Ulster Strong, an organization formed to build a better community for all by advancing sustainable growth and broad economic opportunity throughout Ulster County, proudly supports the Kingstonian project and the many benefits it will deliver to the community.
This week we learned that another Uptown Kingston business is closing. This unfortunately adds to a growing number of vacant storefronts in the city’s largest commercial district. Now, more than ever, the city needs the economic boost provided by the Kingstonian project. In addition to the much-needed parking, Uptown businesses can expect more than 400 new residents, guests and staff. Our businesses need stability to flourish, and the Kingstonian will provide that.
This project has been scrutinized at every stage of the four-year-process, and the developers have responded to various boards and elected officials by making many changes and refinements. There have been projects suggested for the Uptown area before, and all have been rejected. The Kingstonian is proposed by local long-term residents, who have the best interest of the community in mind and have been involved in business development in Kingston for decades.
It is evident, based on the hundreds of outspoken supporters of this project since its beginning, that the majority of the community supports this project. We urge the Common Council to vote in favor of the partial street abandonment so we can soon see this project under construction.
Chair/CEO, Ulster Strong