Asbestos to be removed at former bowling alley in Kingston before it’s demolished to make room for apartments

KINGSTON, N.Y. >> The vacant Midtown bowling alley where an apartment/commercial building is to be constructed must have asbestos removed before it can be torn down, according to the architect
designing the new project.

Scott Dutton said the asbestos work at the former Mid-City Lanes is likely to start in April and take two to three weeks to complete.

Demolition will start once the asbestos removal is complete, and will take about a week to complete, Dutton said. It then will take about another week to cart away the debris.

The Mid-City Lanes building, at 20 Cedar St., is being taken down to make room for RUPCO’s Energy Square, or E Square, building. The five-story structure is to have commercial space on the ground floor and 57 apartments, with rental rates based on tenants’ incomes, on the upper floors.

There also will be an urban park and 160-kilowatt solar energy array on the roof.

Mid-City Lanes closed in mid-2014. RUPCO, a Kingston-based affordable housing agency, acquired the former bowling alley this past September, with NeighborWorks Capital providing financing for the $615,109 purchase.

In December, the state announced RUPCO had been awarded the tax credits it needs to build E Square.

Construction of the new 70,000-square-foot building is to start in the spring and be completed in the fall of 2019, RUPCO has said. The general contractor will be Troy-based U.W. Marx.

The project is forecast to cost $22 million.

The E Square project will benefit from a 32-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT, deal that was approved in March.

The deal calls for RUPCO to pay a total of $25,000 for the first two years of the PILOT, $82,000 per year for each of the next 10 years, $89,000 per year for each of the following 10 years, and $96,000 per year for each of the final 10 years.


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