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Cafe Deli-icious Opens a Second Location in Troy’s Hedley Building

TROY, NY (11/08/16) — The owner of a popular Troy cafe has opened a new satellite cafe in a downtown office building.

“We already had a lot of customers who worked at the Hedley building,” said Kathleen Leibach, owner of Cafe Deli-icious on the 400 block of River Street alongside Brown’s Brewing Co. and Ryan’s Wake pub. “Now, instead of a walk up the street, we’re just an elevator ride downstairs for them.”

In September, Leibach opened Happy Belly Deli on the first floor of the Hedley Building at the urging of her Deli-icious customers. The move to open a satellite location started in 2011, when workers in the Hedley Building circulated a petition requesting that Leibach buy the lease for the building’s first floor cafe. The timing wasn’t right for her back then, but when the space became available again this year she jumped at the opportunity.

“Our customers are very involved in the goings on at the cafe,” Leibach said of the original location, which opened in August 2003. “Eighty percent of our customers on River Street are regulars. It really starts to feel like family around here.”

Most of the food at Happy Belly Deli is prepped in the kitchen at Cafe Deli-icious, at 413 River St., which is about twice the size of the 700 square foot space in the Hedley Building. Happy Belly has two full-time staff, Cafe Deli-icious has one, and Leibach moves between the two throughout the day.


“It’s been a little crazy at first, but I love the challenge!” said Leibach, who bought the new location on a Friday and opened the next Monday. “I do it all. I might be fixing the plumbing at one location, and then preparing soup at the second, and this is all before eight in the morning.”

The cafe also does catering for large groups, and is known for its homemade chocolate creations.

Leibach, who is originally from Watervliet, made a start in the food industry with a business that she ran out of her home preparing homemade candies and chocolates. Her love and talent for “sweet-making” has definitely translated to the cafe. “I spent an afternoon last week dipping three hundred strawberries in chocolate,” she said.

A Deli-icious menu and catering options can be found online at


Leibach says her customer retention speaks for itself. “It’s a trust thing,” she said. “We are all about quality, and when it comes to food restrictions, food allergies, and even food dislikes, we are honest and flexible with our customers.”

The cafe has also received rave reviews online, with customers applauding their creative sandwich ingredients, and even more creative sandwich names. Some of the more popular sandwiches include The Hot Guy, The Nice Guy and Crazy Girl, and certain sandwiches have even been named after repeat customers like Ken’s Favorite and The Dockmaster.

Beyond delicious and creatively prepared food, Deli-icious has an atmosphere that draws in people. The original cafe is covered with hilarious quotes and plaques that read things like “$5.00 Charge for Whining,” “A Messy Home is a Sign of Good Character,” and reminders to “giggle” and “laugh.” (There are also several clandestine references to the League of Extraordinary Red Heads, such as a flag on the ceiling and stained-glass windows bearing that organization’s symbol. Leibech, a natural red head, is a member of that exclusive group.) This homey feel makes even first time customers feel at home.

“It’s like a bar,” said Leibach of her cafe, with good vibes on tap in the place of alcohol. “People come here to feel better. We’ve got great food, and a tight-knit and friendly staff. That’s what we’re really famous for.”

The cafe and the deli offer similar but different menu items, said Leibach, so customers can visit one location or the other depending on their mood and how much time they have for a break.


Happy Belly Deli – Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Phone: (518) 874-1070

Deli-icious Cafe – Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone: (518) 271-8787


Hedley Park Place, the building where Happy Belly Deli is located, is a nine-story 272,758 square foot historic building overlooking the Hudson River in downtown Troy. It is owned and managed by First Columbia, who is also redeveloping almost a half-mile of waterfront along the Hudson.

The building is now 95 percent occupied with a diverse mixture of educational, healthcare, fortune 500 and high tech tenants that First Columbia has actively recruited to Troy.

“Our tenants made it clear to us that they really wanted Kathleen to run the café in our lobby,” said Victoria Harris, marketing director of First Columbia. “Our company is known throughout the region for going the extra mile to make our tenants happy.”

18,678 square feet of office space is still available for lease at Hedley Park Place, with more available in the adjacent Flanigan Square building, also owned and managed by First Columbia.

