While Ulster County has been enjoying the success of Kingston’s Lace Mill artist housing project by RUPCO, the Dutchess County not-for-profit organization Hudson River Housing, Inc. has been busily renovating a three-story brick building known as the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory. The transformation of the long-vacant 22,000-square-foot industrial structure, situated in the Queen City’s midtown between the eastbound and westbound sides of the Route 44/55 arterial, is now complete, and tenants will begin to move into its 15 residential apartments in April. It is hoped that this ambitious adaptive reuse project will pump some badly needed vitality into a long-neglected neighborhood.
This Thursday, March 30, the Underwear Factory’s commercial and arts spaces will be unveiled to the general public with a grand opening running from 2 to 6 p.m. The event will include tours of the historic building, light snacks in the Poughkeepsie Open Kitchen, coffee from North River Roasters, studio visits with resident artists, information on Spark Media Project/Mill Street Loft programs and more. A presentation by representatives of Hudson River Housing will begin at approximately 3 p.m.
Attendees are asked to RSVP at (845) 454-5176 or www.hudsonriverhousing.org/events. The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory is located at 8 North Cherry Street in Poughkeepsie.