FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 12, 2022
Mayor Noble Announces City of Kingston’s Plans
for 615 Broadway Property
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that, after an extensive Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) process, the City of Kingston has selected a respondent for the redevelopment of 615 Broadway, formerly known as Broadway Commons.
The City of Kingston has chosen to partner with Baxter, a community development firm that has developed over 1,000 units of housing and over 300,000 square feet of commercial and community facility space throughout the Hudson Valley. At a press conference on Wednesday, Mayor Noble and representatives from Baxter introduced conceptual drawings to the public.
Inspired by the scale of the surrounding buildings on Broadway, Baxter’s proposed 615 Broadway project includes the construction of several distinct buildings with housing, commercial space, and community space on the City-owned property, which has been vacant since the demolition of the former King’s Inn in 2011.
The mixed-use development will provide approximately 60 residential units, with approximately 30% of the units to be affordable/workforce housing, reserved for individuals and families making between 80-120% AMI. The proposed project also includes a publicly accessible, covered courtyard inspired by local artist Pauline Oliveros’ deep listening plaza currently located on the site.
“This property is a pivotal space in the heart of Midtown Kingston which has been sitting vacant for far too long,” said Mayor Noble. “We’re excited for the next step in the process of developing this site into a true community asset. This will be a partnership between the City of Kingston and Baxter that will breathe new life into the heart of the Broadway Corridor and Midtown Arts District.”
Eric Baxter, Vice President at Baxter said, “We are honored to be selected by the city of Kington to contribute to the dynamic landscape of midtown. It is our goal to provide a quality development that will bring new housing options to the city. We look forward to working with the city of Kingston to make this a reality.”
Bartek Starodaj, City of Kingston Director of Housing Initiatives said, “I’m thrilled by the vision proposed by Baxter to finally reactivate this site. Most importantly, this development will provide much-needed quality affordable and workforce housing in one of Kingston’s most walkable locations.”
Kitt Potter, City of Kingston Director of Arts & Cultural Affairs said, “I am happy to welcome Baxter as a Kingston arts partner. Their vision to incorporate a beautiful and engaging community listening space while working to ensure the continuum of the symbiotic activities and services that make up our celebrated Midtown Arts District community is much appreciated.”
Proposed conceptual plans and more information can be found at EngageKingston.com/615-broadway