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Governor Hochul Unveils Winning Proposal To Transform Former Downstate Correctional Facility In Dutchess County Into Vibrant, Mixed-Use Development

Proposal from Conifer Realty, LLC Would Redevelop Former Prison Into Nearly 1,300 Units of Mixed-Income Housing and Community Space, Creating up to 200 Construction Jobs 

Builds on Governor’s Vision To Reimagine Vacant and Underutilized State Land To Address New York’s Housing Crisis 

Project Renderings Available Here 

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that Conifer Realty, LLC has been conditionally selected to transform the former Downstate Correctional Facility located in Fishkill, Dutchess County, into a vibrant, mixed-use development that would feature new housing and community space. The multi-phase project will create up to 200 construction jobs and up to 1,300 units of housing over ten years, including permanently affordable housing options. The project will feature a playground, a walking trail, and common areas for residents, with additional public amenities being constructed over time, in consultation with the community. The project builds on Governor Hochul’s commitment to reimagining vacant and underutilized prisons to address New York’s housing crisis and follows the recommendations of the Governor’s Prison Redevelopment Commission. 

“The former Downstate Correctional Facility represents an incredible opportunity to build the housing New Yorkers need, revitalize this community, and reimagine what’s possible on state land,” Governor Hochul said. “With this proposal, we are bringing the recommendations of our Prison Redevelopment Commission to life and turning this former prison into affordable new homes and vibrant community space that will serve generations of New Yorkers in Dutchess County and beyond.” 

Conifer President Sam Leone said, “We are honored to be selected by ESD to lead the redevelopment of the Downstate Correctional Facility. With nearly 50 years of experience and more than 21,000 affordable homes developed across 300+ communities, Conifer Realty excels in managing complex, large-scale, transformational redevelopments such as this. Our expertise in creating high-quality, affordable housing uniquely positions us to tackle this ambitious project. We are committed to meeting the needs of the Fishkill community and we look forward to working closely with local governments and the community to bring this vision to life and make a lasting impact on the region for years to come.”  

The first phase of construction, which is expected in January 2026, would include 375 units of housing, including a minimum of 20 percent designated as permanently affordable to households earning less than 80 percent of the Area Median Income. Housing options would include two story duplexes and triplexes and at least 25 percent of the units will include three bedrooms.

Read the fill press release here.