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New York State Temporary State Commission on the Capital City Report, Meeting and Hearing Files

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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

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Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
The Temporary State Commission on the Capital City was created for the purpose of cooperating with local officials and groups in developing recommendations for a realistic and fiscally sound program for the rehabilitation of the City of Albany. The series consists of commission staff files that document its various activities. Records include architects' proposals, consultant contracts, South Mall progress reports, reports to the State Legislature, meeting minutes, public hearings, and newspaper clippings. Also included are several dozen photographs and slides.
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9 cubic feet (including several dozen slides and photographs)
Inclusive Dates:
1961-1974
Series Number:
10822

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Arranged roughly by subject.

Administrative History

The Temporary State Commission on the Capital City was created by Chapter 319 of the Laws of 1961 for the purpose of cooperating with local officials and groups in developing recommendations for a realistic and fiscally sound program for the rehabilitation of the City of Albany.

With a $20 million appropriation from the legislature for the acquisition of property in the downtown area as sites for the construction of state buildings, a 98-acre tract contiguous to and southeast of the Capitol was acquired in March,1962. Construction of new state buildings in this area (known as the "South Mall") was begun shortly thereafter, financed by Albany County and rented to the state under a lease-purchase agreement.

The commission's 1963 report to the legislature included a comprehensive plan for the Capital City, including recommendations for location of future state buildings, land use, parking, housing, arterials, development of the Hudson River waterfront, and redevelopment of the central business district. As a result, the life of the commission was extended until 1974, and it was directed to coordinate private and governmental activities in furtherance of its recommendations.

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of commission staff files that document its various activities. Subjects include, but are not limited to, architects' proposals, consultant contracts, South Mall progress reports, reports to the legislature, meeting minutes, public hearings, and news clippings. Also included are several dozen each of black and white photographs and color slides.

