Turning a vital piece of Poughkeepsie’s history — vacant for 20 years — into light-filled spaces for work, discovery, reflection, experimentation, and gathering
A center of Poughkeepsie’s industry & livelihood
For much of the 20th century, this complex of industrial buildings at the intersection of Parker Ave., Garden Street and Brookside Ave. had a huge impact on the city. From 1923-2002, it housed the Standard Gage Company, which manufactured precision measuring instruments. In 1943, President Roosevelt visited the plant to recognize the company’s role in developing essential machinery and armaments for the war effort.
Throughout its existence, the plant provided an economic base for generations of people living in the mixed commercial, industrial, and residential Northside neighborhood. For the last 20 years, the structures have largely been vacant.
A remarkable transformation
In 2020, Northside Junction, LLC, an affiliate of Scenic Hudson, acquired the 2.11-acre property and has begun transforming it into a green building and landscape that will use less energy and water, avoid waste, and help the community thrive. Scenic Hudson envisions rehabilitation of the structures, in particular historic restoration of both the interior and exterior to create workspace for its staff and create public space to meet community needs, potentially including: community gatherings, meetings, events, and educational activities. The architecture firm MASS Design Group, which has worked with Scenic Hudson on other revitalization efforts in downtown Poughkeepsie, is also a partner. Currently, the degraded site is undergoing remediation under New York State’s Brownfield Cleanup Program.
A catalyst for learning & growing
58 Parker Ave. is located adjacent to Walkway Over the Hudson, Dutchess Rail Trail, Fall Kill Creek and the future Urban Trail. The vision is to make it a welcoming space for all Northside residents and visitors to learn, grow, play, and celebrate together. It can also support the city’s ongoing efforts to enhance economic opportunity and equality, putting the health and well-being of local residents and the environment at the forefront.