LATHAM, NY (NEWS 10) – A new life begins Tuesday for a fixture that for decades was the go to place for those that live around Route 155.
Then a fire struck Handy Andy’s Grocery Store and the business and building were destroyed.
Now more than two years later, plans to redevelop it are finally moving forward.
Since the fire that consumed Handy Andy’s Grocery Store and Vintage Pizza, fixtures in the community, the property has sat vacant.
In those years, part of the wall and roof have collapsed and the charred remains of what made up Handy Andy’s became an eyesore.
“The owner gave us some difficulties,” Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan told News 10. “The first project was denied.”
Now, however, they’re moving forward with redevelopment plans, with demolition work beginning Wednesday.
The potential for it can be seen on Route 2.
The old Lennon’s Florist was also destroyed by a fire, but developers came in and the plan there is to have stores on the bottom and apartments on the top.
The old KFC on Route 9 has been turned into a parking lot.
“New life, new business. Terrific for the area,” Warrensburg resident Bob peters tells News 10.
“When I first moved here from Long Island it was like a cow path going through Latham,” Mechanicville resident Emily Turco says. “Of course that was almost fifty years ago.”
It’s come a long way since then, but there are some who have concerns.
“It’s overdeveloped,” Colonie resident Dot Taylor says. “You used to be able to take a ride between cities, country style, but not anymore.”
“There’s just so much, so much traffic,” Armand Landry said.