East End Apartments Receives 2019 Excellence in Historic Preservation Award

Preservation League of NYS recognizes eight best in the field of historic preservation

RUPCO’s East End Apartments of Historic Newburgh has been named one of this year’s Excellence in Historic Preservation award winners. Along with seven other honorees, the East End Apartments represents a shining example of historic preservation done well. The League’s statewide awards program has been honoring notable achievements in retaining, promoting, and reusing New York State’s irreplaceable architectural heritage since 1984.

WHAT: Preservation League of NYS “Excellence in Historic Preservation” awards ceremony
WHEN: Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 6:00 pm
WHERE: The historic New York Yacht Club, 37 West 44th Street, New York, NY
More information about the event can found at preservenys.org/2019awards

The East End Apartments consists of 45 mixed-income apartments in 15 buildings in a 4-block radius within the second largest historic district in New York State. The buildings have been restored in a meaningful and sustainable way, maintaining the historic fabric of this architecturally significant area and reducing blight. This project serves as an example of what land banks can accomplish when dedicated to historic preservation. Once again, the RUPCO development serves as a model of how long-vacant buildings are brought back to life. This project has not only increased the availability of affordable housing, but it has also spurred economic investment in adjacent properties. 

“Preservation League staff refers to this project often as a statewide model of excellence, showcasing what can be accomplished when developers and land banks work together,” said Preservation League President Jay DiLorenzo. “The East End Apartments project is important at a local, state, and national level.”

“At a pivotal time in Newburgh’s history, when the seeds of revitalization are truly taking root, our East End Apartments collaboration has set a high bar for others to aspire to when restoring these abandoned properties,” said RUPCO Chief Executive Officer Kevin O’Connor. “In a place where too much history has already been lost, we are proud to play a part in preserving the history while restoring housing opportunities in Newburgh’s East End.”

The thoughtful preservation combined with a strong community building component make this project truly special. The Preservation League team is so pleased that this effort will receive statewide recognition.

Funding sources for this project included federal and state historic tax credits, federal low-income housing tax credits, 9% LIHTC administered through the NYS Department of Housing and Community Renewal, NYS OTDA Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative, County of Orange HOME funding, City of Newburgh CDBG grant, and a $125,000 Housing for Energy Award from TD Bank Charitable Trust. Raymond James, Sterling National Bank and The Community Preservation Corp. also provided funding and financial assistance.

The project team included RUPCO (developer), Newburgh Community Land Bank (collaborative partner), Coppola & Associates (architect), Affordable Housing Concepts (general contractor), Safe Harbors of the Hudson (managing agent), Bridges of New York (support services), and NYS Home & Community Renewal (primary funder).

2019 Awardees:

  • Graycliff – Isabelle Martin House | Derby, Erie County
  • Eastman Gardens | Rochester, Monroe County
  • NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project | NYC
  • Knickerbocker Club: Centennial Renewal | New York City
  • RUPCO East End Apartments of Historic Newburgh | Newburgh, Orange County
  • Walton & Willett Stone Store – Cahill Landing | Oswego, Oswego County
  • The News Apartments | Troy, Rensselaer County
  • Neumann House designed by Marcel Breuer | Croton-on-Hudson, Westchester County

As the Preservation League honors excellence in historic preservation, they will also look toward preservation’s future with the inaugural Zabar Family Scholarship. Following the Excellence award presentation, three current students will receive a scholarship of $1,000 each in support of their studies in historic preservation. They are Tabitha O’Connell (SUNY’s University at Buffalo), Camille Sasena (Pratt Institute), and Ryan Zeek (Columbia University).

About the Preservation League of New York State: Since its founding in 1974, the Preservation League has built a reputation for action and effectiveness. Our goal has been to preserve our historic buildings, districts and landscapes and to build a better New York, one community at a time. The Preservation League of New York State invests in people and projects that champion the essential role of preservation in community revitalization, sustainable economic growth and the protection of our historic buildings and landscapes. We lead advocacy, economic development and education programs across the state. Connect with us at facebook.com/preservenys, twitter.com/preservenys, and instagram.com/preservenys.

