Thursday, 04 February 2021 12:54

To Raze or Not to Raze

Existing structures at 65 and 69 Phila Street, the owners of which have proposed to demolish – a proposal opposed by the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation. The application is under consideration by the city’s Design Review Commission. Photo: Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation. Existing structures at 65 and 69 Phila Street, the owners of which have proposed to demolish – a proposal opposed by the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation. The application is under consideration by the city’s Design Review Commission. Photo: Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation.

At The DRC: Proposed Phila Street Demolitions Opposed by Preservation Foundation

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A request for demolition of two vacant buildings is getting push-back from the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation. 

The matter is under consideration this week by the city’s Design Review Commission, although a late request was filed to adjourn the application until March 3. 

The two properties, which stand at 65 Phila St. and 69 Phila St. were both constructed in the 1850s.

“Despite their poor condition, the buildings still retain their architectural integrity,” argues the Preservation Foundation – which was established in 1977 and cites as its mission “to preserve and enhance the architectural, cultural, and landscaped heritage of Saratoga Springs.”  The two buildings have been listed on the Foundation’s “Ten to Save” list since the endangered list program was created in 1998.   

Lengthy documentation about the properties and the application for demolition may be found on the city’s website at saratoga-springs.org  under the Design Review Commission banner. The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation’s response to the proposal of demolition may be found at: saratogapreservation.org. 

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