Items tagged with 'Sheridan Hollow redevelopment'

Orange Street Community Mosaic Mural

Orange street mural

We took a few minutes this weekend to stop by the new mosaic mural on Orange Street in Albany's Sheridan Hollow neighborhood. It was unveiled Friday evening.

The mural's on the side of the building at Orange and Dove that houses the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region and Albany Center for Economic Success. There's also a new community space there, Sheridan Hollow Commons.

There are a handful of large photos after the jump.

Artist Jillian Hirsch headed up the design of the mural, and its installation included the help of many volunteers and donors. Also involved: thousands of Albany school kids, who made tiles for the mural.

The work is really bright and fun. And because it includes mirrored pieces, it catches the light in interesting ways and creates a sense of motion as you walk past it. It's worth a stop sometime to check it out.

The mural is just up the street from the ongoing Sheridan Hollow redevelopment project, where Habitat for Humanity and Housing Visions are buildings new, affordable owner-occupied and rental housing. And The Hungry Hollow cafe is set for a grand opening in in a mixed-use building there in October.

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Sheridan Hollow redevelopment: now rented

Sheridan Hollow redev 2016-August

Looking east along Sheridan Ave toward downtown Albany. Those two larger buildings in the foreground are the mixed-use buildings that will eventually include space for Habitat for Humanity Capital District and The Hungry Hollow cafe.

Here's a quick update on the ongoing Sheridan Hollow redevelopment project in Albany, one of the most interesting real estate projects in the Capital Region...

The 57 rental units centered around Sheridan Ave and Dove Street have been rented or otherwise set aside, and a large majority of them are now occupied. (There was an official ribbon cutting this week.) The units are distributed among 17 buildings constructed by the Syracuse-based org Housing Visions, and they join the 20 owner-occupied single-family and two-family homes already built there by Habitat for Humanity Capital District. (Habitat's now working on 10 new homes nearby.)

The rents for the affordable housing units are based on a sliding scale, according to Housing Visions. For example: rents for a 1BR unit range from $615-$1076 based on a household's income. If you're curious, there's a more detailed breakdown of the rents after the jump.

Housing Visions has also built two mixed-use buildings at the site. Both will include residential units upstairs, one of them with units set aside from tenants referred to Housing Visions by social services orgs. Also planned for the mixed-use buildings: office space for Habitat and a cafe -- the Hungry Hollow -- scheduled for a grand opening in October.

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Checking in on the redevelopment in Albany's Sheridan Hollow neighborhood

Sheridan Ave looking toward east

Sheridan Avenue in Sheridan Hollow, looking east toward downtown Albany.

The most interesting real estate project in Albany -- and maybe the whole Capital Region -- has completed its first phase and is now moving onto phase two.

Habitat for Humanity Capital District and a group of partners recently finished building 14 new homes in the Sheridan Hollow neighborhood, and work has already started on another 10 new homes nearby on Orange and Lark streets. At the same time, an org called Housing Visions is building 57 new residential rental units, along with mixed-use space that will include offices and a cafe.

So, what's next? And how does this fit in with downtown Albany's ongoing residential transformation? We stopped by the project this week for a walk and talk with Habitat for Humanity Capital District executive director Christine Schudde.

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Sheridan Hollow, before and during

sheridan hollow before during

This is sort of like a bonus track to Tuesday's post about Habitat's Sheridan Hollow development.

It's a pair of "sliding" before/during photos of the scene. The before photos are from the groundbreaking in 2013. The during photos are from this week.

Have a look.

Constructing a new future for Sheridan Hollow

Habitat for Humanity Sheridan Hollow project

The most interesting real estate project in Albany -- and maybe the whole Capital Region -- is in Sheridan Hollow. Yep, that Sheridan Hollow, the neighborhood that has so often been bypassed, overlooked, and otherwise left with the short end of the stick throughout the city's history.

So what's happening? Habitat for Humanity Capital District and a group of partners are in the process of building a new core at the heart of the neighborhood.

Here are a few reasons why that's so interesting...

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