Recently, First Columbia announced a 20,000 square foot penthouse addition to the building.  The addition will add a ninth floor to the total building’s square feet and will offer tenants 360 degree views of the Capital District.

Prospective tenants can learn more about the properties and space available for lease by calling Patricia McGrath at (518) 213-1088.





Developer First Columbia Planning Hedley Building Penthouse Addition, 9th Floor Glass Conference Center

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Troy Industrial Development Agency Board Approves Three “Hedley District” Projects

TROY, N.Y. (9/26/16) — One of the tallest and most prominent buildings in the Troy skyline could get a restaurant with 100-mile views in the near future once a mixed-use addition is complete.

First Columbia announced plans today to construct an additional 9th floor penthouse on the Hedley Building at 433 River St., an historic 1917 factory that once housed the Cluett Peabody shirt manufacturing company. The riverside building and its signature red smokestack are iconic. The project is expected to cost $3.2 million.

Hedley View 9.23.16

“We have the best view of the Capital Region from our rooftop and we can’t wait to open it to the public,” said First Columbia President & CEO Kevin Bette. “There’s a hundred mile view looking down the Hudson River all the way to the Catskill

Mountains, with a great vantage of both the Troy and Albany downtowns. You can look at it all day in all seasons and it never gets old.”

The addition will include a 20,000 square-foot window-lined enclosure with a 6,000 square-foot outdoor rooftop terrace. Bette said at this stage the exact mixture of uses for the space has yet to be finalized. Plans include a conference center, which can accommodate tenants of the Hedley Building as well as the city’s collages, government and nonprofits with a beautiful 100-person meeting room appointed with dramatic finishes and the latest communication technology. The conference center is also expected to tie-in with First Columbia’s 124-room Marriot Hotel, which will break ground next spring on the river just north of the Hedley building.

“This is a rare space unlike any other in the region, with many potential opportunities. It’s not every day a rooftop area goes on the market,” Bette said. “We would love to include a rooftop restaurant in the mix, if we find a good tenant for the space. We expect quite a few restauranteurs will be eager for the chance to operate up here with this incredible view.”

Bette stressed that at this point, the exact programming for the additional ninth floor is still to be determined and that anyone interested in leasing space on the ninth floor or anywhere in the Hedley Building should contact Patricia McGrath at (518) 213-1088 or

The penthouse addition will be a crowning achievement in the company’s ongoing, multi-year $10 million investment to renovate and reactivate the 272,759 square-foot Hedley Building as well as the nearby Flanigan Square building. Though New York State vacated about 136,000 square feet of space in the Hedley Building in its 2012 “re-stacking” initiative, First Columbia has recruited a diverse tenant mixture of education, healthcare, Fortune 500, high tech, professional companies and government offices that currently occupy 95 percent of the building.

“This building is filling up fast,” said Deborah Mikhitarian, partner at First Columbia. “People really want to be in downtown Troy and this rooftop addition will help us keep pace with the demand for quality space in the city.”

Mikhitarian said the 9th floor addition could include a “green” office with backup power generation and stunning views if a suitable tenant requests it. Currently, before the additional floor is constructed, there is about 10,000 square feet of available office space remaining in the Hedley building along with 10,000 square feet of available retail space on River Street.

HedleyPenthouse View 9.23.16

For additional leasing space information, contact Patricia McGrath at (518) 213-1088 or


On Friday, the Troy Industrial Development Agency (TIDA) Board of Directors met and approved three inter-related projects by First Columbia including: the 9th floor addition to the Hedley Building; a new $19 million hotel and a conference space in the Hedley District; and renovations to Flanigan Square, located at 547 River Street.

“Through these agreements the IDA has made possible a significant investment by First Columbia which further expands Troy’s successful Downtown revitalization into Troy’s North Central Neighborhood,” said TIDA member and City Council Representative Dean Bodnar.


In 2006, First Columbia commissioned a Hedley Waterfront Redevelopment Plan to redevelop roughly 25 city blocks surrounding its Hedley Park Place and Flanigan Square properties.  That vision has evolved into a $100 million dollar “Hedley District” that when completed will include prime office space, retail, mixed use, residential units, parking, hotel, and a riverside promenade stretching over 800 feet of Hudson River frontage.


