A proposal by Rupco to build housing for low-income seniors at the site of the former Kingston Alms House could be back before the city planning board as soon as next month after a judge overturned a September 2018 decision denying site plan approval for the project.
A State Supreme Court ruling will put Rupco’s proposal to build 66 units of affordable senior housing at the site of the former Kingston Alms House back before the city’s planning board.
The fate of a proposed 66-unit affordable senior housing complex at the former city alms house could be decided in State Supreme Court after the housing nonprofit Rupco filed suit to challenge the Kingston Planning Board’s rejection last month of site plan approval and a special permit for the project.
Members of the city’s planning board will have to explain why they rejected a proposal by Rupco to build 66 units of affordable senior housing at a site on Flatbush Avenue that once held the city’s alms house. The board will also have to hold a second vote to formally accept or reject Rupco’s site plan for the project.
Recalling the stunned silence that greeted the planning board’s 3-2 vote Monday to reject the site plan for Rupco’s Landmark Place project for the old city alms house, I feel pretty safe in saying that no one in the room, maybe not even those who voted against it, expected it to fail.
After 20 months of review, hundreds of public comments and a 17-minute reading of the resolution calling for Rupco’s Landmark Place project’s site plan and special use permit to be granted final approval, the crucial number at Monday night’s Kingston Planning Board meeting was three.
The closing comes as Rupco continues to seek city approval for its plan to create 66 units of low income supportive senior housing at the site.
The decision puts plans to convert the old Alms House into 66 units of senior housing on hold.
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One week before a crucial public hearing on the project, officials at RUPCO announced changes to a proposed supportive housing development at the site of the old Kingston Alms House. The new plan calls for all 66 units at the site to be restricted to residents aged 55 and over.