22 local projects seek $67.4M in state funding
Ulster County applicants include Health-Alliance, a film and TV production company and a distillery/hotel/restaurant.
ALBANY >> The sixth round of applications for consolidated state funding were presented to a state assessment team this week by the 10 regional economic development councils in New York.
The Mid-Hudson applications included 22 projects that seek a total of $67.4 million from the state. If all of the projects move forward, the total expenditure would be over $354.4 million.
The three Ulster County projects among the applicants are:
• The HealthAlliance medical village project in Kingston, which seeks $1.1 million in funding for a $5.6 million portion of the plan. HealthAlliance says the project will repurpose its current inpatient hospital on Broadway into an outpatient facility that will offer preventive medical services.
• Stockade Works & RUPCO MakerSpace, also in Kingston, which is seeking $1.5 million for an $11.9 million project. The application states RUPCO Inc., a Kingston-based affordable housing agency, has requested funding to acquire and renovate a defunct 70,000-square-foot factory in Midtown to become the home of Stockade Works, a film/television production and post-production studio, providing training opportunities, as well as MakerSpace for entrepreneurs. Stockade Works is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering film and technology in the Hudson Valley. Film actress and director Mary Stuart Masterson, a Dutchess County resident, is the driving force behind Stockade Works.
• The Star Estate, in West Park, which is seeking $2.2 million for a $10.7 million project. The application states Star Estate Development Group wants to establish an environmentally friendly craft distillery, 25-room hotel and restaurant, along with event space and small farm. The project is planned for the former Christian Brothers 27-acre property along the Hudson River, with both land and water access. The project will use two existing buildings of more than 24,000 square feet on a site that has been used as a monastery and school for the past 150 years. The business is expected to employ about 30 full-time workers.
Dutchess County has five funding proposals on the list, and Orange County has four, as well as one shared with Rockland County. Sullivan County has one.
Among the projects are a Middletown medical complex, a primary and urgent care facility in the town of Thompson, a large new main building at Poughkeepsie’s Vassar Brothers Medical Center and the Legoland theme park in Goshen.
Mid-Hudson Council Co-Chairman Leonard Schleifer, president of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, told the state assessment team the regional group breaks the projects into three categories — Live, Work and Play.
“Our council has the vision of this region being the home to vibrant urban centers drawing in lots of millennial talent, thriving businesses and high-paying industries with unique tourist destinations,” Schleifer said.