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Posted: 03/05/2014

Employer
City of Kingston, NY
Economic Development & Strategic Partnerships

After centuries as a major center of residence and commerce among this continent’s First Peoples, Kingston, N.Y. set on a course to becoming a city with the arrival of the Dutch in 1652. Rich history, outstanding architecture, a thriving arts community and spectacular natural environment make Kingston a rewarding place to visit and to live. The third settlement in the Dutch New Netherlands colony (after Manhattan and Fort Orange, later Albany), Kingston was a thriving farm community for more than 100 years before the British arrived. The city became the first capital of New York in 1777 and was burned by the British later that year following the Battle of Saratoga. Today, Kingston boasts some of the nation's best architecture from the colonial period, including the only intact intersection of 18th century stone houses remaining in the US. In 1872, the Revolutionary War stockade district that the British had referred to as “a place called Kingston” was merged with three villages dating to the First Peoples and the Dutch – Wyltwyck Rondout and Ponckhockie; the early 19th-century industrial communities of Wilbur and Twaalfskill; and other settlements such as the area that had been Thomas Chambers’ Foxhall Manor, to create one city. In the 18th century, the city was an important transport hub in a region dominated by River commerce. In the 19th century, Kingston’s importance as a hub for industry and transportation grew with the discovery of natural cement in the region, and both railroad and canal connections facilitated the development of major steamboat building, coal, bluestone, brick and ice farming. These industries supported the development of an early arts community, including Hudson River School Painter Jervis McEntee, and afforded many businessmen the means to build homes and commercial blocks designed by top architects of the day such as Calvert Vaux. In the early 20th century, Kingston's industries faltered as the railroad and highway provided new routes for coal and Portland cement replaced Rosendale cement and bluestone. Much of the Rondout section fell to the "urban renewal" wrecking ball. Speaking in Kingston in 1966, legendary conservationist Stuart Udall, then Secretary of the US Department of the Interior, noted the importance of what was lost in the Rondout: “The old phrase, ‘…no sadder words of tongue or pen are these: it might have been,’ seems very apt. For had we heeded, Kingston’s old 19th century Rondout section – one of the finest examples of a city of that period – could have been saved….” Today, a number of museums and citizens' groups are working to tell the intertwined stories of America's Industrial Revolution, art, architecture, river history, gilded age magnates and laboring class through the outstanding buildings, streetscapes and neighborhoods that remain to make Kingston a table-top museum of America's past.


Position
Heritage Asset Specialist
Type
Professional Opportunity
Location
Kingston, NY
Uni
Details
$29,000 contract
 

A  Specialist will be engaged to provide contracted services to work with the City of Kingston Planning Department and Office of Economic Development & Strategic Partnerships Directors, Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission members and other project volunteers to:

1)      Gather/review four existing surveys of Kingstons Heritage Assets.

The Specialist will review the Survey materials and provide the following:

·         Verification that previously surveyed properties still survive (and retain features that were recorded in previous decades);

·         Information on date and type of alterations;

·         Record of outbuildings if not already included in record;

·         Update of any changes in house numbers (based on current information in the citys tax assessment roles)

·         Provide updated photos when needed

·         Update map of the district that reflects the boundary increase

2)      Outline draft narrative for proposed survey areas tying history of each to evolving community concepts for its future to guide/inspire disparate stakeholders/partners in forging a shared vision.

3)      Outline/implement community education strategy to build community awareness directly through project activities, partners and stakeholders.

4)      Work with SHPO to determine data submission format; prepare project data for uploading to NY SPHINX database. Submit project data to SHPO in approved format.

5)      Convene four (4) Project Team Meetings to finalize historic district goals, including boundaries and sites to be included for each area.

6)      Develop a Google Worksite for Heritage Asset Projects to make gathered materials accessible to participants and begin to assemble an ongoing repository. Upload all project resources to the site as they are obtained.

