Hudson River Housing held the grand opening of the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory to show off the tremendous amount of rehabilitation work to the building that was built in 1874 as Poughkeepsie's Live Oak Leather Manufactury on North Cherry Street and once housed a worldwide distributor of undergarments known as the Queen Undermuslin Company starting in 1904.

Several major funding sources helped Hudson River Housing turn a factory, vacant since the 1980s, into a multiple use facility that includes an open kitchen, North River Roasters Coffee Shop, an artist studio, 15 apartments, and a kitchen prep space. Federal and State Historic Tax Credits in the amount of $1.8 million dollars were added to funding from NYS Empire Development, NeighborWorks America, NYS DEC, and countless private donors giving Hudson River Housing the opportunity to help revitalize the city's "Middle Main" area according to Mayor Rob Rolison.

The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, known as PUF, has been reborn to serve many different functions. The Poughkeepsie Open Kitchen is a shared-use commercial kitchen that is available for rent on an hourly or daily basis for food entrepreneurs, caterers, food truck operators, and chefs seeking space for pop-up restaurants. The North River Roasters & Coffee House will serve as a place for the community to gather. The coffee company is creating jobs for local formerly homeless and youths from the area. The basement will house the Poughkeepsie Open Kitchen Prep and Storage space.

The Spark Media Project and Mill Street Loft, which are two of the Hudson Valley's leading art organizations will be merging and utilizing space in the factory on the 3rd floor to foster youth arts programming. A printmaking/artist studio will be available on the second floor for artists of all backgrounds on a monthly basis.

Spread throughout the three top floors are 15 apartments including 9 studios starting at $654 a month and 6 one bedroom apartments with rents starting at $899 a month.

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