FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2022
City of Kingston Issues RFP for
Rehabilitation of Three Vacant Homes
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) from qualified firms to provide architectural services for the rehabilitation of three City-owned properties.
The City of Kingston is seeking one architect for the substantial rehabilitation of the properties at 33 Franklin, 44 Franklin, and 54 Van Deusen Street. Each home is expected to receive major interior and exterior renovation. The goal for this project is to produce high quality, energy-efficient homes while preserving or restoring any existing historic elements. In partnership with RUPCO, all three homes will be sold to first-time homeowners with an AMI of between 60-80%.
“This is the first step of our process to bring residents back into these long-time vacant homes. At a time of rising real estate prices, my priority is to make sure that these homes are restored and sold to first-time home buyers. I invite local architectural firms to review the RFP and consider submitting a response,” said Mayor Noble.
“This is another initiative we are taking to combat our housing shortage and to ensure that those in our community who wish to be a homeowner will not be priced out. We’re looking forward to working with an architect to rehabilitate these three homes and continue to revitalize Midtown Kingston without displacing any residents in the process,” says Bartek Starodaj, the City’s Director of Housing Initiatives.
Responses are due no later than April 14, 2022 at 2:00pm. The full RFP can be found here.
Funding for the architect is provided exclusively by a New York State Restore grant.
Mayor Noble established the Department of Housing Initiatives in 2018 to support housing planning in the City of Kingston. The Department manages housing-related grants, supports the construction of new market-rate and affordable housing, develops policies to protect existing residents, and addresses the connection between housing and sustainability, health, and mobility. The Department also reviews the disposition of city-owned property suitable for housing development and collaborates with local and regional housing organizations. Current projects include city-wide rezoning efforts, the Tiny Homes Project, Good Cause Eviction, short-term rental guidelines and more. Visit https://kingston-ny.gov/housing.