Albany County Land Bank looking for developer for third cluster project


ALBANY – The Albany County Land Lender is seeking for a growth group keen to get on 1.8 acres along Ontario Avenue in the city’s Beverwyck neighborhood.

The proposed advancement is the third so-referred to as “cluster development” the land lender has introduced in the very last two a long time as it attempts to offer underused specific plenty into more substantial developments that can catch the attention of developers.

Adam Zaranko, the land bank’s govt director, reported the vision for the Ontario Street undertaking is the development of blended-income inexpensive housing together with a multi-goal group space. Zaranko mentioned that place could accommodate nonprofits or compact companies with similar takes advantage of, these types of as a health-related or dental business office.

Zaranko pointed to the Blake Annex in downtown and the Albany Centre for Financial Success’ little company incubator on Orange Avenue as similar jobs for that multi-purpose area.

“We truly feel like we’re in a exceptional place as a land bank and we’re heading to test and do a thing distinct,” he stated.

The vision was the end result of local community outreach and dialogue with teams in the neighborhood, he stated.

The four houses are 130 and 135 Ontario St., which incorporate two vacant properties, and two vacant a lot at 134 and 154 West St., totaling just around 1.8 acres. They have been obtained through tax foreclosure.

The land bank received curiosity from a number of local community groups for the qualities. But the vacant properties require significant redevelopment that is very likely outside of people groups’ money access and expertise, Zaranko said. 

Which is the place a developer will come in. The land lender would connect its developer with teams now fascinated in working with the place, furnishing them all set tenants for that neighborhood space.

The organization’s other two cluster developments are also transferring ahead.

Zaranko said he expects to soon advocate a developer to the land bank’s board for a cluster of 22 properties near the intersection of Clinton Avenue and Henry Johnson Boulevard.

The land financial institution is also relocating forward with tasks for a lot more than 60 qualities it packaged in the city’s South Finish neighborhood.

In the 1st phase, the enhancement team would develop 11 single-spouse and children, townhouse-fashion buildings at two spots. People would be sold at an cost-effective charge to first-time homebuyers, Zaranko reported.

The next phase is a lot extra expansive. The project phone calls for 3 structures with 50 models just about every of mixed-cash flow, cost-effective housing.

“We want it to look like market place-fee housing but be affordable to men and women,” Zaranko explained.

Both equally assignments are still pursuing funding from the New York State Houses and Community Renewal agency. The land financial institution also applied for some of the city’s federal rescue prepare funding to support shut the funding hole.


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