County Demolishes Notorious Crane Street Buildings Taking Next Step in Construction of a New $2 Million Mont Pleasant Branch Library

Former Chubby's Pizza after Demolition

Schenectady County Legislators were joined by members of the Schenectady County Public Library Board of Trustees, and community members for .the demolition of the former Chubby’s Pizza (1032 Crane Street) as the next step in building a new Mont Pleasant Branch Library and Literacy Center.

“We are extremely excited for this opportunity to bring our successful Branch Library and Literacy Center model to the Mont Pleasant neighborhood,” said Holly Vellano, Chair of the County Legislature’s Committee on Libraries and Education.  “It is clear that the neighborhood embraces the concept of a new branch focusing on community literacy; one that will definitely have a dramatic impact on the future success of our youth.”

The County recently took control of the site at 1032 Crane Street from the City IDA.  The building had more than 500 police calls last year and the convenience store formerly located at the site was shut down by the City of Schenectady.  Once completed, the current branch would be demolished for expanded library parking. The current branch lacks adequate space, parking, handicap access and other amenities needed to host a modern branch library and literacy center.

The new facility is designed to be used by families and children and will provide services in early childhood, family and adult literacy, financial literacy, digital literacy, and other youth and adult programming.  The focus on literacy is part of a community-wide effort involving the County, City, City School District, private foundations and others to equip every member of the community with solid reading and writing skills.

The total cost of the new branch is estimated at $2.3million, with Schenectady County committing $1.55million and the remainder being contributed by the Library Board of Trustees, The Friends of the Library, The Wright Family Foundation, The Little Family Foundation, Neil and Jane Golub, and former Library Board President Esther Swanker.  The County and Library staff also collaborated on a NYS Education Department grants application and other funding requests that if approved would offset costs to the County.


Former Chubby's Pizza Before Demolition



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