Arbor Hill

  Arbor Hill is a historic neighborhood located in the northeast section of the City of Albany, bounded by Orange Street, Broadway and Henry Johnson Boulevard.  Arbor Hill is primarily a residential area with a unique heritage.  Ten Broeck Mansion, the Palace Theatre and St. Joseph's Church are a few examples of the cultural gems within the neighborhood's historic districts (Ten Broeck and Clinton Avenue).

In 2003, the City helped form an Advisory Committee to complete a neighborhood plan that would best represent the interests and needs of Arbor Hill stakeholders (e.g., homeowners, tenants, lenders, neighborhood associations, faith-based groups and service organizations), and that could act as a guiding document for neighborhood revitalization.  The Advisory Committee focused on priorities such as homeownership and rental opportunities; arts, culture and heritage; business and job development; and improved quality of life

To date, Arbor Hill has made great progress toward implementing recommendations outlined in their Neighborhood Plan.  Many significant residential, commercial and mixed-use projects have already transformed the Arbor Hill community (see the (Re)Development Map for updates). Projects have been developed through a variety of public/private investment; through supportive relationships such as, Albany Community Development Agency, Albany Housing Authority, and the Arbor Hill Development Corporation; and through funding awarded from Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), or other public/private resources.

Some highlights in Arbor Hill include:

  • Albany receives a Planning Excellence Award for Implementation of the Arbor Hill Neighborhood Plan by the NY Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association.
  • Albany Housing Authority begins the long-awaited update and renovation of the 1970's-era Ida Yarbrough Homes.
  • Steep, vacant lots along First Street are cleaned up and landscaped--now enjoyed as Overlook Park.
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