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Wanted: Public Input On Central Ave. Rezoning

An apartment building, a car garage, a veterinary hospital . . .. What do these businesses have in common?

They're each part of a swath of Albany’s Central Avenue that is being studied as part of the ReZone Albany Initiative.  Beginning today, ReZone Albany is hosting a three-day public visioning workshop that focuses on the area around Central Avenue from King Avenue to Quail Street, including Manning Square. The City of Albany Planning Department will bring in Dover, Kohl & Partners, an urban design firm, to help guide the workshop.

The workshops will be used to inform the rezoning of the area and will include many public sessions and meetings with stakeholders. The workshop series will culminate on Wednesday, August 12, at The Linda, WAMC's Performing Arts Studio, in a presentation of the work completed during the week.

The Central Avenue Business Improvement District is co-sponsoring the design workshop with the City of Albany. Visit: http://rezonealbany.com/

Here is the schedule of events:

  • A KICK-OFF MEETING AND HANDS-ON DESIGN WORKSHOP: Monday, August 10, from 6-8 p.m. at The Linda, 339 Central Avenue
  • OPEN DESIGN STUDIO DROP-IN SESSIONS: Tuesday, August 11, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., 1:30-3 p.m., and 4-5 p.m. at The Linda, 339 Central Avenue
  • FEEDBACK PRESENTATION SESSION: Wednesday, August 12, 6-8 p.m., the group's findings will be presented at a work-in-progress presentation at The Linda, 339 Central Avenue (two parking lots available)

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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