Demolition of Latham Water tanks begins today

"This has been a very lengthy process," said Airport Authority Director of Public Affairs Doug Myers. "There was a required relocation of the tower to the Sanderson site."

The Town of Colonie had a new water storage tank built to hold 2.5 million gallons of water in 2008. The new tank is located at 343A Albany Shaker Road, which is adjacent to the Sanderson-Heath Haven Park, with a 3.5 million gallon per day pump station located directly next to the tank. There was a 36-inch main and 24-inch main installed in June of 2008 in Loudonville.

For the demolition process, crews will be scraping and vacuuming the checkerboard paint off the tank. They will then cut the seams of the tank with blowtorches and remove sections of it, piece by piece.

Frazer said the process could take about four weeks to complete.

Myers said while the water tower have been up for a while, planes have been avoiding them and only using the runway for a third of the airport's flights.

"It's a large tower that's protruding," he said. "It's all in the hands of Colonie now.""

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