Historic Front Street Building Restored in Port Jervis - Daily Hudson Valley News

Historic Front Street Building Restored in Port Jervis

Aug 18th, 2012 | By | Category: Featured Articles


Mixed-use property has 3 commercial spaces, 7 affordable apartments

The Ruby Group, a Goshen-based project management, general contracting and consulting firm, cut the ribbon on its newly completed renovation of a historic building in a prime Port Jervis location.

The three-floor, 14,000-square-foot mixed-used building was purchased by The Ruby Group last year from a bank’s distressed-property portfolio.

“The Ruby Group is proud to have made such a dramatic impact on a building that is so visible in downtown Port Jervis,” said Peter Berman, CEO of The Ruby Group. “We believe this is an excellent example of the way to revitalize older properties in a downtown location. Not only is it built using Green and Sustainable products and practices, but it will now be a viable building with commercial and residential tenants that will contribute to the Port Jervis economy.”

The Ruby Group is the owner and developer as well as the construction firm that led the conversion of 19-23 Front St., Port Jervis, into a mix of affordable housing on the top two floors and modern commercial space on the first floor. The building has seven two-bedroom apartments and three commercial spaces.

The commercial spaces are ideally suited for many uses, such as a medical office, small business office and retail site. There is currently approximately 1,500 square feet of commercial space available.  This space can be configured in multiple ways to meet the needs of a single user or multiple users.  Additionally, V. Baras ARCHITECTS will anchor the building with its new office.

The building on Front Street is 1,000 feet from City Hall and immediately adjacent to the busy commercial area surrounding City Hall. And, it is just over a mile away from Bon Secours Community Hospital.

Municipal approval was obtained for a change of use and the property’s overhaul into affordable housing and modern commercial space. A series of grants from government entities facilitated the successful venture. The Ruby Group maintained the exterior structure of the building, originally built in 1850. The roof as well as all the walls and structures inside, however, were removed for this complete renovation and redesign.  The building has all new interior walls; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; electrical; plumbing; windows and doors.

The building is on track to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certified and Energy Star. The LEED certification is internationally recognized for green building and design technology. The Gold level represents a significant increase in the building’s energy efficiency and the long-term sustainability of the construction. The Ruby Group has led the way in the Hudson Valley and across the country in incorporating practical and pragmatic Green Building into their projects, including some that have achieved the highest LEED ratings!


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