Turning an Old Hat Factory into New Affordable Housing Units

The Mill at Middletown


The Mill at Middletown


Middletown, NY


Mill Street Partners

AKRF assisted Mill Street Partners with the proposed adaptive reuse of a late 19th century wool hat factory at 34 Mill Street in the City of Middletown, Orange County, NY.

The property consists of a factory complex that contains the main three-story brick factory building built in 1874 with a number of accessory buildings and a tall smokestack that have been determined eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Mill Street Partners proposes to restore and renovate the main factory building into affordable housing units with a ground floor café. One of the accessory buildings would be converted to use as a residents community hall; the remainder of the accessory buildings would be removed, and a new addition with additional affordable housing units constructed. State and federal funds will be utilized to implement the project.

AKRF coordinated the project’s review with the New York State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. This work included:

  • Close coordination with New York State Homes and Community Renewal
  • Provisions of technical guidance and support to Mill Street Partners and its architects with respect to the design and consultation with SHPO
  • Preparation of a feasibility study to evaluate the potential of adaptively reusing all the historic buildings on the property
  • Identification of appropriate measures to mitigate adverse impacts to the property resulting from the demolition of the outbuildings
  • Preparation of the project’s Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement
  • Preparation of Historic American Buildings Survey documentation for the property

Credit: Magnusson Architecture and Planning PC

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