Friday, April 27, 2012

Update on Park Avenue Fires - ways to donate

Info on the buildings destroyed and ways to donate to help those displaced.

Park Avenue Fires

Hello Historic Albany Members and Friends,

Many of you know about the fire that occurred at 58, 60, 62, 64 Park Avenue.   The fire also damaged the buildings nearby at 56 and 66 Park Avenue.  The block was a contiguous row and an intact block,  built in the late 1860's and 1870's.  Three out of four buildings were occupied; 22 people were displaced but were able to escape without injury.  From eyewitness reports, the fire was fast moving.

According to the Albany Fire Department, the four buildings will be torn down (#'s 58, 60, 62, 64).   Under the powers to act in an emergency, the City's hired engineer, Russ Reeves, and Chief Forezzi deemed them unsafe and so, demolition was recommended.  None of the property owners have contested that.

Historic Albany would have liked to see the facades saved and new buildings built behind it.  It is now our hope that new buildings will be built on the vacant lots, in the near future.  We have also provided technical services to the owners and look forward to working with them and the Mansion Neighborhood Association.


Many neighbors have been asking how they can support the victims of the fire. One way to do so is to make a cash donation to them through Trinity Alliance.

Write a check payable to Trinity Alliance, and put "Mansion Neighborhood fire" in the memo line. Mail your check to Trinity Alliance, 15 Trinity Place, Albany, NY 12202, or drop it off in

You can also donate online at . Note that when you go through the process you can add a message, put "Mansion Neighborhood fire" in that space.

To aid our neighbors who were displaced by last night's terrible fire on Park Ave, Grand Street Community Arts, corner of Madison Avenue and Grand Street, will be accepting donations of clothing/ household items during the following hours:

Tues: 11-2 and 5-8
Wed: 1-3 and 5-8
Thurs: 5-8

Trinity Alliance and Grand Street Community Arts are 501(c)3 non-profits, so these donations are tax-deductible.

Many thanks to Trinity, Grand Street Community Arts, and their leaders for making this happen.

Thank you,

Susan Herlands Holland
Executive Director
Historic Albany Foundation, Inc.
89 Lexington Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
(518) 465-0876 xt. 11

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