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Detailed Description

Dates Contents Box Folder

Accretion: 10822-98
American Institute of Planners Honor Award 1 1
Architects - General Proposals 1 2
Arterial Highways 1 3
Albany - City 1 4
Appointments 1 5
1961-1962 Associated Planners - 1961-1962 Fiscal Year 1 6
1963-1964 Associated Planners - 1963-1964 Fiscal Year 1 7
Attorney General’s Opinion Re. Appropriated Property of State Employee 1 8
Attorney General’s Decision - Constitutionality of Commission 1 9
1964 Bill Extending Commission 1964 Senate Print 4355 Intro. 3711 1 10
1964 Bill - South Mall Financing Chapter 152 of Laws of 1964 1 11
Bills - Moving Expenses - South Mall Tenants 1 12
Bill Creating Commission - Chapter 319 1 13
1962 Bill Re. Payment of Taxes March 1962 1 14
Bills - Correspondence 1 15
$20 Million Deficiency Appropriation Bill 1 16
1963 Bill On Emergency Housing Rent Control Law - 1963 - Senate Intro. 3654 Print 4191, 4370 1 17
1963 Bill to Finance Mall Housing - 1963 Assembly Print 5926, Intro. 5146 1 18
1963 Bill Re. Commercial Moving Expenses 1963 1 19
Community Development Corporations Bill Assembly Print 5844 Intro. 5115 1 20
Buckley Reporting Service 1 21
Brochures - Argus - Greenwood 1 22
1970 September 10 Meeting Capital City Commission 1 23
1967 Capital City 1 24
1968 Capital City 1 25
Capital Harbor Sub - Committee Riverfront Project Sub - Committee 1 26
Consultants Originally Contracted by Commission 1 27
Citizens Planning Committee for Greater Albany 1 28
Clinton Square Connector - Studies for 1 29
Clippings - Miscellaneous 1 30
1963 Convention Hall Committee 1 31
Convention Hall Committee 1 32
1962 Convention Hall Committee 1 33
Convention Hall - Report and Recommendations 1 34
Convention Hall - Chamber of Commerce Statement (Empty Folder) 1 35
Convention Hall Committee 1 36
1964-1965 Convention Hall (Part 1 of 2) 1 37
Convention Hall (Part 2 of 2) 1 38
Community Planning Survey - Tri - City Area 1 39
Contract with Consultants - First Phase 1 40
Consultants - Material Forwarded 1 41
1965-1966 Contract with Consultants 1965-1966 Fiscal Year 1 42
Contract with Consultants # C18635 Wilbur Smith and Associates 1 43
Contract with Consultants - Special Studies 1 44
Contract with Consultant - Second Phase 1 45
1964-1965 Contract with Consultants 1 46
1963-1964 Contract with Consultants - 1963-1964 Fiscal Year 1 47
1963 February 7 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 1
1963 March 6 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 2
1963 April 4 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 3
1963 May 6 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 4
1963 June 6 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 5
1963 July 8 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 6
1963 August 9 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 7
1963 September 6 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 8
1963 October 7 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 9
1963 November 8 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 10
1963 December 6 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 11
1964 January 9 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 12
1964 February 10 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 13
1964 March 9 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 14
1964 April 3 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 15
1964 May 7 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 16
1964 June 5 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 17
1964 July 10 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 18
1964 August 6 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 19
1964 September 4 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 20
1964 October 9 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 21
1964 November 6 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 22
1964 December 8 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 23
1965 January 8 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 24
1965 February 8 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 25
1965 March 9 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 26
1965 April 8 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 27
1965 May 7 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 28
1965 June 9 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 29
1965 July 9 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 30
1965 August 10 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 31
1965 September 9 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 32
