Capitalize Albany Unveils Final Designs for Clinton Market

December 11, 2021

Immersive Views Provide Sneak Peek at Reimagined ‘Federal Park’ for 2022 Construction to Strengthen Neighborhood Connectivity and Create A More Retail, Pop-Up, and Event-Friendly Space

Announcement’s press release available, here.

As part of its display at 11 Clinton Ave. Capitalize Albany Corporation unveiled final designs for its Clinton Market Collective project based on feedback from hundreds of stakeholders with immersive and virtual on-site views on Saturday during the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District’s Hot Chocolate Stroll event. The project is a focal point of the City of Albany’s Clinton Square Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI).

View #1 Broadway – Daytime

View #2 Broadway – Nighttime

View #3 Pop Jet – Nighttime

View #4 Stage – Daytime

View #5 Pop Jet #2 – Daytime

View #6 The Palace Landing – Daytime

As part of New York State’s third-round $10 million DRI award, the $1.6 million design and construction of Clinton Market has been funded by the New York State Department of State, National Grid and Capitalize Albany Corporation. The project concept was developed by hundreds of stakeholders who participated in the Downtown Revitalization Initiative planning process and was designed by Schenectady-based landscape architecture firm PLACEAlliance.

The project will ultimately result in the redevelopment of 11 Clinton Ave. – a former roadbed – into the Clinton Market Collective — a new market concept and proving ground for startup businesses, diverse pop-up retail, installments by local artists, and signature events. Its design will create a welcoming vibrant space, enhance pedestrian connections, and anchor Clinton Square’s role as both an engaging destination and an introduction to the city’s unique local neighborhoods, arts and commercial venues. 

Clinton Market Collective - Capitalize Albany Corporation

The views released Saturday render the final designs for the project’s 2022 construction, which includes semi-permanent vendor space in specialized shipping containers, architectural lighting, enhanced accessibility, pop jet fountains and outdoor seating.

The project is expected to solicit bids for construction in early 2022 with a ground-breaking slated for the spring. TW&A Construction Management, a New York State Women-Owned Business (WBE) is serving as the construction manager for the project.

Clinton Market Collective - Capitalize Albany Corporation

Clinton Market is set to complement the Skyway in Albany – a project similarly designed under sponsorship and management of Capitalize Albany with funding assistance from the New York State office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. When open the Skyway is projected to attract 100,000 visitors annually.

This parcel is located at a key gateway to the Capital City at the foot of the Skyway that already greets more than 20,000 people daily who arrive into downtown. Its premier location presents a distinct opportunity for redevelopment into a productive and vibrant destination. The parcel is bordered by Clinton Avenue on the south, Broadway on the east, North Pearl Street on the west, and the Leo W. O’Brien Federal building on the north.

Albany’s Clinton Square neighborhood was named a third-round DRI winner in September 2018. The City of Albany aims to make Clinton Square a welcoming, thriving gateway district and distinctive hub that connects and catalyzes activity downtown and in Albany’s warehouse district. This momentum will also impact the Arbor Hill and Sheridan Hollow neighborhood through public infrastructure enhancements, private project development and exciting arts and entertainment investments.

The Clinton Square DRI Plan’s identified priorities and awarded projects will benefit both visitors and residents through infill development, corridor enhancements, and targeted housing revitalization projects. The Clinton Market Collective at Federal Park will strengthen the neighborhood and support the area’s natural landmarks and attractions, events and entertainment, and thriving arts scene. With the support of New York State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative and the Capital Region Economic Development Council, downtown Albany — and the Capital Region as a whole — is poised for unprecedented success.