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McDonald's to demolish Scotia site

Schenectady County officials announced in a release today that the vacant McDonald's site on Mohawk Avenue, in the Village of Scotia, will be demolished by the fast food corporation and will address any environmental cleanup that is needed.

The site, which has been closed since 2005, will be demolished by the McDonald's Corporation, who will also take care of any environmental concerns in hopes of making it a shovel-ready site. In a release, Schenectady County Chairwoman Susan Savage had contacted the McDonald's corporate headquarters two years ago to talk about the impact of the site on the village. With the help of The Schenectady Metroplex, the county's economic development team has negotiated an agreement with McDonald's to demolish and clean up the site. McDonald's has also promised to landscape and maintain the site to help the appearance of Mohawk Avenue until the property is sold.

\McDonald's has made a commitment to Schenectady County to demolish this eyesore at the gateway to Scotia and remediate any environmental issues on site, said Savage in a Tuesday, May 11, release. "This is a major step forward in our efforts to revitalize the Village of Scotia."

In return for the commitment to demolish the building by Wednesday, June 30, while addressing environmental concerns and landscape the site- the Schenectady Metroplex will provide $25,000 towards the cost of improving the site, according to a release from the county.

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