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About New York’s Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Program

The New York State Department of State’s Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Program, established by the Superfund/Brownfield Law, authorizes municipalities to pursue redevelopment and revitalization of brownfields. Brownfields are dormant properties where contamination or perceived contamination has impeded investment and redevelopment, making them an economic and environmental drain on localities. The BOA Program provides communities with technical guidance and financial assistance, up to 90 percent of the total eligible project costs, to complete BOA Nomination Plans, which are revitalization strategies for areas affected by brownfields or economic distress. The Department’s goal is to work in partnership with local communities and organizations to realize a community’s vision for redevelopment and community revitalization.

The Lincoln Avenue Brownfield Opportunity Area

The state has designated the Lincoln Avenue area in the Town of Colonie, a 370-acre industrial zone containing six large sites, a Brownfield Opportunity Area. This area is one of the Town’s few undeveloped industrial zones and is ideal for redevelopment given its proximity to major highways (I-787, I-87 and I-90), the Port of Albany, and other industrial centers.

The Town of Colonie Industrial Development Agency (IDA) is conducting a Nomination Study for the Lincoln Avenue Brownfield Opportunity Area which will analyze the area’s potential to attract new high tech and green infrastructure industries.  It will build on the strategies of the Town of Colonie’s Comprehensive Plan, the Capital Region Economic Development Council Strategic Plan, the Route 32 Linkage Study and other local and regional plans.

The brownfield work will focus on the former Al Tech Specialty Steel plant (Al Tech) located at Spring Street and Lincoln Avenue. At 112 acres, this is the largest piece of the six-parcel Lincoln Avenue Revitalization Plan.  The Town envisions use of this property by environmental and technology companies or larger construction companies. The plan’s consultants have re-envisioned the truck routes to facilitate access to this site by trucks and other vehicles.

The IDA anticipates that the project will result in community and environmental benefits, including the clean-up of contaminants entering tributary streams that flow into the Hudson River; the creation of high paying jobs resulting from the attraction of high-tech and green infrastructure industries; the expansion of recreational uses for Town residents; the improvement of aesthetics in and around the project area; and the incorporation of mixed-use development along its main traffic corridors.

The Planning Process

A key component of the planning process will be public participation to build a community vision. The Colonie IDA will share clean-up and redevelopment plans for this site at future public meetings.

» Please visit the Meetings section for a list of all scheduled public meetings.

“The Town is very pleased to be getting this process underway,” said Town Supervisor Paula Mahan. “This brownfield revitalization planning will give us a terrific opportunity to build upon goals we’ve set out in the Colonie Comprehensive Plan as well as the Capital Region Economic Development Council Strategic Plan and other local and regional plans.”

To that end, a steering committee of community stakeholders is now being formed by Joseph LaCivita, Planning and Economic Development Director for the Town. “The committee will bring together homeowners, business people, property owners, local institutions and relevant state agencies,” said LaCivita. “We look forward to their guidance as we begin to explore what types of development would most benefit the area.”

Additonal information

» The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has prepared this Fact Sheet on the Lincoln Avenue BOA Project download this Colonie BOA fact sheet pdf file

» BOA Program Grant Award Letter from New York State download this Colonie BOA fact sheet pdf file

» Maps of Proposed BOA Project Site Area download this Colonie BOA fact sheet pdf file


Key Documents


Key Documents:

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Meeting Information


Meetings and Agendas:

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Meeting Minutes:

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Town of Colonie IDA

BOA Project

Lincoln Avenue
Brownfield Opportunity Area
Colonie, New York 12211

2019 Meetings

A Public Meeting is scheduled for
September 18th 6:30-8:00pm
at Schuyler Heights Fire Department

See meetings schedule for dates