Albany Housing Authority is going Smoke-Free on January 1st, 2016!
Autoridad de Vivienda de Albany va Libre de Humo de 01 de enero 2016!
Олбани жилищного хозяйства будет Некурящие на 1 января 2016 года!
Below are copies of our flyer in English, Español, and Русский.
WinnCompanies Transforms Historic Property | Multi-Housing News Online
WinnCompanies Transforms Historic Property
By Andie Lowenstein, Associate Editor
Boston—A joint venture announced the grand opening of a mixed-income community after the transformation of a historic Depression-era property in Albany, N.Y.
WinnCompanies, an award-winning national property development and management company, in partnership with Albany Housing Authority, opened Livingston School Apartments after a $20.7 million transformation of the building into 103 units of mixed-income housing for seniors.
The four-story, 230,000-square-foot landmark was constructed during the Depression to teach vocational skills to the unemployed and was used as a public school for the Albany community until it became vacant in 2009. WinnDevelopment’s renovation created 12 studio apartments, 76 one-bedroom and 15 two-bedroom apartments. There are 11 units that are handicapped-accessible, while five are suited for the hearing or visually impaired.
“Historic adaptive reuse projects like the Livingston School hold a special place among all of the development work we do,” said Gilbert Winn, chief executive officer of WinnCompanies. “It means a great deal to us to give this proud and beautiful structure new life as community asset that delivers high-quality affordable housing and contributes to social fabric and economic vitality of the neighborhood and the City of Albany.”
WinnDevelopment launched its adaptive reuse effort in January 2014 with support from the City of Albany, the Albany Industrial Development Agency (IDA), the Albany Community Development Agency (ACDA), the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the New York State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the U.S. National Park Service. KeyBank, Citizens Bank, Boston Financial, The Community Preservation Corporation and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston provided private financing.
“Increasing the availability of and access to affordable housing is a central goal of Governor Cuomo’s administration,” said James S. Rubin, commissioner and CEO of New York State Homes & Community Renewal. “Homes and Community Renewal makes that happen by cultivating partnerships that create or preserve good quality homes people can afford. This results in stronger local economies, and more vibrant communities that are economically and socially diverse. Livingston School Apartments offers mixed-income housing in a beautiful historically significant building with amenities and features that make it easier for seniors to live independently and thrive in the place they call home.”
The project created 140 construction jobs, with 28 percent of workforce hours done by minorities and women; and 84 percent of all labor hours were performed by workers from the Capital District. Low-income residents from the Albany area made up nearly 7 percent of the workforce hours.
“This project demonstrates that Albany can attract high quality partners like WinnCompanies to invest in our community,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “Through Governor Cuomo’s commitment to affordable housing and strong collaborations, we were able to re-purpose this beautiful, historic building, create affordable housing for seniors and people with disabilities and breathe new life into a neighborhood that abuts the incredible Tivoli Preserve. We are grateful to the State, Federal and financial institutions that made this project possible.”
“This project is an example of best practices for underutilized large-scale historic properties, demonstrating how they can be redeveloped to better serve their communities,” said Sarah Reginelli, City of Albany Industrial Development Agency CEO and Capitalize Albany Corporation president. “The City of Albany IDA is proud to have supported this project and WinnDevelopment. The properties’ reuse created hundreds of construction jobs, preserved a significant Albany landmark and added to the growing number of quality affordable housing options in the City of Albany.”
“We are excited to be a part of the Livingston School Apartments and to witness the rebirth of this majestic building as affordable senior housing,” said Norm Nichols, executive vice president, KeyBank Real Estate Capital. “Affordable housing is very important at Key and this project exemplifies the type of investment that helps improve the quality of life and allows both our clients and the communities in which we do business to thrive.”
Fully occupied in just two months, the Livingston School Apartments caters to residents 55 or older earning between 50 and 90 percent of the area median income for Albany. Property amenities include a management office, resident lounge with a community kitchen and entertainment offerings, fitness facilities, a library and computer center, wellness center for visiting practitioners, soft seating areas and common laundries. All units include Energy Star appliances and fixtures.
The project architect was The Architectural Team and Keith Construction was the general contractor, using funding sources such as Federal and State Low Income Housing Tax Credits and Federal and State Historic Tax Credits.
The Livingston School is the 28th adaptive reuse project completed by WinnCompanies. The company has transformed historic properties into more than 3,000 units of mixed-income housing valued at $500 million. The company is also working on a 10-year effort to renovate the iconic, 12-story Sibley Building in downtown Rochester for commercial and academic uses, as well as market-rate and affordable housing.
Are you interested in hearing what’s going on in Albany? Then tune in each week to “Talk of the Town,” a new radio interview show with Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan. The show, with host Bob Cudmore, airs on Magic590AM every Friday at noon and again on Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. If you’d like to ask the mayor a question about the City of Albany, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WE ARE FREE TO BREATHE!
Albany Housing Authority is Going Smoke-Free as of JANUARY 1ST, 2016.
To insure the quality of air and the safety of residents in its housing programs, Albany Housing Authority has decided that all residential properties will be smoke-free as of January 1, 2016.
- Smoking will not be permitted indoors, including in the apartments.
- Smoking will be permitted outside in designated areas, or more than twenty-five (25) feet away from buildings if there are no designated areas.
