Latham resident Alan Galuski, who lives adjacent to the abandoned and fire-damaged former KFC on Kunker Avenue, says he has faith town will use a new local law to demolish the building.
Photo by Andrew Beam.
COLONIE For several years, Alan Galuski’s home has bordered the property of a KFC that had caught fire on Kunker Avenue without any sign of it being fixed, but luckily for him, the town will now be able to use a new local law that will allow it to take down the building itself.
At a town board meeting on Thursday, Sept. 8, Galuski, a resident of Latham, got up in front of the town board for the first time to air out his grievances. The list included construction performed by the town in front of his house that he said causes rainwater to flood his backyard, a tree from Boston Market that fell on his fence in the backyard that he said he’d warned them about for months and the burnt KFC building.
“It takes time for anything to fester,” he said. “After the better part of six months, you start seeing the vagrancies happen and the total disregard for surrounding areas.”
Mainly the appearance and the trash build up near the KFC is one of Galuski’s main concerns. He said he understands that KFC is a nationwide company that it may not be zeroed in on the situation near his house in Latham but with all the activities that take place in the parking lot during the evening have become too much for him.
“There are arguments, there are noises such as trucks, I’ve repeatedly found alcoholic beverage containers,” he said. “Because of its abandoned status, it has become a haven for not only a hangout but also a dumping area, an illegal dumping area and it just isn’t right.”
After pleading with the town at the board meeting to do something about the eyesore, Colonie Town Attorney Mike Magguilli said the town will be able to use a new law, which was recently filed with the New York State Secretary of State. It would allow the town to do the work itself to help root out abandoned buildings around town.