First Columbia is a diversified real estate/investment organization committed to planning, developing, and operating high quality facilities. Its projects include corporate buildings, office campuses, medical complexes, senior housing, hospitality, and high-tech facilities.

Contact: Victoria Harris, marketing director First Columbia, at (518) 213-1009 or


First Columbia Announces 124 – Hotel on Troy’s Waterfront

Longstanding plans to build a 124-room hotel on the waterfront in downtown Troy, New York are expected to take an important step forward today.

The Troy Industrial Development Authority is scheduled to meet this morning and set a public hearing on the request by developer First Columbia for financial assistance to build the hotel next to the office building it owns, Hedley Park Place, on River Street.

To read the full article in the Business Review click here

First Columbia Welcomes Vermont Insurance Company to Hedley Park Place

First Columbia does it again with bringing an outside company into the city of Troy…

TROY, NY—UNION MUTUAL OF VERMONT COMPANIES opens satellite office for New York operations in Hedley Park Place, Troy, NY (433 River St., suite 8002). Official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Friday, Nov. 21 at 9 AM.

The Union Mutual of Vermont Companies announced today that their New York operations center will be located in Hedley Park Place in Troy, NY. This office will employ 10 employees to start.

“This showcase facility will help support our strong New York growth and will serve as a foundation of operations for future growth in the New York marketplace” said CEO Michael Nobles. According to Nobles “We recognize the strength of the talent pool in the Albany area and are excited to be part of the vibrant economy in the Capital region. Due to the expansion of our NY employee base we had outgrown our existing location in Schodack, NY and this move provides us with critical Class 1 physical space with ample room for future staffing growth. The Hedley Park Place location will support the business functions for both Community Mutual Insurance Company as well as some of Union Mutual’s non-New York business functions for a long time to come, it is a win-win for the entire organization.”

Senior Vice President Gary Ouellette stated: “The team of professionals at First Columbia along with Dan Simpson at CBRE Albany did a great job in understanding our commercial real estate needs and making the transition into Hedley Park Place easy and seamless, I couldn’t have hoped for a better experience with leasing commercial property.” Ouellette added that the hiring base of the Capital Region was a draw for the company and that they have already acquired two key hires from the area.

We are very excited to welcome United Mutual to the downtown district,” said Erin Pihlaja, executive director of the Downtown Troy BID. “Troy’s downtown is a perk for employees of companies like United Mutual, and we can’t wait to show them all that we have to offer.”

For the full article in the Albany Business Review click here.

Hedley Tenant, kW Mission Critical Doubles Space in Just Two Years!

kW Mission Critical Engineering Passes $10 million in Annual Projects in 2 Years

TROY, N.Y. (5/21/14) — An engineering firm specializing in mission critical facilities, predominantly data centers, is expanding in the Hedley park Place Building.

kW Mission Critical Engineering moved its headquarters to the Hedley Building in 2012. But in just two years the firm outgrew their 6,155 square foot space on the 8th floor and is now moving to a 12,000 square foot space in that building’s 7th floor.

“Last year we passed $10 million in signups for work. That’s a great milestone for us,” said kW MCE co-founder James Warren. “We have officially run out of room. This move will give us more space to grow.”

Warren said the firm, which currently employs 30, has plans to fill its new space with an additional 20 employees over the next two years. Though, kW MCE was founded in Troy in 2012, its principals, Warren, 42, and Chris Kurkjian, 54, have worked together professionally for the past 15 years. Kurkjian is a graduate of RPI. Warren graduated from Rutgers University. Both have lived in the Capital Region and in other cities throughout their lives. Their work takes them around the world. Some of their major clients include: American Express, Citigroup, CyrusOne, QTS Realty Trust, Inc. and Time Warner.

“We design facilities for continuous operations, for some of the best companies out there,” Warren said. “They rely on us to design buildings that last. We go where our clients go.”

Warren said the firm often works on projects in faraway locations, such as Brazil, London, China and throughout the United States. But Troy is an ideal location to be based because of its central location in the Capital Region and the stability in the job market. Engineers tend to switch companies more frequently in larger cities, but in the Capital Region they tend to be more loyal to their employers, Warren said. And that’s a good thing for everyone, because clients get used to working with certain engineers and prefer to stick with them, he added.

