Demolition to begin soon on two shuttered Colonie motels

COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – After a year and a half, two vacant motels in the town of Colonie will finally be knocked down.

The Blu-Bell and Skylane Motels in Colonie were called home by indigent sex offenders and the poor. In January 2014, the rooms had holes in the floors, mold on the ceiling and no working heat.

Albany County and Schenectady County taxpayers footed the bill for the two buildings. Owner Alex Patel took in millions.

The buildings were later condemned. In March 2015, and facing more than $700,000 in fines and possible jail time, Patel accepted a deal to demolish the buildings.

Part of the deal stated the buildings must be knocked down within 90 days, and Patel could never build another motel on the lots. But six months later, they still stand.

Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan cited red tape and lengthy asbestos as part of the hold up. But she said things have sped up since Patel’s son took over, and they are expecting demolition to begin within three weeks.

“There is no way this is not happening,” Mahan said. “When we met in court, we all agreed that it’s in the best interest to take the motels down.”

In place of the motels, Mahan said there’s a plan for the Skylane to become a mini storage facility and the Blu-Bell to be a restaurant and retail business.

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