MAYOR GERALD D. JENNINGS CUTS RIBBON AT REHABILITATED PROPERTIES IN ARBOR HILL
City Uses $4 Million Neighborhood Stabilization Program to Fund Rehab
Albany, NY (January 24) –Mayor Jennings, the Albany Housing Authority, the City of Albany Department of Development and Planning, and New York State Homes and Community Renewal officially cut the ribbon today at eight newly renovated apartment buildings in Albany’s historic Arbor Hill neighborhood.
The $4.5 million dollar project, which received over $4 million in federal funding through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), consists of 23 new residential units and one commercial space. The commercial space is occupied by Operation S.N.U.G., an anti-violence advocacy and counseling program operated by Trinity Alliance. The project also received funding from lead abatement grants and CDBG-R funds through the Albany Community Development Agency.
Working with the ACDA, Albany Housing Authority (AHA), and New York State Homes and Community Renewal, among others, the City demonstrated its ongoing success leveraging federal stimulus funds to make improvements in the community.
Due to the deteriorated condition of the dwellings the vast majority of the units were abandoned and uninhabitable prior to the purchase of them by the ACDA on behalf of the City. The properties were transferred to the Albany Housing Authority which oversaw the rehabilitation and will continue to own and operate them.
“This is exactly the type of project that NSP funding is designed for,” said Mayor Jennings. “It provided us with an opportunity to take derelict buildings and turn them into safe, high quality housing, as well as a home for much needed community services.”
The City of Albany was among the first cities in the state to have a project approved using NSP funds. The program was established through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administered through the State of New York, which provided grants for the purpose of stabilizing communities that have suffered from the effects of foreclosures and abandonment. Through the purchase and redevelopment of foreclosed and abandoned properties, the City was able to bring these buildings back into use and at the same time provide safe, affordable housing for low income residents and veterans.
“By completing projects such as this it shows the continuous effort we are making to rehabilitate and redevelop blighted properties here in the City of Albany- an initiative we will continue to take until vibrancy is brought back to all neighborhoods.” Michael Yevoli, Commissioner, City of Albany Development and Planning, “The completion of this project also adds to the nearly $80 million in investment made since the completion of the Arbor Hill Plan.”
Sanders Architects served as the project architects and Norstar Development USA was contracted to perform the construction work. AHA, Sanders Architects and Norstar have extensive experience with infill and rehabilitation projects in Arbor Hill, having completed another 74 residential units and 7 commercial spaces in the area already.
“The success of these initiatives stems from the creation of the Arbor Hill Neighborhood Plan and the continued support of Mayor Jennings and his staff in helping us to identify the resources and the expertise to get the job done,” said Steven Longo, Executive Director of the Albany Housing Authority.
Darryl C. Towns, Commissioner/CEO of New York State Homes and Community Renewal said, “Congratulations to the City of Albany and the Albany Housing Authority on the completion of the Arbor Hill Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The Arbor Hill Neighborhood Stabilization Program, with the renovation of eight formerly foreclosed and blighted buildings in a historic neighborhood, is a symbol of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s commitment to expanding housing options and revitalizing communities. By creating safe, high quality housing in a community most severely affected by issues of foreclosure and abandonment, the Arbor Hill Neighborhood Stabilization Program will transform the neighborhood.”
MAYOR JENNINGS AND ALBANY HOUSING AUTHORITY CUT RIBBON ON HISTORIC KING’S PLACE IN ARBOR HILL
Albany, NY, (January 16 2013) – Today, Mayor Jennings and Housing officials joined preservationists and stakeholders of the historic Arbor Hill neighborhood in cutting the ribbon on the newly rehabilitated 157 year-old building known as King’s Place.
Officials participating in the rededication ceremony on North Swan Street were City of Albany Mayor Gerald D. Jennings; Michael Yevoli, Commissioner of Development and Planning; Steven T. Longo, Executive Director of the Albany Housing Authority; and, Wendy Burch, Executive Director and trustees of the Albany County Historical Association.
King’s Place is a double, two and a half story Greek Revival house distinguished by a large center arch, through which passes King’s Way. It was originally constructed between 1852 and 1856 by J. Howard King and John J. Olcott, Esq., son of Thomas Worth Olcott, a prominent Albany banker and philanthropists whose family owned the Ten Broeck Mansion for roughly 100 years prior to its donation to the Historical Association.
The rehabilitation of King’s Place brings its history full circle to reconnect with that of the Ten Broeck Mansion. The building will serve as the administrative headquarters for the Historical Association, which was previously headquartered at the Ten Broeck Mansion. This move will free up the Mansion’s basement to become more interpretive museum space. The Ten Broeck Mansion is considered one of the crown jewels of Arbor Hill’s reawakening of its arts, cultural and heritage scene and reconnecting it with North Swan Street is considered instrumental to the neighborhood’s revitalization.
“The Albany County Historical Association has been a stable cultural presence in this neighborhood since 1947” said Marie Erkes, President of the Albany County Historical Association. “We are delighted to partner with the Arbor Hill Community, the City of Albany, and the Albany Housing Authority in redeveloping North Swan Street. Our presence at King’s Place will allow us to play a more active role in the community. We are very excited about our future in this historic neighborhood.”
Steve Longo said, “This project is about leveraging community assets for a better tomorrow and there is nothing more important to Arbor Hill’s future than celebrating its strong cultural heritage. The Ten Broeck Mansion is a national treasure that draws visitors from far and wide. We are excited that they will see and contribute to renaissance of North Swan Street.”
