COLONIE,NY— Nov. 9, 2016—Two decades after first
conserving a section of the historic Schuyler Flatts property, just north of
Albany, the Open Space Institute (OSI) announced the donation of the parcel to
the Town of Colonie. Today, the 23-acre property serves as a popular
recreational and cultural community asset.
centuries, Schuyler Flatts has been a priceless inheritance, connecting
families to this wonderful landscape,” said Kim Elliman, OSI’s President and
CEO. “OSI is proud to have preserved this this significant and storied acreage,
and prouder, yet, to pass it on to the citizens of Colonie for their permanent
“With this gift, OSI has helped ensure that Schuyler Flatts
will continue to be a vibrant historical resource for our residents,” said
Colonie Supervisor Paula A. Mahan. “We look forward to continuing the
respectful stewardship begun by OSI.”
Once the Colonial estate of Elizabeth Schuyler, wife of
Alexander Hamilton, the property is registered on the New York State and
National Registers of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. Yet
by the late 1990s, it lay vacant and unattended, the last open space parcel in
an otherwise heavily developed commercial and residential corridor.
In 1998, Colonie cheered OSI’s acquisition of the Schuyler
Flatts property, capping a then-25-year effort by the town, the state and the
federal government to protect the land. In 2002, the Town of Colonie made part
of the grounds into a park.
Today the land is home to ballparks and bike trails, and
continues to reveal the artifacts of 6,000 years of human history, from native
peoples to the remains of former slaves.
has made the transfer as part of a series of celebrated properties it is
donating to municipalities across New York. The series will include five
properties totaling 350 acres, with a total fair market value of over $3.1
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