A smoke-FREE policy in all Albany Housing Authority buildings means that everyone who visits, lives or works in Albany Housing Authority buildings is FREE to breath cleaner, safer, healthier air.
A healthy living partnership of
Albany County Dept. of Health
Albany Housing Authority
American Heart Association
Asthma Coalition of the Capital Region
Capital District Tobacco Free Coalition
Center for Health Programs & Promotion
Healthy Capital District Initiative
Why is Albany Housing Authority going smoke-free?
It’s Cleaner! Smoking in units leaves a residue that is both highly toxic and difficult to clean. This residue contains chemicals that can produce similar effects to lead poisoning.
It’s Safer! Smoking is the leading cause of residential fire deaths and injuries. Almost 1,000 people die every year in smoking-related fires, half are residents in multiunit housing.
It’s Healthier! Secondhand smoke travels between units and poses a serious health threat to children and adults. Exposure to secondhand smoke can:
- Harm lung development in children and cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
- Cause heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmokers
- Lead to more coughs, wheezing, ear infections, bronchitis or pneumonia
- Trigger more frequent and severe asthma attacks
What about smokers?
Smokers are free to enjoy their home but must smoke outside and away from buildings. If anyone wants to quit, we can help through:
The Butt Stops Here cessation classes call 459-2550 or visit www.healthprograms.org/quit-now for more information
The New York State Smokers’ Quitline 1-866-NY-QUITS or www.nysmokefree.com
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SECTION 3 WORKSHOPS
New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) invite you to join us for an informational workshop on the Housing and Urban Development Act (HUD) Section 3.
HCR is offering regional workshops across New York State to educate and inform municipalities, elected officials and community leaders about Section 3. Topics will include; awareness, outreach, reporting, monitoring and enforcing.
Section 3 – Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 which was enacted to help foster local economic development, neighborhood economic improvement, and individual self-sufficiency.
Section 3 program requires that recipients of certain HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent feasible, provide job training, employment, and contracting opportunities for low –or very-low income residents in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhood. For additional information, please visit http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/section3/section3 .
October 28, 2015
Hampton Plaza Ballroom
38-40 State Street
Albany, NY 12207
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(Contractors, Developers, Non Profits, Businesses)
Albany Housing Authority
200 South Pearl Street
Albany, NY 12202
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
With your name and workshop location
QUESTIONS CONTACT GWEN POPE, HCR
38-40 STATE STREET HAMPTON PLAZA
ALBANY, NY 12207
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The Department of Recreation Presents…
Thursday, August 27 3-6pm
1/2 Mile Walk/Run • Tug-o-War • ZUMBA • 50 Yard Dash • Relay Races • Tennis
Friday, August 28 3-7pm
Flag Football Tournament • Kick, Pass, & Punt • Basketball Competition • Boxing and Karate Expos • Obstacle Course -Boot Camp • KIDS ZONE!
*This is a FREE event for City of Albany residents of all ages*
*All participants MUST register the day of at Lower Lincoln Park*
FREE FOOD AND PRIZES!
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Jared Holt – Then and Now
The Jared Holt Company
The Jared Holt Company, also known as the Jared Holt Wax Factory, was one of Albany’s oldest and longest running businesses.
The factory eventually closed and the building has stood empty since the 1960’s. After the building’s demolition in 1999 all that remained was an abandoned lot.
Jared Holet Mews Townhouses
The new two story Jared Holt Mews Townhouses, built in were designed and built to recall the District’s grandest era; with an attention to detail that meets National Historic District guidelines. The unveiling of these townhouses marked the completion of phase I of the $22 million major revitalization of the city’s South End.
ALBANY HOUSING AUTHORITY • RESIDENT COMMISSIONER • JOB DESCRIPTION
The position of Resident Commissioner is an opportunity for a qualified person living in housing that is owned or under the control of the Albany Housing Authority (AHA) to have a voice on the Board that establishes the policies, programs, and direction for Public Housing and Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher units in the City of Albany. The Albany Housing Authority Board is composed of seven (7) Commissioners: five (5) are appointed by the Mayor of the City of Albany and two (2) are elected by the residents of housing under the jurisdiction of the AHA. Resident Commissioners serve two year terms.
The Election for the Resident Commissioner positions will be October 13, 2015. To qualify for the position of Resident Commissioner, the candidate must meet the following conditions:
- Reside in housing owned or controlled by the Albany Housing Authority
(Includes both public housing residents and Section 8 recipients) at least 30 days prior to the election;
- Be at least 18 year of age or older;
- Be a tenant in good standing and not be in violation or default of lease obligations;
- Get at least 50 signatures from residents of the AHA or Section 8 to secure a nomination;
- Participate in the Candidates Forums prior to the Election; and
- Be willing and able to fulfill the obligations required of a Commissioner, including attending the monthly meetings of the AHA Board, becoming familiar with the issues on the agenda, and actively participating in the discussions and decision-making process.
Because the Resident Commissioners reside in housing that is under the authority of the AHA, they are in a unique position to bring relevant tenant issues and concerns before the Board. To represent residents of the AHA effectively, the Resident Commissioners should maintain contact or reach out to the Tenant Associations, Tenant Patrols, and other Community Associations that fall within the jurisdiction of the Albany Housing Authority. The Resident Commissioners should, when possible, attend the meetings of these organizations.