KCLB Request for Proposals: General Contracting Services

September 2, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Kingston City Land Bank Continues Its Work for Our Community

The Kingston City Land Bank (KCLB) has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the substantial renovation of two single family-homes in Kingston. RFP documents, details, and deadlines can be downloaded HERE. RFP responses are due 10/6/21 at 5pm.

The two properties—124 Franklin Street and 149 Greenkill Avenue—are the final homes in the KCLB’s 5-affordable-home PILOT program, which was launched in 2020. The KCLB purchased both homes from the City of Kingston earlier this year for the full value of back taxes. Once renovated, the homes will be sold to households earning at or below 100% of Area Median Income.

“Engaging with the local contracting community is another avenue for the KCLB to provide a diverse and growing set of opportunities for all Kingston residents,” says Mike Gilliard, Executive Director of the Kingston City Land Bank. “By continuing to return properties taken by the City through foreclosure to productive use by constructing well-designed, fully renovated, and affordable homes, we provide a counterbalance to the speculative market forces that are pushing many residents out of our City.”

Several open RFPs can be downloaded from KCLB’s website, and additional RFPs will be announced this year. Subscribe to our mailing list to stay in the loop with our progress and become aware of future opportunities to get involved in our work!

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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.kclb.org  and follow us on Instagram at @kingstoncitylandbank

Kingston City Land Bank and Kingston Design Connection Announce Rehabilitation Partnership

The Kingston City Land Bank (KCLB) is pleased to announce a partnership with the Kingston Design Connection (KDC). 

As part of the Land Bank’s ongoing rehabilitation of 174 Hasbrouck Avenue—which will be sold to a first-time homeowner earning 80% or less of the Area Median Income—the Kingston Design Connection will KDC will bring in a team of local designers to perform a full interior rehabilitation of 174 Hasbrouck, which was acquired by the KCLB earlier this year. Upon completion of the renovations this fall, the KCLB will sell the property to a first-time homebuyer at 80% of the Area Median Income. 

174 Hasbrouck

This creative partnership will save the KCLB significant renovation costs while providing the KDC the opportunity to source the design work to rehabilitate the once-vacant property using local makers, vendors, and materials. It also improves the accessibility of the Showhouse’s annual design event and ensures that the mission of the KCLB to provide affordable homeowner opportunities does not change.

“I am so pleased to announce this creative partnership that will amplify the impact of both organizations in Kingston,” says KCLB Executive Director Michael Gilliard. 

For more information about the Kingston Design Showhouse, please visit their website. 

KCLB Featured in Wall Street Journal

July 6, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

KCLB Promoted in Wall Street Journal

The Kingston City Land Bank celebrates the national promotion of our work and City

On July 3rd and 4th, the Wall Street Journal ran a front-page article that featured the work of the Kingston City Land Bank (KCLB). In addition to a profile of the KCLB, the article features photos of our ongoing work to rehab and sell homes under our PILOT program: https://kingstoncitylandbank.org/2021/05/11/application-period-re-opens-for-three-single-family-homes-in-kingston/

“We are honored and humbled to have our work promoted on the national stage,” said Mike Gilliard, Executive Director of the KCLB. “While Kingston has the fastest-rising home prices in the nation, we look forward to continuing to serve to provide housing opportunities for all. This PILOT program is the first of several exciting initiatives we are planning to directly benefit our entire community.”

The Wall Street Journal article can be found here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/older-americans-35-trillion-wealth-giving-away-heirs-philanthropy-11625234216

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.kclb.org  and follow us on Instagram at @kingstoncitylandbank

KCLB Releases RFP for Architectural Services

For Immediate Release

June 28, 2021

kclb.org

The Kingston City Land Bank (“KCLB”) is pleased to announce a public Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for architectural services. Successful respondents will help design; produce construction specifications and drawings; and supervise construction of the final two homes in the KCLB’s PILOT program. The properties are located at 149 Greenkill Avenue and 124 Franklin Street in Kingston.

