The City of Kingston, NY

    Welcome to the City of Kingston, NY

    Kingston, dating to the arrival of the Dutch in 1652, is a vibrant city with rich history and architecture, was the state's first capital, and a thriving arts community. City Hall is in the heart of the community at 420 Broadway, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except July & August (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).  Come tour our historic City, with restaurants that are among the region's finest, and local shopping that promises unique finds.

    Historic Churches

    Kingston is home to many historic churches. The oldest church still standing is the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston which was organized in 1659. Referred to as The Old Dutch Church, it is located in Uptown Kingston. Many of the city's historic churches populate Wurts street (6 in one block) among them Hudson Valley Wedding Chapel is a recently restored church built in 1867 and now a chapel hosting weddings. Another church in the Rondout is located at 72 Spring Street. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1849. The original church building at the corner of Hunter Street and Ravine Street burned to the ground in the late 1850s. The current church on Spring Street was built in 1874.

    Kingston, NY

    Kingston became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 13, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region, and had both railroad and canal connections.

    Kingston, NY

    The town of Rondout, New York, now a part of the city of Kingston, became an important freight hub for the transportation of coal from Honesdale, Pennsylvania to New York City through the Delaware and Hudson Canal. This hub was later used to transport other goods, including bluestone. Kingston shaped and shipped most of the bluestone made to create the sidewalks of New York City.

     

    Contact Us

    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York
    12401

    Phone:
    (845) 331-0080

    Kingston News

    11/28/2018 - City of Kingston to Host Public Meeting on Brownfield Assessment Program on Monday, December 10th at 6:00pm at City Hall

    November 28, 2018

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

     

    City of Kingston to Host Public Meeting on Brownfield Assessment Program

    Monday, December 10th at 6:00pm at City Hall

     

    KINGSTON, N.Y. – Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce a public meeting regarding the Brownfield Community-wide Assessment Program, to be held on Monday, December 10th at 6:00pm at City Hall, located at 420 Broadway.

    The event will include a presentation from the team of Weston & Sampson Engineers, Inc., who was selected to work with the City to implement the Brownfields program, perform community-wide education and outreach, as well as inventory, site assessment and cleanup/reuse planning activities. Following the presentation, there will be a small roundtable breakout session. The purpose of the event is to inform the public on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assessment Program and to explain how it differs from the New York State’s Brownfield Opportunity Area program. The consultants will solicit input on sites that community members are concerned about and would like assessed. In addition, the roundtable will include a discussion on community reuse and redevelopment needs. 

    About the Community-wide Brownfields Assessment Program

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a brownfields site as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contamination.” The EPA has selected the City of Kingston to receive two (2) Community Wide Brownfields assessment grants. The $400,000 ($200,000 in hazardous substance sites and $200,000 in petroleum) assessment grant funds will be used to: update the inventory of potential brownfields sites in the City; educate residents about the Brownfields program; solicit information on additional potential brownfields projects for the inventory; develop a site selection, prioritize and selection criteria for the inventory; conduct Phase I environmental site assessments (ESAs); select sites for Phase II ESAs; and identify possible reuse and cleanup options for selected sites. The City will focus these activities in the Midtown and Roundout Waterfront districts of Kingston. Brownfield assessments are expected to encourage the cleanup of underutilized and contaminated, or potentially contaminated, properties and return them to beneficial reuse.

    The community-wide hazardous substances and petroleum grant funds are anticipated to be used to conduct approximately 20 Phase I ESAs and 6 Phase II ESAs. Phase I environmental site assessments will consist of a site visit and review of municipal, state and historical files and available databases to determine the background and past use of the site and history of any reported releases of petroleum or other hazardous materials.   This information is used to assess what type of contamination may be present at the site, and where it is likely to be located. 

    At the completion of Phase I assessments, a subset of the properties will be selected for Phase II environmental site assessments which will consist of sampling and analysis of soil, groundwater, and other media, based on the results of the Phase I assessment. Hazardous Building Material Assessments may also be completed as part of Phase II assessment activities.  Based upon the findings of Phase II activities, recommendations on cleanup options, including remedial cost estimates, will be prepared.

    At various stages of the assessment process, the City may sponsor community meetings to discuss the project and present findings to the public and solicit input.  Notices will be posted at www.kingston-ny.gov in advance of the meetings, and announcements will be emailed to residents and other interested parties. In addition, an information repository will be set up at City Hall, where residents and members of the public will have access to documents pertaining to the selected site, including Phase I and Phase II reports.

    For additional information on this program, please contact Brenna Robinson, Director of the Office of Economic & Community Development, at 845-334-3924 or brobinson@kingston-ny.gov.

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