Credit 101 Workshop , May 28

RUPCO & Citizens Bank present a series of FREE Credit 101 Workshops.

March 28, 2019
5:30-7:00 pm

The Kirkland Building
2 Main Street
Kingston, NY 12401

This workshop will provide valuable information on important aspects of your credit making it easier to qualify for a mortgage.

Tips will include

•Understanding your credit report
•Improving your credit
•Reducing your monthly debts

Find out how RUPCO programs can help you reach your goals.

REGISTER TODAY!

East End Apartments LEED in Energy Efficiency
195 First Street, Newburgh, Preservation League NYS 2019 Excellence in Historic Preservaiton AwardAll 15 properties received energy-efficiency certification from The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S.Green Building Council (USGBC), the gold standard for buildings, homes, and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained, and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. RUPCO is a leading community developer of affordable housing and economic wealth-building opportunities in the Hudson Valley.
 
RUPCO achieved LEED certification for East End by implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.
 
“Scattered-site re-development within a challenged urban core is fundamental to saving and preserving Place,” says Chuck Snyder, Director of Construction at RUPCO. “Historically accurate, LEED certified, safe, healthy, and secure housing, well-executed and managed, will serve this community through the balance of this millennium, by not only extending the useful life of these worthy structures, but also in preserving the fabric that has defined this Place for the past 150 years. The investment and effort expended are the long game. It is in stark contrast to the equity vacuum, disinvestment, and abandonment which has defined the prevailing attitude toward too many of our urban centers for the latter half of the 20th century.”
 
In 2018, RUPCO celebrated the opening of East End Apartments, a scatter site development of 45 rental homes for those of modest means in 15 historically renovated buildings in Newburgh’s historic district in a 4-block radius north of Broadway. RUPCO restored these once-abandoned,19th-century traditional row homes with historic preservation and energy efficiency in mind, paying attention to architectural details and NYS EnergyStar® For Homes and LEED for Homes standards.
 
“Achieving LEED certification is more than implementing sustainable practices. It represents a commitment to making the world a better place and influencing others to do better,” says Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, RUPCO demonstrates its leadership through its LEED certification of East End.”
 

EAST END APARTMENTS epitomizes a tri-sector approach among several nonprofits, private investors, and government sectors to transform the Newburgh community through building rehabilitation and creation of integrated housing. East End Apartments includes 15 buildings with a mix of studios and one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments for income-eligible individuals, working families, artists, homeless youth, and veterans in need. Apartments range in size from 482-1348 square feet. This multi-site development also includes 3,000 square feet of community space known as “The Hub” which hosts a community policing sub-station, studio/gallery space for artists, and meeting space for after-school activities. Safe Harbors of the Hudson serves as property manager. 

About USGBC:  The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) vision is that buildings and communities will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation. Its mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. 

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building, community and home project types, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.

East End Apartments Receives 2019 Excellence in Historic Preservation Award

Preservation League of NYS recognizes eight best in the field of historic preservation

RUPCO’s East End Apartments of Historic Newburgh has been named one of this year’s Excellence in Historic Preservation award winners. Along with seven other honorees, the East End Apartments represents a shining example of historic preservation done well. The League’s statewide awards program has been honoring notable achievements in retaining, promoting, and reusing New York State’s irreplaceable architectural heritage since 1984.

WHAT: Preservation League of NYS “Excellence in Historic Preservation” awards ceremony
WHEN: Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 6:00 pm
WHERE: The historic New York Yacht Club, 37 West 44th Street, New York, NY
More information about the event can found at preservenys.org/2019awards

The East End Apartments consists of 45 mixed-income apartments in 15 buildings in a 4-block radius within the second largest historic district in New York State. The buildings have been restored in a meaningful and sustainable way, maintaining the historic fabric of this architecturally significant area and reducing blight. This project serves as an example of what land banks can accomplish when dedicated to historic preservation. Once again, the RUPCO development serves as a model of how long-vacant buildings are brought back to life. This project has not only increased the availability of affordable housing, but it has also spurred economic investment in adjacent properties. 

