Kingston Planning Board considers synagogue conversion project

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Kingston City Hall

KINGSTON – A public hearing by the Kingston City Planning Board will remain open for residential development in the city’s Rondout historic district, and it includes the conversion of a former synagogue at 24 West Union Street.

The former synagogue would contain four residential units on the second floor and commercial space on the first floor.  The building conversion is part of a larger development of that neighborhood.

It would join 24-26 Hunter Street and 33-35 West Union Street with the construction of a six-unit residential structure, and 25-27 Abeel Street and 38-40 West Union Street, also with the construction of a six-unit residential structure.

  Joe Minuta, a representative for the developer, said the lot line revisions or deletions would be submitted to the planning board as the project moves forward.

“Each of the lots,” said Minuta, “we could submit to you with the deed.”

 The residential units are being constructed as high-end rentals, but Minuta was reminded that at least 10 percent of the units must be dedicated as affordable housing. This is something Minuta said he was unaware of and will discuss with his client.