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History of TAP

TAP began its work in a storefront on Hutton Street in Troy, one of many capital region neighborhoods threatened with demolition in the 60's and 70's. Working at first as a volunteer organization, TAP built parks, ran summer art programs, and helped battle exploiting landlords and ill-conceived urban renewal projects. With the advent of paid staff in 1972, TAP continued to develop its professional and architectural skills in support of other non-profit agencies, low and middle-income clients, and in public policy battles on behalf of residents of the inner city.

Today, TAP employs eight professionals, and enjoys the contributions of volunteers and interns from local colleges. Three of TAP’s staff are licensed architects. TAP’s work each year includes well over one hundred projects throughout the Capital District of New York State. Our non-profit clients serve victims of domestic violence and racial bias, HIV-positive people, the homeless and physically challenged, and economically disadvantaged families. We work directly with neighborhood associations, cultural organizations, municipalities and veterans agencies. Though our roots are in Troy, our influence and services now extend throughout the Capital District and beyond. TAP is also a member of the Neighborhood Preservation Coalition of New York State.

The majority of TAP’s budget is generated by fees for services. TAP seeks government and foundation grants to develop and implement innovative projects. New York State  Homes and Community Renewal, is TAP's most reliable grant source, but we have experience with dozens of granting agencies and foundations.  We also enjoy donations and gifts of materials and services from friends of the program.


New York State Governor’s Arts Award

Rensselaer County Council on the Arts

            - Dwyer Award

Council of Community Services
            - Program of the Year, Bridge Coalition

Preservation League of New York State
            - School 10 Apts. Affordable Housing Award

Preservation Merit Award
            - Aids Council of Northeast NY Offices

Capital District Community Loan Fund
            - O’Shaunessy Award

Chamber of Commerce Citizenship Award
            - Joe Fama, TAP Executive Director

Neighborhood Preservation Coalition
            - Meritorious Service Award


Preservation League of New York State
            - The Rice Building

Historic Albany Foundation
            - Preservation Merit Award, 326 Clinton Ave.

            - Adaptive Reuse Award, Firehouse to Offices

National Trust for Historic Preservation
            - Cited TAP, Inc. for its work with the City of Troy’s in rem process.
            - “Best Practices Toolkit for Historic Preservation and Redevelopment"

New York State Empire Award
            - RPI Neighborhood Renewal Program

Historic Preservation Society of Saratoga Springs      

            - Merit Award, Rehab of house into senior housing units

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