RUPCO tweaks Mid­town hous­ing plan

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­

The city Plan­ning Board has ap­proved changes to RUPCO’s planned af­ford­able hous­ing com­plex on Cedar Street in Mid­town.

Ar­chi­tect Scott Dut­ton said at Mon­day’s meet­ing of the board that the changes are in re­sponse to rec­om­men­da­tions from the state Depart­ment of Homes and Com­mu­nity Re­newal dur­ing a re­cent re­view of funding ap­pli­ca­tions.

“They went through a com­pli­cated scor­ing ma­trix that they put all projects through­out the state through,” Dut­ton said. “They told us — point by point, in ex­cru­ci­at­ing de­tail — how we scored on each cat­e­gory and how we could score bet­ter. Their goal is to give us guid­ance ... as to how it would be eas­ier for them to fund us.”

The re­vi­sions in­clude re­duc­ing the size of the base­ment from 15,000 to 2,500 square feet, re­duc­ing the size of the build­ing’s el­e­vated park from 8,520 square feet to 6,554 square feet, con­vert­ing a masonry screen wall to ad­di­tional landscaping, and in­creas­ing the num­ber of pho­to­voltaic so­lar pan­els to im­prove elec­tric­ity pro­duc­tion.

The build­ing, which is at 20 Cedar St., is to be called En­ergy Square, or E Square for short.

Dut­ton said re­duc­ing the size of the base­ment will limit the use to me­chan­i­cal con­trols for the build­ing’s en­vi­ron­men­tal sys­tems.

The build­ing, where the shut­tered Mid-City Lanes bowl­ing al­ley now stands, still is to have 57 apart­ments and ground-floor com­mer­cial and com­mu­nity space.

RUPCO, a Kin­ston-based af­ford­able hous­ing agency, had hoped to start the project this year but now says it ex­pects to ask for an ex­ten­sion of the site plan ap­proval granted last De­cem­ber.

Dut­ton said the Depart­ment of Homes and Com­mu­nity Re­newal “tar­geted a few things” in the plan, “say­ing, es­sen­tially, we need to work on the cost to get it down.

He said RUPCO “tasked us with, ‘How do we squeeze some of the cap­i­tal costs out of this so we can be com­pet­i­tive when we go into the next [funding] round?’”

RUPCO plans to de­mol­ish the ex­ist­ing 20,422-square­foot bowl­ing al­ley, which closed in June 2014.

The new build­ing on the 1-acre prop­erty, be­tween Broadway and Iwo Jima Lane, is to have a two three-story sec­tions, a four-story sec­tion and a fivestory sec­tion. The first floor is to have 10,000 square feet of com­mer­cial space.

Com­mu­nity groups ex­pected to oc­cupy space in the build­ing in­clude the Cen­ter for Cre­ative Ed­u­ca­tion, Hud­son Val­ley Tech Meet Up and Ul­ster County Com­mu­nity Ac­tion.

The city last year granted RUPCO the zon­ing change needed for the project to pro­ceed.


This ren­der­ing shows RUPCO’s pro­posed E Square build­ing in Mid­town Kingston.

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