Commission, said: “Our goal is to use ARPA funds to invest in projects like this to have a lasting impact on communities. We believe it’s an ideal location due to its proximity to the identified regions, and our commitment to invest up to $3 million to build the market will help us attract developers to make this happen. It projects reality.”
Located at 754 State Street, this property is just over 2 acres with a large building and access from both Albany and State Streets. The legislature asked the county director of economic development planning to prepare a Request for Proposals (RFP). This will provide up to $3 million to build a food market on site.