1965 October 11 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 33
1965 November 10 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 34
1965 December 10 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 35
1966 January 11 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 36
1966 February 11 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 37
1966 February 11 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 38
1966 April 11 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 39
1966 May 11 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 40
1966 July 14 Committee on the South Mall Coordinating Project Progress Report 2 41
1966 September 13 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 42
1966 November 18 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 43
1967 January 10 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 44
1967 May 8 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 45
1967 July 7 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 46
1967 September 13 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 47
1967 November 17 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 48
1968 January 8 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 49
1968 March 14 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 50
1968 May 15 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 51
1968 July 10 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 52
1968 September 10 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 53
1968 November 15 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 54
January 14, 1969 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 55
March 13, 1969 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 56
May 12, 1969 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 57
July 15, 1969 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 58
September 15, 1969 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 59
November 14, 1969 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 60
January 15, 1970 Coordinating Committee on the South Mall Project Progress Report 2 61
Court Decision - South Mall 2 62
Downtown Parking Survey 2 63
1973 November 21 Empire State Plaza Dedication South Mall 2 64
Executive House 2 65
Governor Rockefeller and Staff 2 66
1965 January Interim Report Downtown Albany Parking Study 2 67
General Correspondence (Part 1 of 4) 3 1
General Correspondence (Part 2 of 4) 3 2
General Correspondence (Part 2 of 4) 3 3
General Correspondence (Part 4 of 4) 3 4
Governor’s Release - Re. Commission 3 5
Historic Park - Riverfront and Pumping 3 6
Historic Conservation Board 3 7
History of Commission 3 8
“How Abouts” 3 9
Housing and Relocation Committee Housing 3 10
Housing 3 11
Leased Space - New York State 3 12
William P. McGlone - Personal 3 13
Magazine Articles 3 14
Mall Financing 3 15
Maps - Land Appropriation 3 16
Mailing Lists 3 17
Mayor Corning 3 18
Members 3 19
Members Correspondence (Part 1of 2) 3 20
Members Correspondence (Part 2 of 2) 3 21
Legislative Reference Library 3 22
1965 Printed Report of Commission 3 23
1965 Report of Commission 3 24
1964 Report of Commission 3 25
1963 February Albany / Plan for the Capital City 3 26
1961 Capital City Commission 4 1
1962 Capital City Commission 4 2
1963 January-May Capital City Commission 4 3
1963 Capital City Commission 4 4
Capital City Commission - Bill of Responsibility 4 5
1964-1965 Capital City Commission 4 6
1967 January 31 Commission Meeting Minutes 4 7
1969 March 26 Capital City Commission Meeting Wednesday, March 26, 1969 at 3:30 PM 4 8
1963-1964 Capital City Commission 4 9
1966-1967 Capital City Commission 4 10
1970-1971 Capital City Commission 4 11
1962 Report to Legislature 4 12
1963 February Albany / Plan for the Capital City 4 13
1964 May 27 Public Hearing of Temporary State Commission on Capital City 4 14
Memorandums to Chairman (Part 1 of 2) 4 15
Memorandums to Chairman (Part 2 of 2) 4 16
1965 March 2 Meeting of Commission 4 17
1964 December 14 Meeting of Commission 4 18
1964 April 28 Meeting of Commission 4 19
1964 January 22 Meeting of Commission 4 20
1963 June 21 Meeting of Commission 4 21
1963 January 7 Meeting of Commission 4 22
1963 January 29 Meeting of Commission 4 23
1962 December 27 Meeting of Commission 4 24
1962 September 11 Meeting of Commission 4 25
1962 May 25 Meeting of Commission 5 1
1962 March 26 Meeting of Commission 5 2
1962 January 17 Meeting of Commission 5 3
1961 November 16 Meeting of Commission 5 4
1961 October 4 Meeting of Commission 5 5
1961 August 21 Meeting of Commission 5 6
1961 July 6 Meeting of Commission 5 7