Responses are due June 24 and interested parties may download the RFP HERE. Site walkthroughs will be conducted on June 15 and June 16.

“We are excited to work with the architectural community to preserve these homes,” said Mike Gilliard, Executive Director of the KLCB. “Join our efforts to provide a City for All and continue our commitment to provide well-designed, safe, decent and affordable homeownership opportunities in our City!”

The KCLB PILOT Program was launched in 2020 as a proof-of-concept that a local, community-driven and volunteer-based initiative can do it better. Our first 3 homes in this PILOT are currently for sale.

The KCLB is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in all its activities and programs including employment and promotion. It does not discriminate or promote on the basis of race, color, nationality, ethnic origin, citizenship status religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical handicap, veteran, or marital status. Women and persons of color are encouraged to apply.

Application Period Re-Opens for Three Single Family Homes in Kingston

SUBMIT QUALIFICATIONS FOR 64 VAN BUREN STREET, 248 MAIN STREET, and 174 HASBROUCK AVENUE THROUGH JULY 10, 2021

The application period for 64 Van Buren, 248 Main, and 174 Hasbrouck has reopened and will close on July 10, 2021. Please note that eligibility requirements and application instructions have changed. We recommend that all potential applicants carefully review the below criteria and instructions and then submit qualification materials here (kclb.org/homes).

We are proud to offer affordable single-family homes in the City of Kingston.

ABOUT THE HOMES:

With the generous support of funders, the Kingston City Land Bank is carefully renovating each interior and exterior detail of each property. This includes new HVAC systems, new bathrooms and kitchens, exterior rehabilitation, and landscaping. At the completion of construction, each home will be move-in ready. Homes are only sold after construction is complete and the homes are ready for occupancy, but you must apply now to be considered to purchase them. We expect the move-in date to be this year for these homes.

For floor plans and specific construction plans for each property, see below.

HOME QUALIFICATIONS:

Household size and purchaser income range requirements are as follows. Note income limits are gross household income before taxes and deductions.

Home AddressBedroomsBathroomsRequired Household Size RangeRequired Household Annual Income Limit
64 Van Buren Street, Kingston, NY, 12401313-6 persons6-person household: $61,140
5-person household: $56,940
4-person household: $52,680
3-person household: $47,460
248 Main Street, Kingston, NY, 12401313-6 persons6-person household: $71,330
5-person household: $66,430
4-person household: $61,460
3-person household: $55,370
174 Hasbrouck Avenue, Kingston, NY, 1240121.52-4 persons4-person household: $70,250
3-person household: $63,250
2-person household: $56,200

If you are unsure of your eligibility, we recommend applying and a home counselor will carefully review your specific situation.

HOME PRICES

Home AddressSubsidized Purchase Price
64 Van Buren Street, Kingston, NY, 12401$           132,211
248 Main Street, Kingston, NY, 12401$           159,641
174 Hasbrouck Avenue, Kingston, NY, 12401$           162,519

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply, please submit the form here. Following submission, a home counselor from RUPCO or Hudson River Housing may contact you to submit an application to purchase a home. Successful applicants will then be evaluated by the KCLB Board of Directors, who will select a purchaser for each property.

QUESTIONS OR NEED HELP?

We recommend reviewing our FAQs.

If you still need help, email the KCLB at info@kclb.org or leave us a message at (845) 202-0887.

Application Opens for Three Single Family Homes in Kingston

***Application has closed as of March 27.

PUBLIC NOTICE: OPEN APPLICATION TO PURCHASE THREE SINGLE-FAMILY AFFORDABLE HOMES IN KINGSTON, NY

(Spanish translation below/traducción en español abajo

The Kingston City Land Bank (KCLB), an independent 501c3 organization, is undertaking the construction and sale of 3 single-family homes in Kingston. These properties were foreclosed upon by the City of Kingston and the KCLB acquired the properties from the City for the full value of back taxes.
Construction is currently underway and these 3 homes are expected to be ready for purchase and occupancy in the third Quarter of this year. To become eligible to purchase these homes, please submit your application materials by March 27, 2021. 
These 3 homes are part of our 5-home “Kingston City Land Bank PILOT, Phase I Program”. The KCLB will acquire, rehab and market 2 additional homes in this program. Applications to purchase those homes will be made available later in 2021.
This is not a notice of sale.