Funding was provided for the $750,000 project through a $300,300 City of Albany Community Development Block Grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 and through Replacement Housing Factor Funds from the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The project was also funded by the New York State Assembly through member item funds provided by Assemblymen Ron Canestrari and Jack McEneny. The goals of the ARRA funding were to remove blight and provide affordable housing. Two one-bedroom apartments are also a part of the project and will be rented by the Authority to qualified applicants on its wait list.
“The Albany Housing Authority has been an exceptional partner in our revitalization of the Arbor Hill neighborhood” said Michael Yevoli. “King’s Place brings us one big step closer to the transformation of North Swan Street. The revitalization of this historic property will bring additional vibrancy back into the community and adds to the nearly $80 million of investment made since the completion of the Arbor Hill Plan.”
Mayor Gerald Jennings said, “This is another significant milestone in achieving the goals we set forth in the Arbor Hill Neighborhood Plan of 2003. We are following through on a promise to remove blight and invest in arts, culture and heritage as a way of creating a neighborhood where people have secure future. Congratulations to everyone involved.”
The King’s Place project is one of many recent developments in the Arbor Hill neighborhood over the past year, including the addition of 23 new rental units on Clinton Avenue; the redesign of the North Swan Street Park; and the continuing rehabilitation and conversion of Saint Joseph’s Academy into artist lofts on North Swan Street- totaling more than $28 million dollars of investment in and around surrounding areas of North Swan Street.
15th Annual MLK Labor Celebration
Monday, January 21st, 2013
Hackett Middle School, Albany, NY
(Cor. Delaware & Myrtle Avenues, Albany)
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
“MLK, Labor and the Fight for Environmental Justice” Presented by Cecil Corbin-Mark, MA; Co-coordinator of the JustGreen Partnership, Program Director WE-ACT For Environmental Justice, Harlem, NY
Workshops on Environmental Advocacy & the Green Jobs Economy
Community Luncheon & Vendor Fair
Presentation of the Alan B. Lubin Student Awards
The NAACP Capital District Student Outreach Program (STOP)
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
For Vendor and Event Information contact for packet:
email@example.com – or - (518) 331-6611
Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival!!
For more details visit http://www.albanybarn.org/
Albany Barn is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to developing a permanent, sustainable creative arts incubator and community art center in Albany, NY – a place for artists, neighborhood residents and the public alike to create, collaborate, present and explore, particularly those who cannot afford or otherwise access such space and services.
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MAYOR JENNINGS TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS FOR “MAYOR’S CASH FOR COATS” DRIVE
A Program to Benefit Needy School-aged Children in Kindergarten Through Grade 5
Members of the media are invited to attend a press conference where Mayor Jennings will announce the 2012 “Mayor’s Cash for Coats” Drive: a community-based program designed to collect money to purchase new winter clothing items for needy school-aged children in Albany schools. The Mayor will be joined by representatives from supporting organizations, including the Albany Devils, B. Lodge and Company Department Store, and Burke Companies. Additional partners include the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID), Trustco Bank, Albany Broadcasting, Capitalize Albany, NYSUT, the Albany City School District and Men’s Room Barbershop. There will be excellent photo and video opportunities.
WHERE: City Hall Rotunda – 24 Eagle Street
WHEN: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
TIME: 2:30 PM
Yesterday afternoon, teens from the Equinox Youth Outreach Center, College of St. Rose students, and local seniors from Townsend Park Homes teamed up with local merchants and the Central Avenue Business Improvement District staff to spiff up parts of Lower Central Avenue. A team of about 50 volunteers succeeded in accomplishing a number of projects identified by local business owners. Volunteers also planted about 144 mums and mulched the beds to keep them looking tidy. That’s huge!
We are so thrilled with the results–and our business owners are, too. Take a look at the album and see why! Hopefully, we can use this as a template and create more projects of this kind!
“This is ‘neighbors helping neighbors,” says Anthony Capece, Executive Director for the Central Avenue Business Improvement District (CBID). This event was sponsored by Central Avenue Business Improvement District, Central Florist, Trustco Bank, Miller Paint and Decorating, and Constantine Farms. Refreshments were donated by Albany Housing Authority, Honest Weight Food Co-op, and the Albany Ramada Plaza.
Many, many thanks to all our volunteers from Equinox, College of St. Rose, and Townsend Park Homes. What a team!
Come join the Halloween fun at the Kids Improvement District Club House, at 2 Lark Drive. Candy, Refreshments, and a Scary Fun Haunted House!!
Friday, October 26 6pm-8pm; Saturday, October 27 6pm-8pm; Monday, October 29 6pm-8pm; Tuesday, October 30 6pm-8pm and Wednesday, October 31 4pm-9pm!!
Presented by Too Deep Entertainment and Urban Arts Experience, Inc.
Co-Sponsored by: Albany Housing Authority and Price Chopper
Mayor Jennings, The City of Albany and the The Albany Devils will host the 6th Annual Cash For Coats Drive on Friday, October 26, 2012 at The Devils hockey game. Ticket holders are encouraged to make any cash donation; all proceeds will go toward the purchase of winter apparel for needy kids in Albany. Please join us and help MAKE A DIFFERENCE in our community! Click the link below for more details!
The Albany Housing Authority Board of Commissioners monthly meeting agenda has been posted. Please click the link below to view the agenda.