 

“Preservation League staff refers to this project often as a statewide model of excellence, showcasing what can be accomplished when developers and land banks work together,” said Preservation League President Jay DiLorenzo. “The East End Apartments project is important at a local, state, and national level.”

“At a pivotal time in Newburgh’s history, when the seeds of revitalization are truly taking root, our East End Apartments collaboration has set a high bar for others to aspire to when restoring these abandoned properties,” said RUPCO Chief Executive Officer Kevin O’Connor. “In a place where too much history has already been lost, we are proud to play a part in preserving the history while restoring housing opportunities in Newburgh’s East End.”

The thoughtful preservation combined with a strong community building component make this project truly special. The Preservation League team is so pleased that this effort will receive statewide recognition.

Funding sources for this project included federal and state historic tax credits, federal low-income housing tax credits, 9% LIHTC administered through the NYS Department of Housing and Community Renewal, NYS OTDA Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative, County of Orange HOME funding, City of Newburgh CDBG grant, and a $125,000 Housing for Energy Award from TD Bank Charitable Trust. Raymond James, Sterling National Bank and The Community Preservation Corp. also provided funding and financial assistance.

The project team included RUPCO (developer), Newburgh Community Land Bank (collaborative partner), Coppola & Associates (architect), Affordable Housing Concepts (general contractor), Safe Harbors of the Hudson (managing agent), Bridges of New York (support services), and NYS Home & Community Renewal (primary funder).

2019 Awardees:

  • Graycliff – Isabelle Martin House | Derby, Erie County
  • Eastman Gardens | Rochester, Monroe County
  • NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project | NYC
  • Knickerbocker Club: Centennial Renewal | New York City
  • RUPCO East End Apartments of Historic Newburgh | Newburgh, Orange County
  • Walton & Willett Stone Store – Cahill Landing | Oswego, Oswego County
  • The News Apartments | Troy, Rensselaer County
  • Neumann House designed by Marcel Breuer | Croton-on-Hudson, Westchester County

As the Preservation League honors excellence in historic preservation, they will also look toward preservation’s future with the inaugural Zabar Family Scholarship. Following the Excellence award presentation, three current students will receive a scholarship of $1,000 each in support of their studies in historic preservation. They are Tabitha O’Connell (SUNY’s University at Buffalo), Camille Sasena (Pratt Institute), and Ryan Zeek (Columbia University).

About the Preservation League of New York State: Since its founding in 1974, the Preservation League has built a reputation for action and effectiveness. Our goal has been to preserve our historic buildings, districts and landscapes and to build a bette

New York, one community at a time. The Preservation League of New York State invests in people and projects that champion the essential role of preservation in community revitalization, sustainable economic growth and the protection of our historic buildings and landscapes. We lead advocacy, economic development and education programs across the state. Connect with us at facebook.com/preservenys, twitter.com/preservenys, and instagram.com/preservenys.

About RUPCO: RUPCO creates home, supports people, and improves communities across a broad spectrum of community development solutions including housing, historic preservation, and neighborhood revitalization in the Hudson Valley. RUPCO creates and maintains quality, sustainable housing and rental opportunities, inspiring understanding and acceptance of affordable housing initiatives, and championing pathways to opportunity. RUPCO is focused to deliver over $100 million in real estate development over the next 24 months including three prominent historic preservation developments: Landmark Place, The Metro, and Newburgh Progress. RUPCO’s historic preservation work has been recognized previously with its development of The Lace Mill (2016), The Kirkland (2009), The Stuvesant (1993), and now East End Apartments (2019). Established in 1981, and a NeighborWorks America chartered member since 1999, RUPCO ushers community wealth-building opportunities, much-needed housing, and strong strategic partnerships into communities eager for change. Along with its real estate development arm, RUPCO possesses a stable and diversified business model with additional impact arenas in property management, resident program services, rental assistance, and homeownership center. For more information, visit www.rupco.org, Facebook/RUPCO, Twitter.com/RUPCO_, and YouTube.com/c/rupcony.

