The Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) is a land- and water-use plan for the City of Albany’s Hudson River waterfront. The LWRP was originally adopted in 1991 in partnership between the NYS Division of Coastal Resources (under the NYS Coastal Management Program) and the City of Albany, establishing policies and implementation techniques that balance (re)development, preservation and enhancement of natural and recreation areas along the City's waterfront. The LWRP also provides a framework for ensuring consistency between local, State and Federal policies and decisions.
Though several projects from the LWRP have already been implemented, the plan is in need of updating in accordance with priorities outlined in Albany 2030. LWRP projects successfully completed:
- Landscaping Lower Patroon Island Nature Preserve
- Rehabilitation of Corning Preserve Comfort Station
- Island Creek Waterfront Park
- Hudson River Pedestrian Walkway from Downtown to Waterfront
- Continuation of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike Trail
Updates to the LWRP will address new issues, such as changes in climate and flooding patterns, underutilized Brownfields properties and access challenges.
Current review of the LWRP and analysis of existing data has identified certain key issues to overcome in improving waterfront and downtown connections.
- Access to the waterfront via all modes is constricted by physical barriers and confusing street patterns.
- Vacant and underutilized properties provide opportunities, but also environmental and financial constraints to redevelopment.
- Commercial services (refreshments, equipment rental, retail) are limited by a lease agreement with the State and Albany Port Commission.
- Waterfront facilities (parking lots, sidewalks, boathouse) are in disrepair and reflect a poor image.
- Improved marketing and promotion of waterfront events, activities, and businesses is needed.
- Projected impacts of climate change (Hudson River rise and increased flooding) on waterfront development and infrastructure.
Calendar of Events Several steps are required to update the LWRP. Public meetings have already taken place to discuss the LWRP and gather community input (December, 11, 2012 and February 25, 2013). The updated LWRP is scheduled to be completed the Spring 2014. Provide your comments about the LWRP on our facebook or twitter (#AlbanyWaterfront) or post a comment below.
Download the meeting presentations and maps of the waterfront below.
LWRP Waterfront Advisory Committee
City of Albany
Albany Port District Commission
Albany County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
Albany Rowing Center
USS Slater Museum
Riverfront Bar & Grill
Downtown Albany BID
NYS Canals Recreationway Commission