About the Capital South Campus Center (CSCC)
The Capital South Campus Center is being made possible by a grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The nearly $5,000,000 grant will fund the development, design and construction of an approximately 17,500 square foot educational campus center in Albany's South End Neighborhood.
The CSCC represents "Phase 1" of a larger redevelopment plan for Lincoln Square, a 4.5-acre superblock in the City of Albany's South End, into a mixed-use educational campus. The CSCC is located where the first of the housing high-rises was demolished several years ago. The vision for an educational campus stems from the City of Albany's 2007 Capital South Plan: SEGway to the Future, a comprehensive revitalization plan created by a broad cross section of community stakeholders.
"As a reuse for the site, the South End community has surfaced and embraced the idea of developing an educational campus at Lincoln Square. This Campus should be geared towards the needs of residents and it should draw people of similar backgrounds and interests from other communities. Ideally, the uses would represent a hybrid of training, educational and community functions; connecting students to the educational opportunities and technological advances that are driving prosperity in the communities around the Capital District."
The Campus Center will be a hub of activity, hosting training, education and community functions, while incorporating child care and youth programming for the purpose of stabilizing disadvantaged families today, and positioning them for the employment opportunities of tomorrow. The facility will include classrooms, including a dual purpose lab for certified nursing; an urban agricultural greenhouse, offices for intake, assessment and early intervention counseling; a multipurpose computer lab; drop-in daycare; offices for SUNY Albany's Promise program and a student cafe and commons. All of these program spaces will surround a large, light filled two-and-a-half story atrium. In addition the building will be the new home of Senior Services of Albany's Meals-On-Wheels kitchen and delivery origination facility, allowing Senior Services to better provide for the needs of the elderly population. The kitchen will also be used as classroom space for Schenectady County Community College's Culinary Arts Program!
Early in the design process, a design statement was developed and adopted by the project team:
"The community is the Campus; the Center is the portal."
The CSCC will not duplicate existing services throughout the community. Rather, it will serve as a network of service providers to eliminate gaps and enhance coordination to better serve the community. Its position in the community, between the Mansion and South End neighborhoods, and in close proximity to the Governor's mansion and State Government offices will make the Capital South Campus Center a high-profile symbol of equal access, unlimited potential to those whom it will serve.