The Albany Vacant Lot Project

Welcome to the homepage of the Vacant Lot Project, a project of Grand St. Community Arts.

Our mission is to locate vacant or abandoned lots and pair them with community groups who have a desire and plan to restore them for use by the community.  The groups we work with have included AVillage Inc., the Capital District Permaculture Guild, we are architects and members of the University at Albany Urban Planning program. Generally we provide assistance with finding and working with the owners of the lots, pairing groups with architects and designers and navigating city regulations while the groups provide the vision and the hard work and we share the responsibility of fundraising.

We currently have 4 lots underway in the South End of Albany and participate in an annual South End Earth Day event coming up in April.

In addition to the groups above, we have worked closely with the City of Albany, the Albany Housing Authority and the South End Neighborhood Association.


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