About RUPCO: RUPCO creates home, 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, inspiring understanding and acceptance of affordable housing initiatives, and championing pathways to opportunity. RUPCO is focused to deliver over $100 million in real estate development over the next 24 months including three prominent historic preservation developments: Landmark Place, The Metro, and Newburgh Progress. RUPCO’s historic preservation work has been recognized previously with its development of The Lace Mill (2016), The Kirkland (2009), The Stuvesant (1993), and now East End Apartments (2019). Established in 1981, and a NeighborWorks America chartered member since 1999, RUPCO ushers community wealth-building opportunities, much-needed housing, and strong strategic partnerships into communities eager for change. Along with its real estate development arm, RUPCO possesses a stable and diversified business model with additional impact arenas in property management, resident program services, rental assistance, and homeownership center. For more information, visit www.rupco.org, Facebook/RUPCO, Twitter.com/RUPCO_, and YouTube.com/c/rupcony.

Career Opportunity: Property Manager, Newburgh

keyboard where return key says "Jobs"The Property Manager will provide administrative and clerical support for RUPCO’s Property Management Department. In conjunction with the Supervisor of Property Management, the Property Manager is responsible for assisting with the day-to-day operations for Lander Street Apartments located in Newburgh, NY. This is a full-time position with duties which may include the following resonsibilities, but are not limited to:

Position Responsibilities:

1. Answer incoming phone calls and greet visitors and tenants
2. Conduct management of rental units to include marketing, rent and arrears collection, eviction process, and apartment inspections
3. Prepare and maintain files that provide information on buildings, taxes, utilities, contracts, vendors, emergency procedures, tenants, and insurance
4. Review rent receivables monthly and resolve issues with tenants and finance department as assigned
5. Order office supplies and replenish as needed
6. Maintain tenant files in accordance to RUPCO procedure
7. Receive, enter, communicate and follow-up on all Maintenance Requests
8. Provide ‘on-call’ after-hours coverage as scheduled or as needed
9. Maintain high quality standards with respect to occupancy and other property management indicators
10. Maintain compliance with all federal, state and local regulations and other mandated guidelines and policies relevant to property management and operations including safety and quality assurance as directed by supervisor
11. Obtain or maintain ‘Tax Credit Compliance’ certification
12. Coordinate and organize periodic social events for the tenants
13. Additional duties as assigned

Required Knowledge, Skills, Education and Experience
– Must have high school diploma or equivalent
– Posses excellent verbal and written communication skills
– Must be able to work independently
– Must be proficient in computer use
– Verifiable, prior clerical experience required
– Experience in Property Management or real estate helpful

Candidates should submit letter of interest including summary of qualifications for this position to jmichels@rupco.org no later than Monday, November 19, 2018 at noon.

Ribbon-cutting at Historic Rehabilitation of Newburgh’s East End Apartments

Newburgh East End rental logo

New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas today announced the opening of a $15 million scattered-site project that renovated 15 abandoned properties to create 45 new affordable apartments in a four-block area of Newburgh’s East End. Called East End Apartments, the development is helping to revitalize this historic neighborhood while preserving its character.

Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said, “East End Apartments has taken abandoned properties and brought them back to life as affordable homes for dozens of residents that will breathe new energy into Newburgh’s historic East End neighborhood. With supportive services for homeless youth and veterans, and apartments and space set aside for artists, East End apartments will continue to move Newburgh forward while strengthening the safety net for all of its residents.”

East End Apartments were rehabilitated by Kingston-based developer RUPCO, which is maintaining ownership with Safe Harbors of the Hudson serving as property manager. Among the development’s 45 homes are seven apartments set aside for homeless youth ages 18 to 25 and homeless veterans. Bridges of New York will coordinate their support services. Another 12 apartments will be targeted to tenants involved in artistic or literary endeavors.

