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Michael DeMasi


Albany, NY, United States

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Past articles by Michael:

Judge orders foreclosure sale of historic downtown Troy building

The Cannon Building is expected to attract serious bidders given the number of new investments in downtown Troy in recent years, including upscale apartments, bars, restaurants and other small businesses. → Read More

Silence deafening on downtown Albany development proposals

Two months have passed since proposals were submitted to redevelop a large chunk of downtown Albany, New York, and the state will not release any details about them. → Read More

This won't be your parents' flea market, Troy entrepreneur says

The flea market will be held at same place where the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market has been drawing thousands of people for years, becaming a launching pad for small businesses. → Read More

Rush Street Gaming releases new drawings for proposed $300 million casino in Schenectady, New York

Rush Street Gaming went back to the drawing board after hearing some criticism over the previous design. → Read More

Heritage Custom Builders breaks ground on 103-lot Clifton Park subdivision with sidewalks

The newest homes being built in Clifton Park, New York will have an uncommon feature for residential subdivisions in the suburbs. → Read More

Costco, national retail chain, says 'no' to site near Times Union newspaper headquarters in suburban Albany, NY

Plans for a large shopping center will move forward, though the developer must demonstrate it can handle the anticipated traffic volumes for whatever retailers end up locating there. → Read More

Uber, Lyft, the ride sharing services, do not pass "GO" this time around New York State Legislature

Uber and Lyft can both offer rides in New York City because they tweaked their business models to comply with Taxi and Limousine Commission regulations, but they can't do so outside the metro area without changes in state insurance law. → Read More

New York State keeping tight lid on downtown Albany redevelopment proposals

The Albany Convention Center Authority spent about $10 million buying the properties with the intention of building a convention center there, but the plans changed because of a lack of funding. The state then sought redevelopment proposals for the land near the Greyhound bus station. → Read More

Golub Corp. and Price Chopper supermarkets will not sell cigarettes at new Market 32 stores

CEO Jerry Golub says cigarettes do not fit in with the health-conscious identity the company wants to build at Market 32. → Read More

Huck Finn's Playland in Albany, New York pushes back grand opening by a day

The playland was built next to Huck Finn's Warehouse and More on Erie Boulevard in Albany's warehouse district → Read More

Price revealed in purchase of Rotterdam Square Mall in upstate New York

Via Properties, a Turkish commercial real estate developer that operates domestically as Via Port USA, is spending $10 million to install an aquarium, bowling alley, sports bar and arcade to increase foot traffic at the struggling shopping center. → Read More

In upstate New York this July Fourth: Keystone Novelties will sell fireworks from tents

Saratoga County is one of 24 counties that opted-in to a new state law allowing the sale of "sparking devices" for the July Fourth holiday. → Read More

State not saying much about downtown Albany development proposals

The state had a June 4 deadline to receive proposals for the land, a collection of parking lots and empty buildings near the Greyhound bus station that for the past decade was the proposed site of a convention center. → Read More

Albany, NY businessowners push for Uber as a taxi counterpunch

Unreliable cab service has frustrated the hospitality industry for years. Now hotels see an answer in the anti-taxi. → Read More

Times Union Center, the downtown Albany, NY sports arena, is drawing interest from companies pushing for the naming rights

The newspaper and an unidentified entity each have expressed interest in the naming rights after the current deal expires Dec. 31, 2017. → Read More

Real estate developer I. David Swawite is renewing his push to bring an aquarium to downtown Albany, New York

Omni Development Co. Inc. is the largest private property owner in the central business district. → Read More

All Over Albany co-founder Greg Dahlmann's biggest challenge: Being both journalist and businessman

Since co-founding AllOverAlbany.com, Greg Dahlmann has found a way to juggle being both journalist and entrepreneur → Read More

Uber Technologies and Lyft ride sharing services face uphill ride as New York lawmakers speed toward end of session

Upstate fans of ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft may have to continue relying on cabs to get around for at least another year. → Read More

Former Hoffman's Playland property in Colonie, NY to be acquired by Schuyler Cos. real estate development company

The deal is the latest step in the eventual transformation of valuable commercial real estate in Colonie, New York. → Read More

Alain Kaloyeros, president of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, talks about bringing tech jobs to Rensselaer, New York

Alain Kaloyeros, president of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, announced today an initiative to bring high-tech jobs to the Hudson riverfront in the city of Rensselaer, New York, on a site that was previously pitched for a casino. → Read More