Original play about our South Street

June 28, 2011
By Admin

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

June 16, 2011
By Admin

“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

June 16, 2011
By Admin

“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

June 15, 2011
By Admin

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.

Plans approved

June 9, 2011
By Admin

We are another step closer to transformation of South Street: On June 7, the Glens Falls Planning Board approved Glens Falls National Bank’s expansion plans (site plan review approval) onto South Street. Their three-story, 27,000 square foot building is expected to be constructed following the demolition of the former Madden Hotel in July & August.

Meanwhile, it is expected that the City Council will be considering awarding the $1.7. million South Street Construction Project in the coming days.

Rendering of new building proposal

June 3, 2011
By Admin

Here is the rendering of the proposed new Glens Falls National Bank building replacing the Madden Hotel. The building will face Glen Street and features a rooftop terrace and three stories. The rendering is by JMZ Architects and Planners.

Proposed Glens Falls National Bank Bank Building. Credit: JMZ Architects and Planners