“When we started our firm in the Hedley building, our goal was to get the best people and create the best environment for people to work in,” Warren said. “I think we’ve done that.”

kW has also introduced many of its employees to the charms that Troy has to offer.

“A lot of the people working for us didn’t really know Troy,” Warren said. “Once they started working here, they realized how many cool restaurants there are, and other nice places with character. Everybody really enjoys it here.”

Warren also notes the location is convenient for commuters because Troy is centrally located in the Capital Region, close to where people live and easy to get in and out of.

First Columbia, the company that owns and manages Hedley Park Place, is now using these same selling points to market the 6,155 square foot space recently vacated by kW’s move to a larger space in the same building.

“kW Mission Critical Engineering was one of the first tenants to move into Hedley after the state left Troy, and they represent the type of high quality companies we have been recruiting to this city over the past two years,” said Victoria Harris, marketing director of First Columbia. “This is the type of company that contributes to the local community. They are enthusiastic about what they’re doing. And we want to be able to provide space for companies like these to grow in Troy.”

In 2012, New York State began vacating more than 130,000 square feet of rental space at Hedley Park Place and Flanigan Square in 2012. Though occupancy at Hedley dipped below 32 percent after the withdrawal, the building is now more than 90 percent occupied with a diverse mixture of nearly equal percentages of educational, healthcare, fortune 500, high tech and government tenants in the building.

“Hedley Park Place is really the best of both worlds because it has a downtown professional office feeling, where you can walk to restaurants and shops at lunch or after work. But it also has all the suburban office park amenities, like easy access from the highway, parking and modern fixtures,” said Victoria Harris, marketing director of First Columbia. “The view from this building alone is a huge selling point. It’s an amazing riverfront panorama of the city, downtown Albany and even the Catskill mountains.”

Prospective tenants can learn more about the properties and space available for lease by calling listing broker Deborah Mikhitarian-Russell at (518) 213-1088. Check out our Ad!8th-Floor-Space-Web

The lowercase “k” in kW Mission Critical Engineering is part of the symbol for kilowatt (kW).

For an occupancy report for Hedley Park Place, visit:

For information about kW Mission Critical Engineering, visit:


Apprenda, Software Leader Now Headquartered in Troy, NY

Major Tech Firm Signs Lease with First Columbia at the Hedley Building on Hudson River!

TROY, N.Y. (5/29/14) — A leading software engineering company has set up shop in Troy, the latest of several software and tech companies to headquarter in this vibrant Hudson River city.
Founded in Clifton Park, N.Y. in 2007, Apprenda finalized its move to First Columbia’s Hedley Park Place in downtown Troy this month. The company is currently leasing 20,000 square feet of space on the fourth floor of the Hedley building, with an option to grow to 35,000 square feet within two years.

Apprenda’s cutting edge technology, “platform as a service” (PaaS) software, makes it easier for large enterprises to build and deliver modern software applications that will work on a variety of devices, such as new web browsers, mobile phones and tablets.

“Software is disrupting every industry, and every large enterprise is investing heavily in building more and more software to fuel innovation, create competitive advantages, and ultimately deliver more value to their customers, partners, and employees,” said Jesse Kliza, senior director of marketing. “We provide a platform that abstracts away the complexities of building and delivering these modern software applications, while also helping our customers maximize their existing investments in both software and hardware infrastructure.”

Some of Apprenda’s clients include major enterprises like JP Morgan Chase, Honeywell, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen.
For information about Apprenda, click here.

While many tech companies choose to locate in California’s “Silicon Valley,” or in other big cities, Apprenda sees Troy, with a population of 51,000, as the right fit for its company culture.
“We like the growing creative culture that Troy has, with its walkable downtown,” Kliza said. “It’s much more interesting than being in a corporate office park setting, and a lot of our employees live in Troy or nearby.”

Being located in the same city as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is another plus for Apprenda. Two of the company’s founders are RPI graduates, Abraham Sultan (2004) and Sinclair Schulle (2004) and the school has been an excellent resource for employee recruiting.

There will be an Apprenda open house and “ribbon cutting” ceremony with a special tech twist later this year.