Minutes - South Mall Conferences 5 8
Minutes of Meetings 5 9
Capital City Commission - Next Meeting 5 10
Official Minutes - Commission Meetings 5 11
Model Display 5 12
Motor Vehicles Building 5 13
Museum of Science and Industry 5 14
National Capital Commission 5 15
Newsletter - Commission Number 1 5 16
Newsletter - Number 2 5 17
Newsletter - Number 3 5 18
News Releases - Commission (Complete Set) 5 19
News Releases - Other Departments 5 20
New York - Montreal Seaway 5 21
Norman’s Kill Valley Park 5 22
Report Recommendations Re. Atomic Reactor 5 23
1964 Retail Core Committee 5 24
Retail Core - Businessmen’s Committee 5 25
1964 Retail Core Committee 5 26
1966 Report of the Temporary State Commission on the Capital City 5 27
1963 Report to Legislature - 1963 (Part 1 of 2) 5 28
1963 Report to Legislature - 1963 (Part 2 of 2) 5 29
1966 April 22 Retail Core Commission 5 30
Riverfront Arterial and Railroads 5 31
South Mall Cornerstone Ceremony 5 32
Archibald Rogers, Consultant 5 33
Slide Script - Capital City Plan - See Box 9 Folder 9 for Slides 6 1
Capital City Plan - Suggested Slide Presentation - See Box 9 Folder 10 for Slides 6 2
St. Paul’s Church South Mall 6 3
Soap Box Derby 6 4
South Mall Financing Agreement 6 5
South Mall - Housing 6 6
South Mall - General (Part 1 of 2) 6 7
South Mall - General (Part 2 of 2) 6 8
Speaker Request 6 9
Speeches 6 10
Suggestions to Commission from Organizations and Individuals 6 11
Suggestions - Housing 6 12
Personnel Files 6 13
Photographs 6 14
Personal Services - Chapter 319 - November 1961 6 15
Publications 6 16
1961 October 4 Public Hearing (Part 1 of 2) 6 17
1961 October 4 Public Hearing (Part 2 of 2) 6 18
1961 August 1 Public Hearing (Part 1 of 2) 6 19
1961 August 1 Public Hearing (Part 2 of 2) 6 20
Michael Douglas Caddy 6 21
Edward Vincent Loughlin, Jr. 6 22
Dorothy E. MacTavish 6 23
1961 August 1 Public Hearing Official Proceedings 6 24
1961 August 1 Public Hearing Official Proceedings 6 25
1964 May 27 Public Hearing 6 26
1964 May 27 Public Hearing Official Proceedings 6 27
Public Hearing - Future 7 1
Pumping Station and Historic Park Plans 7 2
Department of Public Works 7 3
Railroads 7 4
Real Estate Developers 7 5
Reconnaissance Report - Photos 7 6
1962 January 5 $20,000,000 Appropriation 7 7
1962 Report Request 7 8
1966 Report to Legislature 7 9
1966 Report to Commission 7 10
Red Book 7 11
1963 February Albany / Plan for the Capital City 7 12
Television 7 13
Urban Redevelopment 7 14
Voorheesville - Traffic Conditions Present Highway Plans 7 15
1961 May 20 Statement by Lt. Governor Wilson on Chairmanship of Commission 7 16
1961 June 20 First Meeting of Capital Commission 7 17
1961 June 6 Lefkowitz Opinion - 7 18
1961 May 20 Statement by Lt. Governor 7 19
1961 July 11 First Public Hearing 7 20
1961 August 15 Consultant Firm Announcement 7 21
1961 August 15 Meeting of August 21 on Commission 7 22
1961 Second Public Hearing - October 4, 1961 September 1, 1961 7 23
1961 July 11 Public Hearing 7 24
1961 July 17 Executive Secretary McGlone Appointment 7 25
1962 January 30 Interim Report to Legislature 7 26
1962 March 14 Legislation - Payment of Taxes 7 27
1961 November 16 Consultants’ Report 7 28
Statement by Lt. Governor on Mayor’s Attack 7 29
1963 August 21 Appointment of Advisory Committee on Financing 7 30
1962 March 26 Acquisition of Land 7 31
1964 May 27 News Release Public Hearing 7 32
1965 March 17 News Release - Appointment of Edward Loughlin 7 33
Labeled Anne - Phone Information (Part 1 of 2) 7 34
Labeled Anne - Phone Information (Part 2 of 2) 7 35
1962 November 30 Feasibility Study of Certain Areas Albany, New York, Original 7 36
Proposal Capital City Comprehensive Plan Associated Planners 7 37
Proposal Capital City Comprehensive Plan Associated Planners 7 38
General Correspondence Lt. Wilson (Part 1 of 2) 7 39
General Correspondence Lt. Wilson (Part 2 of 2) 7 40
Future Commission Meetings 7 41
Capital City Commission Newspaper Clippings (Part 1 of 2) 7 42
Capital City Commission Newspaper Clippings (Part 2 of 2) 7 43
Request for a Speech by Mr. Harris 7 44
1964 Report of the Temporary State Commission on the Capital City 7 45
Blair Associates 7 Dyer Street Providence 3, Rhode Island 7 46
Harland Bartholomew 311 North 11th Street St. Louis, Missouri 7 47
Brown and Anthony Engineers and Planners Coliseum Tower, 10 Columbus Circle New York 19, New York 7 48
George C. Myric & Associates (Same as Burdis Associates) 93 State Street, Albany, New York 7 49
John C. Burdis Associates 93 State Street Albany, New York 7 50
Gander, Gander, and Gander 174 Washington Avenue Albany, New York 7 51
John Clarkeson Consultant Engineer D. & H. Plaza, Albany, New York 7 52
