Albany architect Bill Ryals has provided a set of drawings (below) to illustrate what Calapoooia Court, a proposed development at the edge of the city’s Monteith Historic District, would look like.
On Tuesday night the Albany Landmarks Commission is supposed to conclude its “historic review” of the plan for two three-story buildings, at Calapooia Street and Fourth Avenue, that would have commercial spaces on the ground floor and a total of eight two-bedroom apartments above.
The height and size of the buildings generated opposition at a remote-access public hearing two weeks ago, and the city planning staff had recommended changes including cutting down the height.
Ryals, who designed the buildings for the site’s owners, Mark and Tina Siegner, told me in an email: “The site and structures are worked out to the square inch, not the square foot. … Any change has multiple ripple effects. Keep in mind we are not asking for relief from any zoning requirement. We are well under what is allowed.
“I often say don’t practice architecture without a license,” he added. “Mistakes are easy to make and last forever.”
Here are drawings of the project from different perspectives:
Like other public meetings in the last few weeks, the Landmarks Commission’s session at 6 p.m. Tuesday (May 19) will be conducted remotely because of the corona precautions. To listen, watch or participate, the public can use phone numbers or Internet links provided with the agenda, available here. (hh)