11/20/15 11:30am

87 Benkard Avenue Newburgh NY

This house is being listed as a 2-family home with a huge side yard/driveway that can hold up to 6 cars, a commodity in the city. Everything looks well maintained and there are a few fireplaces still in place that could possibly be opened up. You could move right in and make any changes you wanted over time. According to the listing the owner is “motivated to sell”. If you aren’t sure about this side of Newburgh, check out these news neighbors that aren’t that far away.

87 Benkard Avenue Newburgh NY (Martha Elena Carbajal, John J Lease Realtors)
Asking Price: $169,000
Year Built: 1900
Size: 1,762 sq ft
Neighborhood: SoBro, Heights
Taxes: $3,740
Distance to NYC: 55.7 mi, 1 hr 2 mins
Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across
Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84
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Photo by NR Flickr user Brian Wolfe. The weekly link roundup is a collection of links related to Newburgh, revitalization, urban planning and anything else that might inspire change or create dialogue.

Land Banks and Historic Preservation [NTHP]
The Case for Creative Placemaking in Small Towns [NPQ]
Crowd-sourced financing meets urbanism [Better! Cities & Towns]
New Owners for Customized Habitat for Humanity Home [TWC]
Upstate Revitalization: Limited Inspiration from the Past [NY History Blog]
How One Couple Turned a “Toxic Corner” of Cleveland into a Development Hotbed [Vanity Fair]
Community Organizing Powers BIDs in Multiethnic Neighborhoods [Next City]

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11/20/15 7:30am

54 Leroy Place Newburgh NY

This is a stunning home with too many features to mention. It is located at the very northern tip of the City of Newburgh, close to the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. Leroy place merges into Water Street as you go south, so this home is on a main road with car access in the back. Many original details have been preserved like stained glass, pocket doors, fireplaces and more. And my favorite part is the carriage house in the backyard that has 2 levels. You can drive into the carriage house from the 2nd floor, which has street access. It looks like it could be a wonderful studio or guest house if you wished to convert it. There are many more details that do not appear online, so be sure to contact the listing agent for further details.

54 Leroy Place Newburgh NY (Stacie R. Laskin, 845-784-4332)
Asking Price: $310,000
Year Built: 1908
Size: 3,056 sq ft
Neighborhood: MGL, Waterfront
Taxes: $9,100
Distance to NYC: 55.7 mi, 1 hr 2 mins
Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across
Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84
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54 Leroy Collage 1





11/19/15 7:30am

31 Clark St Newburgh NY

The City of Newburgh has published its November 2015 property list. Most properties are vacant or abandoned like this one above at 31 Clark Street. I picked this one to showcase because there has been development on this block. Habitat for Humanity just built 3 news homes on Clark Street that will go to owner occupants and another home has been rehabbed and is available for rent. It is also just around the corner from a huge development project yet to be announced. Washington Street is just at the corner and in walking distance is Liberty Street and Washington’s HQ. Overall, it is the mass rehabilitation of these smaller buildings that will change the Newburgh landscape. It’s a great simple rowhome that probably needs to be gut renovated. The minimum purchase price for this property is $9,300.

Buying a city-owned property comes with challenges. If you would like help, consult this guide made by city residents: Helpful Notes to buy Newburgh city owned property.

11/18/15 7:30am

127 S William Newburgh NY

Take a close look at these properties on South William Street because soon they will look drastically different-in a good way. Developer, RE.vitalize Newburgh is taking on the task of rehabilitating 3 of these 4 properties. The 4th will be done by a different developer. Work has begun on the first property, 127 South William. Long neglected it is staggering the amount of work that must be done. Rotted walls and ceilings are falling, substandard kitchens and bathrooms must be gutted, and some floors have an inch worth of black mysterious substances on the original wood floors. Slowly though, as the dropped ceilings begin to fall and the dumpster pile begins to grow, things are changing.


These properties are located on the same block as Atlas Industries and Studios, which has approximately 30 tenants who are artisans, craftsman, and the like. Just over a year ago their windows were blocked in. However, recently they have been opened up and exciting plans for the ground floor are being discussed. It makes sense then that South William would be the next block to see development as have the other blocks heading north up to Broadway. It is worthy to note that RE.vitalize Newburgh is concerned with more than just flipping these properties to get tenants in as fast as possible. They are committed to making social and placemaking changes to South William. If tenants adhere to RE.vitalize guidelines, they will on a per unit basis, donate 100% of the unused annual repair budget to a local social and community service organizations that directly impact that resident or the community. They also plan to add a tree to their sidewalk and add sufficient lighting to increase safety.

109 S William Collage


They have already begun to work on being a responsible neighbor by cleaning up the adjacent neglected property, 109 South William, which they do not own. It was overwrought with weeds and foliage, which not only made it unsightly but also dangerous. A lot of people of have been interested in this property. Anyone I know who has submitted an inquiry has not had a response. Although it may look like a small warehouse, it is rather large with 2 floors and an extensive basement. Depending on the use of the property if ever sold, it could help be a game-changer, not only to South William, but also to William and Liberty Street. For now, between Atlas, Ted Doering’s warehouse (Resnick’s) and the work on these residential properties, South William is heading in the right direction. Thornwillow is also increasing their presence to the area with plans being discussed for properties along South Lander. A steady concentration of development is building and slowly but surely it will reach the Liberty Street School.

Apartments should be ready to rent early 2016. Stay tuned if you are interested. For now, check out some before photos of what 127 South William looks like now.

Kit unit 3

Kit unit 1


dinrm unit 2




building (rare) 1

South William Block