The One-12 Project: A Community Unites Around One Senior to Create a Place to Call Home

Senior Marie Young needed a new home. A community answered the call, with RUPCO coordinated contractors, volunteers, municipal officials, and staff to remove a dilapidated, 1960s trailer and replace it with a new, energy-efficient, manufactured home.




With $10,000 for RUPCO’s Board of Director Excellence in Governance award and a matching grant from Ulster Savings Bank in honor of Lisa Schatzel (a RUPCO board member and USB mortgage lending officer), the pieces came together. With support from the community, individuals, local businesses, volunteer groups like Ulster YouthBuild, and Town Supervisor Joe Croce allowed clean-up, site prep, build-out and permitting fall into place. In just four months, a community united to support one of its own: a woman who wished to stay in her home where she has lived for decades.

Special thanks to all who helped make this Home possible for Marie Young.

Judge Overturns Kingston Planning Department Decision on Landmark Place
This week, RUPCO received notice of Judge Mott’s decision to overturn the City of Kingston’s Planning Board’s denial of RUPCO’s application for site plan approval and special use permit for Landmark Place. “Judge Mott’s carefully reasoned decision found that the Planning Board’s action to deny our site plan and special use permit was arbitrary and capricious, in contradiction of its own prior environmental findings,” RUPCO CEO Kevin O’Connor said.

RUPCO’s proposal for Landmark Place is to create 66 supportive and affordable homes for seniors age 55 and over. RUPCO has set lofty goals for Landmark Place. “It will create significant jobs during construction and operation, contribute to the local tax base and preserve an important & inaugural part of our City’s history while contributing to the health, stability and well-being of our elders,” said O’Connor. “More than ever, people are waking up locally to the fact that it is important to have local ownership and good stewards of our rental housing with management that is responsive to the residents and community at large. More than ever, people are experiencing firsthand the upset that occurs when housing becomes unaffordable, unsafe or both. Now is the time for this community to embrace Landmark Place as a new community asset, creating a well-designed, well-staffed and managed senior community that will provide safe, accessible and affordable homes for our elders for the next half century.”

Rebecca Martin, KingstonCitizens.org commented: “I am pleased that RUPCO rightfully prevailed in the recent court case for the Alms House. The project, the first rental housing for senior citizens built in the City of Kingston since 2009, is one that our community sorely needs. It will provide 66 affordable, permanent rental housing units to those 55 years or older, and who in some cases are vulnerable including veterans and frail or disabled seniors. To know that this historic landmark will be brought back for this purpose is deeply gratifying.”

The property was listed on the State and National Register of Historic Place in February 2018. RUPCO intends to use private equity, debt, Low Income and Historic Tax Credits to complete construction and enjoys a commitment for operating support from the NY’s Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) program.

Rennie Scott-Childress, Majority Leader, Common Council said: “There is a clear need in Kingston for housing for elderly folks who are housing insecure. The Court’s decision today will enable RUPCO to build safe, affordable housing for scores of them at Landmark Place.“

O’Connor concluded, “We now look forward to the Planning Board completing its job by granting site plan approval and issuing the special use permit for Landmark Place subject only to reasonable conditions normally imposed.”

ACCESS to Home Veteran Program
ACCESS to Home Veterans ProgramVeterans with a service-related disability may qualify for accessibility modifications in their homes or apartments through the Access to Home Veteran Program. RUPCO and the Ulster County Veteran Service Agency are ready to assist a minimum of 8 veteran households with this work. Accessibility modifications include:

 

 

  • Visual alarm systems for the hearing impaired
  • Roll-in showers with grab bars
  • High-rise toilets with grab bars
  • Roll-under countertops & sinks
  • Wheel chair ramps& vertical lifts
  • Interior& exteriorstair lifts
  • Automatic door openers
  • Front knob appliances
  • Automated faucets
  • Reclining liftchairs
  • Other accessibility needs

Call today for more information, RUPCO (845) 331-9860 or UCVSA (845) 340-3190.

