An area businessman who died in a plane crash earlier this year will now forever be remembered. Our Matt Hunter has more on the Troy City Council voting to rename part of 6th Avenue in his honor.
TROY, N.Y. -- “Walter’s contribution has been dynamic for the entire community. He was a visionary, he saw things that we didn’t see,” said Troy Mayor, Lou Rosamilia.
As founder and CEO of the United Group, a company that specializes in senior and student living projects, Walter Uccellini was on the forefront of local development. On Troy’s 6th Avenue, he spearheaded the $150 million City Station project, which blends RPI student apartments with retail space downstairs. The Marmora Café was the most recent business to move in.
“It’s a very nice block, as you see it’s beautiful. We get kids from all over the world upstairs and they are going to build another one across the street,” said Moheb Habib, Marmora Café owner.
“It brings students into the downtown, which creates a better atmosphere and it really helps the whole neighborhood thrive,” said Mayor Rosamilia.
In mid-August, friends and colleagues were devastated by the news that the 67-year-old Uccellini was killed when the small plane he was riding in crashed in Clifton Park.
“He had the ability to see what was ahead and it was a great loss to the family, obviously, and to the community as well,” said Mayor Rosamilia.
On Thursday night, the Troy City Council honored Uccellini’s contribution to the Collar City by voting to rename 6th Avenue between Congress and Ferry streets in his honor.
Uccellini spent the past 30 years building projects like the City Station across the state. With a city block now set to bear his name, local residents will celebrate his legacy long after his death.
“As you can see, he was a very active man; look at what he did. I think his sons will continue it, he has good sons,” said Habib.
The City Council voted unanimously in favor of the measure. They will formally rename the portion of 6th Avenue in honor of Uccellini at a ceremony next week.