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Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory Celebrates Revival As Art, Community Hub

The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory celebrated its Grand Opening Thursday.
The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory celebrated its Grand Opening Thursday. Video Credit: Skip Pearlman
The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory celebrated its Grand Opening Thursday.
The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory celebrated its Grand Opening Thursday. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory celebrated its Grand Opening Thursday.
The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory celebrated its Grand Opening Thursday. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory celebrated its Grand Opening Thursday.
The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory celebrated its Grand Opening Thursday. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Artist Basha Ruth Nelson welcomes visitors to her art studio at Poughkeepsie's Underwear Factory Grand Opening.
Artist Basha Ruth Nelson welcomes visitors to her art studio at Poughkeepsie's Underwear Factory Grand Opening. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Artist Nansi Lent in her art studio at the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory Grand Opening.
Artist Nansi Lent in her art studio at the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory Grand Opening. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
One of the apartments in the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory.
One of the apartments in the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Poughkeepsie celebrated the Grand Opening Thursday afternoon of the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory - a long vacant property that will now be home to affordable housing, artists studios, and commercial spaces.

The Grand Opening included tours of the building's three floors, snacks from the Poughkeepsie Open Kitchen, a look at North River Roasters coffee (on the first floor), visits with resident artists, and a look at the studio and one-bedroom apartments in the space.

Hudson River Housing headed the seven-million dollar rejuvenation project, which also features the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, a Cultural and Community Center. And yes, it was an underwear factory 100 years ago.

The first floor includes the Poughkeepsie Open Kitchen, North River Roasters, Coffee House and Community Hub and residential apartments. On the second floor are more apartments and the PUF Studios. The third floor has Spark Media Project and Mill Street Loft Arts, and residential apartments.

Watch the video to get a look at the project, and hear comments from visitors, as well as Hudson River Housing's Elizabeth Celaya.

The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory is located at 8 N. Cherry Street in Poughkeepsie.

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