Local community developer continues with plans to deliver on vital needs of local community and senior residents.
Regional community developer RUPCO became the proud owner of the former Kingston Almshouse, located at 300 Flatbush Avenue, Kingston. The purchase fulfills RUPCO’s commitment and intent to purchase the property from Ulster County’s Economic Development Alliance (UCEDA), as RUPCO continues the process towards local approvals for the creation of Landmark Place, a senior apartment development on the nearly 15 acre site proposed by RUPCO to address the vital needs of the community.
“We have honored our commitment spelled out in the Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of Real Property that we signed with UCEDA in September 2016 to acquire the property for $950,000,” notes Kevin O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer at RUPCO. “At RUPCO, we believe that there are vital interests for the City of Kingston to meet including the regional need for affordable housing. Across the County, we see Cities moving in similar ways to create affordable and supportive housing for the growing tsunami of the elderly population that is occurring due to the aging of the baby boomers.”
Once open, the campus at Landmark Place will bring the following benefits to the community:
- 66 studio and one bedroom, permanent rental apartments
- Affordable and supportive housing strictly for seniors, age 55 and over
- Local property taxes paid for the first time since 1874
- $186,000 in one-time recreational fees paid to the City’s Recreation Department
- An estimated 50 construction jobs and 10 permanent jobs
RUPCO hopes to advance its site plan review work with the City of Kingston Planning Board next month. In line with the building’s historic purposes, RUPCO is repurposing the Kingston City Almshouse at 300 Flatbush Avenue, to create a senior-living campus called Landmark Place. The historic building will contain 34 apartments – a mix of studios and one bedroom apartments – and a new residential building designed by local architect Scott Dutton is proposed to offer 32 one-bedroom apartments. All apartments will serve seniors, age 55 and over; 35 apartments will offer supportive services for special needs populations including a minimum of seven apartments dedicated to the frail or and disabled elderly. “We’re ready to continue the process towards making safe, affordable homes for our elders including Vietnam era veterans who helped make Kingston what it is today. Landmark Place marks the first affordable housing for seniors in Kingston since 2001 when Brigham Center on O’Neill Street was built,” adds O’Connor.
Landmark Place will help to meet the critical demand for affordable rental housing identified by the Three County Regional Housing Needs Assessment adopted by Ulster County in 2009. This assessment demonstrated that by the year 2020, Kingston’s Renter Affordability Gap and Total Demand would be 6,931 units and it called for the building of over 1,000 new affordable rental units to help meet the demand. “Since that study was published, only 55 affordable units at the Lace Mill have been built in Kingston,” said O’Connor. “It also answers Governor Cuomo’s call for permanent supportive housing to serve our vulnerable populations including frail and disabled seniors, veterans and other homeless individuals.
RUPCO’s application to the National Registers of Historic Places, on behalf of the City of Kingston and Ulster County, was approved in February and officially added the City’s first civic building, built in the mid-19th century, to the list of State and Federal historic lists of sites worthy of preservation. “Our nomination of the Kingston City Almshouse was recommended and advanced to the National Park Service for consideration and approved by both the State Historic Preservation Officer and National Park Service Keeper of the Register,” explains Guy Kempe, Vice President of Community Development at RUPCO. “Our request is a win for historic preservation in a city and region known for its historic value. Thanks to all who contributed to the first step towards preservation of this historic structure for future generations.”
For more information about Landmark Place, RUPCO’s plans for senior housing, and architect Scott Dutton’s design overview, visit RUPCO’s YouTube Page and Landmark Place Playlist.