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The News Apartments has been named one of this year’s Excellence in Historic Preservation Award winners by the Preservation League of New York State. The League’s statewide awards program has been honoring notable achievements in retaining, promoting, and reusing New York State’s irreplaceable architectural heritage since 1984.
Formerly the Troy Record Building, the original Dutch Colonial Revival building was developed between 1906-1908 on the east end of what is now the Central Troy Historic District; subsequent additions were constructed in 1924, 1935, 1947 and 1967. Serving the purpose of newspaper production continuously since its inaugural day of operation in 1909, The Record vacated the building in early 2015, leaving it unoccupied for the first time in over a century. The Rosenblum Companies’ extensive rehabilitation included a total restoration of the former Troy Record building, as well as construction of a compatible new building to create The News Apartments, a substantial mixed-use redevelopment that extends the reach of Troy’s ongoing revitalization.
“The Preservation League is excited that this project has ensured that this historic building will live to see another century,” said Preservation League President Jay DiLorenzo. “The News Apartments provide a great example of adaptive reuse, breathing new life into an urban area while staying true to its history.”
“The Troy Record property offered a formidable but singular opportunity to preserve one of Troy’s most significant landmark buildings while reversing the effects of urban renewal by reimagining the historic streetscape at Broadway and 6th Avenue,” said Jeff Mirel, EVP of The Rosenblum Companies. “We are grateful to the Preservation League for this recognition, which is a validation of our vision and a credit to the excellent team that helped us compose the Troy Record Building’s next edition.
Funding sources for this project included state and federal Rehabilitation Tax Credits administered by NYS Historic Preservation Office and National Park Service’s Technical Preservation Service Division respectively, and a National Grid Main Street Revitalization Program Grant.
The full list of 2019 Awardees includes:
- Graycliff Estate – Isabelle Martin House | Derby, Erie County
- Eastman Gardens | Rochester, Monroe County
- NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project | NYC
- Knickerbocker Club: Centennial Renewal | New York City
- RUPCO East End Apartments of Historic Newburgh | Newburgh, Orange County
- Walton & Willett Stone Store – Cahill Landing | Oswego, Oswego County
- The News Apartments | Troy, Rensselaer County
- Neumann House designed by Marcel Breuer | Croton-on-Hudson, Westchester County
Awardees will be acknowledged during an awards ceremony on Thursday, May 9th at the hisoric New York Yacht Club in New York City.
The News Apartments also recently received a 2019 Annual Design Awards, “Award of Honor” from The American Institute of Architects Eastern New York (AIAENY).