ELLENVILLE, NY – A former blue jeans factory on Market Street could soon be transformed into a 13-unit apartment complex with manufacturing spaces and professional offices.
The vacant building at 23 Market St. in Ellenville, once the home of DEVIL-DOG Dungarees, is also on track to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, according to Kingston architect Scott Dutton, known for his efforts to restore the remarkable city. structures, including the Fuller Shirt Factory building on Pine Grove Avenue.
Dutton partnered with RUPCO CEO Kevin O’Connor to privately develop the DEVIL-DOG Dungarees building.
In total, the cost of the renovations and purchase of the two-story, 25,000-square-foot building will be around $5 million, Dutton said, adding that plans for the structure are awaiting Council approval. Ellenville Development.
“The purpose of this project is to be a flywheel and catalyst for investment in the village of Ellenville and to provide much needed housing and small business opportunities for makers and creative professionals,” Dutton , which owns and leases space in the Fuller Shirt Factory Building, said in an email. “I have learned from hundreds of tenant inquiries for the Fuller Building over the past few years that there is a new economy and there is a very real need in our community that exists with countless small businesses in the ‘space maker category’ who are looking for a place to set up or grow their small business in Ulster County so they can both have the quality of life we all enjoy and meet the needs of space of their business near their home.
Dutton has worked closely with O’Connor on several RUPCO projects such as the Lace Mill complex, Energy Square and Landmark Place housing projects. RUPCO is a builder of affordable housing, but the DEVIL-DOG Dungaree project is a private partnership between the two men.
“This is a project that Kevin and have personally undertaken as partners to develop something that we hope will inspire the community and believe can be a catalyst for further investment in Ellenville,” Dutton said. . “The village already has all the essentials for a sustainable, walkable community and we want to be part of the next chapter in Ellenville’s story and hope to make a small contribution to it by designing the kind of adaptive reuse project that (complements) this happens organically in the Village.
“Our goal is to redevelop the old Devil Dog Dungarees building in a way that honors the previous uses of the building, the families who worked there,” Dutton added. “We want to reinforce the sense of place and history by adaptively restoring and reusing the building and celebrating its past while creating new opportunities for businesses to thrive in the building while having a connection to the past. .”
The building has been abandoned for many years, according to Dutton.
In 1924, Louis Rosenstock founded General Sportswear in the building, according to the DEVIL-DOG Dungaree website. The overalls were released on January 5, 1948, and were said to be “tough as a Marine,” according to the website.
“Having proudly served as a member of the United States Army 1917-1918, Louis chose the name DEVIL-DOG in honor of the Marines and all armed forces who fought so bravely for our country,” indicates the website.
In 1954, General Sportwear Co., Inc., the parent company, moved manufacturing to Zebulon, North Carolina, and eventually opened and operated seven tailoring factories in the Carolinas.
As of 2021, the Zebulon factory serves as the distribution center for all DEVIL-DOG products. The company also operates two factories in Central America.
On July 1, 2019, the brand relaunched with new denim in modern, performance stretch fabrics with vintage washes.
Dutton and O’Connor formed their own partnership called KOSD Limited Liability Company, which purchased the building in December 2021.
The plans foresee 13 apartments at market price, 10 of them being T1 and 3 studios. Dutton said the plan is in its early stages, so actual rents have not been determined.
The complex will also have six maker spaces and some professional offices.
Dutton said he hopes all approvals will be in place by spring 2023, with occupancy expected to take place in 2025.
Dutton said the DEVIL-DOG Dungaree building has been determined to be eligible for National Historic Designation which, if granted, would allow developers to receive historic tax credits in connection with the renovations. Dutton has long advocated for developers to use the tax credit program to restore historic structures.