Kevin O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer, RUPCO, said, “We are thrilled to be a part of the core revitalization that is going on in Newburgh that involves the public, private and non-profit sectors. Newburgh is on the rise and our contribution that is restoring the fabric of this historic district and providing housing to stem the tide of gentrification is crucial. We value our partnership with HCR and many local entities that makes this work possible.”

The homes were preserved with sensitivity to the historic character of the neighborhood. All fifteen properties will meet NYS’s EnergyStar for Homes energy efficient standards and will receive a LEED for Homes designation. 

The 15 renovated buildings include homes located on Lander, South Miller, First, Johnston and DuBois Streets. The neighborhood is immediately adjacent to the City of Newburgh’s Broadway business and government corridor. The neighborhood is also next to SUNY Orange’s Newburgh Campus and Mount Saint Mary College, as well as the regional St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital.

The multi-site development also includes 3,000 square feet of community space known as “The Hub.” This multi-purpose area at 39B Johnston Street will host a community policing sub-station, studio/gallery space for artists, and meeting space for after-school activities.  The Hub is dedicated in honor of former City of Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy.

New York State Homes and Community Renewal provided federal low income housing credits that generated $9.9 million in equity. The NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation provided federal and state historic tax credits, and the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance are providing funding for the support services and rental subsidy through the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative. Orange County provided $320,000 in HOME funds. The City of Newburgh provided $140,000. Additional financing partners include Community Preservation Corporation, Raymond James, and Sterling National Bank.

Coppola Associates and the general contractor is Affordable Housing Concepts. The 15 renovated properties were previously owned by the Newburgh Community Land Bank.

NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Commissioner Samuel D. Roberts said, “We are pleased to be playing a role in this project, ensuring veterans and youth experiencing homelessness not only have a place to live, but access to the services necessary to help them remain stably housed. This project has the added bonus of helping to revitalize a historic neighborhood which will benefit so many other Newburgh residents.”

Daniel Mackay, Deputy Commissioner, NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, said, “Historic Tax Credits help to restore the assets from the past to create a pathway to the future. The investment in Newburgh is extraordinary and has created a new model to rethink how we reknit the fabric of New York’s historic communities.”

Senator Bill Larkin said, “This public private partnership will greatly build on the community development efforts taking place in the City of Newburgh. I was proud to support this collaborative effort which creates an adaptive re-use for abandoned properties, while working to promote economic development that has the potential to lower the tax burden for residents and businesses. The State, the City of Newburgh and local stakeholders must continue to work together on these types of projects moving forward.”

Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus said, “This important revitalization project will reinvigorate this historic Newburgh neighborhood. It serves as an example of what is possible when Government and the private sector work together to benefit our community. I’m excited that our residents will be able to call the East End Apartments home.”

Darryl Seavey, VP Director of Acquisitions Northeast Region for Raymond James Tax Credit Funds, Inc. said, “Raymond James is thrilled to have once again partnered with RUPCO for their Newburgh CORe Neighborhood Revitalization project.  Kevin O’Conner and the team at RUPCO have managed to bring new life and vitality to a blighted neighborhood by significantly upgrading and modernizing its existing housing stock while at the same time preserving residential structures that are historically important to the City of Newburgh.  This project adheres to RUPCO’s core philosophy of creating homes, supporting people and improving communities.  We congratulate RUPCO on furthering their mission with another successful project.  We would especially like to thank Sterling National Bank and CPC whom worked with Raymond James on the project financing and equity and have once again been terrific partners.”

 Madeline Fletcher, Executive Director, Newburgh Community Land Bank, said, “This project has not only helped to stabilize a high vacancy neighborhood, but has raised the standard of what’s possible at the intersection of historic preservation and local housing needs. It has paved the way for new creative and equitable opportunities for homeownership, placemaking and neighborhood revitalization.”

Karen Milazzo, State Executive Director, Bridges of New York, said, “Having the opportunity to work with Special Populations continues to prove to be an amazing experience for Bridges of New York.  The young adults who have been placed into these homes are now provided with the opportunity to not only stabilize in their lives, but with the assistance and encouragement of the case manager, they can now take on new and exciting challenges that they would not have realized on their own.  Learning to be responsible, productive adults, raising young children in a safe environment, and living with gratitude are wonderful life experiences they now share.  Our veterans value the support they receive in the Newburgh community and are proud to be a part of this new and vital neighborhood.  We are grateful to be a part of these revitalizing efforts and will continue to place our best efforts to bring new life and energy into the Newburgh neighborhoods.”

