At 113 years of age, the two-story structure housing the Wood Apartments in the 200 block of Southeast Third Avenue may be among Albany’s oldest apartment buildings. Now the facade is getting structural repairs.
This is one of the residential properties of Scott Lepman. On Nov. 27, the Albany Community Development Department approved Lepman’s application of “historic review of exterior alterations.”
The application was to repair and strengthen the front porch and the balcony above it on the second floor, while maintaining the character and appearance of these architectural elements.
The building, dating from 1910 and later the Albany headquarters of several labor unions, has been the subject of stories on this site many times, most recently in June 2020 when the city’s Landmarks Commission approved enlarging some windows so that four apartments could be added in the basement.
At the time the address was 222 Third Ave. S.E. Now the street number is 218. Number 222 has been assigned to one of eight new narrow lots next door, where the Lepman company won planning commission approval in 2021 for construction of eight three-story townhouses.
Prompted by the city’s approval of the apartment house repairs, I stopped by the address on a bike ride this week. That’s when I noticed that construction of the townhouse project has begun. Foundations have been poured on four of the eight lots.
Among other Lepman projects now in the works are three big ones downtown: remodeling the former post office and city hall (the Federal Building) for office space; remodeling the old St. Francis Hotel for commercial and residential use, and building a large apartment block on the former site of Wells Fargo Bank.
It will take years to complete them all. But expect many more residents to be living downtown when these projects are done. (hh)