Spitzer Announces Plans for 330-Acre Green Development Adjacent to SUNY-Albany

Governor Spitzer is pushing a green development adjacent to SUNY-Albany that will seek LEED certification and pursue high-tech, public and private tenants.

At a press conference last week, Governor Spitzer announced plans for the redevelopment of the Averill Harriman State Office Campus, which consists of 330 acres adjacent to SUNY-Albany. 653,000 square feet of existing vacant buildings will be transformed into a mixed public-private LEED-certified sustainable development. Spitzer’s plan calls for the adaptive reuse of existing buildings and is being administered by the Harriman Research and Technology Development Corporation (“HRTDC”), a subsidiary of the Empire State Development Corporation.

The campus will feature a mix of private business, government, academic, and entertainment tenants, and Spitzer’s plan should have bidders solicited by the end of 2008. In addition to being adjacent to SUNY-Albany, the parcel is easily accessible by I-90 and I-87, and the emphasis of the development will be on high-tech industries. Copies of the Request for Qualifications for the project should be available shortly from the HRTDC.

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