real estate

Capital region takes on zombie properties: New York NOW

Jul 28, 2014

Zombie Properties Story begins at 10:40

Dealing with abandoned or zombie properties is a challenge for any municipality. The owner falls into foreclosure, leaving the city to manage the structure and its impact on the community.

Four cities in the Capital Region are hoping the Center for Technology in Government can help them fight urban decay.

Joanna Richards

After founding his first stores elsewhere, Jefferson County’s Frank Winfield Woolworth bought the building in Watertown where he’d got his start in the dry goods business, intending to raze it and build one of his own stores. Woolworth died before he could see it, but his company realized his plan and the building’s a central part of the early history of the five-and-dime chain. After years of vacancy, two developers have plans to revive the landmark.