December 9, 2018

Aquarium plan site called key


A 1997 consultant’s report for downtown business boosters pitched building an Albany aquarium — but on the city’s riverfront, not the inland site now floated by Omni Development Co. and owned by the Albany Convention Center Authority.

The 16-year-old document resurfaced Thursday, a week after Omni’s plan went public as city and convention center officials continued to pour cold water on the developer’s proposal.

In its report to the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District, consultant Hunter Interests Inc. proposed a $20 million-to-$30 million facility on the southern end of the Corning Preserve waterfront. The firm touched on the idea in the context