Hedley Park Place, Apprenda’s new headquarters, is a nine-story 272,000 square foot historic building overlooking the Hudson River in downtown Troy. It is owned and managed by First Columbia, who is also redeveloping almost a half-mile of waterfront along the Hudson.

In Dec. 2011, New York State announced its workforce consolidation plans, which included vacating 136,000 square feet of office rental space at First Columbia’s Hedley Park Place and adjacent Flanigan Square building.

Since then, First Columbia has worked to attract a diverse mix of high tech and professional tenants to the Hedley Building. Their emphasis has been on bringing new companies to Troy.

“Our goal was to attract high tech and professional companies, whose employees are capable supporting the city and its economy,” said Victoria Harris, marketing director of First Columbia. “We’re treating the Hedley building as a company incubator, of sorts, because we can work with early stage ventures and meet their needs as they grow within our buildings.”

The plan is working. Though occupancy at Hedley dipped to 36 percent after the withdrawal, the building is now more than 90 percent occupied with a diverse mixture of educational, healthcare, fortune 500 and high tech tenants in the building.

“We are very proud that our vision for a vibrant downtown Troy is coming to fruition with the addition of the great team at Apprenda,” said Deborah Mikhitarian-Russell, First Columbia partner.

For a Hedley Building Tenant Occupancy report and tenant mix charts,click here

30,000 square feet of office space is still available for lease at Hedley Park Place, with more available in the adjacent Flanigan Square building.

Prospective tenants can learn more about the properties and space available for lease by calling Patricia McGrath at (518) 213-1088.

For a video tour of the “fit-up” done by First Columbia for Apprenda’s
new space, visit: YouTube

Apprenda’s Forbes Article – click here

First Columbia is a diversified real estate/investment organization committed to planning, developing, and operating high quality facilities. Its projects include corporate buildings, office campuses, medical complexes, senior housing, hospitality, and high-tech facilities.

For information, contact: Victoria Harris, marketing director First
Columbia at (518) 213-1009 or


Is it Spring?

Although the weather hasn’t shown it, we are in Spring. Check out these awesome shots from Google Earth (panoramio) to help encourage the warm weather and river days to arrive here soon!

Beautiful shot of Hedley looking North, up Hudson River

Beautiful shot of Hedley looking North, up Hudson River

Great shot of Hedley Park Place from the Green Island side of the River

Great shot of Hedley Park Place from the Green Island side of the River

The Capital District Educational Opportunity Center Grand Opening March 25th!

Tuesday, March 25th 2014 the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) at 431 River Street opened its doors to the public, politicians, and community members to take a tour of their new space. EOC is First Columbia’s largest tenant leasing 50,000 square feet. The newly acquired space had been renovated to accommodate the school’s need for culinary, cosmetology, welding, high tech computer labs, nursing, and classroom space!

Below are some photos from the event: (photos by Anthony Salamone – HVCC)

Inspiration Wall

James Emerson Sharp Memorial Hall

K. Bette Speaking

Mayor Rosamilia

President Matonak HVCC


Christopher Meyer Rens Chamber Deputy Director

Culinary Arts Instructor

Culinary Students Prepared Food

Dr. Marion & Laureen Sharp - Memorial Wall

Dr. Marion Speaking

EOC Building Trade Student Malcom Dobbs

Well-Known Blogger Sheds Light on City of Troy

Suzanne Spellen, a lay historian who writes eight times a week about Brooklyn architecture has recently shed some light on the city of Troy, NY. October 2013, Suzanne Spellen wrote a piece in the NY Daily Times about the city of Troy and the many projects that are currently in the works to rebuild the city. Her article showcased new companies, developers, and the enthusiasm that surrounds the city from its supports.

Now Suzanne once again mentions this great city in her latest article issued February 24, 2014 in the New York Daily Times title “Blogger Keeps Focus on Brooklyn Architecture, but Now Mostly From Upstate”

As owners of multiple properties in the city, First Columbia is grateful for the attention this well-known writer has placed over the city. The positive notes and the feeling of growth and worth that Suzanne mentions in both of her articles can only do good things for this city that is making its way back on the map.

To read Suzanne’s full article check it out here in the NY Daily Times