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Commission green lights windows at 412 Broadway

December 4, 2013

by mouzawarchami

A proposal to replace the windows at 412 Broadway was approved at a Historic Resources Commission meeting Wednesday night.

412 Broadway, Albany

412 Broadway, Albany

Marc Paquin, owner of 412 Broadway Realty in Albany, is converting the upper floors of the building into apartments. The site formerly housed the architectural firm of Einhorn Yaffee Prescott. Paquin plans to install insulated glass sashes and aluminum frame replacement windows on the upper level of the building.

Project developers hope to secure public funding to support the renovation. According to Dan Sanders, the consulting architect, the project should be eligible for historic property tax credits. ‘‘Now that we have the city approval, we can go to the next step which is New York State for money,’’ he said.

The 200-year-old building has a long and storied history. Among the New England immigrants who settled in Albany after the revolution was Spencer Stafford, who became a leading hardware and stove dealer. He built the brick structure in 1814-15, and people came to know his business by the gilt stove hanging over the door. In the mid-and late 19th century, hardware and saddler firms sold their wares on the ground level, whereas the upper floors were used for manufacturing.

According to Sanders, most of the existing windows are contemporary replacements that were installed when the four buildings were combined to make up the current structure for office use in the 1970s and 1980s.

Richard Nicholson, senior planner from the Department of Development & Planning at the city of Albany, and a member of the Commission said that it is an expensive building that needs both tax credits from state and federal programs. ‘‘It had been an industrial property at the origin, and it will need much money,’’ he said. -30-


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