In recent years, the Hudson Valley has been transforming. As more and more artists, entrepreneurs and other expats burn out on NYC, many set their sights on their neighbors to the north. From Hastings-on-Hudson to Poughkeepsie, the Hudson Valley is a promise of more space, easy access to nature, and a slower pace of life. And it’s catching on. Once-sleepy towns like Beacon and Cold Spring are now bustling with tourists and locals alike, many of them commuting by train. At every turn, there’s a new boutique, brewery, bar or restaurant.
Anyone living in the Hudson Valley will tell you how much it’s changed, and most will agree it’s for the better. But as is the case with any area going through rapid growth, there’s a glaring problem: the disappearance of affordable housing. The artists and entrepreneurs, many of whom contribute to the transformation in the first place, are getting priced out.
Enter Lofts on Main. In February 2018, the massive project is due to open in the heart of the City of Peekskill’s Artist Disctrict. Comprised of two buildings, 75 two-story units will be available in both one and two bedroom models. Two-thirds (50) of the units will have a preference for those involved in artistic or literary activities. All units will be set below market rents.
The site is planned in such a way that its designers hope will foster artist growth, and prosper at their profession. It will also foster a sense of community. A large shared courtyard between the two buildings will provide space for resident artists to display sculptures, or other work suitable for the outdoors. In addition, the lobby of the first building, which fronts on Main Street, will also act as a gallery for resident artists to show their work at no cost. The gallery will open up to the courtyard, and will be available to the artists for showings and performances. Both buildings are also designed and planned in a conscience and sustainable manner, and LEED certified.
Lofts on Main also boasts numerous on-site amenities: laundry, fitness room, community rooms, and a rooftop terrace with views of the Hudson River. Both buildings will house rooms specifically designed as performance practice spaces. Should anything ever go wrong in your apartment, a super-intendent and management office will be on-site.
The best part: all the units in Lofts on Main will be set below market rents. Artist units start at $888/month for a one bedroom, and $1,059 for a two bedroom. The non-artist units will start at $1,350 per month for one bedroom and $1,600 for a two bedroom. Last week, Escape Brooklyn snuck a peek at Lofts on Main while still under construction. It’s coming along beautifully; check out the gallery below! (And note: those views!)