Victor Gruen Associates 2 West 13th Street, New York, New York 8 1
Carl Koch & Associates, Inc. Louisville Waterfront Redevelopment Proposal 8 2
Community Planners, Inc. County Federal Building Rockville Center, New York 8 3
Messers. Nathaniel S. Keith & Carl Feiss 1025 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington 6, D. C. 8 4
Arthur D. Little, Inc. Cambridge, Massachusetts 8 5
Perkins & Will 55 Church Street White Plains, New York 8 6
Program Research 5 East 57th Street New York 22, New York 8 7
Raymond and May Associates 42 Memorial Plaza, Pleasantville, New York 8 8
Rogers, Taliaferro & Lamb 411 North Charles Street Baltimore 1, Maryland 8 9
Maurice E. H. Rotival & Associates 120 Wall Street, New York, New York 8 10
Sargent, Webster, Grenshaw and Folley 2112 Erie Boulevard East Syracuse 3, New York 8 11
Dean Jose Luis Sert C/O Sert, Jackson and Gourley 4 Brattle Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 8 12
Herbert H. Smith Associates 416 Church Street Elmira, New York 8 13
Ansonia’s Downtown Renewal Plan 8 14
New Directions for Dover Publication 8 15
The Community Plaza, Syracuse 8 16
Progressive Architecture July 1959 World’s Largest Architectural Circulation 8 17
Clarkeson - Skill Engineering Meeting Public Needs Publication 8 18
The Building Code of Portland Maine Report to the City of Portland Maine Arthur D. Little, Inc. 8 19
The Usefulness of Philadelphia’s Industrial Plant an Approach to Industrial Renewal Summary of a Report to the Philadelphia City Planning Commission 8 20
General Plan Watervliet, New York Basic Studies 8 21
A Proposed Joint Venture - Raymond and May Associates - Carson, Lundin, and Shaw Architects - Larry Smith and Company 8 22
Engineered Planning - Stelling, Lord - Wood and Van Suetendael Planning Consultants 8 23
Wholesaling, Manufacturing, and Retailing - Larry Smith and Company 8 24
Draft - Trends and Projections of Retail, other Commercial, Manufacturing, and Wholesale Activity, Larry Smith and Company 8 25
1963 April 23 Tuesday, April 23, 1963 11:30 A.M. Robert L. McManus, Press Secretary to the Governor - South Mall Development 8 26
1961 August 18 Proposal for Consultant Services Capital Comprehensive Plan Associated Planners 8 27
1964 August 31 Elements Contained in the Historic Park Plan 8 28
1963 December 4 Survey Report Albany Housing Archibald C. Rogers 8 29
Community Planning Survey Tri - City Area Prepared for Associated Planners by Alan M. Voorhees and Associates, Inc. 8 30
1962 November Survey of Middle - Income and Low - Rent Housing Need and Demand in Albany, New York 8 31
Services for Families Living in Public Housing 8 32
Temporary State Commission on Low Income Housing Report 8 33
1963 July Rough Draft an Analysis of Municipal Recreation Areas Northeast and Southeast Quarters Albany, New York 8 34
Recommendations from the Associated Planners for Final Action Recommendations of Commission 8 35
1965 January Interim Report Downtown Albany Parking Study January 1965 Wilbur Smith and Associates Consulting Engineers 9 1
1963 January New York State’s Housing Programs for Senior Citizens, January 1963 9 2
Survey of Middle - Income and Low - Rent Housing Need and Demand in Albany, New York 9 3
1963 April Housing Requirements of the Aged A Study of Design Criteria November 1958 Reprint April 1963 9 4
1963 October 7 Alternative Financial Plan Proposed Convention Hall Albany, New York, Prepared by the Associated Planners 9 5
1965 A Study of Downtown Albany’s Parking Needs Parking in the Capital City 1965 Wilbur Smith and Associated 9 6
1971 March 31 Audit Report on the South Mall Project 9 7
Scenic and Recreational Development - Hudson River -Riverfront Arterial 9 8
Slides - Albany Plan for the Capital City (From the First Box of Slides) See Box 6 Folder 1 for Slide Script 9 9
Slides - Albany Plan for the Capital City (From the Second Box of Slides) See Box 6 Folder 2 for Suggested Slide Presentation 9 10
1963 March ALBANY/Plan for the Capital City Part 11 Report: Technical Documentation The Associated Planners 10 1
1963 February Albany: Capital Harbour 10 2
Albany/Plan for the Capital City February 1963 10 3
1961 August 1 First Public Hearing of Temporary State Commission on Capital City Chancellor’s Hall Photograph 10 4
Albany the Diamond in the Golden Triangle of the Tri - Cities 10 5
Materials Handling and Program Study for the Proposed New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Building 10 6
1969 February 16 Times - Union Albany, New York Sunday Capitaland Report 10 7
1970 February 15 Times - Union Albany, New York Sunday Capitaland Report 10 8