3tArchitects Unveils Residential Vision for 889 Broadway

December 24, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News

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3tArchitects Unveils Residential Vision for 889 Broadway

“Another Downtown Albany Space Eyed For Conversion to Lofts”

ALBANY, NY, December 24, 2006: 3tArchitects (www.3tArchitects.com), a collaborative design group based in Downtown Albany, recently joined the owner of 889 Broadway, Ed Rosen of Broadway Material Supply and A.E. Rosen Electric, to create a plan to convert another Downtown space for residential use. The plan calls for conversion of the four-story, 32,000 square foot Boardman & Gray Building into residential lofts. It also includes plans to build an additional 17,000 square foot building on land currently used for surface parking.

“The area north of Downtown Albany is prime for residential development because it offers buildings with unique spaces and appealing urban architecture,” said 889 owner Ed Rosen. “Working with 3tArchitects and through the city planning process, we have created a vision that is right for this neighborhood.”

Built in 1853, the Boardman & Gray Building shares the block that juxtaposes the historic ‘Miss Albany Diner’ and newer hotspot ‘Noche.’ It is the former home of the Boardman & Gray piano building company. 3t’s proposed design scheme retains the street level floor for commercial occupancy and proposes converting the upper three floors for residential dwelling units.

“There is a growing demand for distinctive living spaces in and near Downtown Albany,” said Marc Bailey, Architect at 3tArchitects. “This conversion project is a terrific example of urban revitalization of underutilized space and can help to meet the demand recently outlined in the Downtown Albany BID’s residential market potential study.”

The Downtown Albany BID recently commissioned a study by Zimmerman/Volk Associates Inc. The analysis they released in November stated that there is a market of 2,440 households that could potentially move to Downtown. The plan for 889 Broadway calls for 44 new units.

“Our new report clearly shows that Downtown Albany is poised for growth when it comes to adding residential units,” said Pamela Tobin, Executive Director of the Downtown Albany BID. “The vision for 889 Broadway is a good example of the type of unique living spaces that the local market desires.”

NOTE TO EDITOR: High Resolution renderings are available upon request.

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About 3tArchitects
3tArchitects is a collaborative design group that is committed to the creation of meaningful spaces, buildings and neighborhoods. 3tArchitects strives to create projects that feel correct, are stimulating emotionally and intellectually, function properly and efficiently, are sensitive to the environment, and have relevance throughout the structure or an area's life. 3t was created by Scott Townsend AIA LEED, the original founder of Townsend Associates – Architects PLLC and past Director of Architecture for Vollmer Associates. For more information: www.3tarchitects.com