Albany Planning Board: February Preview

On the agenda for this month’s planning board meeting is the ongoing saga of 1211 Western Ave. (expect vocal attendees), another downtown Albany project from Redburn Development, and a proposal from CARES, Inc to construct two townhouses in Arbor Hill. To take a peek at the rest, scroll on down.

1020 Madison Ave (The College of Saint Rose)

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College currently uses this two-story residence as a dormitory, but plans to convert and expand it into a “mixed use living/learning space for a women’s leadership program with with housing for 7 students.” Some demolition to occur, possibly of a small addition and garage. Site plan and elevations.

423 and 427 Washington Ave (Edward Maitino)

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Proposed construction of a 3.5 story, 16-unit apartment building between Washington Ave and West St. Building will span the lot, fronting on both Washington Ave and West St. A 2.5 story residence and two garages will be demo’d. Just northwest of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany No variances requested. Site plan and elevations.

240 and 242 Second St (CARES, Inc.)

CARES, Inc. is developing a couple of vacant lots in Arbor Hill between Henry Johnson and North Pearl. They’re looking to construct two ~2,600sf townhouses. You might recall CARES from the contentious Elm Street townhouse project in the Hudson/Park neighborhood. Site plan and elevations.

60 Academy Rd (Parsons Child & Family Center)

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Parsons’ will be demo’ing the existing, 1-story residential treatment facility (≅8,750sf) to make way for a larger one on the same lot (≅12,910sf) It’s up before the board so that a previously approved district plan can be revised to conform with the new project. Site plan and elevations.

1211 Western Ave (GSX Ventures)

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One of the more recent renderings of 1211 Western (it’s gone through a number of iterations).

Maryland-based GSX Ventures is yet again before the board with their push to construct a 6-story, 136-unit apartment building (≅151,575sf) on Western Ave. Project has repeatedly met fierce neighborhood resistance, so expect a packed house. Site plan, elevations, and photosimulations.

251-255 N Pearl St (Capital Repertory Theater)

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Plan by Capital Rep to move into the former Nabisco factory at North Pearl and Livingston. Site is across the street from the Ida Yarbrough Homes and next door to the Albany Distilling Co and Hope House. Site plans and elevations.

39 Columbia St (Redburn Development)

Another project from Redburn Development who have acquired — and are renovating — quite the stack of major downtown buildings. This time it’s a project to convert ≅60,000sf of office space into ≅46 units at 39 Columbia Street, which has housed the Belvedere Addiction Center and Belvedere Home Care. Site plan.

543 N Pearl St (St Catherine’s Center for Children)

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St. Catherine’s proposes to build a 20-unit, 3-story residence (≅21,925sf) in the North End. It will span the block, fronting on both North Pearl and Walter streets. An existing 2-story structure (≅21,825sf) will be demo’d. Site plan and elevations.

74-86 Dana Ave (Ron Stein, TRPS2)

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Continuing the trend of increased density in Park South: back before the board is “The Reserve at Park South 2”, a new 4-story apartment building (≅45,200sf) with 36 mixed studio and 1-bedroom apartments on Dana Ave. Project would require demo of the three existing, 2-story residences. Site plan, elevations, and renderings.

You might’ve noticed this is just down the street from 79-91 Dana Ave, a 30-unit apartment building approved in 2016 (and either completed or nearly completed based on the last time I walked by). One of the developers here — Ron Stein — was also involved in that earlier project. That earlier project received substantial tax breaks.

Planning Board meetings are held every month at 5:45pm at 200 Henry Johnson Blvd, in the second floor community room. Corrections (esp. of those pesky links) can be sent via the contact form.

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