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RUPCO, Stockade Works team up to develop film and technology hub


Future site of The Metro

KINGSTON – Housing and community developer RUPCO is joining forces with Stockade Works to convert the former MetLife Hall of Records at 2 South Prospect Street in Kingston into The Metro, to promote job training in the film and TV industry.

The 70,000-square foot building will include a sound stage, a post-production facility, job training center, and seven light industrial and manufacturing suites.

RUPCO Executive Director Kevin O’Connor is enthused about the project given the growth in the film industry in the region.

“Everyone sees the increase and uptick in the film activity going on. We have a number of people in the film profession, TV profession, who live in the Hudson River Valley and there are real dollars there, real dollars in production and in the ancillary businesses that support the production,” O’Connor said.

The state’s Empire State Development Corporation will provide a grant of up to $1 million and RUPCO will invest $14 million for renovation of the building.

Stockade Works, founded by actress Mary Stuart Masterson, will be The Metro’s anchor tenant and provide job training in the film and TV industry.

The facility is expected to be completed in spring 2019.

 


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