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The Kirkland Hotel Building is a Tudor-revival style commercial building constructed in 1899. The building is now a national historic landmark structure and cornerstone of the Kingston Stockade Historic District.

In its heyday in the 50’s and 60’s, it was an important social landmark, housing a legendaryKirkland Blue Sky 1gathering place for the community, known as the Dutch Rathskellar.

The building was restored to its original impressive presence from 2006-2009, saved from a serious state of neglect and decay. The building includes 8 one bedroom apartments on the 3rd and 4th floors. There is 3,500 square feet of office space on the second floor, with another 3,500 square feet of restaurant/meeting space, including a kitchen area located on the first floor. The lower ground floor was the former “pub space” of the Dutch Rathskellar, and has the potential to be operated as such again.

The building’s restoration was innovative in it’s use of a geothermal system of multiple closed-loop, ground-source wells, installed under the parking lot, with a permeable paver system to address storm water absorption and runoff. The installationgrand staircase of this system for the 20,000 square-foot historical restoration eliminated the need for exterior chillers or condensing units, closely preserving the buildings original exterior. The original domed cupola was restored as well an impressive wrap around porch circling 2 sides of the building, as it did when first constructed.

 

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Combining the best in historic preservation with the latest in green building techniques, RUPCO has reached another milestone in its progressive approach to affordable housing.

Lauded by builders, environmentalists and preservationists, the 20,000 square feet of mixed use space is a great example of utilizing existing structures to help revitalize a community. The Kirkland’s Geothermal Heat Pump System, also called a Geoexchange System has helped prevent excessive use of fossil fuels. With the exception of natural gas to supply the cooking and hot water needs, the building is completely free of fossil fuels.

Today The Kirkland boasts seven one-bedroom apartments in addition to offices and commercial leasing space. Five dwelling units are income restricted at or below 80% AMI and rents are $800 plus utilities. Two units are rented at market rate of $920 plus utilities. An application must be completed. No wait list is maintained at this time.

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