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Full video of July 19′s demolition

Madden Hotel demolition today

Today the Madden Hotel came down. Mayor Jack Diamond says it’s the beginning of a new era for South Street and for the City of Glens Falls. Images are on the photos page.

Glens Falls Economic Development Director Ed Bartholomew says, “While the former Madden is being demolished, the city, our contractor and other reporters are meeting with Glens Falls National Bank and their architects and planners to review status of our projects, timetable and coordination as the building is literally coming down this morning.

“Exciting time for the City- The long talked about revitalization is now underway. Through the efforts and visions of Mayor Diamond and Council- South Street is being re-energized!

“The South Street infrastructure project has started. Contractor Rifenburg’s mobilizing equipment commences with a sanitary storm line at the west end of Broad/South Streets and going eastward toward Glen Street. The majority of the project will be completed by late fall. More on the agenda: Sidewalks, trees, paving, streetscape lighting.”

Video of July 13′s demolition


Demolition began today with the first building by the alley coming down. It’s expected that the former Madden Hotel will come down this week or next.

Farmer’s Market in full swing

The Glens Falls Farmers’ Market is in full swing!

This Saturday features music by Marcusumpa (an acoustic duo featuring Mark Rabin and Skip Luppy). Great in-season produce that’s now available includes red and black raspberries, greens, lettuce, beets, carrots, turnips and cucumbers.

The market at South Street’s Community Pavilion in Glens Falls runs from 8 a.m. to noon.

See you there!

Bid winners

Rifenburg Companies, a family-owned construction firm, has been awarded the bid to commence work on South Street. All federal and local approvals are now in place for this project and the company will be moving their equipment and material into place and work will be commencing soon!

Original play about our South Street

Tonight was Adirondack Theater Festival’s final reading of “Dream Street,” the new play by Sean Christopher Lewis about our South Street.

From ATF’s website:

South Street, right here in Glens Falls, is the setting for his highly anticipated play—one of the first pieces commissioned by our new ATF Founder’s Fund for New Work. Based on interviews with residents, business owners, community leaders and others with intimate knowledge of the area, the play takes a fresh look at the past, present and future of the historic street.

Adirondack Theater Festival's ad, by Trampoline Design

Since the late 18th century, South Street has been the home of bars, gambling, restaurants and entertainment of all kinds. It was a stop on the vaudeville circuit and a site for the storage of Canadian whiskey on its way to New York City during Prohibition. Today, South Street continues to evolve, with development efforts that some say threaten its very character.

Join the playwright at this first-ever public reading, where you’ll be able to offer your views and help shape a play that is truly based on our community’s shared history and future.

Originally from St. Johnsville, NY, Sean previously performed at ATF developed a friendship rooted in common artistic ideas and principles. As they walked back and forth form ATF’s office on Elm Street to the Wood Theater, the seeds for this new show were sown each time they walked down South Street.
Did you attend the reading? We’d love to hear on our Facebook page what you thought of it! We hear that ATF aims to produce the show for a future season.

Glens Falls Trolley Tour

“In hopes of inciting more investment in Glens Falls, city leaders take commercial realtors and developers on a trolley tour, highlighting local development,” writes Matt Hunter of YNN. Click below to see the full article:

By: Matt Hunter

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – What may have looked like a leisurely ride through Glens Falls was all business. On Thursday, the city hosted its second annual “Look and See Trolley Tour” for commercial realtors and developers.

“I’m hoping to see more available sights for lease and sale, to get a better understanding of what is available,” said Bill Brown, a realtor with Coldwell Prime. “I have my own understanding, but I don’t… <click for more>

YNN story on South Street project

“The revitalization South Street in Glens Falls has been a work in progress for years, but this month it takes some major steps forward,” writes Matt Hunter of YNN. Click below to see the full article:

By: Matt Hunter

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – With multiple old and decaying buildings — most notably the Madden Hotel — South Street in Glens Falls has long been a thorn in the side of police and a poster child for blight. However, in recent months, city leaders say that’s been changing.

“That element is gone,” Glens Falls Mayor John “Jack” Diamond said. “The mind-set is changing and … <click for more>

South Street project advances

Another step forward for the South Street project as the City Council has awarded the South Street reconstruction project to the lowest responsible bidder: Rifenburg Construction, Inc. A total of five bids were received and reviewed by the Council. Construction is expected to begin in June.