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News Release    

July 31, 2006      

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William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Major Milestones Achieved in Red Hook
Seniors to Get Needed Housing

Poughkeepsie... County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced today the county has been advised that Phase 2 of Red Hook Commons will receive funding support from the New York State Division of Housing.  According to Ken Kearney, project developer, the announcement from Governor George Pataki’s office of $615,000 in federal tax credits per year over 10 years, making it financially viable, is due to the overwhelming interest Red Hook Commons has received on Phase I of the project.

“This means that Red Hook Commons will consist of 96 units for our area senior residents, instead of the original 48 units, and rents will be offered in the very affordable $285-$663 per month range,” County Executive Steinhaus said.  The Executive said, “This is a perfect collaboration of local, County, State and private interests to meet the housing needs of our income limited senior citizens.”

The County spearheaded efforts to clean up the senior housing site which is located on the former Perx industrial property on Route 9 in the Village of Red Hook.  Coincidentally, the County has just been informed that the complicated brownfields clean up project has received a “project completion” letter from NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.  On March 10, 2005, Dutchess County received state funding from the 1996 Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act.  “I want to thank Ken Monahan from the Department of Public Works and Noela Hooper from the Department of Planning and Development for navigating this project from beginning to end,” said Steinhaus, “It couldn’t have happened without their tenacity.”

Groundbreaking for Red Hook Commons in anticipated in upcoming months. “I appreciate all the hard work,” said Red Hook Mayor, David Cohen.  “This is a real plus for the residents of Red Hook and northern Dutchess County.”



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