Major Eyesore On Route 9 Being Demolished-What Will it Become?
If you drive along Route 9 in the Latham/Cohoes area chances are you have driven by this eyesore. It was an operating motel for quite some time, became apartments, and then it declined. Eventually, it was condemned. Now construction crews are tearing it down.
Old Motel Being Demolished Making Room For New Space
Karl's Motel located at 1133 Loudon Road is finally being torn down. A new developer is hoping to make the space into a twelve thousand square foot mixed-use housing and retail space along Route 9.
The plan is to build office and retail space on one floor and four apartments on the second floor. Each floor would consist of six thousand square feet according to the Times Union. The Colonie Planning Board received the proposal back in November.
There will also be a parking lot and access road built. There is a plan to make a green space that would allow the residents to have an area to grill and enjoy the outside.
When Will it Be Built?
Right now just the demolition is being done. They must wait until approval by the town and a building permit needs to be issued. The owner is planning to redevelop the home that is vacant next door to Karls Motel to build another mixed-use building. the approval of that property has already been given.
According to Fred Sharifipour the president of Freddy Cos. of NY said:
We are looking forward to removing the condemned eyesore motel at 1133 and hope this project will set a positive development trend for that site off Loudon Road. All departments in the town of Colonie work hard on constantly improving all aspects of the town and that’s what makes the town of Colonie so successful.