Nearing the completion of its Lace Mill artists’ housing complex, RUPCO’s campaign to fix up Midtown Kingston is rolling along with the announcement this week of a new plan to turn a former bowling alley on Broadway and Cedar Street into “affordable housing and [a] civic center.”
RUPCO is proposing a mixed-income rental housing complex with six studios, 48 one-bedroom units, four two-bedroom units and three three-bedroom units at the former Mid-City Lanes bowling alley, which has been shuttered since last year. Also envisioned for what’s been dubbed the “Greenline Center” is almost 15,000 square feet of space of first-floor space to be used by civil, cultural and commercial business. “As an example, this space could be used for a local food hub, children’s programming, or other businesses that our community needs,” stated RUPCO director Kevin O’Connor in a press release.
“We’re exploring a ‘Net Zero for Living’ standard, meaning we would strive to generate our own energy through a rooftop solar installation,” O’Connor added. “Our goal is to generate as much energy as we consume for all of the residential dwelling units.”
Early project renderings also include a 5,000-square-foot elevated urban park with sustainable gardens. In total, the proposed project is 73,407 square feet with varied building elevations: two three-story sections, one four-story section, one five-story section and a 2,000-square-foot sixth-story rooftop meeting and event space.