United Way of the Greater Capital Region unveils the Blake Annex | New
ALBANY, NY – United Way of the Greater Capital Region recently announced the launch of The Blake Annex.
The space will be located on two floors of the historic Kenmore Hotel building, partly on the premises of the former Steuben Athletic Club. With private offices and shared workspace, and an inspiring and collaborative work environment in the heart of downtown Albany.
Annex Blake will seek to build the capacity and promote the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations in the Capital Region by bringing together nonprofit partners to share services and foster collaboration within and across sectors to to create innovative solutions to the region’s most ingrained challenges.
“It’s the partnerships and collaborations that make everything we do at Centraide possible. Developing a designated space for nonprofits to share services and co-create solutions to the most complex and systemic challenges of our communities will be transformative for our region, ”said Peter Gannon, President and CEO. direction of Centraide of the region of the great capital.
“In addition to the dynamic and inspiring work experience, The Blake Annex will break down silos, increase efficiency and capacity, inspire thought leadership, spark creative collisions, and enhance the vital role nonprofits play. in building strong communities, ”noted Gannon.
The Blake Annex is named after the builder of the Kenmore Building, one of downtown’s most iconic historic buildings. Adam Blake, Jr., the son of a slave, went on to become one of Albany’s most successful businessmen of the 19th century, becoming a restaurateur and ultimately a hotelier. He opened the Kenmore Hotel in 1878, which has been hailed as “the most elegant structure on the most beautiful street in Albany”.
The 25,000 square foot flexible workspace includes office suites of various sizes and configurations, multiple open collaborative work areas, dedicated offices, meeting rooms and a training room capable of accommodating up to 100 participants for large meetings or training sessions.
Blake’s Annex will observe comprehensive COVID-19 mitigation protocols including, but not limited to, mandatory masking in common areas, extended cleaning programs, disinfection stations, and contact tracing for all visitors.
Members will also have access to freshly brewed local coffee, unlimited use of meeting rooms equipped with presentation and video conferencing technology, fast and secure internet access, a content creation lab, sending and package management, and access to a nursing mothers room, among the many Approvals.
A garage is available nearby and full-time members will have 24/7 access to the space. The Blake Annex will be fully staffed during opening hours.
Additionally, full-time members of The Blake Annex will have access to the amenities of the Kenmore, including a fitness center, rooftop patio, indoor dog park and indoor atrium garden. Centraide partnered with Redburn Development for the construction of the Blake Annex, transforming the space into a modern and thoughtful environment that also preserves the historic character of the building.
Redburn Development is investing $ 82 million in eight major buildings in downtown Albany, creating 300 mixed-income apartments and over 75,000 square feet of commercial and retail space. The spaces are almost 100% occupied.
Several important regional organizations have already become members of Annex Blake and will begin operations while the land use planning period is over. These include Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, Prevent Child Abuse New York, Girls on the Run Capital Region and CEK RN Consulting, Inc. Each organization is in the process of relocating its operations and staff at The Blake Annex.
“The development of The Blake Annex, which is more than new office space, has taken years in the making and on behalf of the United Way Board of Directors, I am delighted to see it announced today,” commented UWGCR Chairman of the Board, Carm Basile. .
“The partnerships and collaboration developed at The Blake Annex will help us be better and fulfill our mission to improve the health, education and financial stability of the people who live in the Capital Region. Congratulations to Peter and to the entire Centraide team for a job well done, ”continued Basile.
“Today’s news from United Way of the Greater Capital Region announcing the Blake Annex epitomizes much of what makes our region such a special place,” said Rep. Paul Tonko (D-Amsterdam) .
“The facility will take strong action to foster innovation and lasting partnerships while honoring the historic significance of the Kenmore Building and Adam Blake Jr. – the pioneer behind it. Congratulations to everyone who brought this project to life. I am excited to see this innovative new space fostering collaboration and growth, not only among our many local nonprofits, but for our community as a whole, ”said Tonko.
“The Blake Annex is an exciting and very energetic place for nonprofits in the region who want to collaborate, integrate their activities with access to the fitness center, dog park and garden, and collectively make progress. to meet the needs of the Capital Region, ”New York State Senator Neil Breslin explained.
“The Blake Annex will be a wonderful addition to the heart of downtown Albany. For local nonprofits, the inter-organizational interactions that accompany a shared workspace like this can be extremely useful. This new venture will allow nonprofits to meet, work and grow their businesses with a flexible office environment, ”said New York State Assembly John T. McDonald III.
“I was proud to be associated with Centraide of the Greater Capital Region throughout the pandemic and well before it, because this organization has a proven track record in improving lives. With the end of COVID in sight, but with many challenges still in its aftermath, this collaborative workspace couldn’t have come at a better time, ”noted Albany County Director Daniel McCoy.
“United Way’s latest venture will pay dividends not only by supporting the missions of other like-minded nonprofits, but also by breathing new life into historic Kenmore and the entire community of downtown Albany, and continuing the progress we’re making in the region, “McCoy added.
In addition to the myriad of programming, education and collaboration benefits associated with membership, nonprofits can reduce their overhead costs with membership in The Blake Annex. Organizations transitioning to a private office in a shared workspace environment can save up to 47% over the cost of a traditional commercial office lease.
For more information on The Blake Annex, visit www.theblakeannex.org. Visits are currently by appointment only and can be scheduled through the website or by emailing [email protected]