Press | June 24, 2015

Former Hat Factory to be Converted to Workforce Housing

Mid-Hudson News


A former three-story factory building on Mill Street in Middletown is in the process of being converted into a 42-unit workforce housing development.


City and community officials gathered at the site on Wednesday to celebrate the construction of the Mill at Middletown, which will provide one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments at a sliding rent scale.


Joseph Czajka, the executive director of the Regional Economic Community Action Program, expects there to be a lot of interest by prospective renters once the facility is ready for occupancy next spring.


“The market study has indicated there are need for hundreds of these types of units and we are only constructing 42,” he said.


RECAP would hope to develop other housing facilities around Orange County to meet that need.


Middletown Mayor Joseph DeStefano said the Mill project is a welcomed addition to fulfill the city’s housing needs.


“It takes an old factory building that has been vacant for so many years and actually in danger of collapsing and renovating it and adding on to it,” he said. “It is a positive from all prospective. It fits into our affordable housing plan. We’re trying to consolidate affordable housing into our commercial or on the edge of our commercial districts and not infringe on residential neighborhoods with high density housing.”


The $14.6 million project is being funded by a number of public and private sources.


RECAP will operate one of its Fresh Start Café’s on the property s a job training program


Rockland Housing Action Corporation will manage the property when completed.


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