Quality Inn Redevelopment

January 10, 2022

 

Quality Inn

RUPCO continues to work on securing funding to transform the Quality Inn located on Route 28 in the Town of Ulster into permanent supportive housing for families and individuals.

The project aims to transform the vacant site into a mixed-use, energy-efficient campus that employs trauma-informed design elements to convert the 145 hotel rooms into 83 permanent, supportive and affordable apartments, along with the conversion of the attached commercial spaces into a therapeutic saltwater swimming pool, supportive service offices, community room, child daycare, and commissary kitchen. The development includes 70 apartments reserved for individuals and families currently – or at risk of- experiencing homelessness who will receive a rental subsidy and robust onsite case management services, including 24/7 staffing to monitor the site, supportive services staff, and privately owned transportation to and from essential services available to residents. In addition, RUPCO has partnered with two local organizations to adapt the former Steakhouse into commercial space available to residents and the public that features a daycare facility operated by the Kingston YWCA and a commissary kitchen administered by a local entrepreneur.

RUPCO continues to work on securing the resources needed to jump-start the $47M development. In addition to achieving full site and local approvals, The Town of Ulster has secured a $2M funding commitment from the Ulster County American Rescue Plan to extend water and sewer to the site and its surrounding areas, and an Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative award from the NYS Office of Temporary Disability Assistance (OTDA) to provide supportive services and rental subsidies. The agency is actively seeking funding from additional sources, including the Hotel and Commercial Conversions Programs (HONDA), Community Investment Fund, Clean Energy Initiative, and the Homeless Housing Assistance Program (HHAP).

The critical need for this housing development is demonstrated not only by the 458 Ulster County households currently residing in shelters and motels (according to the latest HMIS report) but also by the unwavering support of County Executive Jen Metzger and Town of Ulster who have made this much-needed project a priority.