Mixed-use proposal for former Board of Elections site in Poughkeepsie

The Poughkeepsie Planning Board has set April 19 as the first date for a public hearing on a proposed construction of a mixed-use building with 66 apartments and just over 10,000 square feet of retail space at 47 Cannon St., in the downtown area of ​​the city. .

The new building would incorporate the existing two-story building that stands on the site, which once housed the Dutchess County Board of Elections. The Board of Elections moved out of the building, which it said needed renovations, including the removal of asbestos. It opened a new office on Delafield Street in Poughkeepsie in May last year.

Rendering of 47 Cannon Street, Poughkeepsie.

Dutchess County sought a buyer for the old building which had been opened in the mid-1980s. In August 2021, the County Board of Legislators approved the sale of the building.

According to the development application, the property is owned by 47 Cannon St. LLC and the applicant is James J. Sullivan of Pawling. The development site is a 0.44 acre parcel on the corner of Cannon Street and Hurlihe Street.

The company, James J. Sullivan Corp., says it engages in “a wide range of projects from small renovations to large commercial construction.” He identifies some of his business projects as the Westchester Putnam Gastroenterological Surgery Center in Carmel; Jake’s Wayback Burgers in Mystic, Connecticut; Rx resolution at Pawling; and a plastic surgery and reconstructive operating room in Jefferson Valley.

Sullivan and his wife Gina have been involved in previous real estate projects in Poughkeepsie. They led the restoration and refurbishment of what was originally the King’s Court Hotel at 40 Cannon St. The hotel was built in 1915 and was particularly popular with performers performing at the nearby Bardavon Opera House. The structure was converted into apartments in the 1970s and suffered severe damage in a fire in 2011. The Sullivans purchased it in 2013 and brought it back to life.

The 40 Cannon St. property now has 49 luxury apartments and penthouses and is home to the King’s Court Brewery, 1915 Wine Cellar and Café 40 & Co.

47 Cannon St., Poughkeepsie - Photo via Goggle Maps.
47 Cannon St., Poughkeepsie – Photo via Goggle Maps.

The proposed building at 47 Cannon Street would have 55 one-bedroom apartments and 11 two-bedroom units. Plans submitted to Poughkeepsie indicate that the proposed building would have nine stories, although Sullivan indicated that the height could be reduced.

“I think the biggest issue the board and the public might have is with the size and scale of the building,” Sullivan said. “It fits well with the size of the other buildings. What we will probably propose is to make it eight floors.

Automated parking system similar to that proposed for 47 Cannon St., Poughkeepsie.
Automated parking system similar to that proposed for 47 Cannon St., Poughkeepsie.

The city’s zoning code allows six-story buildings within the site area with three additional stories allowed as a bonus for developers that include “affordable housing elements and green building practices.”

Sullivan said they plan to use the roof as an open space and put some of the building’s mechanical equipment there. He said that due to the design, the mechanics would mostly be hidden.

The building would use automated stack parking systems and provide parking for 80 vehicles.

An automated parking system, similar to what is proposed for 47 Cannon St., Poughkeepsie, elevates the car to the second level.
An automated parking system, similar to what is proposed for 47 Cannon St., Poughkeepsie, elevates the car to the second level.

“You insert a code or press a key fob or something and it sends what’s called a paddle,” Sullivan said. “You drive the vehicle over it, and then it’s automated from there.” He explained that the system can slide cars horizontally into parking spaces as well as raise or lower them. He said they plan to use three of the automated systems, two of which are installed on the lower levels of the building. The largest unit would be five vehicles high and nine wide.

The plan calls for the building to house a 150-seat restaurant that would have 25 seats at its bar. It would also have outdoor seating for 20 people. The restaurant and bar would serve lunch and dinner and would stay open until 1am.

The construction cost is estimated at $12 million.

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