This Hudson Valley jail is being converted into a mixed-use community

Kingston swapping inmates for income-capped units, with $10M in state funding

Hudson Valley Jail Swapping Inmates for Income-Capped Units

A photo illustration of Ulster County Executive Jen Metzger along with an aerial view of the former Ulster County Jail on Golden Hill in Kingston (Getty, Facebook/Jen Metzger, Google Maps)

Forget the office-to-residential conversion pipeline; the jail-to-residential pipeline is where it’s at.

The former Ulster County Jail in Kingston is being converted into a mixed-use community with 164 units, with $10 million in state funding.

Last week, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced plans for more housing in the Mid-Hudson region, the Hudson Valley Post reported, with more than a dozen projects in the works to boost the housing supply of the area. 

The Kingston jail is one of the more notable ones, because of its unusual transformation.

Conceptual plans for the site date back to the beginning of the demolition two years ago. The concept calls for an even split between senior and workforce housing, all available for those earning 30 to 60 percent of the area median income, according to the New York Post.

The community will also feature a 5,000-square-foot community building, which will have a fitness center for residents and additional space for local organizations to provide services.

Overall, the state is pumping $67 million into the region to build homes, improve infrastructure and increase transit-oriented development. The initiative will help create more than 2,400 housing units in the region, more than half of which will be affordable.

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Other notable projects receiving funding from the state in this latest effort include two residential towers with a shared mixed-use base with 315 units of housing in Mount Vernon and a six-story, mixed-income building with 80 housing units and more than 21,000 square-feet of commercial space in Poughkeepsie.

The former Ulster County Jail isn’t the only one in the state that could soon be used for housing. The Empire State Development Corporation has sought proposals for the former Bayview Correctional Facility in West Chelsea, Manhattan, to be converted into supportive housing for the formerly homeless.

Holden Walter-Warner