By Ariél Zangla,
POSTED: 10/18/17

KINGSTON, N.Y. >> RUPCO has received final approval for a commercial development on South Prospect Street to be known as The Metro.

The city Planning Board on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution approving the site plan for the project at 2 S. Prospect St., as well as a separate resolution declaring the project would have no significant environmental impact.

“This is an adaptive reuse of an existing building,” architect Scott Dutton told the board. “There are very few changes proposed to the exterior.”

Dutton said there will be some landscape enhancements, but once the project is completed, the building will look as it does today “but cleaner and nicer.” Dutton said the project will continue the building’s long history of housing light industrial uses but also introduce new technology uses.

When completed, The Metro is to house, among other things, a TV and film production center called Stockade Works that will be headed by actress and director Mary Stuart Masterson, who lives in Dutchess County.

The Metro also is to have rent-paying tenants that RUPCO calls “makers,” which could include craftspeople.

RUPCO, an affordable housing agency making its first foray into an all-commercial project, bought the former Metropolitan Life Hall of Records building on South Prospect Street for just under $2 million.

Already secured as tenants are local enterprises Chronogram and Steintex, RUPCO has said.

RUPCO has said The Metro will be a “community wealth-building” endeavor that “focuses on creating jobs while producing materials and value-added products/services within a community, instead of outsourcing those same products and sending hard-earned local dollars out of the region.”

Dutton has said the interior design is based on a few key elements inside the building, which once housed the Pilgrim Furniture Co.

The total cost of creating The Metro is expected to be $14 million.

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