7)      Explore opportunities at three (3) university preservation/ urban planning departments for becoming a classroom. Develop an intern/volunteer/college class approach for the current and subsequent projects that is based on past successful intern projects and future Heritage Asset project needs.

8)      Recruit, develop training, train/supervise interns and volunteers to collect/update survey data.

9)      Outline steps from the Midtown Survey and Heritage Asset Planning phase into subsequent interpretive planning to ensure Survey findings will inform theme identification, development of resident/visitor experience goals and alignment of signage, wayfinding, interpretive kiosks and other interpretive platforms.

10)   Convene meetings with Project Team and other representatives from historical, cultural, other community-based organizations and the Midtown business community to lay the foundation for developing a Midtown Interpretive Plan. Produce a meet

OPen until
03/19/2014

How to apply
THIS POSTING IS FOR CONTRACTED SERVICES ONLY. Please submit a cover letter, resume or CV, and three references. The cover letter should summarize qualifications and experience, highlight relevant skills, and confirm availability for the project. Contact Person The Contact person for this project is Gregg Swanzey, Director of the Office of Economic Development & Strategic Partnerships. All questions and/or inquiries should be directed to him. He may be reached at gswanzey@kingston-ny.gov or 845-334-3962. Response Due Date All responses must be delivered to the City of Kingston, by email, by hand delivery, or by postal service, by Friday March 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm after which they will be reviewed by a selection committee. No responses shall be accepted or considered after that time. It is the responsibility of each respondent to ensure that their response arrives on time. Submissions shall be addressed to: Mr. Gregg Swanzey, Director City of Kingston Office of Economic Development & Strategic Partnerships City Hall 420 Broadway Kingston, NY 12401 Matters relating to qualification to meet the City's needs shall receive the highest priority in evaluation. The City will not consider any response that does not comply with the How to Apply section of this Request for Responses. Responses that do not meet these requirements will be deemed as non-responsive and will not be evaluated. Other General Requirements and Conditions: The Specialist will be asked to maintain Automobile Liability Insurance with a minimum combined single limit of $500,000 and Professional Liability Insurance in an amount not less than $1,000,000. The City of Kingston reserves the right to postpone or cancel this Request for Responses, or reject all responses, if in its judgment it deems it to be in the best interest of the City to do so. All submission materials become the property of the City of Kingston. The City of Kingston shall not be liable for any costs incurred by respondents in the preparation of responses or for any work performed in connection therein. The City of Kingston reserves the right to postpone or cancel this RFP or reject all proposals, if in its judgment it deems it to be in the best interest of the city to do so. Proposers are advised that the City of Kingston has the option of selecting the proposer without conducting discussions or negotiations. Therefore, proposers should submit their best proposals initially, since discussions or negotiations may not take place. The award of this concession is subject to applicable provisions of Federal, State, and local laws and executive orders requiring affirmative action and equal employment opportunity. All RFP submission materials become the property of the City of Kingston. Proposal submission material will generally be made available for inspection and copying by interested parties upon written request, except when exempted from disclosure under the New York State Freedom of Information Law. The City of Kingston is subject to the New York State Freedom of Information Law, which governs the process for the public disclosure of certain records maintained by the City of Kingston. Individuals or firms that submit proposals to the City of Kingston may request that the city except all or part of such a proposal from public disclosure, on the grounds that the proposal contains trade secrets, proprietary information, or that the information, if disclosed, would cause substantial injury to the competitive position of the individual or firm submitting the information. Such exception may extend to information contained in the request itself, if public disclosure would defeat the purpose for which the exception is sought. The request for exception must be in writing and state, in detail, the specific reasons for the requested exception. It also must specify the proposal or portions thereof for which the exception is requested. If the City of Kingston grants the request for exception from disclosure, the city will keep such proposal or portions thereof in secure facilities. The City of Kingston shall not be liable for any costs incurred by proposers in the preparation of proposals or for any work performed in connection therein.
Gregg Swanzey
Phone: 845-334-3962
ADDRESS
420 Broadway NY 12401
Kingston, NY 12401
Uni

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