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66 Franklin remains in waiting

Fate of one of Spa City’s historically significant buildings rests with owner

The fate of this 66 Franklin St. property in Saratoga Springs rests with the actions of its owner. Photo Submitted.

The fate of this 66 Franklin St. property in Saratoga Springs rests with the actions of its owner. Photo Submitted.

— Boff, a developer, had plans to redevelop the site after demolition but he has yet to produce all of the necessary information requested of the city’s Design Review Commission.

“He’s said in the past that he wanted to redevelop the site but his plans and his application for the demolition included no plans for any new buildings. It only included plans for a fence. (The building) is stable and needs to be brought up within compliance of the New York state property maintenance code. We’ve had a structural engineer inspect the building and he has since been required by city court to do preventative maintenance to stabilize it and to prevent it from deteriorating any further,” said Bosshart.

Signs on the front of the building read “No Trespassing” and is listed for sale by Roohan Realty at a price of $675,000, according Bosshart. Boff paid $400,000for the home in 2008. He also owns the vacant lot adjacent to the property, which had a similar building on it but was demolished in the 1970s.

Boff went to the city’s Design Review Commission in the summer of 2009 and was asked to provide a limited scope EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) on the impacts to the cultural and historical resources to Franklin Square should the building be demolished, according to Brad Birge, administrator of Planning &Economic Development. Boff requested the demolition through the city court.

“The city along with the owner went to city court to request demolition. However, our interpretation of the law is that city court can’t issue a demolition. That can only be done through New York State Supreme Court action. City Court had once approved demolition but realizing the interpretation withdrew their approval of the demolition and we sought an injunction,” said Bosshart.

Birge said, “As far as the city is concerned, there is an application for demolition. Within the city’s zoning ordinance the structure is identified as having architectural significance and there has to be a dollar and cents argument and documentation as to why it can not be preserved and then if it may be eligible for the listing of national register of historical properties and there needs to be a post demolition plan for that.”

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