Lisa Silverstone, Executive Director, Safe Harbors of the Hudson, said, “The East End Apartments have breathed new life into our downtown neighborhoods, lovingly restoring historic buildings to create beautiful housing for our neighbors and vibrancy on our streets. Safe Harbors of the Hudson is thrilled to be providing the management for this critical redevelopment project!”

K. James Dittbrenner, Senior Vice-President & Managing Director, Sterling National Bank, said, “Newburgh, the once ‘All American City’ deserves its Renaissance. The RUPCO- Newburgh Revitalization East End project is a substantial part of growing success toward Newburgh’s Renaissance and Sterling National Bank is proud to have supported this amazing rehabilitation project.”

Career Opportunity: Live-In Superintendent – Mews at Prattsville

The Live-In Superintendent reports directly to the Maintenance Supervisor of RUPCO, and is responsible for managing the day-to -ay maintenance of the intergenerational affordable housing development known as The Mews at Prattsville located in Prattsvile, NY. The Live-In Superintendent plays a key role in protecting, cleaning and maintaining buildings and ensuring the safety and comfort of its tenants. For many tenants, the Live-In Superintendent is RUPCO’s most visible representative. The Superintendent apartment is a 2-bedroom apartment with heat and hot water included. This is a part-time, live-in position with duties which may include, but are not limited to.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Conduct daily cleaning duties both inside and outside around the entire campus. Tasks will ensure common areas are clean and in good repair; emergency exits and fixtures are in working order; snow, garbage, and recycling is removed from designated areas; elevators, lobbies, walls, and windows are clean; and floors are maintained (i.e. swept, mopped, buffed, vacuumed, and cleaned).
  • Conduct emergency repairs or services as needed.  
  • Manage and monitor grounds to ensure that they are properly and safely maintained. Conduct a walking tour around the campus on a regular basis (daily/weekly) to monitor aesthetics of tenant areas and common spaces. 
  • Maintain grounds. This includes minor snow removal, clearing snow and ice from sidewalks. Overall landscaping: picking up trash, cutting grass, raking leaves and tending gardens, weeding, planting, etc.
  • Perform a wide variety of general maintenance tasks such as small areas of drywall repair, painting, appliance repair/replacement, diagnose mechanical, plumbing, electrical problems and to make repairs as appropriate. Liaison and manage vendor relations on various projects needed for work to be done outside of the scope of Superintendent ability.
  • Manage work order system to accomplish maintenance tasks. Accurate and timely completion of applicable reports (i.e. work orders, incident reports, etc.). Maintain maintenance files as required.
  • Serve as first responder to emergency calls from tenants and alarm company.
  • Act as a liaison to RUPCO Program Services staff and assist with identifying potential necessities of the special needs residents. Provide referral information to tenants for services and supports from community agencies.
  • Coordinate and organize periodic social events for the tenants in conjunction with the property manager.
  • Maintain compliance with all federal, state and local regulations and other mandated guidelines and policies relevant to property management and operations including safety and quality assurance.
  • Provide on-call, after-hours, and/or weekend duties as necessary and assigned.
  • Other general duties as designated.

Please submit letter of interest including summary of qualifications for this position to jmichels@rupco.org by Wednesday, August 8 at noon.

Newburgh East End Apartments Accepting Rental Applications

Newburgh East End rental logoThe first series of apartments are coming online February 1 in Newburgh’s historic East End. Be the first to live in these newly renovated rentals in a five-block radius just off Broadway on Lander, First, South Miller, Dubois and Johnson. We’re bring 44 apartments to life and Safe Harbors is managing the resident end on our behalf. 

