One step closer to transform vacant building into a community media and technology hub in the City of Kingston
The Rural Ulster Preservation Company (RUPCO) recently closed on the former MetLife Hall of Records building, the future home of The Metro, a 70,000-square foot media and technology workforce hub on South Prospect Street in the City of Kingston.
“The Metro is perhaps the last vacant factory building in Kingston,” said Kevin O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer at RUPCO. “We’re combing our expertise in rehabilitating and managing old buildings with Stockade Works’ creative vision and drive.”
“The opportunity to once again repurpose a fallow, vacant building — this time through a community wealth-building approach to bring a mix of creative uses, all with the purpose of creating local jobs and capturing local wealth — is very exciting,” O’Connor added. “This project is about creating opportunity for everyone.”
At The Metro, Stockade Works plans to generate a community media hub to develop the potential of film and technology production in the Hudson Valley in order to increase economic growth, as well as train the community workforce.
“Stockade Works is excited to partner with RUPCO to realize our vision for a community media hub to further education and innovation to ready the local workforce for jobs in film, television and technology,” said Mary Stuart Masterson, Stockade Works Founder and Board President.
Initial plans for the building include a film/TV sound stage, post-production studio, a training center and maker’s spaces. In addition to Stockade Works, local businesses including Chronogram and Steintex have been secured as the first tenants.
In mid-July, RUPCO paid $2 million for the former Metropolitan Life Hall of Records building, with the total cost of transforming The Metro estimated at $14 million. The building, which is expected to be completed in the spring of 2019, has also been nominated for inclusion on the state and federal registers of historic places.
“This is an exciting step forward for RUPCO, Stockade Works and for our community at large,” said City of Kingston Mayor Steve Noble. “This building in the heart of Midtown will no longer sit vacant. Instead, it will be bustling with innovation and purpose, empowering our local residents to access training, employment, and entrepreneurship. This isn’t just job creation, it’s community revitalization.”