Harold Renzo, Stuyvesant Resident Receives Community Inspiration Award
Harold Renzo, long-time resident at The Stuyvesant, has been a supportive neighbor, voice for those unable to speak, and a community icon known for his friendliness and determination. RUPCO honored Harold at Community Lunch on November 9, 2017 for his courage, inspiration and indomitable spirit with our first-ever Community Inspiration Award.

Artwork Inspired by Social Justice Issues focus of Lace Mill Art Exhibit
Lanette Hughes painting abstractOctober is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and coincides with artwork focused on human rights, domestic violence, and world hunger. This is Lanette Hughes’s social activism movement in the form of an art show. This exhibit will take place in all three Lace Mill galleries, 165 Cornell Street, Kingston on October 7 from 3-8 p.m.

Hughes will show 30+ paintings reflecting social issues; all of which, upon their sale, will benefit local organizations that deal with human rights issues. Local nonprofits slated to receive artwork sales include Family of Woodstock, New Paltz, Kingston, Ellenville; the Darmstadt Shelter; Caring Hands Soup Kitchen; Clinton Avenue Methodist Church; MyKingstonKids; O+ Festival; Safe Harbors; and RUPCO. Global organizations include Women in Black and The Haitian People’s Project.

Hughes’ pieces directly relate to real life events. Her abstracts convey deeper messages without being overly explicit. Many pieces depict victims physically harmed, though the paintings don’t graphically portray clear wounds or detailed damage. Each portrayal speaks volumes about issues that are underneath the surface of so many lives — including her own — and nobody would know just by quick observation.

For example, “Human Beings are Not Created for Target Practice” has military undertones. The message conveys a simple thought: if military personnel were stripped of their uniforms, would enemies still shoot them? “Women Running” features women fleeing from human trafficking groups, a worldwide issue that defies ethnicity, gender, and age. Another piece portrays children affected by nerve gassing bundled in blankets; only their faces show, their bodies eerily shrouded mummification-style.

“My hope is that more artists will contribute (to the larger conversation), to include in their work social awareness for change,” says Hughes. “I’d like to see a whole day, week, or month, when artists everywhere do a whole show on a particular social issue.” She also hopes this art show stirs local activism by providing curiosity about what goes on behind the scenes in lives of our acquaintances, co-workers, family, and friends.

Throughout the exhibit’s run, speakers will talk about relevant issues that affect communities. Guy Kempe, Vice President of Community Development at RUPCO, will speak on “Housing, Creative Placemaking, & Community Development” on October 7 at 4:30 p.m. “Aligned with social justice, ‘creative placemaking’ is the proposition that arts and cultural expression, joined with housing, helps to energize community and revitalize disinvested places for minority and disenfranchised populations,” Kempe says. Poet Nancy Smith follows at 6 p.m. with readings from her works that concern human rights.

Filmmaker and veteran Marty Klein will talk about veterans’ issues on October 14, showing his film entitled, “Why Can’t We Serve.”

All artworks are for sale, with 75% of the proceeds donated to organizations that support social justice efforts. The artist retains 25% to cover material expenses associated with making the artwork. Painting prices are negotiable, with no reasonable offer refused. For more information, contact Lace Mill artist-resident Lanette Hughes at (845) 532-3538 or visit her Facebook page LK Hughes.

Senior Resident Finds Peace of Mind At Theater Workplace
Ever go to the Rosendale Theater to watch the latest film? In the booth, the projectionist is a humble man dedicated to his work. Anthony Cacchio, a Park Heights resident at RUPCO’s senior housing campus in Rosendale, NY, casts glimmers of life through his own lens. He’s glad to be serving the community, and intends to keep working as long as he is able.

