Live Music, Vendors And A Virtual Sneak Peek At The Future Clinton Market As Part of Downtown Employee Appreciation Week

May 17, 2022

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


A pop-up programming opportunity activated the future home of Clinton Market on Tuesday. Supporting the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District’s Employee Appreciation Week lineup of events, at 11 Clinton Ave, Capitalize Albany joined the Downtown Albany BID, Boozy Moo! ice cream, Albany Distilling Co., Peachy Flynn, Black Kettle Soap and members of Rock Voices Albany while previewing the final designs for its Clinton Market Collective project with virtual on-site views.

Its final design is based on feedback from hundreds of stakeholders and 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, Clinton Market is supported in part by the New York State Department of State, National Grid and Capitalize Albany Corporation, the Corporation is currently identifying additional funding sources and sponosrhip opportunities. 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 previewed render the final designs for the project’s construction, which includes semi-permanent vendor space in specialized shipping containers, architectural lighting, enhanced accessibility, pop jet fountains and outdoor seating.

Clinton Market Collective - Capitalize Albany Corporation

Clinton Market is set to complement the recently opened 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.

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.