COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — There’s some good news for Colonie residents. The eyesore along Central Avenue, also known as the Skylane Motel, has been demolished.
This is the end of a two year struggle between the town and the owners. The Skylane was one of two troubled motels owned by the Patel family.
It was the resident’s formal complaint two years ago that helped to secure a search warrant. The true scope of the dismal conditions at both the Skylane and its sister motel the BluBell then fully revealed.
Owner Alex Patel was raking in more than $5 million in county money.
“I personally think it’s great that it’s coming down,” Bill Fluty, who lives directly behind the motels, said.
My neighbor in back of me put up a fence because the people who lived there would walk through the woods. It got a little hairy at times.
Patel agreed to tear down both properties and never replace them with motels. In return, $750,000 in fines would be forgiven.
The zoning board has approved a self-storage business at the Skylane site. The BluBell was demolished last year; a retail space is set to go up in its place, although no building has yet been started.
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