Schenectady County officials urge McDonald's to sell site

The former McDonald's restaurant at 25 Mohawk Ave. in Scotia can no longer boast of serving more than a million burgers and fries to area residents.

In fact, for the last three years, the vacant McDonald's hasn't served anyone.

The building's windows are boarded up and covered with graffiti, and the parking lot on the property is riddled with potholes.

Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature Susan E. Savage, D-Niskayuna, calls the property a blighted building, and that's why, she said, she sent a letter to a McDonald's Corp. executive last week, urging the fast food giant to sell their site.

According to county officials, an unnamed local developer has put in an offer to purchase the property. Ray Gillen, chair of the Metroplex Development Authority, said the developer wished to remain confidential.

In her letter, addressed to Richard Crawford, McDonald's corporate vice president of government relations, Savage said she was "concerned about the safety, appearance, and the generally poor conditions that exist" at the vacant site.

She said that in its current condition, the building reflects poorly on its neighbors, namely a branch of the County Public Library and Collins Park, where the greening grass of early spring stands in stark contrast with the deteriorating former-burger joint.

Savage also said that continuing vandalism to the property has been a detriment to redeveloping the area.

"The goal is to take down the building and develop the site," said Gillen. "The current condition is an eyesore and is unacceptable, and we have communicated that to McDonald's, via the letter from Susan Savage."

Savage's letter made it clear that an offer had been made to purchase the site.

"We understand that McDonald's has received an offer from a local developer to buy the site, clean-up any environmental issues at the site at their expense, and indemnify McDonald's from any future liability," wrote Savage.

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