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Housing agency is not giving up after Kingston council rejects zoning change


Alms House

KINGSTON – Affordable housing agency RUPCO is considering its next course of action after the Kingston Common Council this week failed to approve a zoning change for the former Alms House at 300 Flatbush Avenue. RUPCO had planned to convert the vacant building into 57 affordable housing units.

RUPCO Executive Director Kevin O’Connor said on Thursday that despite the rejection they are look at their options to move forward.

“The common council voted five to four in favor of changing the zoning,” he said. “There was a protest petition that was brought forward that, if it is valid, would require a seven-to-two vote. So, we are looking at that and some other things as well, explore our options and making some decisions shortly. We intent to move forward in one way or another.”

O’Connor said there has been no development of senior housing in Kingston since 2001. Since then, the other communities in Ulster County have developed 469 senior units.

“This was a real opportunity for the city to catch up,” O’Connor said.

 


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