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The City of Kingston, NY

    Welcome to the City of Kingston, NY

    Kingston, dating to the arrival of the Dutch in 1652, is a vibrant city with rich history and architecture, was the state's first capital, and a thriving arts community. City Hall is in the heart of the community at 420 Broadway, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except July & August (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).  Come tour our historic City, with restaurants that are among the region's finest, and local shopping that promises unique finds.

    Historic Churches

    Kingston is home to many historic churches. The oldest church still standing is the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston which was organized in 1659. Referred to as The Old Dutch Church, it is located in Uptown Kingston. Many of the city's historic churches populate Wurts street (6 in one block) among them Hudson Valley Wedding Chapel is a recently restored church built in 1867 and now a chapel hosting weddings. Another church in the Rondout is located at 72 Spring Street. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1849. The original church building at the corner of Hunter Street and Ravine Street burned to the ground in the late 1850s. The current church on Spring Street was built in 1874.

    Kingston, NY

    Kingston became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 13, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region, and had both railroad and canal connections.

    Kingston, NY

    The town of Rondout, New York, now a part of the city of Kingston, became an important freight hub for the transportation of coal from Honesdale, Pennsylvania to New York City through the Delaware and Hudson Canal. This hub was later used to transport other goods, including bluestone. Kingston shaped and shipped most of the bluestone made to create the sidewalks of New York City.

     

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    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York
    12401

    Phone:
    (845) 331-0080

    Kingston News

    11/5/2020 - City of Kingston Publishes Study of Vacant and Abandoned Properties

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    November 5, 2020 

    City of Kingston Publishes Study of Vacant and Abandoned Properties

     

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to release a comprehensive study of vacant and abandoned properties in Kingston. The report was paid for entirely by private grant funds provided by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and is the result of an extensive six-month study by the City of Kingston’s Department of Housing Initiatives.

    The report details historic and existing conditions and recommends several new initiatives, including:

    • The creation of an interdepartmental Vacant Property Task force to collaborate with elected officials, local businesses, and community leaders to identify and propose comprehensive, actionable solutions to blighted properties throughout the City.
    • Streamline the commencement of the foreclosure process from 4 years to 2 years, in order to allow property owners with difficulty paying real estate taxes to enter into a payment plan with the City sooner, so that foreclosures can more likely be prevented.
    • The presentation to the Common Council several State Laws which, if enacted on a local level, would incentivize the re-use of vacant properties for homeownership.
    • Moving forward with the City’s efforts to engage a consultant to undertake a community-driven update to the City’s zoning code, allowing for the creation of additional tax revenue and affordable housing throughout the City.

    The report also details the need for new housing across the spectrum of all income levels in the City. Among the findings, nearly half (45%) of all households in Kingston are either cost-burdened or severely cost-burdened, a trend that is increasing, according to the report.

    “We are pleased to release this study, which in essence is a plan for making housing more equitable in our community, at a time when we are both in desperate need of housing stock, and are experiencing a sharp increase in home prices,” said Mayor Noble. “I want to thank the Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Mike Gilliard, the City’s Director of Housing Initiatives for their thoughtful and thorough work on this report, which I hope will guide everything from legislation to tax collection as we work to protect our residents.”  

    “This timely report demonstrates the need for several specific initiatives to stem the tide of vacant and abandoned properties in Kingston,” said Mike Gilliard, Director of the City’s Housing Initiatives. “Implementing these important changes will require collaboration between City departments, elected officials, and the public at large. The Housing Initiatives department looks forward to leading these partnerships to produce greatly-needed housing opportunities for all City residents.”

    The report was prepared by Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, a non-profit policy, planning, advocacy and research organization. The organization’s mission is to promote regional, balanced and sustainable solutions that enhance the growth and vitality of the Hudson Valley.

    “Pattern for Progress was pleased to work alongside the City of Kingston and the Land Bank in creating a strategic plan and offering recommendations that establish a proactive approach for the reuse of vacant buildings,” said Joe Czajka, Senior Vice President for Research, Development, & Community Planning at Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress. “The City should be commended on their work in connecting the dots between the needs of the residents and mitigating challenges associated with vacant buildings.”

    The housing study can be found at: https://kingston-ny.gov/filestorage/8399/8469/15358/City_of_Kingston_Housing_Study_10.15.20_final.pdf