Midtown Thriving: BOA Grant

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The City of Kingston, in partnership with Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, has won a Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) grant for $238,559 from the New York State Department of State. The joint project is called Midtown Thriving: A Community Vision to Revitalize Vacant Properties.

The grant will fund a community-driven plan for the redevelopment of certain properties within the Midtown neighborhood of Kingston. The work will focus on vacant and abandoned properties within a 270-acre area that runs along the Broadway corridor. Ulster County led a preliminary study of this area in Midtown Kingston in 2019. Pattern for Progress will lead the development of a final BOA plan, which will take about two years to complete. The final plan will be submitted to the state to complete the BOA nomination and unlock tax credits that encourage the redevelopment of properties in alignment with the community’s vision.

Kick off Meeting - April 10

Thank you to everyone that attended the project kick-off meeting. The recording can be found here. A PDF of the presentation is here. A transcript of the questions received from virtual participants with project team responses can be found here.

Steering Committee

Name

Affiliation

Title

Amanda LaValle

Ulster County

Deputy County Executive

Chris Silva

Ulster County Performing Arts Center

Executive Director

Dan Whalen

Boys and Girls Club

Executive Director

Drew Andrews

Center for Creative Education

Executive Director

Erica Brown

Radio Kingston

Community Engagement Coordinator

Jeanne Edwards


City of Kingston Common Council

Ward 4 Alderwoman

Jillian Pacheco

Community Hub Space

Community Program Lead

Kimmer Gifford

Kingston City Schools

LCSW, School Social Worker and McKinney Bento Representative

Kristen Wilson


Ulster County

Deputy Director of Planning for Ulster County

Lisa Barnard Kelley

Midtown Arts District (MAD)

Executive Director

Lorne Norton

RUPCO

Real Estate Development

Manuel Blas

Midtown Business Alliance

Head of the Spanish Committee

Micah

Good Work Institute

Worker, Trustee

Robert Leibowitz

Ulster County

Principal Planner

Weston Minissali

Taproot CLT


William Cranston

Midtown Business Alliance

Treasurer



Planning Process and Outcomes

The planning process starts with an in-depth analysis of existing conditions and opportunities for revitalization. It includes multiple public engagements, including meetings and workshops where Kingston residents will help planners identify priority parcels for redevelopment and create a vision for their potential uses. Designation as a BOA by the State will give development in the area priority and preference for state programs, eligibility for pre-development funding, and it will unlock tax credits for property owners and developers.

These benefits will encourage the revitalization of underutilized parcels while helping Kingston move toward equitable, environmentally responsible, mixed-use and walkable infill redevelopment. The BOA plan will set forth a clear community vision with key redevelopment goals. Based on that community input, the plan could spur investment in new housing and businesses, improve environmental quality, and connect the neighborhood internally and to other parts of Kingston through the city’s urban trail system.

Follow the project to get updates on the BOA planning process can learn about meetings, workshops and other opportunities.

Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress is a nonprofit organization that provides objective research, planning, and educational training throughout the region. Its work identifies civic challenges and promotes regional, equitable, and sustainable solutions to constantly improve the quality of life in Hudson Valley communities. Pattern develops its work upon a considerable foundation of facts and experience, without political aims or affiliations. More information can be found at www.Pattern-for-Progress.org.



The City of Kingston, in partnership with Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, has won a Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) grant for $238,559 from the New York State Department of State. The joint project is called Midtown Thriving: A Community Vision to Revitalize Vacant Properties.

The grant will fund a community-driven plan for the redevelopment of certain properties within the Midtown neighborhood of Kingston. The work will focus on vacant and abandoned properties within a 270-acre area that runs along the Broadway corridor. Ulster County led a preliminary study of this area in Midtown Kingston in 2019. Pattern for Progress will lead the development of a final BOA plan, which will take about two years to complete. The final plan will be submitted to the state to complete the BOA nomination and unlock tax credits that encourage the redevelopment of properties in alignment with the community’s vision.

