Albany Business Review: How Albany BID’s executive committee plans to spur downtown growth

Richard Rosen, Columbia Development Cos. vice president and partner, said he isn’t old enough to remember a time when State Street in Albany, New York, had a bustling social scene.

Now, though, he sees that aspect of the mile-long road coming back, in part because of the work of the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District.

Richard Rosen, Columbia Development Cos. vice president and partner, is the new chairperson of the Downtown Albany BID.
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Albany Business Reviews: Preservation awards piling up for Renaissance Albany Hotel

If you buy a decaying urban building in upstate New York and spend more than $48 million renovating it into a contemporary luxury hotel with whimsical nods to local history, you are sure to draw the attention of preservationists.

That’s what happened at Renaissance Albany, a 203-room Marriott hotel across the street from the Capitol in Albany.

Three awards have now been given to Columbia Development Cos. for the conversion of what was originally the Dewitt Clinton, a once-prominent hotel that fell on hard times and became low-income senior housing before closing and sitting empty for several years.

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readMedia: Renaissance Albany to be Honored

ALBANY, NY (04/12/2016)(readMedia)– The Preservation League of New York State has selected the Renaissance Albany Hotel (at the historic DeWitt Clinton Hotel Building) to receive an award for Excellence in Historic Preservation.

The League’s statewide awards program honors notable achievements in retaining, promoting and reusing New York State’s irreplaceable architectural heritage.

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WNYT: Hotel ribbon-cutting symbolizes transformation of Albany’s downtown

NEWS10 ABC: Groundbreaking held for new medical complex


Community Care Physicians, PC: Groundbreaking for Community Care Physicians Medical Arts Complex

Columbia Development Companies and Community Care Physicians, P.C. break ground on a 60,000 square-foot state of the art Medical Arts Complex

Clifton Park—On Wednesday October 14th, representatives from Columbia Development Companies, Community Care Physicians, P.C. (CCP) and the Town of Clifton Park broke ground for the new two-story 60,000 square-foot medical arts complex located at 1783 Route 9, Clifton Park. The new $15 million facility, to be built by BBL Medical Facilities, will consolidate several CCP offices to better serve the community by streamlining operations at a central location.

Community Care’s on-site specialties will include Primary Care (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics), OB/GYN, Urgent Care, Medical Imaging, Physical Therapy, Urology, Lab and an on-site workout room. About 80 Community Care employees will be based at the new facility, including 25 providers. Community Care is leasing almost 44,000 square feet of the building. Also in the facility are Albany Medical Center and Brass Eye Center.

“CCP has been able to create another centralized location that serves as a one-stop shop for patients, for an improved patient experience,” said Richard Scanu, Chief Operating Officer for Community Care Physicians. “Our physicians can work better together; patients can access important integrated medical services; and the location is within easy reach of our current patients and of those who will join the Community Care family as we grow.”

Community Care’s model is to create convenient access to multiple specialties in one location. The Community Care practices all share a centralized electronic medical record making care as seamless as possible for labs, imaging, and internal referrals. Patients can also connect with the physicians electronically using an online, secure patient portal. Columbia and BBL most recently built a similar medical office building for Community Care at the Rensselaer Technology Park in North Greenbush. CCP has other consolidated locations in Delmar, Latham, and Niskayuna.

“Columbia is proud to again partner with Community Care Physicians for this new facility,” said Rich Rosen President of Columbia Development. “The positive reaction to this project speaks to the need for this facility here in this community. Patients will find outstanding care here, in a new, modern, efficient facility.”

The following practices will relocate from nearby locations in Clifton Park to the new consolidated building: Clifton Park Family Medicine, Clifton Park Pediatrics, Community Care Family Medicine, Community Care Internal Medicine – Clifton Park, Capital Region Women’s Care (formerly OB/GYN Health Center Associates), Urological Institute of Northeastern New York, Community Care Physical Therapy, ImageCare Medical Imaging, LabCare. The building is expected to open July 2016. 

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