We’re ready to answer your questions about the senior and supportive housing opportunity at 300 Flatbush Avenue, Kingston. This page is a work-in-progress designed to share the latest information on our vision for Landmark Place (the former Alms House) and new construction proposed for this location. If you have questions, please email Tara Collins. We will update this page frequently in the coming weeks. This page was late updated on 2/21/17.
The building is also historically significant because of architect J.A. Woods, who designed The Stuyvesant and other iconic structures such as the Tampa Hotel, today known as Plant Hall and home of the Henry B. Plant Museum at University of Tampa campus.
The City of Kingston hasn’t seen any affordable senior housing units built in 16 years when Brigham Senior Housing was built on O’Neil Street in 2001. The Three-County Regional Housing Needs Assessment, conducted by economist Jeffrey Carr and paid for by the Dyson Foundation, analyzed the affordable housing gaps for both rental and owner-occupied housing for every municipality in Orange, Dutchess and Ulster Counties. In addition to the overall shortfalls, the study provided recommendations for the “to be built” numbers to help meet the gaps through the years 2008, 2015 and 2020.
On any given day in Ulster County, roughly 400 people of all ages (170 of them single people) live in cramped motel rooms; this temporary sheltering costs taxpayers between $1500 and $3000 per person per month. The County pays 71% of this cost. That homeless snapshot does not include an unidentifiable number of men, women, adolescents, and children living on the street, under bridges, or in the woods. Nor does it include the scores of individuals ill-housed in overcrowded boarding homes, sleeping on a friend’s sofa or staying at their in-laws.
Similarly, we will save Ulster County taxpayers money by providing affordable housing with NYS operating support which in turn saves taxpayers the cost of per diem hotel rates for the homeless. City and County taxpayers currently pay nearly $100 per night to house the homeless in hotels, motels or shelters. There are approximately 170 homeless people receiving this housing each day. By providing safe, permanent supportive housing to those in need in our community, we’re saving taxpayer dollars.
We’re also relieving the stress placed on our police/fire/EMS personnel and emergency rooms.
A: Yes! This property has been off the tax roll since the late 1800’s. We will put it on the tax rolls and pay taxes, either through a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) or in accordance with NYS Law 581a, as we do on all of our properties. This past tax cycle (2015-2016), RUPCO paid $184,393.32 in school, City and County taxes for our properties located in the City of Kingston.
Q: I think this is a waste of money; Kingston or the County do not benefit from the sale of this property to RUPCO.
By creating Landmark Place, RUPCO is bringing $20-million to the region. We are one of the few businesses, let alone nonprofits, spearheading this kind of economic bump and we’re proud to be a part of the solution that brings home affordable housing and community development funding., Also, restoring the property to the tax rolls generates significant tax revenue to the City and County, relieving the tax burden for others. And providing safe housing for person currently accessing taxpayer-funded hotel stays and emergency medical services, will save taxpayer money as well.
In addition to Landmark Place at 300 Flatbush Avenue, RUPCO recently completed The Lace Mill, and has proposals in the pipeline for E2: Energy Square and MetLife/Stockade Works. We are also working with the Friends of Historic Kingston on the historical stabilization of Frog Alley.
- RUPCO CEO Kevin O’Connor explains why Landmark Place will make an impact
- How a Masters of Fine Arts and scholarship violist found herself homeless in Kingston
- As a teenager, Dan Hanson would rather couch surf than stay in an abusive home life
- How artist Avigayil Landsman moved from an overpriced moldy apartment to finding her place to call home
- For Stuyvesant resident Gabe Delgado, living in a supportive space lets him live his life fully