County Ulster to host a series of outdoor events in the former TechCity

Last year there were outdoor film screenings at the venue. More extensive artistic offerings are planned for 2021.

Ulster County Manager Pat Ryan announced last week that Ulster County will host a series of outdoor summer events on the grounds of Enterprise West – the former TechCity and before that, the IBM campus – thanks to a collaboration with the new artistic organization BLUEprint. The group is a collective of local artists, musicians and designers who have run concert halls, operated design studios and built art and music studios, and have already created successful festivals in the valley. of the Hudson, including the O + festival. The co-directors of BLUEprint are Molly Sterrs, Kyle McDonough, Joe Concra, Micah Blumenthal, Jared Ashdown and Eliza Edge, residents of Kingston.

“Ulster County has a diverse pool of talented artists and musicians, and I am so excited that they are putting their creativity to work for the rebirth and renewal of the old IBM site,” said Pat Ryan, county director. “The arts are not a luxury; they are for everyone. I am excited to see the Enterprise West grounds come to life this summer with community programs that will benefit all of our residents.

The BLUEprint summer series will be located at the former IBM parking lot and grounds at 101 Enterprise Drive in the city of Ulster, with specific lineup details to be announced at an upcoming date. Planned events include outdoor concerts, as well as an outdoor film series. Interested community organizations can apply to host an event by visiting and complete an application form. Last summer, the current BLUEprint site hosted thousands of Ulster County residents for free summer movies and also hosted hundreds of people at the Phenicia Festival of the Voice, which will return this year for an expanded series. from August 27 to 29.

“BLUEprint’s adaptive reuse of the old IBM for the benefit of the community is an important step forward in the transformation of the West Campus,” said James Quigley, City of Ulster Supervisor. “I look forward to this positive use.”

“BLUEprint is all about mapping the future without knowing the outcome – it’s a living map,” said Saidee Sonnenberg, BLUEprint team member. “BLUEprint seeks to be a destination that champions the creativity of the creators and artists who are the backbone of Ulster County. We are an inclusive, people-oriented organization that respects the diverse landscape of our community and welcomes all event proposals for the Enterprise West campus.

Enterprise West includes two parcels on over 80 acres of land and a 400,000 square foot office building that was last used in 2015 as a tax processing center by Bank of America. Ownership was recently transferred to the Ulster County Economic Development Alliance, a move proposed by the county executive and unanimously approved by the Ulster County Legislature.

In March 2021, Ulster County announced that more than 20 proposals had been received for the redevelopment of all or part of Enterprise West, including five to purchase all or part of the site, 11 to lease or lease all or part of the site and 12 to provide services to help the county redevelop the site. Proposals ranged from a satellite university campus, an art and manufacturing space, and agricultural manufacturing facilities.

An Enterprise West advisory committee, which includes Sarah Haley, Tim Weidemann, Brian Cahill, Zac Kleinhandler, Jim Quigley, Laura Hartman and Yvonne Wynkoop, is currently evaluating proposals for the campus.

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