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Underwear factory is Poughkeepsie revitalization centerpiece


Murphy: "... a vibrant part of Poughkeepsie"

POUGHKEEPSIE – A blighted industrial neighborhood on the outskirts of Poughkeepsie is getting a new pair of bloomers. The former “Underwear Factory,” a national historic landmark, is slated for complete restoration as part of a community development project.

The details were presented Thursday at the North Cherry Street site, showcasing a public “pocket park” and three-story, 22,000 sq. ft. brick building. The $5 million plan expects to open a 7,000 sq. ft. commercial space next year, with 15 residential units to follow.

“This is all part of our Middle Main Initiative, which they started six years ago,” said Ed Murphy, executive director of Hudson River Housing.  “It is not just about building one site, but about an entire community initiative.”

Artists and creative folk are welcome.

“We’re looking for people who are keyed into the great bounty of the Hudson Valley, and are interested in doing their work here, and bringing that bounty to the center of the city,” Murphy said, adding the center city can once again become a vibrant part of Poughkeepsie.

Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation is providing $125,000 toward the project through an economic development grant.


Building deemed a "national landmark"

A similar project is underway in Kingston, where the long-vacant United States Lace Curtain factory on Cornell Street in Midtown is being turned into apartments and work spaces for artists. Central Hudson is contributing $250,000 toward that effort.

 


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