HOUSEHOLD SIZE AND PURCHASER INCOME-RANGE REQUIREMENTS

HOW TO APPLY

STEP 1: Interested parties may apply for these 3 homes at the following link: https://rupco.force.com/rupcocft. Please follow all steps to complete RUPCO’s Homebuyer Counseling application. This link will be posted on our website until the conclusion of the Marketing Period on March 27, 2021.

Upon completing an application, applicant details including but not limited to household size, employment verification, credit score and purchaser income will be verified by RUPCO.

Application materials are offered in English and Spanish.

STEP 2: After successful pre-qualification by RUPCO , the KCLB Board of Directors will evaluate potential purchasers using the following criterion:

  • household size
  • gross annual purchaser(s) income
  • purchaser(s) credit score
  • applicant narrative (any personally identifying information will be redacted)

INFO SESSIONS

KCLB information sessions will be offered for interested applicants.

Register for March 15 session (6-7PM): https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIqc-msrTwvHteFZkR78yka9jbgw7obTRrp

To view our March 4 information session, please click here: https://fb.watch/4dSsGnsGMC/


Aplicacion de comprar

3 VIVIENDAS UNIFAMILIARES ECONOMICOS EN KINGSTON, NY

SUMARIO DEL PROYECTO:

Kingston City Land Bank (KCLB), una organizacion independiente tipo 501(c)3, empieza la renovacion y venta de tres viviendas unifamiliares aqui en Kingston, NY. Estas propiedades pasaron por el proceso de ejecucion judicial en la Ciudad de Kingston y las adqueremos KCLB por el precio de su mora fiscal.

Apenas iniciamos la construccion en las tres (en las fotos historicas arriba) y esperamos que estaran listas para su compra y ocupancia por el tercer cuarto fiscal del 2021. Revisamos su eligibilidad por la aplicacion de pre-aprobacion. Por favor, someten Uds. su aplicacion completa por el 27 de Marzo, 2021. 

Estas tres vivendas son parte de un grupo de cinco, “Kingston City Land Bank PILOT, Phase I Program”. En este modo KCLB adquiere, facilita la renovacion por contractor y advierte la venta de dos viviendas mas en 2021. Mas informacion sobre KCLB Pilot Phase I disponemos en 2021. 

Este aviso publico no costituye una noticia de venta. 

NUMERO DE PERSONAS EN SU HOGAR Y LOS RANGOS DEL INGRESO CAPACITADO

Direccion# Cuartos# Personas RequisitasIngreso del Comprador ProspectivoPrecio
64 Van Buren Street, Kingston, NY, 1240136$54,260 – $58,260$           150,012 
248 Main Street, Kingston, NY, 1240136$63,970 – $67,970$           183,683 
174 Hasbrouck Avenue, Kingston, NY, 1240124$62,960 – $66,960$           180,181 

COMO APLICAR PARA PRE-APROBACION

PASO 1: El publico interesado puede someter su aplicacion en linea: https://rupco.force.com/rupcocft Ofrecemos entrar aplicaciones hasta el plazo de  Sabado 27 de Marzo 2021. Despues del plazo, RUPCO verificara los detalles de su informacion si llenan los requisites de su pre-aprobacion. Los materiales de la aplicacion se ofrece en Espanol.

