The Clinton Avenue project involved the careful rehabilitation of 70 historic rowhouses spread across a one-mile span in Albany’s Clinton Avenue and Arbor Hill Historic Districts. The development includes 3 studios, 123 one-bedrooms, 68 two-bedrooms, and 16 three-bedrooms – a total of 210 apartments.
Tenants include households who earn from 50%-90% of the area median income, providing much-needed affordable housing in the city of Albany. Supportive housing has also been included, with 40 units reserved in partnership with DePaul, who provides services under contract with the Office of Mental Health.
The project includes six commercial spaces that will be utilized as the community’s leasing offices, a re-opened laundry facility, a barber shop, DePaul offices, and maintenance offices. When Home Leasing acquired the portfolio of properties in 2017, it was in foreclosure with eight buildings condemned and more than half the units vacant. It was a tremendous undertaking bringing these buildings back to life.
Since 1984, the Preservation League of NYS’s statewide awards program has highlighted projects, organizations, publications, and individuals that represent the best in the field of historic preservation.
The Awards recognize the people who are using historic preservation to build stronger neighborhoods, create local jobs, provide affordable housing, open our eyes to overlooked history, and save special places.
Additional 2021 Awardees include:
Proctors Collaborative | Albany + Saratoga Springs
SUNY Broome Culinary & Event Center | Binghamton, Broome Co.
Arbor Gerard Block & Carroll St Warehouse Rehabilitation Project | Elmira, Chemung Co.
Steven Engelhart | Keeseville, Clinton Co.
Preservation Buffalo Niagara | Buffalo, Erie Co.
Whitcomb’s Garage Adaptive Reuse Project | Whallonsburg, Essex Co
Green-Wood’s Historic Chapel | Brooklyn, Kings Co
Central Presbyterian Church Exterior Restoration | Manhattan, New York Co.
@syracusehistory (Instagram by David Haas) | Syracuse, Onondaga Co.
Photo of Clinton Avenue historic apartments provided.