RUPCO seeks new life for old lanes

An artist’s conception of RUPCO’s latest inititative. (Note the scene from “The Princess Bride” on the conception of the movie screen at right.)

An artist’s conception of RUPCO’s latest inititative. (Note the scene from “The Princess Bride” on the conception of the movie screen at right.)

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.

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“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.

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