Albany’s South End, just south of Downtown, developed largely in the nineteenth century as both immigrants and working families were drawn to the booming Albany-area economy. Much of its diverse housing stock can be found in its three historic districts (Mansion, Pastures and Groesbeckville).
The South End today remains a diverse community – architecturally, socially, economically and culturally. While the South End shows clear signs of disinvestment, since completion of the Capital South Plan in 2007, the neighborhood has seen:
Education and Job Training Center, the Capital South Campus Center which just opened in the fall of 2014, hosting education, training and community functions, while incorporating child care and youth programming.
More Affordable Housing. The Albany Housing Authority has developed 151 units of new housing and rehabbed an additional 304 units at Ezra Prentice and Creighton Storey Homes. In addition, Habitat for Humanity Capital District has built a dozen new homes.
Historic Preservation. The Historic Albany Foundation‘s nomination of the South End-Groesbeckville Historic district was included in the Preservation League of New York State’s 2018-19 Seven to Save List.
Growth in Community Capacity. Organizations including the AVillage, Inc. and Trinity Alliance have partnered with SEIC to work together towards common goals with the South End Community Collaborative.
Bus Service. Through successful advocacy for the neighborhood’s transit needs and partnership with CDTA, new bus routes were created: #7 Glenmont, connecting residents to commerce and employment, and the #100 Mid City Belt, connecting the South End to local hospitals so residents could access jobs and reach medical care.