New Albany Office in Historic Building
The Open Space Institute has moved its downtown Albany office to a historic building in downtown Albany. The new ground floor space at 291 Hudson Avenue is conveniently located just west of the Empire State Plaza, only a short walk from the State Capital; the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; the Department of Environmental Conservation and other state agencies.
OSI is sharing its new office with the director of the World Wildlife Fund’s Latin American Program, Kathy Moser. OSI’s new office was built in 1910 and was formerly the garage for the historic Fort Orange Club.
OSI’s President Joe Martens, who is a long-time resident of the capital region, notes that the new Albany office is a reflection of OSI’s mission: “Our move into a historic Albany building is simply practicing what we preach,” he said. “By choosing a location close to the heart of New York’s government, we’ll minimize travel and help reduce our carbon footprint, and by choosing a historic building we’re demonstrating our commitment to the New York’s rich heritage and character.”
OSI has protected more than 100,000 acres of eastern New York’s natural and cultural landscapes. OSI’s projects in the capital region include the Schuyler Flatts Cultural Park in Colonie; the addition of nearly a thousand acres to John Boyd Thacher State Park; the expansion of Five Rivers Environmental Center in Delmar; the protection of Colonial Acres in Glenmont; a major expansion of Moreau Lakes State Park, including 14 miles of Hudson River waterfront; the creation of the Papscanee Preserve in Rensellear; the Hannacroix Creek Preserve in southern Albany county and, with the help of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, the protection of Indian Ladder Farm in New Scotland.