The Lace Mill
RUPCO reconstructed an abandoned, century-old factory into 55 affordable rental apartments, preferenced for artists, in midtown Kingston, NY. Viewed as both a housing complex and an economic development effort, this feat has been widely embraced as an important anchor for the arts community and “creative placemaking” efforts that have seen national news publications label Kingston in the top 10 places in the United States for artists to live.
The US Lace Curtain Mill was built in 1903 and had a long history as a major employer through much of the 20th century. But for the better part of 20 years, it has been a boarded up storage facility; by 2013, even its warehouse function was largely abandoned. RUPCO purchased the building in December 2013 and began to create a combination of studios— one-, two-, and three- bedroom lofts— many of which will be multi-level units with mezzanines and high ceilings.
In addition to residential space, The Lace Mill includes several gallery spaces and designated shared and private work studios. The intent was for the building to become a center of cultural activity and open to the public in addition to providing housing for the burgeoning arts community in the region. Other amenities include a common artist utility room on every level, outdoor sculpture areas designated for public art, and walk-able community amenities such as bike racks and connections to the City’s existing sidewalk system.
The project now employs a variety of sustainable approaches and Green Building techniques including, but not limited to, state-of-the-art thermal heating and cooling, a rooftop 160 kW photovoltaic (solar) panel array (the largest installed in Kingston), energy-efficient lighting, and durable and sustainable material sourcing. Outreach to the arts community has created significant interest in The Lace Mill concept and applications are available online from the above link. Residents moved-in July 2015 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The Lace Mill continues to garner ntional recogntion with various awards: 2016 NYSERDA Low-rise Residential New Construction Program Trailblazing Project Award