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KINGSTON, N.Y. -- The money was necessary to push the repurposing project forward. The historic building has been boarded up and vacant for years and will soon be brought back to life with the creation of affordable housing.
“Two years from today, the building will be fully occupied with a wide array of creative artists and folks who we think are really going to add to the overall vibrancy of the City of Kingston and the region,” said RUPCO CEO Kevin O’Connor.
It’s a 16 month project that will convert the space into a living facility for artists actively engaged in their art form and it’s expected to aid in the betterment of the area.
“It’s going to bring an influx of people who want to live and work in the midtown area, which is central to where we connect art with technology,” said Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo.
Gallo said it would be adding in the continuation of his revitalization and stabilization efforts throughout the city’s center.
“It's a nice fit and it's going to be a nice draw,” said Gallo. “Going to be excellent, stabilize, appreciate property values, draw more attention to that area, also could increase interest in retail.”
The space will soon be transformed into 55 lofted ceiling apartments to create working space for the occupant’s artistic projects.
“We are now hoping to put together our financing and close on the deal very soon, hopefully later this month,” said O’Connor.
Officials are now hopeful that the refurbished warehouse will help give the community a chance to start anew.