PASO 2: Despues pre-aprobacion por RUPCO , los KCLB Board of Directors evaluaran los compradores prospectivos con los siguientes datos:

  • Numero de personas en su hogar
  • Ingreso anuario
  • Puntaje de credito
  • Un narrativo personal

SESIONES INFORMATIVAS

KCLB ofrece unas sesiones informativas, interpretados en vivo en Espanol. Registrarse aqui:

4 de Marzo (6-7PM): https://fb.watch/4dSsGnsGMC/

15 de Marzo (6-7PM): https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIqc-msrTwvHteFZkR78yka9jbgw7obTRrp

Kingston City Land Bank Signs First Rehabilitation Contract

As of February 3, the Kingston City Land Bank has signed its first contract for our full-home rehabilitation, which will take place at 64 Van Buren in Midtown Kingston. Construction will commence shortly.

This 3-bed, 1-bath single family home will be fully renovated and sold to an income-eligible buyer in our community. Details of how eligible individuals can apply for this property will be released in February.

64 Van Buren

2020 Kingston City Land Bank Milestones

On behalf of the Kingston City Land Bank, it is my pleasure to share with you a summary of some of our milestones in 2020. This has been a trying year for all of us, and to me our many of these achievements seem insignificant in the face of so much uncertainty.

However, I hope this outline of our progress renews your confidence in what a small, focused, dedicated and community-led team can accomplish, regardless of the circumstances. As you may have noticed from our Instagram, we have already begun preliminary construction to prepare for contractors to commence with our first round of rehabs in early 2021. Our hope is that in some small way, this list helps to confirm your trust that we are rapidly moving to accomplish our challenging but achievable mission to return vacant properties in Kingston to the tax rolls by producing high-quality affordable housing for all.

I would also like to offer you the opportunity to consider supporting our PILOT program (5 homes rehabbed in 2021) by contributing via our Donate page. If now is not the time for you to do so, don’t fret! There will be additional opportunities to support our mission in several different ways next year, so please sign up to our mailing list on the Main Page to stay in the loop for additional ways to get involved.

Finally, the Board and I want to invite you to join the conversation directly and jump on our public, virtual monthly Board meetings. We need all of your advice and input to be sure we are meeting the needs of all of us! Our Board meetings are typically held on the 4th Monday of every month at 6:30pm, but the specific details are posted in advance on the City’s website.

We look forward to continuing to work with all of you in 2021 and returning vacant and abandoned properties in our City to productive use, while providing opportunities for all of us to call home.

Sincerely and In Partnership,

Mike

Mike Gilliard, Executive Director, Kingston City Land Bank (KCLB)

2020 KCLB Milestones

 Corporate Governance

  • Disposition Policy passed (January)
  • 3 additional Kingston residents added as Board Members (May)
  • Committee Charters passed (July)
  • Bylaws revised (July)
  • Disposition policy revised (July)
  • Design Committee formed (July)
  • Fundraising Committee formed (August)
  • Annual budget passed (September)
  • New York State Authorities Budget office Bi-Annual Report filed without comments (November)
  • Funding:
    • $275K in grant funding secured to pay for acquisitions (June)
    • $500K rehab grant secured to pay for hard costs (November)
    • $780K grant awarded to fund PILOT rehab of 5 homes (December)
  • Office:
    • New office space secured and rehabbed (July)
  • Staffing
    • Executive Director hired (May)
    • Attorney hired (June)
    • Chief Financial Officer position hired (December)
    • Construction Project Manager position hired (December)
  • Acquisitions
    • 15 properties investigated for suitability to acquire: title and environmental reports (May – December)
    • First 3 properties acquired from the City of Kingston (July)
    • Actively working with the City through title and environmental issues to acquire additional properties (ongoing)
  • Operations
    • Discussions with regional potential non-profit partners for sales/marketing and volunteer labor (January – ongoing)
    • Initiated maintenance plan for properties owned by the Land Bank (August)
  • Development
    • Construction Scopes of Work finalized for PILOT (August)
    • Request for Qualifications issued (August) 
    • Design Scopes of Work finalized for PILOT (September)
    • Request for Proposals issued for PILOT (October)
    • First construction permit applied for and issued (November)
    • General Contractor(s) selected for PILOT (December)
    • Construction commencement for PILOT (January 2021)

Kingston City Land Bank Announces Phase I Request for Proposals

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/