$30M housing project eyed for junkyard near Rexford Bridge

Aerial photo of Williams Site in Niskayuna.Aerial photo of Williams Site in Niskayuna.

Gazette Reporter

NISKAYUNA — The owners of Williams Auto Scrap Yard are under contract to sell the Aqueduct Road site to an Albany-based developer for conversion into a $30 million upscale residential development.

Joe McQueen, director of public communications for Schenectady County, said Peter Luizzi, owner of Luizzi Brothers Contracting, began working with the county’s economic development team on the new project after his recent success redeveloping a former office building in Schenectady — the old MVP headquarters — into 30 apartments.

“He had such success with the old MVP building in the Stockade that he wanted to do more,” McQueen said.

The current fleet of junk cars notwithstanding, the site is in an attractive location on a hill overlooking the river near the Rexford Bridge, bordering the Mohawk-Hudson Hike/Bike Trail and the town of Niskayuna’s Aqueduct Park.

“We thought [the land] would be a great fit — a great location for what we wanted to do,” Luizzi said Monday. “We like the water, the views, the area and the lay of the land, as it has different elevations. It’s just aesthetically pleasing and conceptually, it would present a nice project.”

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