Students who pass by Peoples’ Avenue on their commutes to and from school may have recently encountered a new, unexpected obstacle. The staircase, found near 12th Street on Peoples, was dubbed “the Mini Approach” by students because of its close semblance to the Approach, the marble staircase that connects Blitman and downtown Troy to RPI’s campus.
In recent years, the stairs have fallen into disrepair; presumably after multiple student complaints, a sign was posted on the staircase that stated the stairs were “owned and maintained by the City of Troy.” After the stairs were fully closed, students living off-campus received an email from Associate Dean Cary Dresher, who explained that the closing was because of a leaching problem behind the stairs and deterioration from freezing water.
Dresher called the decision “the best solution to a long term problem,” and apologized for the inconvenience caused by the closing. The future of the staircase is currently unknown.