Signs of caution

Albany vacant building red warning box Broad Street 2016-05-09

A row of three buildings on Broad Street in the South End are marked with the boxes.

You might notice these red-and-white signs popping up on buildings in in the city of Albany. So... what's that about?

From a city press release Monday:

The 2X2 foot building identification signs, which will consist of an "X" inside a red-colored square, will be placed on [vacant] buildings that have interior hazards, warning first responders during emergencies such as fires that the building is unsafe to enter. But emergency responders will still enter these buildings if people are believed to be inside one of the designated buildings.

Albany firefighters will be inspecting 600-800 buildings around the city over the next six months making assessments about which buildings should get the warning box, according to the city. The review will also serve as a code enforcement check and violators will be cited.

Earlier on AOA: Map: Vacant buildings in Albany (2012)


Maybe someone can weigh in on what a firefighter knows and doesn't know, but it seems strange to have them as the ones assessing a building for life-safety issues and code violations rather than a building professional (architect, engineer, contractor) that deals with those things much more-so on a daily basis.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.


Recently on All Over Albany

Today's moment of "spring"

Tuesday was the spring equinox. It still doesn't feel much like spring. We've been snapping pics of this clump of crocuses every year going back... (more)

An orchard for Washington Park

Soon to join the many trees of Albany's Washington Park: eight varieties of apple tree. Nine Pin Cider and Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook will be... (more)

"Do you like to eat? Do you like to read?"

Bookmarked: There is an Albany Food Readers Book Club that meets every two months to talk about -- you guessed it -- books about food.... (more)

International Tuesday at The Low Beat

How many of you out there went to Valentine's in Albany when it was still around? Raise your hand. (**cups hands over brow bone, squints,... (more)

The state is looking for someone to design murals for the ESP food court

The state Office of General Services is looking for a New York State artist to paint murals on four walls of the recently renovated food... (more)

Recent Comments

Washington Avenue definitely needs more than one lane in each direction, but that doesn't mean it can't be redesigned. They can reduce the size of the lanes, add a median, and add a protected bike lane where the shoulder of the road now lies. I agree, however, that the entire Harriman loop would have to be redesigned and that includes those over-passes, so this would be an extremely expensive undertaking if they want to do it right. But there could be significant development on the land that is now wasted by asphalt that could offset that cost and bulk up the tax base for the city.

An orchard for Washington Park

...has 1 comment, most recently from Tess

International Tuesday at The Low Beat

...has 1 comment, most recently from Erin T.

Cynthia Nixon is running for governor

...has 4 comments, most recently from Steve

787 is sticking around for a long time, but if you want to change it the time to start is now

...has 5 comments, most recently from Mike

Studying the future direction of Washington Ave

...has 15 comments, most recently from Ed