Organization Name: RUPCO
Project Title: East End Apartments
Project Location: Newburgh's East End Historic District, NY
Community developer RUPCO partnered with NYS Homes and Community Renewal, Newburgh Community Land Bank, City of Newburgh, Safe Harbors of the Hudson, local nonprofits, and private investors to transform 15 scattered sites into safe, sustainable and affordable homes. The collaborative effort sparked rejuvenation in the City's East End Historic District - the second largest historic district in New York State. East End Apartments consists of 45 mixed-income apartments in 15 buildings in a four-block radius north of Broadway. These newly renovated homes preference modest-income families, artists, homeless youth, and veterans. Conveniently located adjacent to the Broadway business and government corridor, SUNY Orange campus, Mount St. Mary College, and St. Luke Cornell Hospital, RUPCO’s transformative building rehabilitation has since inspired third-party redevelopment within the neighborhood. East End is one part of a larger Newburgh Revitalization Plan, authored by PACE Land Use Center and the land bank that focuses on repurposing over 700 vacant properties in the City of Newburgh. The plan's end game provides neighborhood stabilization, historic preservation, and affordable housing.
From visioning to tenancy, East End Apartments confirms impact. Affordable Housing Concepts hired local youth and laborers, some formerly homeless. Honored to participate in their City’s restoration, crew members created a woodworking shop and replicated historic moldings and corbels, an example of their craftsmanship and hometown pride. East End’s superintendent, once a street kid, takes pride in his role changing community, too. The Hub, a 3,000-SF community space, hosts a policing sub-station, artist gallery, and meeting space for after-school activities. An Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative award allows Bridges of New York to provide support services for 7 residents, formerly homeless young adults 18-25 and veterans. RUPCO combined 8 funding sources to acquire, construct and provide program services with partners like NYS HCR, OTDA, & SHPO; the City; Raymond James; Sterling National Bank; and The Community Preservation Corp. Placing derelict properties back on the tax roll, creating new housing and job opportunities, RUPCO’s East End now inspires homeownership and commercial investment. Both bring energy and transformation to Newburgh, rebuilding community one home at a time.
RUPCO drives community development, historic preservation, and neighborhood revitalization in the Hudson Valley since 1981. As a NeighborWorks America chartered member, RUPCO establishes community wealth-building opportunities and strong strategic partnerships in its communities. RUPCO creates and maintains quality, sustainable housing and rental opportunities, inspiring understanding and acceptance of affordable housing initiatives with over $100 million in real estate development plans this year. For more information, visit www.rupco.org.
RUPCO; NYS Homes & Community Renewal; Newburgh Community Land Bank; NYS Parks, Rec & Historic Preservation; Safe Harbors of the Hudson; NYS OTDA; Coppola Associates; Affordable Housing Concepts