Public Invited to Informal Open House February 18

Landmark Place: a dron'e aerial view of the campusWe’re opening the doors at 300 Flatbush Avenue, Kingston. You’re invited to a free, informal open house on Saturday, February 18 between 10 a.m. and noon.

“People have asked us if they can visit the building,” notes Kevin O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer at RUPCO. “Many have fond memories of working here for the County. We want to show people the potential this site has to carry forward the vision of Kingston’s forefathers, the vision of caring for the most vulnerable populations in our midst. Pending the rezoning to “multifamily,” Landmark Place — an integrated campus of affordable senior and supportive rental housing – is a strategic benefit for both area taxpayers and future residents.”

The day’s agenda includes:

  • Question & Answer rooms about
    • 1st floor: senior and supportive housing with RUPCO Program Services Supervisor Kim Mapes and Senior Care Coordinator Robert Budreau
    • 1st floor: history with SUNY-New Paltz professor Bill Rhoades
    • 3rd floor: development plans with local architect Scott Dutton, Dutton Associates
  • Architectural renderings of the proposed historical building renovation, new construction and campus landscaping
  • Informal guided tours with key RUPCO staff Guy Kempe, Joe Eriole, and Michael D’Arcy
  • Light refreshments served
  • Visitors should park in designated areas in the lower lot
  • The open house will be held rain, snow or shine

“We want our neighbors and curious residents to visit the property in advance of the February 28 public hearing, to ask questions about what Landmark Place proposes,” adds O’Connor. “We’re here to give people an opportunity to hear what RUPCO envisions for the property, to see the architectural renderings created by Dutton Associates, and to tour the building and grounds.” A print piece, The Case for Landmark Place, Landmark Place factsheet, and other supporting materials will be on hand.

“At the request of the City of Kingston Planning Department, and as a courtesy to the public, we are making all relevant materials available on our website, www.rupco.org,” says O’Connor. “We look to put another vacant, underutilized building back on the tax rolls. We’re adding depth to the community by adding services and solutions to City and County residents. The Almshouse has stood strong throughout its history, it will stand stronger as Landmark Place, continuing to fulfill its original mandate – to care for the most at-risk populations in our community.”

RUPCO currently holds an option to purchase the building from Ulster County, pending a rezoning decision by the Kingston Planning Department. A site plan review public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28 at 6 p.m. at Kingston City Hall, 420 Broadway.

RUPCO, RCAL Offer Grants for Accessibility Modifications for Those Receiving Medicaid

Rhouseholds meeting income lmits can receive home modifications for Aging in Placeesource Center for Independent Living (RCAL) in partnership with RUPCO has funding from NYS Homes and Community Renewal to assist renters or homeowners receiving Medicaid with modifications allowing them to remain in their homes or return to their homes from institutional care settings. Call RCAL at (845) 331- 0541 ext. 27 to receive an application package. Click on the image here to print off the flyer.

Accessibility modifications can include:

  • Wheelchair ramps
  • Tub-to-shower conversions
  • Other health and safety items for the disabled and frail elderly family homes

Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be on Medicaid, have a disability
  • Applicant may own or rent a in Ulster County
  • The entire household income cannot exceed the Ulster County Average Median Income (AMI) limits listed below:
    Household of 1 = $15,950
    Household of 2 = $18,200
    Household of 3 = $20,500
    Household of 4 = $24,300
  • Other eligibility and document requirements apply

Examples of accessibility modifications include:

  • Wheelchair ramps and  vertical lifts
  • Interior and exterior stair lifts
  • Roll-in showers with grab bars
  • High-rise toilets with grab bars
  • Roll-under countertops and sinks
  • Front knob appliances
  • Automated faucets
  • Visual alarm systems for the hearing impaired
  • Reclining lift chairs
  • Automatic door openers