The lofts at The Foundry make life easy in Newburgh

The lofts at The Foundry make life easy in Newburgh

The upper rooms in the foundry
Photos courtesy of The Lofts at The Foundry

Who doesn’t love a good renovation project in the Hudson Valley? In Newburgh, The Lofts at The Foundry fits the bill perfectly, with the added bonus of being a historic site in the area.

A new loft-style apartment complex in Orange County, The Lofts at The Foundry is the result of a conversion of a 19th-century ice machine and steam engine factory. The project is a private partnership between Mana Tree Properties, a development company focused on the reuse and restoration of historic buildings; Affordable Housing Concepts LLC, a general contractor and developer specializing in workforce and senior housing; and Attic Labs LLC, a Newburgh-based development firm with a focus on historic redevelopment.

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What are the lofts in the foundry?

Working together, the three firms worked to an impressive schedule, with construction beginning in the spring of 2022 and finishing in the late summer of 2023. The resulting structure is one that pays homage to the building’s past through original exposed brick and beams as well as soaring ceilings. Its units are spacious, with the average apartment measuring about 915 square feet. There are one- and two-storey loft-style apartments available. In terms of layout, offerings range from one- to two-bedroom units, with options of one or two bathrooms and one or two floors per unit. Many of the units on the fourth floor are penthouse-style spaces and feature floor-to-ceiling windows.

“The apartment interiors are designed in a minimalist, industrial style to provide a spacious, light-filled feel,” says Eric Edelman, partner at Mana Tree Properties. (Fun fact: His grandfather was a civil engineer who helped build the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge.) All apartments feature stainless steel appliances, plus modern fixtures, an in-unit washer/dryer and hardwood floors, Edelman adds.

In addition to the picturesque apartment spaces, The Lofts also features an interior courtyard where residents can participate in future programs, as well as outdoor grills and indoor and outdoor parking. What’s more, it’s just a short walk from the Newburgh Waterfront and Liberty Street, where an abundance of restaurants and shops await.

The upper rooms in the foundry

Project history

While The Lofts at The Foundry may be a new addition to the Hudson Valley, the project’s origins date back to 2020, when Mana Tree Properties and Attic Labs discovered that the building, originally built as the Whitehill Engine Factory in 1890, was for sale from During the bankruptcy auction process in the fall of 2020.

“Both groups had their eyes on the property for a long time because of its great location and view of the Hudson River,” explains Edelman. For Edelman, who works with partners Jacob Chai and Michael Engels at Mana Tree, founded in 2019, the old rail car factory represented an opportunity to revitalize a long-forgotten building in the area. After partnering with Attic Labs, which has focused on historic restoration and development in the Hudson Valley region since its inception in 2015, I was able to participate in the auction and acquire the property. The two groups teamed up with Affordable Housing Concepts, a company with roots in Gardiner dating back to 1983, to leverage its experience with large mill conversion units (does a mill not in Kingston ring any bells?).

The upper rooms in the foundry

Once the property was secured, the trio set to work restoring the building and utilizing its full potential. They aimed to keep the construction as local as possible and worked with a number of area talent, including AJ Coppola of Newburgh-based Coppola Associates for architectural planning and Newburgh-based Terrotti for interior design. Affordable Housing Concepts served as general contractor.

Fun fact: During construction, The Lofts welcomed independent film productions to shoot on location.

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The lofts in the foundry today

The Lofts is now ready to make its Hudson Valley debut, opening for tours on October 10. As of press time, there are still 45 units available.

Looking to the future, the partnership team is actively looking for new projects throughout the Hudson Valley.

“We own several development sites in Newburgh and other Hudson Valley cities where we plan to build apartments,” Edelman notes.

Find the leasing office at 43 Edward Street in Newburgh.

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