For over 40 years, Cacchio has been working in the theater business to ensure the sound and video quality are up to company standards. He works closely with an engineer who shows him how to operate the equipment, and if there is a technical issue, he can bank on the engineer to fix the problem in a jiffy—even from home. Indeed, growing up without lightning speed electronics that send signals in milliseconds makes living in this era a bit foreign, but he manages to learn new skills and train every once in a while to keep up with the ever-changing technological advancements.

Growing up in a much different period of film and TV, Cacchio remembers his favorite shows from the 1930s, at the beginnings of the film industry. He laments that he does not watch recordings of them because they remind him of young celebrities who embodied vigor and have since passed away or have consummated their years of acting. So Cacchio gets his drama fill from working night shifts six to seven days a week, and prefers his home life to be quiet and serene.

He has been living at Park Heights for 5 years now, “and was lucky to get in right away.” Cacchio describes the home-finding experience as an easy process. “RUPCO gave me a nice comfortable place, in a nice area, and I am content here.”

Back when he was living at his parent’s home, he was also content with the peace that large plots of land could afford. Cacchio remembers his father used to cut the grass with a John Deere tractor. Every once in a while, neighborhood grandchildren would visit and provide noise that the day-to-day environment lacked. When his parents passed away, he and his brother inherited their childhood home. But, he explained, it just wasn’t suitable for happy living; the reminders of his parents were just too much when he walked past their room. Apart from the constant emotional tug, Cacchio decided that one person doesn’t belong in a six-room house, when a family could easily enjoy the space. Selling the property, he ventured on to rent an apartment at Park Heights, where he lives close by ladies who are familiar faces in his daily routines. “We treat everybody as buddies,” he says; if the ladies don’t see him for a day or two, they worry.

Anthony Cacchio, senior resident at Park HeightsLuckily, 85-year-old Cacchio has good genes. His father lived until he was 91; his mother, 90. He has clear intentions to keep on working, and “to make the best I can out of it.” Perhaps his hard work ethic is the family trait that keeps them so young; Cacchio used to assist his father in the tile and marble industry, working for other businesses to provide construction work.

With years of experience behind him, Cacchio continues to play an important role in the community, including being a happy parent to his cat, “Princess.” She lets him know what foods she does and doesn’t like, and insists that he stay in the room until she finishes eating. Her melodramatic personality entwined with a need for attention lends unique companionship, and Cacchio appreciates her taking center stage in their Park Heights home while he works behind-the-scenes.

Jake Michels joins RUPCO Senior Leadership Team
RUPCO welcomes Jake Michels as Director of Property Management at its Kingston office at 37 John Street. He will oversee issues relating to tenant property and maintenance, as well as coordinate best practices to ensure departmental efficiency. Michels, a graduate of Duchess County Community College, previously worked in management for luxury and commercial markets based in Poughkeepsie. He is currently studying for a real estate license; the educational background will provide him with a more comprehensive knowledge of the real estate field and property administration.

“I am excited to be here, to be a part of RUPCO’s mission and moving them forward. Over time, we can improve processes and increase usage of resident software to better our practices and building relationships,” states Michels, who currently resides in Poughkeepsie. Property management oversees building maintenance, tenant relations, and neighbor interaction. His personal philosophy on why stable housing is so important also influences his work approach. “Home Matters because it’s the foundation of our lives. Stable housing allows you to progress in all other areas, and allows you to progress as an individual.”

Michels recently went through the homebuying process himself after renting for years. He brings personal knowledge of the renting process to his job duties so he can better serve the tenants that live under RUPCO’s housing programs.

“Jake’s fresh perspective and diverse background in Property Management will be a great addition to the department,” says Vice President of Operations Sheila Kilpatrick. “RUPCO is growing its portfolio in the Hudson Valley. Jake’s ability to streamline processes and proactively prepare for new ventures will be invaluable.” RUPCO currently owns/manages 16 properties with 411 apartments providing homes to over 560 people. The majority of those residents represent the area’s most vulnerable populations: the elderly, seniors, disabled and working class families. In its $70-million real estate development pipeline. RUPCO plans to add another 171 units in 19 buildings at 4 locations.