Kingston’s Downtown including its under-marketed Industrial Park offers us substantial growth potential for further developing Kingston into an arts, tech and financial hub. Available vacant lots and buildings, creative re-use of Kingston’s famous caves & quarries combined with exploration of new manufacturing needed for the expected legalization of hemp products and potential for hydroponic growth of medical marijuana provide Kingston’s Economic Development Director with unlimited opportunities to attract new entrepreneurial enterprises to Kingston!
Top left– Guido’s Mariner’s Harbor, Savona’s, Ship-to-Shore, Ole Savanah’s…some of Kingston’s premier restaurants.
Top Right– Tall, historic ships on waterfront at Hudson River Maritime Museum.
Bottom Left– This former place of worship is now an upscale apartment building renovated by Mike Piazza.
Bottom Right- Scenic Hudson is considering the purchase of 500 acres on the River. I am proposing new housing initiative: “AFFORDABLE +”. I would work with Scenic Hudson and perhaps a NEW Land Co-op to carve out 50-100 acres to be used for micro homes for our vets and those with below median income levels to begin some wealth sharing for many otherwise locked out…but combine with other demographic groups including those with physical disabilities, as well as market rate housing and possibly a water-side Luxury Spa connected to the Point, to enable scores of people to enjoy this new parkland, create new jobs, and attack Kingston’s affordable housing challenges.
A true private, public, non-profit partnership could achieve these goals. I would work with our State representatives to advocate for NYS incentives to help with this project. This type of multi-use development has been touted in Europe and could work in Kingston with our unique waterfront setting!
Combined with my rent control proposal (which includes having larger developers convert 20% of their existing units into “affordable” housing by changing rent levels to coincide with 30% of a tenant’s income) my density housing plans (incentivizing developers to build 100 unit complexes as needed with 50% “affordable” housing by offering “homestead” tax rates vs. “non-homestead” saving the developer $20/thousand), Kingston gets NEW tax revenue, new “affordable housing” combined with new market rate housing all set in one all-inclusive environment.
This is the only complete housing plan being offered by any candidate for Mayor!