FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 17, 2019
Renovated Fuller Building is Fully Leased and a Sign of Emerging Midtown Revitalization
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steve Noble and Architect Scott Dutton are pleased to announce that the Fuller Building at 45 Pine Grove Avenue is fully committed and leased. The 113-year old building is being restored by the adaptive reuse specialists at Dutton Architecture, and formerly housed the Fuller Shirt Factory. The portion of the 68,000 square foot building that is being renovated will be home to a dozen creative design and professional businesses.
Exago, a business intelligence software company currently located in Uptown, will be adding 10-20 new employees by the end of 2019, with more each year after, and expanding into a larger office in the Fuller Building. Exago is expected to move into the 8,900 square foot space by the end of the year.
Other organizations that will be occupying the Fuller Building include:
- Eleven Six, knitwear start-up
- Kingston Writer’s Studio
- Andrew Moore, photographer
- Rebecca Miller Ffrench, cookbook author, recipe developer, writer, and events planner
- Found My Animal, pet accessories designer
- Lake and Skye, fragrance and beauty products designer
- River Mint Finery, jewelry and product designer
- William van Roden, graphic designer
- The Rural Modernist, print and pattern designer and ceramicist
- Pilates of Kingston
- Francis P. Flynn, CPA
“It’s exciting to see a company recognize that Midtown is a great place in our City to work and grow a business. This moment marks for Midtown what we have all wanted to see for this overlooked part of our community. The regrowth is happening block by block, storefront by storefront, and in this case, huge building by huge building,” said Mayor Steve Noble. “Scott’s work on the Canfield and Metro buildings and his vision for the Fuller Building have given new energy to a part of Midtown that had been under-utilized until recently. If you look out the windows of the Fuller Building, you see the work we’ve done over the last few years, which really proves how bringing together private and public partnerships can improve our neighborhoods.”
“We’re excited and honored to be part of midtown Kingston’s revitalization. Exago has thrived in this city for eight years, attracting talent from the local community as well as from nearby colleges. It’s amazing to see the positive changes that have been happening in Midtown over the past couple of years, and we look forward to being part of that continued growth,” said Stew Meyers, Exago Executive Vice President and Chief Architect.
Exago’s move and the success of the Fuller Building represent the neighborhood’s revitalization – with a municipal focus on Midtown through infrastructure investment, job creation strategy, and adaptive re-use of existing structures. One of the Mayor Noble’s larger initiatives has been to invest in smart and sustainable growth of the Midtown neighborhood.
The intersection of Pine Grove Ave./Broadway/Prince Street is a great example of various projects that are coming together to reinvigorate the area. The YMCA, which recently secured a $3 million grant for capital improvements, will only become a more invaluable asset to the community. The City’s acquisition of the blighted Planet Wings site with plans to raze it, will improve a dangerous intersection while adding public green space. The Broadway corridor will be getting a major makeover and renovation next year with new sidewalks, lighting, street furniture, and bicycle facilities, via the Broadway Streetscape Project. Pine Grove Avenue is a part of the Jacob’s Valley Storm Sewer Improvements Project, which will repair infrastructure and cease flooding under the CSX overpass on Broadway. This intersection is a microcosm of the investment, vision and revitalization happening in the greater Midtown area.