FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2022
City of Kingston Issues RFEI for Rehabilitation on Two Additional Properties
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston has released Requests for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for two additional vacant City-owned properties: 38 Post Street and 623-629 Delaware.
The purpose is to find qualified buyers for each property, who are able to meet the development objectives listed for each property in the RFEI. Both properties were acquired by the City of Kingston via tax foreclosure.
“As we are all aware, we are in the midst of a housing crisis, and must do everything we can to mitigate housing stress in our community,” said Mayor Noble. “Rehabbing these properties is just another step in the myriad housing initiatives we are currently working on. We hope to develop workforce housing on Delaware Avenue and are looking for more creative ideas on Post Street. Putting these two vacant properties back into the community will help improve the neighborhoods and add much-needed housing stock.”
623-629 Delaware Ave is currently a four-unit residence. The City is interest in rehabilitating the property with a site use that creates community benefits, including, but not limited to, affordable housing, mixed-income housing or supportive housing.
The property at 38 Post Street is currently a small commercial property. The City is interested in rehabilitating the property with a site use that creates community benefits via commercial or residential activity. The site is located in the Rondout Historic District. Due to potential environmental contamination from prior commercial uses on the site, the City of Kingston has completed a Phase I Environmental Assessment on the site that can be accessed here and that should be reviewed by potential respondents: https://engagekingston.com/brownfields
The City of Kingston recently released RFPs for an initial three vacant homes to be rehabilitated and for a mixed-use housing proposal for 615 Broadway.
“The 623-629 Delaware property is a four-unit residence with over 6,000 square feet. Given the current housing shortage, we are looking for proposals that include viable plans to rehabilitate this property and create affordable or mixed-income housing,” said Bartek Starodaj, City of Kingston Director of Housing Initiatives.
The submission deadline is June 6, 2022. More information can be found at Engage Kingston.
Mayor Noble established the Department of Housing Initiatives in 2020 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.