The Vacant Lot Project (VLP) began in 2009 in response to the overwhelming amount of vacant lots in the South End neighborhood of Albany, New York. Since 2009, the City of Albany has implemented the Vacant Lot Stabilization Program in order to address vacant city-owned property. Working together, this has resulted in a total of four VLPs, with two on city-owned lots and two on privately-owned lots.
The lots used for the VLP were selected based on their location and visibility within the South End, as well our ability to contact and get approval from lot owners. Setting up a proposal process, we asked local individuals and groups to come up with their own vision. By providing alternative uses for the lots and partnering with community members, groups, and other stakeholders, we hope to foster a lasting sense of pride and investment in the neighborhood and, most importantly, to empower South End residents in the creative reshaping of their urban landscape.
At this time we have 4 VLPs underway, all with diverse plans to transform our vacant lots into usable community space.
We would like to thank all individuals and groups involved in the VLP for their time, effort, and dedication. To help support the us, please consider making a secure contribution online.
The City of Albany has developed a Vacant Lot Stabilization Project to beautify underutilized parcels owned by the City. Consistent with the City’s South End plan, Capital South Plan: SEGway to the Future, this initiative is to create green space in the neighborhood, to increase the overall quality of life for the community and to knit together other parks and community gardens. This program is for community based organizations to green a lot with community members so the parcel can be used as open space, providing the community with places to plant flowers or simply a place to relax and enjoy nature.