May 18, 2022
Kingston, New York — RUPCO, Inc. will hold a public meeting on the proposed “Quality Inn” hotel conversion to permanent supportive housing located at 114 Route 28 in the Town of Ulster. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at 6:30 PM in the Town of Ulster, Town Hall, 1 Town Hall Drive, Lake Katrine, NY 12449.
The proposed project is for the conversion of a 145-room hotel to approximately 81 apartments with about 11 three-bedroom, 21 two-bedroom, 24 one-bedroom, and 25 studio apartments. Special emphasis will be placed on moving homeless families and individuals out of long-term hotel/motel placements and into permanent supportive housing. This project is in partnership with The County of Ulster, Family of Woodstock, and Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties.
The development will include supportive services, such as assistance in accessing public benefits, job training, life skills training, behavioral health, food access and nutritional support, recreational activities, and on-site daycare. Small buses will be used to transport residents to appointments and for recreational purposes. The onsite indoor pool will be available for therapeutic purposes. The grounds will contain developed green space for passive and active recreation.
The project received a New York State Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative conditional award through the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance to fund supportive services and rental assistance. Ulster County has committed $2 million American Rescue Plan funding to extend water and sewer to the site and surrounding properties. RUPCO is considering adding the following green features in the redevelopment of the former hotel: solar panels, geothermal, tightening the building envelope, heat pumps, and electrification of the building. The project is expected to be completed by the winter of 2024.
The current Steakhouse on the site will be developed as either community and/or commercial space. RUPCO would like to receive feedback from the community with ideas for the use of this space.
Copies of the supporting site plan documentation are available for viewing at the offices of the Town of Ulster Building Department, 584 East Chester St. Bypass, Lake Katrine, NY 12401, and on RUPCO’s website.
RUPCO encourages the community to provide comments on the proposal through our online survey.
The need to address homelessness in Ulster County is clear and urgent. As of December 2021, there were at least 313 people who were homeless in Ulster County (including 63 families, 76 single men, and 58 single women.) This figure does not include the number of families and individuals living in overcrowded housing throughout the area. In Ulster County, those who are homeless might be temporarily housed in motels and shelters, living without kitchens for two months or more. While case managers visit them at these motels, their access to services is limited. This project will simultaneously reduce homelessness and provide robust support to people who have experienced it.
RUPCO creates homes, 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, inspires understanding and acceptance of affordable housing initiatives, and champions pathways to opportunity. For more information, visit www.rupco.org