Of course, the property is tax exempt because it's owned by the state. A trio of local state legislators -- Neil Breslin, Pat Fahy, and John McDonald -- announced today they're pushing legislation that would require the state to provide the city of an annual payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) for the campus for 10 years that would be worth 1.75 percent of the assessed value -- roughly $11.7 million.
About 60 percent of the property in Albany is tax exempt. And this isn't the first time local reps have tried to get a Harriman PILOT. In 2008 David Paterson vetoed a bill that would provided such a payment, citing the "economic environment" (the state budget was (even more) messed up at the time) and how the city benefits from state employment. It would appear this current bill doesn't have a great chance, either, considering the lieutenant governor has been telling mayors "there's just no money." [News10 2008] [State of Politics]
The Harriman campus is 350 acres and includes more than 3 million square feet of office space, according to a press release from the trio of legislators. All that land in such a prime spot -- in uptown Albany, between some of the city's nicest neighborhoods and UAlbany, with easy access to I-90 -- has what would seem like a ton of potential. But as the Biz Review notes today, the redevelopment plan aimed at privatizing a portion of the campus is basically adrift without anyone at the wheel. (Also: whatever happened to the plan that that reportedly would include a new Albany High School on the campus?) [Biz Review] [TU 2011]
As it is now, the Harriman campus is like an island of offices floating in a lake of parking, connected to the mainland via a series of often confusing exits. Incidentally, it is a nice place to walk your dog/play out your post-apocalyptic "where did everyone go?" fantasies on the weekend.
That new building?
Oh, yeah... that new building along Washington Ave: it's lab space for the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, specifically the New York State Food Laboratory and the State Metrology Laboratory.
The original version of this post made the Fahy/Fahey mistake. Sorry about that. Homophones 1, Greg 0.
Harriman State Office Campus
1200 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12203
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