FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 13, 2020
KINGSTON, NY – The Kingston City Land Bank (KCLB) is pleased to announce it has released its first Request for Proposals (RFP), for the redevelopment of 3 single-family homes located in Kingston. Proposals are due 12/1/20 and site walk-throughs will be conducted 10/23/20 and 10/30/20. Interested contractors may download the RFP package at: https://kingstoncitylandbank.org/rfp/
In July 2020, the KCLB purchased these homes—248 Main Street, 174 Hasbrouck Avenue, and 64 Van Buren Street—from the City of Kingston for the full value of unpaid taxes. Once construction is complete, the homes will be sold to families earning at or below 100% of the Area Median Income in Ulster County. Currently, this limit for a family size of four is a gross household income of $83,700.
Sales of the homes will be made through a public application process, details of which will be made available on the KCLB website. No homes are currently offered for sale by the KCLB at this time.
“At the Land Bank, we’re beyond excited to transform these distressed properties into affordable homes that both the occupants and their neighbors can feel proud of,” said Daniel Kanter, Board Chair of the KCLB. “Issuing these RFPs on our first round of acquisitions is backed by nearly two years of dedicated work from our staff, volunteer-led board, community stakeholders, and the City government—paving the way not only for affordable homeownership opportunities in the City of Kingston, but also employment opportunities for our local workforce, tax revenue for the City, and healthier neighborhoods overall.”
“This Phase I RFP is the latest milestone in our deep commitment to moving the needle in Kingston,” said Mike Gilliard, Executive Director of the KCLB. “We look forward to this next opportunity to engage with the community at large as we continue our transformative mission.”
The Kingston City Land Bank was formed with the purpose of acquiring title to tax-foreclosed and other distressed properties in the City of Kingston, removing barriers to redevelopment and returning properties to the tax rolls. Its mission is to foster an equitable community where vacant or distressed properties are transformed into community assets that improve the quality of life for Kingston residents, stabilize and enhance neighborhoods, and create new pathways for social and economic development.
For more information about the KCLB and to join our mailing list for updates, visit www.kingstoncitylandbank.org and follow us on Instagram at @kingstoncitylandbank.
To donate and support our work, please visit: https://kingstoncitylandbank.org/donate/