The long dormant Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory is set to open next month as a mixture of apartments and commercial space. The new living space and business' are expected to provide a boost to the Main Street corridor of the City of Poughkeepsie.

The Poughkeepsie Journal reports the 22,000 square foot building has been undergoing a $7 million renovation which has been lead by Hudson River Housing. When completed in late March, there will be 15 apartments and room for several local business'.

The factory was built in 1874 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The Poughkeepsie Underwear Company started operating there in the year 1900 and shipped their products world wide. They eventually stopped making underwear and the building saw life as a print shop and eventually a warehouse, before closing.

Because of it's designation as a National Historic site, there were strict guidelines the contractors had to follow when it came to remediation. Much of the work had to match up with the original work to maintain the buildings historic integrity.