Columbia Development’s team of planners and designers appreciate the importance of looking forward while preserving the past. It takes skill and vision to incorporate the characteristics of innovate functional design while maintaining the panache of old and historic structures that bring personality and sense of place to a community. Our approach to preservation and reuse remains simple, that is to restore and protect structures for public benefit and to preserve a sense of heritage.
Renaissance Albany Hotel
Map|Location: Albany, NY
The historic and architecturally significant DeWitt Clinton was originally developed in 1927 and functioned as an upscale hotel across the street from the State Capitol for an extended period of time. The property enjoyed a reputation as a high profile destination, especially among both state and federal lawmakers and politicians visiting the Capitol. Hotel operations ceased in 1975 and the building was eventually converted into low-income housing. For years, state and local government and the private sector worked diligently together to revitalize the DeWitt Clinton as a hotel operation.
Columbia Development purchased the DeWitt Clinton in 2006 when the building was in a state of disrepair. The level of complexity associated with its rehabilitation to historic standards and an estimated $1.6 million in environmental remediation put the project on hold for a number of years. With the assistance of grants and historic tax credits, the building’s renovation resumed in 2014.
Completed October 2015, the Renaissance Albany Hotel reopened its doors as a full service, lifestyle, luxury hotel by Marriott. The 200,000 square foot hotel now features 203 rooms, a full service restaurant, banquet and event space. Located across from the State Capitol, the hotel is within short walking distance to the Empire State Plaza, the NYS Legislative Office Building, the Hudson River and will also be attached to the future Albany Capital Center.
The Renaissance combines old world charm, handsome dark wood paneling and stunning marble floors, with modern touches of convenience and flare. Guest rooms offer a serene and calming color palette, with unexpected moments of ‘wow’, created by various light features. The views of Albany are unparalleled, through the over-large windows and they welcome a pleasing amount of natural light into your room.
Wellington’s Restaurant offers much to savor and discover with it’s small plate, high end American Fare, engaging staff and mixology inspired beverage offerings. Wellington’s has become a popular “local” bar/lounge and convenient meeting place for lobbyist, and government representatives in town for legislative session.
The Chasan Building
Map|Sq Ft: 33,500 Sq. Ft.|Location: Troy, NY
The redevelopment of The Chasan Building began in late 2010. The project was a complete renovation of a 33,500 square foot, three-story, Greek Revival-style structure, built circa 1840. Renovations on the once industrial site focused on all three floors and included constructing partitions with steel studs to form business offices and meeting space. All utilities were updated to provide new energy efficient service units and fixtures throughout the building.
The building has been list on the National Register of Historic Places since 1986 and is owned by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
RPI Student Residence Hall
Map|Sq Ft: 70,000 Sq. Ft.|Location: Troy, NY
This 70,000 square foot, 200-bed student housing complex includes 43 four bed, two bath apartment style units, and 14 two-bed, one bath apartment style units. All units are fully furnished. The building also includes a space for laundry room and common use areas.
1800 Sixth Avenue