Viewpoint: The Oaks at North Intown

Albany has a unique chance to transform part of the center city. The Albany Housing Authority just finalized a plan that would create a development called The Oaks at North Intown. Now, we have to wait to see if the Department of Housing and Urban Development decides to fund it.

Two years ago, the federal government chose Albany as one of 17 cities around the country to compete for Choice Neighborhood grants. The Housing Authority got $250,000 to develop a plan that could bring tens of millions of dollars to replace McIntosh Homes and revitalize that whole part of the city.

The AHA got input from public housing residents and community leaders and worked to integrate the McIntosh neighborhood with adjacent neighborhoods.

The goal of the plan is to turn a struggling neighborhood, on the brink of falling deeper into poverty and crime, into a safe showplace that would be home to mixed income families.

We believe the Housing Authority did a tremendous job on the plan. We hope HUD agrees and sends the money our way.

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