Business and community leaders will get the chance to hear noted architect and visionary Scott Townsend speak at RCS CBA's monthly meeting about the possibilities for growth through planning and how that could impact Main Street in Ravena, the Coeyman’s riverfront and the 9W Corridor. The dinner meeting will take place at the community room of Abounding Love Christian Fellowship at 2480 US Route 9W in the Faith Plaza on Thursday, November 17 from 5-7 p.m. The community room is located next to Ravena Pizza.
Townsend will be joined by Adam Zaranko, executive director of the Albany County Land Bank Corporation. This non-profit helps communities through the reclamation of tax foreclosed, vacant or abandoned real estate. Under Zaranko’s guidance, the organization has grown to become one of the largest and most active land banks in the northeast.
The two will draw from years of witnessing how many regions, towns and cities have benefitted through their work and how some of these concepts might be applicable to the RCS area.
Townsend is more than an architect that designs buildings. He has a passion for healing and invigorating neglected and underserved communities, neighborhoods, and buildings. His portfolio includes a range of Mixed-Use, Adaptive Re-Use, and Affordable Housing projects. His clients trust him for his expertise in planning, designing, and envisioning their projects. He was drawn to architecture out of his desire to create something that is local, tangible, and addresses a larger societal or global issue.
Cost for the meeting is $10 for members and $15 for non-members which includes a chicken or eggplant parmesan dinner. A meet-and-greet time will precede the meeting and a “What’s New?” segment allows all attendees to introduce themselves and briefly highlight their business or organization.