Complete your application through Safe Harbors of the Hudson’s website here or  call (845) 562-6940 ext. 141 for more information. You can also stop by their offices at  111 Broadway, Newburgh and fill out the paper application right there.  Apartments include a space for every sized household:
•  (1) studio apartment
•  (25) 1-bedroom apartments
•  (9) 2-bedroom apartments
•  (9) 3-bedroom apartments

Amenities include:
• Community room
• On-site laundry facility
• Police substation
• Each property is a smoke-free community
• No pets accepted

Income eligibility and certain preferences apply to most apartments. But you won’t know unless you apply today.

Community Partner Award: Madeline Fletcher

Every year at Community Lunch, RUPCO honors a community partner doing great work in our neighborhoods. This year, we honored Madeline Fletcher, Executive Director at Newburgh Community Land Bank for her collaborative spirit in transforming Newburgh’s historic East End. Her ability to gather partners and facilitate change has been transformative.

Artist in Vacancy Exhibit Highlights Newburgh Architecture September 30

Artist in Vacancy Exhibit September 30Newburgh Community Land Bank presents two Artist-in-Vacancy exhibits this week. The first exhibition, organized by Laura Genes, involves work done on-site for the larger RUPCO project around 39 Johnston Street in Newburgh, NY by craftsmen at Affordable Housing Concepts. The architectural installation at 39A Johnston will showcase the new restoration work alongside original architectural details. In addition to highlighting the skilled work done by the workmen onsite, this presentation of the old and the new side-by-side hopes to spark conversation about the value of architectural character and the will necessary to upkeep it. 

Times Herald-Record reporter Leonard Sparks recently featured local craftsmen and the crew’s initiative to recreate and replicate moldings and interior finish trim in a make-shift woodworking studio at 39 Johnston. This exhibit is an opportunity to see the building under-construction and witness the handiwork of the craftsman helping to rebuild Newburgh.

The installation will be open for visitation from noon to 6pm on Saturday, September 30 and will be followed by a lecture by Andrew Linn of BLD, an architect and historian who will be presenting about the legacy of AJ Downing, a pioneer of American architecture. With the help of the Newburgh Community Land Bank, Andrew Linn, Jack Becker and Laura Genes have produced a text about Downing and how his works fit into a larger American canon. This essay has been formatted into a poster and will be available for guests to take home with them. 

The second Artist-in-Vancacy exhibit, GRNASFCK, by Coleen Tuite and Ian Quate will embrace 122/123 Lander from 1 to 6 p.m. on September 30. Click here for more on the artists and their outdoor installation. Come meet the artists over backyard BBQ. Both events are free and open to the public.

ABOUT THE VENUE, 39 JOHNSTON STREET, NEWBURGH: Former home to Newburgh photographer Jacob Ruben, and author of many historic Newburgh Postcards, was a vacant building for many years until the Newburgh Community Land Bank acquired the building from the City. After environmental rehabilitation and stabilization work, the building was transferred to RUPCO as part of a larger 15-property scatter site development utilizing Historic Tax Credits, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, and construction lending from Sterling National Bank, to restore the neighborhood in pockets. The effort will establish 45 new apartments for low-moderate income individuals and their families. The rehabilitation is currently underway, with the first series of homes available in Winter 2018 and the remainder rolling out through Summer 2018. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Laura Genes was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and educated in New York City. She studied architecture at the Cooper Union. Through the use of photography and installation, she describes a human element of the built environment, which is otherwise absent from technical plans and sections. By forcing the body back into structures, the permanence of both forms is put into question. The built form takes on the vulnerability of human-nature and the human body adopts the monumental qualities of a landmark. Both architecture and humans are made to perform in specific time-scales and lifespans; in the case of both, neglecting that destiny is the only way to carry-on. Laura makes work to ask: how can structures preserve our poetry and how can we lend our poetry to structures? Find out more about the exhibit here.

NRP: National Revitalization Program in Kingston, Newburgh, Middletown

We’re connecting homebuyers with SONYMA’s Neighborhood Revitalization Program, a package of incentives to help owner‐occupant homebuyers purchase and renovate vacant homes in Kingston, Middletown and Newburgh.

