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Ground has been broken for a new hotel in a popular summertime Adirondack tourist town that's hoping to become a year-round destination.

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The fate of Colonie’s Blu-Bell and Skylane Motels remains in limbo: a court decision has been delayed.

The two hotels became a blight on the town of Colonie and object of ongoing legal efforts to demolish the buildings and prevent other motels in the town from meeting a similar fate. 

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Colonie’s Blu-Bell and Skylane Motels regularly sheltered needy people who were receiving temporary housing assistance from Albany County. The hotels came to be associated with violence, drug dealing and prostitution. There's been an ongoing effort to demolish the buildings and prevent other motels in the town from meeting a similar fate.

Although the Blu-Bell and Skylane were on a three-year inspection cycle, in the fall of 2013 someone fell through a floor at the Skylane, breaking several bones. A series of events followed that resulted in both motels being closed.

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