“We did it,” read the ecstatic notice on the RUPCO Facebook page this past Tuesday, January 15. “Today was move-in day at Woodstock Commons! A 50 plus-year resident of Woodstock who lost her home in Hurricane Irene was among the first. So too was a 36 year resident of Woodstock who had recently been living in her van. Whenever we have a move in day like this, we are reminded of why we do what we do!”
According to Rural Ulster Preservation Company Director of Communications and Resource Development Joan Lawrence-Bauer, a total of five units were being occupied on the first day of move-in for four of the 11-building affordable housing development located behind Bradley Meadows, and off Playhouse Lane, in the hamlet of Woodstock. And no formal opening events were being planned before an in-the-works ribbon cutting ceremony in late April.
Two of the buildings granted certificates of occupancy and ready for move-ins are senior housing residences, made up of one-bedroom apartments, while two are for families, with one and two bedroom affordable income condos available. Lawrence-Bauer said those chosen to move in can do so whenever they wish.
I believe five people were moving in on the first day today,” she added. “They’ll be sleeping there tonight.”
After a lengthy, divisive planning process to get to this point, which pitted neighbor against neighbor around the idea of affordable housing in Woodstock, along with a lawsuit over procedures and proper placement of Woodstock Commons, the big moving day came quietly. But with its own excitement, still.
“We’re all very excited to say the least,” Lawrence-Bauer summarized.
She added that construction would be continuing over the coming months to finish the development’s other seven rental unit buildings, along with a community center, parking lots, and various accessory buildings.