Program features include:

* Up to $20,000 cash assistance to renovate a home that you purchase

* Access to financing additional improvements into your purchase mortgage for post-closing rehab

* NRP can be combined with other grants and assistance programs thereby maximizing your ability to make your new home safe, secure and energy-efficient

* SONYMA mortgages of 30 years, low interest, no “Borrower Points,” down payment assistance arranged through select banks (M&T Bank, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Mid-Hudson Valley Credit Union)

Eligible Properties

* Vacant properties in designated areas capable of housing 1 to 4 families

* Seller must be able to pass a clean title to the purchaser

Eligible Applicants:

* Applicant must occupy the property as the primary residence

* Eligibility is determined by income limits up to 125% of Area Median Income (which varies by county) or 150% on a case‐by‐case basis

* Good credit, stable employment and ability to make monthly mortgage payments

We’re ready to assist you with the purchase of a vacant home* located one of the eligible communities of Kingston, Middletown, Newburgh. For assistance in Middletown and Newburgh, call (845) 713-4568; for assistance in Kingston, call (845) 331-9860.

*Vacant simply means no one is living at the address . The property does not have to be abandoned to qualify.

Regional Economic Development Finds Local Pulse of Latino/Hispanic Business Needs

First local meeting of Regional Initiative exploring Latino/Hispanic Economic Development

Earlier this week, a small group met at The Kirkland to lay groundwork for a larger conversation around economic access and business building in our Spanish-speaking communities.

Community Capital NY (CCNY) and Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress (Pattern) are collaborating on an initiative to establish a road map for additional business resources and access to credit for new and existing Latino/Hispanic enterprise. The initiative focuses on the cities of Beacon, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Newburgh, Middletown and Port Jervis.

“Pattern & CCNY asked for our help in gathering the local perspective. We’ll hold business forums to collect community input. We invite Latino/Hispanic community members to come forward and share what business owners and entrepreneurs need to be successful. We’re asking simple questions like what’s needed, how’s credit working (or not), and what resources are out there to build opportunity,” notes Kevin O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer at RUPCO. “In the three relevant communities we serve — Newburgh, Kingston and Middletown — the Hispanic/Latino population is strong. Jobs and new business creation are top of mind for everyone, no matter color, race or culture. But we know access to resources is not equal. This initiative spearheaded by CCNY and Pattern will explore the current situation and make recommendations for our communities moving forward.” Community Capital and Pattern, with guidance from local advisory committees, will conduct local outreach to determine needs and barriers within the Latino/Hispanic business community. Based on this fact-finding research, the team will recommend best practices and develop a guide of local and regional resources available to the Latino/Hispanic business community.

Present at the Economic Development for Hispanic and Latino Businesses meet-up (pictured above) were Emily Hamilton (Deputy Director of Housing at Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress), David Sosa Rosa (Kingston business owner of La Roca Floral), Simone Obermaier (Senior Vice President of Lending at Community Capital New York), Hugo Jule (outreach coordinator at RUPCO’s Green Jobs | Green New York Program), Maru Gonzalez (Executive Assistant to the CEO) and Kevin O’Connor, both of RUPCO. The group identified first steps in gauging the climate of local Latino/Hispanic business, its networks and resource access. “We’ll hold a few more meetings here at The Kirkland, talk with more people with the help of pastors and the church community, to make people aware that this conversation is happening,” adds Maru Gonzalez. “To be a part of this local conversation, contact me at (845) 331-2140 and I’ll put you on our email list.” If you have questions about the broader Community Capital NY-Pattern for Progress initiative, contact Kim Jacobs (CCNY) at (914) 747-8020 or Joe Czajka (Pattern) at (845) 565-4900.

Collaboration Transforms Newburgh’s Historic East End

Newburgh Rebuilding Community One Home at a TimeCollaboration is key to the renewal of downtown Newburgh. To celebrate that collective vision, regional housing & community developer RUPCO, of Kingston, hosts a groundbreaking ceremony TODAY, Friday, April 7 at Safe Harbors Lobby at The Ritz, 107 Broadway, from 11a.m. to 1 p.m.

