Press | June 24, 2015

New Workforce Housing, Community Space Groundbreaking Held in Middletown

Time Warner News

By Briggette Sayegh


A site that was formerly a three-story factory building is being called an eyesore and has been for decades. But if all goes according to plan, it will soon be converted into a workforce housing development. Briggette Sayegh has more.


Many are calling it long overdue. On Wednesday, a groundbreaking for a workforce and affordable housing development that will stand at the sight of what has for decades been called an eye sore.


“We’ve had extensive support from the city of Middletown, they’ve been great.In addition we’ve received funding from the state,” said Patrick Normoyle, of Mill Street Partners, the project’s developer.


This site in the heart of the city, vacant for nearly two decades, will become the Mill at Middletown. It will provide housing for low-income families, and include a Fresh Start Cafe where residents can receive job training.


“These are people that will be working that will be training for improvements in their lives and also have an opportunity to enjoy good affordable housing,” said City of Middletown Mayor Joseph DeStefano.


Mill Street Partners collaborated with the Regional Economic Community Action Program, known as RECAP, to break ground on the project. Its being funded by a number of public and private groups, including a $600,000 grant from the county which will go toward affordable housing.


“As anybody knows whether you’re young or old if you’re just staring our or just starting a new job or just coming off tough times, which this past economy has done. This is what you call a very attractive place to restart yourself or to start up new,” said Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus.


Officials are touting the process of adaptive reuse, the process of re-using an old sight in a new, and productive manner.


“Turning something into something alive, and vibrant. And it’s going to be an anchor project that will continue up the street towards downtown,” said RECAP Executive Director Joseph Czajka.


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