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.

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Mid-Hud­son News Net­work

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.

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