The groundbreaking ceremony officially recognizes the groundwork laid by the Newburgh Neighborhood CORe Revitalization community redevelopment discussions. The free, public event marks the construction launch at several properties, a scattered-site development symbolizing teamwork among RUPCO, NYS Homes & Community Renewal, Newburgh Community Land Bank, Safe Harbors of the Hudson, and other state and local partners. In the next 18 months, RUPCO plans to bring 45 affordable apartments online on five city blocks just off Broadway. The 15 buildings under historic redevelopment include homes located on Lander, South Miller, First, Johnston  and DuBois Streets. Click here for the walking tour map.

Ayanna Martine, a local singer and SUNY-Orange graduate, will kick off the festivities at 11 a.m. Representatives from partner agencies, as well as dignitaries from the NYS Assembly, NYS Attorney General’s Office, City of Newburgh, and NeighborWorks America will take the podium at 11:20 a.m. Light refreshments and a walking tour of the neighborhood round out the day’s events. The program outlines the many partners participating:
Kevin O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer, RUPCO
Catherine A. Maloney, Chairperson, RUPCO Board of Directors
Madeline Fletcher, Executive Director, Newburgh Community Land Bank
Lisa Silverstone, Executive Director, Safe Harbors of the Hudson
Darren Scott, Upstate East Director of Development, NYS Homes & Community Renewal
Chris Wheaton, on behalf of Frank Skartados, NYS Assemblyman, 10th District
Jill Faber, Assistant District Attorney in Charge, NYS Attorney General’s Office-Poughkeepsie
K. James Dittbrenner, Managing Director, Sterling National Bank
Judy Kennedy, Mayor, City of Newburgh
Michael Ciaravino, City Manager, City of Newburgh
Richard Carron, Chief of Police, City of Newburgh
Joe Donat, on behalf of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
Karen Mejia, Councilmember, City of Newburgh
Joan Straussman, Regional Vice President, NeighborWorks America

39a Johnston Street, Newburgh

39a Johnston Street, Newburgh

“Reviving the City of Newburgh has to be a collaborative approach,” notes Kevin O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer at RUPCO (Kingston). “Newburgh’s time is now. We’re here to rebuild community one home at a time. With the help of our partners and local homeowners, together we can turn things around with housing as the keystone. Through this restoration work, we’re preserving the historic value of this neighborhood’s past and investing in this city’s future. These homes are proof of the momentum and imagination of what can be NEW-burgh.”

RuthAnne Visnauskas, Commissioner of New York State Homes and Community Renewal said, “The Newburgh CORe Neighborhood Revitalization Project is an important part of Governor Cuomo’s commitment to investing in projects that breathe new life into distressed communities. We are excited about the potential this development has for revitalizing Newburgh, preserving pieces of the city’s history, and providing 45 quality homes for people who need them. Thank you to RUPCO and all the partners who are coming together to make this new development a reality.” For more on low income tax credits, check out this infographic.
 
“Safe Harbors of the Hudson is very excited to be part of the further development of Newburgh’s downtown and the revitalization its neighborhoods,” notes Lisa Silverstone, Executive Director at Safe Harbors of the Hudson, Newburgh. “We look forward to our partnership with RUPCO and expanding our innovative model of property management beyond the Cornerstone Residence.”

“Newburgh Community Land Bank is thrilled with the opportunities the RUPCO project will bring to the neighborhood and its residents,” says Madeline Fletcher, Executive Director at Newburgh Community Land Bank. “In collaboration with the other homeowners, Habitat for Humanity and other property purchasers, we are confident that this neighborhood will continue its transformation into a community of choice.”

