Nicholaus Building in Schenectady to be Demolished

Close-Up Of Damaged Brick Wall

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It's looking more and more likely that the Historic Nicholaus Bulilding at State Street and Erie Boulevard  in Schenectady will  be coming down. 

A local engineering firm tells the city that  the building poses an immediate threat to public safety, and could collapse.

An emergency demolition is being discussed by city officials and a demolition company. The City of Schenectady police department has closed both southbound lanes of Erie Boulevard at Liberty Street.

In addition only one northbound lane of Erie Boulevard will be open. State Street  is closed in both directions from Ferry Street  to Erie Boulevard. All traffic traveling westbound on State Street, will be diverted northbound on Erie Boulevard. 

No one has  been in the building since April 1st, 2016 when the owner of the Thai Thai Bistro said that the building was shaking and vibrating, and the  walls, ceilings and floors were cracking and separating.

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