It's a familiar site at the corner of North Swan and Second Streets in Arbor Hill. The old St. Joseph's Academy building has been here since 1906, but on the inside this building is getting an extreme makeover.
Albany Barn Inc., a private non-profit organization, has joined forces with the Albany Housing Authority and is changing the interior into an artist incubator.
”The creative arts can be visual artists, painters, writers, musicians, and chefs,” says Jeff Mirel, president of the Albany Barn Project.
Mirel says the artists will not only be working here, they'll be living here in 22 subsidized apartments with studios. There will also be an additional 15,000 square feet of studio space.
Organizers hope the changes on the inside will lead to changes on the outside -- bringing businesses back to the surrounding neighborhood.