ABOUT THE REDEVELOPMENT
Newburgh Community Land Bank facilitated the property transaction with assistance from NYS Homes & Community Renewal and the NYS Attorney General’s Office. RUPCO’s scatter-site development includes 15 buildings with a mix of 1 studio, 25 one-bedroom, 10 two-bedroom and 9 three-bedroom apartments for income-eligible individuals and working families. Apartments range in size from 482-1348 square feet. A Community policing sub-station will occupy 39B Johnston Street. Upon completion, Safe Harbors will serve as property manager. Seven apartments will be available to middle-income families. Seven apartments will be set-aside for persons, including veterans, who are homeless, and will include supportive services provided by RUPCO. Additionally, the project will provide a preference in renting apartments to up to twelve tenants who are involved in artistic and literary activities.

ABOUT THE PARTNERS

RUPCO, affordable housing advocate and innovative community developer in the Hudson Valley, is a charter member of NeighborWorks America, a national network of 240 housing and community development change agents. RUPCO affects the lives of over 8,000 people through its work with homelessness, rental assistance, foreclosure prevention, first-time homebuyers, home rehabilitation and energy efficiency and real estate development. RUPCO currently owns/manages 16 properties with 411 apartments providing homes to over 560 people. The majority of those residents represent our community’s most vulnerable populations: the elderly, seniors, disabled and working class families. Through its NeighborWorks America HomeOwnership Center, RUPCO helped 30 first-time homebuyers since January 1, 81 in 2016, and another 75 in 2015, to achieve their dreams of homeownership. Through its subsidiary, RDAC assists Orange County homeowners with a variety of homeownership, foreclosure and weatherization services. Over the last five years, RUPCO’s energy efficiency and weatherization program, Green Jobs | Green New York, has helped 2,409 homeowners complete energy audits; 523 of those families have conducted energy retrofits worth $5.8 million to the local economy, saving money and energy throughout its 10-county reach. With 65 employees working in five offices, RUPCO is spearheading $71-million worth of real estate development in the Hudson Valley, including Energy Square, Landmark Place, and The Metro in Kingston and the 15-property Newburgh effort. RUPCO most recently received Preservation Action’s “Best of 2016” award for its historic preservation work at The Lace Mill, a long-vacant curtain factory transformed into 55 apartments preferenced for artists in midtown Kingston. For more information, visit www.rupco.org.

NEWBURGH COMMUNITY LAND BANK (NCLB)
is a leader in New York State on the forefront of land banking strategies. The NCLB implements innovative strategies designed to return vacant and abandoned property to productive use and the City’s tax rolls. The Land Bank holds, maintains, rehabilitates, and disposes of these parcels in order to ensure that they help revitalize Newburgh’s neighborhoods and increase the City’s taxable property base. While NCLB works in all areas of the city, its initial work has focused on the East End Historic District north of Broadway with the highest concentration of vacant and abandoned properties (Liberty, Chambers, Lander, Johnston, South Miller, and Dubois Streets).
For more information, visit www.newburghcommunitylandbank.org.

SAFE HARBORS OF THE HUDSON
is a mixed-use, non-profit housing, arts and community building redevelopment project in the City of Newburgh. Safe Harbors purchased the Hotel Newburgh in 2002 and in 2004 was awarded $21 million in state, county and federal funds to create a vibrant affordable, supportive housing complex. Most recently, Safe Harbors has established two vibrant commercial spaces and a half-acre urban park along Broadway. Work began in early 2017 on the first phase of the redevelopment of Safe Harbors’ historic Ritz Theater into community performing arts space where the groundbreaking ceremony will take place. For more information, visit www.safe-harbors.org.

NEW YORK STATE HOMES AND COMMUNICTY RENEWAL’S (HCR) housing and community development agencies work to create, preserve and improve affordable homes and vibrant communities, in keeping with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s vision of a more inclusive, affordable, sustainable, and resilient New York. In 2016, HCR set a record for the third year in a row, financing the creation or preservation of more than 17,000 affordable homes and apartments, creating nearly 2,000 homeownership opportunities for first-time homebuyers, and was once again the #1 affordable housing bond issuer in the nation with $2.8 billion issued. HCR stands ready to make good on the Governor’s $10 billion 100,000 affordable units House NY 2020 commitment. For more information on HCR agencies, programs and initiatives, please visit www.nyshcr.org/.

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