Kick off Meeting - April 10

Thank you to everyone that attended the project kick-off meeting. The recording can be found here. A PDF of the presentation is here. A transcript of the questions received from virtual participants with project team responses can be found here.

Steering Committee

Name

Affiliation

Title

Amanda LaValle

Ulster County

Deputy County Executive

Chris Silva

Ulster County Performing Arts Center

Executive Director

Dan Whalen

Boys and Girls Club

Executive Director

Drew Andrews

Center for Creative Education

Executive Director

Erica Brown

Radio Kingston

Community Engagement Coordinator

Jeanne Edwards


City of Kingston Common Council

Ward 4 Alderwoman

Jillian Pacheco

Community Hub Space

Community Program Lead

Kimmer Gifford

Kingston City Schools

LCSW, School Social Worker and McKinney Bento Representative

Kristen Wilson


Ulster County

Deputy Director of Planning for Ulster County

Lisa Barnard Kelley

Midtown Arts District (MAD)

Executive Director

Lorne Norton

RUPCO

Real Estate Development

Manuel Blas

Midtown Business Alliance

Head of the Spanish Committee

Micah

Good Work Institute

Worker, Trustee

Robert Leibowitz

Ulster County

Principal Planner

Weston Minissali

Taproot CLT


William Cranston

Midtown Business Alliance

Treasurer



Planning Process and Outcomes

The planning process starts with an in-depth analysis of existing conditions and opportunities for revitalization. It includes multiple public engagements, including meetings and workshops where Kingston residents will help planners identify priority parcels for redevelopment and create a vision for their potential uses. Designation as a BOA by the State will give development in the area priority and preference for state programs, eligibility for pre-development funding, and it will unlock tax credits for property owners and developers.

These benefits will encourage the revitalization of underutilized parcels while helping Kingston move toward equitable, environmentally responsible, mixed-use and walkable infill redevelopment. The BOA plan will set forth a clear community vision with key redevelopment goals. Based on that community input, the plan could spur investment in new housing and businesses, improve environmental quality, and connect the neighborhood internally and to other parts of Kingston through the city’s urban trail system.

Follow the project to get updates on the BOA planning process can learn about meetings, workshops and other opportunities.

Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress is a nonprofit organization that provides objective research, planning, and educational training throughout the region. Its work identifies civic challenges and promotes regional, equitable, and sustainable solutions to constantly improve the quality of life in Hudson Valley communities. Pattern develops its work upon a considerable foundation of facts and experience, without political aims or affiliations. More information can be found at www.Pattern-for-Progress.org.



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    Is there a plan to update the pre-nomination study? i.e: it's been a while, are those suggested properties still underutilized and available? Also, is this project only to develop certain properties? I think there are opportunities to add play areas in the linear park, specially since there are no playgrounds in midtown.. here's a great source for inspiration https://kaboom.org/play-everywhere/gallery/urban-thinkscape

    Gustavo asked 17 days ago

    Hi Gustavo: yes! We are just beginning the process now to update the pre-nomination study and to potentially change the sites we will be focusing on. While the study will focus on specific sites, the goal will also be to develop an overall community vision for the midtown area. 

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    Is this project interested in existing buildings, or new construction as well? It would be great to see empty lots replaced with smart infill development. This proposed development in New Paltz would fit in with Broadway; maybe those developers can be contacted to see if they want to build here in Kingston: https://hudsonvalleyone.com/2023/08/14/proposed-three-story-restaurant-and-hotel-designed-to-look-like-a-converted-brick-factory/

    mikecaputo asked 8 months ago

    Hi Mike,

    This brownfield opportunity area project is interested in both, but the tax credits that a brownfield opportunity area designation bring are primarily geared toward new construction.

    That being said, other projects and initiatives in the City encourage adaptive reuse of existing structures. For example, see the City's new form-based zoning code: https://engagekingston.com/kingston-forward


    Thanks,

    Bartek 

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