Stoller, CANA Chair, called the meeting to order.
– Minutes of the September 4 2002, meeting were corrected to indicate that
Julie Elson’s address is 510 (not 50) West Lawrence Street and Mary Connair represents the Delaware
Area (not Avenue) Neighborhood Association.
Casciotti and Monique Wahba, Sr. Planner, of
the Albany City Division of Planning presented information and answered
questions about citywide and neighborhood planning initiatives.
a.Abandoned buildings – The City
has requested a grant to develop concepts and procedures to market abandoned
buildings and lots.A package will
be developed to market the sites for residential, small commercial and
Albany Home Store is working with city planners in determining the best
redevelopment strategies, particularly in neighborhoods most greatly affected by
Hill – The residents, city staff, business owners, and consultants who
make up The Arbor Hill Neighborhood Advisory Committee continue to
communicate their concerns, visions and needs at regular meetings and
design workshops.From those
workshops and meetings a neighborhood is being developed.One or more public meetings will be held later this year to
communicate the Committee’s recommendations.Subsequent to that, a draft of the plan will be presented and
revised in preparation for a final report.Following that, implementation plans will be addressed.
End – Several projects are underway in the South end such as work on the
Pastures project, renovation of several residences in the Mansion
neighborhood, and work on South Pearl Street.These
projects are the result of the collective work of residents, city
officials, business owners and community leaders.
Development: The Hudson River waterfront is an asset to the entire
city, not just the neighborhoods surrounding it.If wisely developed, it has the potential to benefit the economy of
the city.The present
Waterfront Revitalization Program calls for developing the waterfront from
the core outward.With the
completion of the pedestrian bridge connecting the downtown area to the
riverbank, the City will now concentrate its efforts to develop the North
Albany Waterfront Plan.The
City has applied to New YorkState for funds to investigate the feasibility
of developing a marina in that area, which is the basin of the Erie Canal.The
State has not yet responded to the request.Construction of housing in the neighborhoods along the banks of the
river is being considered.Whether
or not it will include a living history site is questionable.Such a project is under the authority of New YorkState.
of Information:Maps and plans
for the Waterfront Revitalization are available.Additionally, descriptions and progress reports of several
development plans are available on the City’s website.
Development Plan:The City is
awaiting the authority to fund this plan.
Campus:The City is involved
with New YorkState’s in plans to convert the campus from government offices to a
research and development facility.Of
particular concern is the impact the conversion will have on city services
such as water, infrastructure, etc. and the access residents will have to
the site for recreational purposes.
City is not currently involved in planning in that area.
New Scotland Avenue:The
City is awaiting funds for the preservation of some areas in that
neighborhood before beginning to implement the current plan.
Plan:Albany does not have a master development plan.The concept of municipal planning is a somewhat new concept to the
city, and presently the needs of each area/neighborhood are addressed and
City planning office is responsible for implementation of the plans it
Home Store Involvement:The
staff of the Albany Home Store works cooperatively with city planners in
the development and revitalization of all neighborhoods.Presently they are seeking a grant to develop procedures and
concepts to find buyerswho
will renovate residences,small
businesses and commercial/residential combinations.The income requirement for potential buyers has been expended to
encourage homeownership and development in the city.The staff of The Home Store will be attending and participating in
neighborhood association meetings to give information and guidance to
expressed an interest in the possibility of expanding residential
development programs to include the conversion of larger buildings to
condominiums.This is a
practical solution to the potential increase in Albany’s population that will result from the building of the SEMATECH
facility and the number of individuals who will be hired to work at the
Harriman Campus site.Home
Store staff indicated the funds are not presently available for such
4.Communications and Announcements
a.CountyExecutive Breslin has requested the opportunity to speak to CANA on November 6, 2002.Mary
Witkowski will be contacted to schedule this or another date for the Executive
b.As of September 23 2002, CANA’s account balance at Charter One bank -
$1,453.29: +$.63 interest; - $26.65 stamps.
c.The four individuals running for
election to the school board have been invited to participate in a candidates’
forum sponsored by CANA on October 16, 2002, at at the Albany Public Library Main Branch.The Chairman will forward an announcement of the event after responses
have been received from all candidates.
d.Amy Schindler, a new resident of
the Pine Hills Neighborhood, presented information about the M.E. Grenander
Department of Special Collections and Archives located at the SUNYAlbanyLibraryBuilding.The
Department’s services of organizing, cataloging, preserving and archiving
written, videotaped, photographed and recorded materials are available to CANA and all neighborhood associations.Associations
interested taking advantage of this service may contact the Department at
437-3935.It was announced that CANA records five or more years old are forwarded to
the Albany Institute of History and Art for archiving.
e.A resolution was adopted that the
Albany Common Council be notified of the present procedures of the Albany Zoning
Board and requesting that the Council address the situation.Presently the public is not notified of Zoning Board meetings or the
scheduled appearance of any individual or group; there is either no agenda or no
agenda available; no records of meetings are available; there is no microphone
at the meetings that would enable attendees to hear the proceedings; and the
Board will not take questions from attendees.
a.Committee on University and
Community Relations – Tom Gebhardt,
in light of the recent disturbance on
, andthe Committee and SUNY Albany
administrators are pursuing the possibility of the member universities being
notified of mischievous or illegal behavior of students off campus.Procedures for disciplining students for such acts are being reviewed as
well.The condition of buildings in
that neighborhood is of concern and several may not have CO’s or ROP’s.Enforcement of that situation is being pursued.The Committee is in contact with landlords in that area, and notifies
property owners when they know in advance of a party or large gathering planned
in their building.
b.Neighborhood Works Planning
Committee – Gene Solan
The Neighborhoods Work III Conference will be held
Saturday, November 23, 2002
646 State Street
.One of the themes of the workshops
will be to call for more planning and “bottoms up: approach to identifying and
addressing needs in
.Paul Bray will deliver the
keynote address and present information about how to partner.The Quality of Life surveys will be converted to a useful document to
identify needs and strategies.
has agreed to provide facilitators for the workshops.The City of
has accepted the Committee’s invitation to participate; representatives of
have not yet responded.
c.Community Police Council
The last meeting was held on September 12.Information about the term and procedures for “amber alert” were
presented, and the objectives of the Council were reviewed.