[WATCH] Car in Albany Avoids Near-Disaster During Recent Demo
Video shows a car in Albany almost hit during demolition
You would think that the roadways were blocked in both directions during a demo in Albany recently, but somehow, a car traveling on Henry Johnson Boulevard on Saturday was forced to a sudden halt, luckily avoiding projectile pieces of a decrepit building.
Henry Johnson Boulevard is a road in Albany that many travelers use when either coming into or exiting Albany.
It's a high-traffic street that features a few ethnic restaurants, Stewart's, The Albany PD Headquarters, a public library, and until recently, 4 abandoned, albeit very historic homes.
4 properties were knocked down
Four historic properties were bulldozed over the weekend, 7 years after they were part of a project designed to highlight vacated and abandoned buildings throughout the City of Albany.
"Historic Albany Foundation is saddened to hear of the loss of four historic properties in the Arbor Hill neighborhood this past Saturday, June 10th. 125, 127, and 129 Henry Johnson Blvd. were all built circa 1850 while 133 was a bit later (circa 1885.) All four structures were a part of Breathing Lights in 2016 which was a multi-city art installation to highlight vacant and abandoned buildings.
The city initiative had good intentions, but according to the Historic Albany Foundation, authorization was granted this past Saturday to tear down the buildings that had become unsecured and overrun with squatters.
While you never like to see entire portions of blocks bulldozed, it was something the City of Albany had to do - but it could have been much worse as somehow, traffic was passing while the buildings were being demolished.
We found a video of the recent demolition that was posted by an eyewitness to Albany Reddit.
Watch as unsuspecting Honda brakes quickly while portions of the old, decrepit building spill out onto the street during Saturday's demolition
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