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Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory

WINNER 2017 Historic Preservation Award, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation


Copyright Sean Hemmerale 2017

The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory is the adaptive reuse of an historic mill building as an exciting blend of commercial and residential space in Middle Main Poughkeepsie, a downtown neighborhood with a growing food and arts scene. With the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, we are building a community of people dedicated to innovative ideas that bring positive economic activity to downtown Poughkeepsie, involve the community, and reclaim a historic space for the 21st century. The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory is part of Hudson River Housing’s Middle Main Initiative, which works to strengthen and preserve the Middle Main neighborhood by celebrating community assets and deploying dynamic strategies to build upon them.  The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory aligns the many facets of Hudson River Housing’s work, providing affordable housing, training and employment opportunities, and accessible community spaces that bring people together.


Photos copyright AJL Studios 2017

The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory includes:

At the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, we’ve leveraged community support and partnerships to create a community hub that is enriching the neighborhood while strengthening the local economy. We are preserving the rich social fabric of the neighborhood by providing long-term, quality affordable housing, creating locally-rooted job and training opportunities, and supporting small businesses. We are building community pride and connectedness and helping people both within and outside Poughkeepsie see the Main Street community in a different way. The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory exemplifies leadership in community development, and puts it into action on a neighborhood scale.


Garden Street Revitalization Project

Hudson River Housing believes that the preservation of historic properties is important as a means of providing beautiful, quality housing and preserving the character of communities. In 1996, we conceived the Garden Street Revitalization Project, a two-phase comprehensive plan to restore the City of Poughkeepsie's worst residential block. Phase I created 25 rental units and a commercial store. Phase II consisted of the rehabilitation of the historic Queen Row townhomes on Garden Street. Through this project, a vacant, blighted building was transformed into 7 two-family townhomes that were sold to first-time homebuyers. The project was completed in 2003. HRH received numerous awards for this project, including the Pattern for Progress Historic Preservation Award, the Dutchess County Economic Development Historic Preservation Award, and a commendation from New York State Senator Stephen Saland.

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Harlow Row

In 1997, HRH was the sole respondent to the City of Poughkeepsie's request for someone to undertake the re-development of Harlow Row. Long vacant and abandoned, Harlow Row is a crown jewel among City architecture. It was built in 1874 by architect and former mayor, William Harlow. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is nestled on Little Market Street and provides the backdrop to Soldiers' Fountain. Through a complete rehabilitation, HRH was able to restore this national historic landmark. The project was completed in October of 2002. This proud landmark now once again successfully anchors the City's southern gateway to the downtown district. Harlow Row features neighborhood businesses and provides eight units of affordable rental housing. HRH received the Dutchess County Planning Federation Award for this project.

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313 Mill Street

In 2000, we purchased 313 Mill Street, an abandoned office building, to serve as our administrative offices.  This late-1800s era buildings originally served as a single-family residence for wealthy merchant families.

305-307 Mill Street

In 2003, we completed the rehabilitation of a classic Victorian-era building located at 305-307 Mill Street in Poughkeepsie as a home for our River Haven programs.

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142 Mansion Street

In 2004, HRH restored a vacant two-family residence located at 142 Mansion Street in Poughkeepsie. This property was sold to a first-time homebuyer.

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104-106 Mansion Street

In 2005, HRH completed the historic preservation of two townhomes located at 104-106 Mansion Street in the City of Poughkeepsie. This property, a vacant brick shell, was completely restored, and the two townhomes were sold to first-time homebuyers.

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291 Mill Street

In 2007, we completed the historic renovation of 291 Mill Street. This circa 1850s property was vacant and abandoned, but has now been rehabilitated to serve as a home for our NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center, with two rental units on the upper floors. All of these properties are located in the City of Poughkeepsie’s Upper Mill Street National Historic District. View photos.

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Mary Linge

Director of Real Estate Development
(845) 454-5176 - Office