Many people saw the boarded-up factory in midtown Kingston, N.Y., as a blight on the community, but Kevin O’Connor, CEO of RUPCO, saw its potential to be converted to housing.
Built in the early 1900s as the U.S. Lace Curtain Mill in Kingston, N.Y., the building now has a new life as affordable housing with a preference for artists.
For eight years, the Hudson Valley nonprofit tried to purchase the building that had been constructed in the early 1900s as the U.S. Lace Curtain Mill and last used as a factory in the early 1980s, but the owner wouldn’t return the calls.
Finally after losing some warehouse tenants, the owner decided to call back and sell the building to RUPCO. The large windows, open space within the building, and high ceilings set up well for adaptation to housing.
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