Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Affordable Housing Elsewhere

The Albany Business Review reported today on the progress of two apartment buildings being proposed for Albany: "Two Albany apartment projects take major steps toward construction." The two buildings, being proposed by two different developers, are located on the same street--Colvin Avenue, just off Central Avenue. 

Both buildings have financial backing from NYS Homes and Community Renewal. One of the buildings will have 120 units and is expected to cost $46.3 million (roughly $385,833 per unit); the other will have 63 units and is expected to cost $30.6 million (roughly $485,714 per unit). In the 120-unit building, 30 units will be set aside for veterans at risk of homelessness, 30 units will be set aside for seniors at similar risk, and the rest will be for households with incomes from 50 to 80 percent of the area median income (AMI). The 63-unit building is intended for households with incomes from 30 to 80 percent of the AMI.

This rendering of the 63-unit building, which accompanied the article in the Albany Business Review, is what inspired this post. 

The neo-Brutalist design of this building is reminiscent of the design of a building completed in Albany a few years ago--one that Revonda Smith, who chairs the Hudson Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, has frequently cited as a building that should be emulated here in Hudson.  

Photo: Dave Lucas | WAMC
So far, we haven't seen any designs for the buildings HHA wants to construct in Hudson. We can only hope they look nothing like these. 

Maybe with a price tag of more than $733,000 a unit, what we get will look better than the buildings proposed and already constructed in Albany.


  1. From the drawing of the 63-unit building in Albany, it appears to be only three stories, which would be a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, the other building is basically comparable in height to Bliss, and in my opinion hideous.

  2. Ugh x 2 ... Parking seems absent but they do have access to a great Chinese Market on Colvin