KINGSTON, N.Y. — A proposed apartment project could bring a total of 28 two-bedroom/1 1/2-bathroom apartments to Boulevard and Petit Avenue, according to an application filed with the city’s Planning Department.
The Planning Board is set to discuss the project developed by Heart Ventures at its next meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. in City Hall. The apartments are proposed for 140-150 Boulevard and 66-92 Petit Ave.
The apartments would be spread across four 3 1/2-story buildings, with each containing seven units. Heart Ventures is based in Dutchess County and is owned by Joseph DeAngelis, of Hopewell Junction.
The height of the buildings would exceed the 2 1/2-story maximum for the neighborhood under the city’s newly adopted form-based zoning code. DeAngelis will seek a height waiver from the Planning Board to allow for the additional story.
DeAngelis said in the application that the requested additional story would allow Heart Ventures to offer a greater mix of affordable, market, workforce and handicapped-accessible units while keeping the building footprint and lot coverage to under 50 percent. He also said in the application that the additional units will only have electric utilities with energy coming from roof-mounted solar panels
DeAngelis noted the proposed building’s first-floor elevation will be approximately 10-12 feet below the street level at state Route 32/Boulevard, meaning the overall height and roof line will match a standard 2.5-story building at street level and will be “in harmony with the existing nearby structures.”
DeAngelis added in the application that he would also like to incorporate solar energy, EV charging spots, open green space, sidewalks, bike racks and “access to the local means of transportation” into the project.
“It is no secret that there is a housing shortage epidemic that is plaguing not only the city of Kingston, but Ulster County and the surrounding areas,” DeAngelis said in the project narrative in his application. “Having been born and raised here in the Hudson Valley my entire life, I feel honored to be able to have an impact in the quality of life for the residents of my beloved community.”
DeAngelis runs a property acquisition and renovation company Hudson Homes with his wife, Nina. He was a police officer until 2020.