of the September 2004 meeting were approved.
of the CANA Budget Committee will meet on Thursday at at Uncommon Grounds
Cafe on Western Avenue when Harold Rubin will give a briefing about CANAís participation in
the Cityís budget process.The
budget committee will then meet until the end of November.Several concerns were identified for review; (1) abolishment of line
items; (2) stabilization; (4) codes funding; (4) comparison of funds spent to
funds transferred or unused; (5) salary for a vacant buildings coordinator.
∑Committee on University & Community Relations
next meeting will be on Wednesday, October 13, 2004, a t the Albany
Police Department, 526 Central Avenue.A summary of off campus hotline calls was provided.
∑Neighborhood Works Conference
CANA and the NeighborhoodResourceCenter will sponsor the
fifth annual Neighborhood Works Conference on Saturday, November 20,
2004, from to at the FirstLutheranChurch, 646 State Street, Albany.The subject of the conference is Code Enforcement and Zoning and will
include a panel and keynote speaker.CANA will follow up on
issues presented at the conference.The
event is free and open to the public.Registration
is encouraged.For more information
contact NWV, c/o Kane & Lekakis, 27 Cuyler Avenue, Albany (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(964-6208).A conference brochure
will be available shortly.
∑Abandoned Buildings Committee/Task Force
CANA vacant buildings task
force has expanded to approximately 30 individuals.The group feels the need to focus on code enforcement and how residents
deal with the building department.Since
several of the individuals in the group have affiliations other than with CANA, a more global
approach can be taken.One of the
groupís goals is to look at other cities and develop a plan for Albany to have a 21st
century building department and for vacant buildings to be turned into
owner-occupied residences or businesses.The
Enterprise Group is working with the City and has made a 47-page report as well
as a demographic map of vacant properties available on the internet.The site address is www.enterprisefoundation.org/albany.Another of the groupís goals is to establish a code enforcement office
that maintains a comprehensive registry and responds quickly to reports of
violations.The group is hopeful
that CANA and community members will submit concrete
suggestions and involve the Common Council.Presently responsibility for codes issues is bifurcated and the public is
uncertain of which city department holds responsibility. An action plan is being
Announcements & New Business
∑Setting a CANA Agenda
order to formulate an annual plan and agenda for CANA, members had been asked to identify the scope
of issues CANA should address regularly and which types of crises should be brought to CANA.Colin McKnight has proposed a mission statement that defines the issues
in which CANA should take an active
part.The text of that
statement has been made available to members and will be considered at next
monthís meeting when CANAís process and annual agenda will be the subject of discussion.Feedback for the proposed statement has been positive.
∑Park South Neighborhood Revitalization Plan
South residents feel that the neighborhood revitalization plan has become
inactive or private. Planning
seems to have stopped and there has been no communication with the neighborhood
association from the city.
∑Mayor Jennings previously agreed to present information about Albanyís neighborhoods and
neighborhood events on his weekly radio show.Mary Connair will coordinate the submission of information by
neighborhoods to the mayorís office.The
mayorís radio show airs every Friday morning from to on AM 590.
5.Presentation:Update on the Plans for the Harriman Office Campus
Michael Tucker, President
Research and Technology Development Corporation
strategic development plan for the conversion of the Harriman Campus into a
research and private sector technology park has been conducted and is being
updated.The next step will be the
development of a master plan, and the corporation has begun the search for
qualified organizations to make proposals.Development
of the master plan is expected to take approximately nine months.
Harriman campus includes 255 acres on the main site and 15 acres west of the
outer ďring.ĒThe 15 acre parcel
will probably be sold or leased in order to partially fund the development and
construction of the main site.It is
valued at $200,000 to $300,000 per acre.Twelve
buildings will be destroyed or renovated and will be replaced by 700,000 square
feet of office and researcher and science offices.The offices of the Department of Transportation have been moved to Wolf Road and the Department of
Civil Service will relocate shortly.The
gradual relocation of other state offices and 7,000 workers will take ten or
of the concerns of Albany residents, particularly
those adjoining the site, are being taken into consideration and the Corporation
and Mayor Jennings are seeking additional input.
include (1) evaluating the road that connects the university and the office
campus; (2) the merge of traffic into route I-90; (3) other opportunities to
increase the tax base; (4) integration of the neighborhood residents and campus
tenants; (5) the street grid; (6) the ring roads; (7) the reintegration of the
community into the campus; (8) the reengagement of the university and technology
park into the community and neighborhoods.
the mayor wants the ring roads removed, but the issue will ultimately be decided
based on cost to remove them and replace them with street grid. Fifteen acres of
land is in an Empire Zone and will probably be leased for $10-12 per square
the existing nano school hosts two or three tours each day and holds regular
representatives from Ireland and Italy visited the site.
public is encouraged to offer input for the master plan.The next meeting of the corporation will be held on Thursday, October 14,
2004, at in Building 7A at the
Harriman Campus.The meetings are
open to the public. Mr. Tucker
can be reached at 457-4444.