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Troy eyesore could become apartments

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What's considered an eyesore now may be the next best thing to happen to Troy. Apartments could move in downtown. The city has a buyer, and all they have to do now is close. Our Erin Vannella reports.

TROY, N.Y. -- It's triangular, it has a river view, and it's Troy's latest housing project.

"We're recommending about 76 units which is about 10 less than they originally proposed," said Troy city mayor Lou Rosamilia.

After sitting idle for 15 years, the former Marvin-Neitzel building and uniform manufacturing plant may get a makeover if a Missouri developer agrees to the terms and buys it.

"What I want to do is increase the number of residents actually living in the downtown area and have everything they need in the city itself," said Rosamilia.

River Street neighbors, Ryan's Wake and Brown's Brewing company, are on board.

"It's great for business, great for downtown Troy, any more people living downtown will be great," said Ryan's Wake manager Chris Ryan.

"We've got new businesses coming in, we've got Bombers over there so it certainly can't hurt," said Brown's Brewing Company General Manager Paul Minbiole. "It can only help."

Creating more downtown living options is the next big step, business and city officials agree, to make downtown Troy a more walkable Troy.

"We've been lucky I think," said Minbiole. "Troy is becoming more and more of a destination to come to so that's a good thing."

"People are really rediscovering Troy because of the architectural bones the city has and the historic aspect of everything and the exciting future that we're going to have ahead of us," said Ryan.

"I look forward to it if it happens," said Minbiole. "Hopefully it will."

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