A construction fence blocking a Water Avenue parking lot drew my attention as I rode past on my bike. So I stopped to see what was up.
This was the parking lot of one of the oldest buildings in Albany, which in recent decades has been known as the Historic Avery Mill. What was up at this prominent riverfront building?
As it happens, the city Building Division last week approved a building permit at that address, 213 Water Avenue N.W., for what the permit says is about $200,000 worth of work.
The permit bears this notation: “Interior remodel and tenant improvements of an existing building for an outpatient addiction treatment facility. No work to exterior.”
On Albany’s inventory of historic structures, the building at 213 Water appears as the Albany Custom Mill constructed in 1860. The county tax assessor says it was built in 1866. Either way, it’s plenty old.
For years the building housed a law firm. In recent years an engineering firm had offices there. Now, it appears, it will have yet another kind of use. (hh)