Former school could house apartments in Broadalbin

BROADALBIN – An Amsterdam businessman could soon install apartments in an old school building.

Lee Fiacco, owner of DLF Properties of Amsterdam, is cleaning out the old Broadalbin Elementary School on School Street in the village and plans to put three apartments in the structure.

Fiacco said he also is repairing sections of the school to prepare it for construction. He said repairs had to be made to the outside of the building as well, replacing several bricks than had been taken or broken. Fiacco also has to replace a broken second-floor window.

According to Fiacco, he originally planned to build a condominium at the site.

“My dream is to have a condominium,” Fiacco said.

Fiacco said the expense of building a condominium – and the more complicated legal process for such a project – made three apartments much easier to do for now.

No plans have been finished, Fiacco said, and he still needs to meet with his engineer. Once the plans are complete, he hopes to take the plans to the Village Board and present them as soon as possible.

Fiacco said he would like to begin work as soon as he gets permission.

“Within 20 minutes [of approval], I will be in there hitting nails,” Fiacco joked.

Fiacco said he purchased the building in 2012.

According to village clerk Sheila P. Bleyl, a transfer report with the village said the building was bought for $130,000 from Bill and Dee Wade.

Officials with the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District said the building was sold to the Wades in 2009.

Classes at the former School Street building ended in June 1991 with all Broadalbin elementary grades being housed at the Primary School on Bridge Street starting in September 1991. The building also was the former Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services high school building until BOCES consolidated its facilities on Route 67 in 2006.