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

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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.

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