10/20/14 11:30am

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Groundworks Newburgh is working on a new art project in collaboration with the Newburgh Land Bank and Space Create called Windows on Lander Street.

“On October 21st at 2:00 PM the public is invited to a witness the transformation of one of Newburgh’s most desolate blocks, as it becomes an art gallery for local artists. Five artists were selected to dream up images for five Land Bank owned properties on Lander Street. The artists – Will Teran, Isaac Diggs, Stephanie Eichelberger, Amanda Light and Corey Pane – have been busy placing their art on window boards for the last 7 weeks. They were given the blank wooden boards the city requires on abandoned buildings – 50 in total – to cover with their original work. The boards will rotate onto other abandoned properties as those buildings are fixed and placed back on the tax roll.”

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“She is a fine ship. Why would you use white fiberglass when you could have all that fine lumber.” Both photos above by NR flickr pool user Brian Wolfe.

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Photo by NR flickr user Janis Borgueta

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10/17/14 11:30am

403-405 Liberty St Newburgh NY

It’s insane that this house for auction has a starting bid of $1,000. That’s pretty close to less than one months rent, depending where you live. Granted, this is a tough section of Liberty on the north end, not to be confused with the south end near Washington’s HQ. The house needs a gut renovation and neighboring homes are of equal condition, but if no one else bids, you could have a home for $1,000. That’s a story to tell. The auction will be held October 31, 2014 and there will be an open house this Saturday and Sunday.

403-405 Liberty St Newburgh NY (www.auction.com)
Asking Price: $1,000
Year Built: 1900
Size: 2,100 sq ft
Neighborhood: MGL
Taxes: n/a
Distance to NYC: 58.1 mi, 1 hour 9 mins
Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across
Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84
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10/17/14 9:30am

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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. Photo by NR flick pool user Steven Rosas

N’burgh unveils $43.3M spending plan [THR]
America’s newest hipster hot spot: the suburbs? [WP]
Recycling Land for Solar Energy Development [APA]
How to Find Contractors and Architects for Your Historic Home Renovation [PN]
Everyone Wants to Copy This Pedestrian Bridge (It’s Not the High Line) [Next City]
1940s America – The Start of Small Town Decline? [New Localization]
All the Places The New York Times Has Compared to Brooklyn [Atlantic]
How a Small Portland Factory Is Leading a New Makers Movement [Metropolis]
Newburgh to help cover shortfall for Hudson Valley Lighting project [HV Blogs]
Second Empire Style in the Hudson Valley [Design Sponge]
The Tour de Neglect: a cycle ride through Buffalo’s deprived East Side [Guardian]

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10/17/14 7:30am

11 Sylvia St Newburgh NY

This blog focuses on real estate in the City of Newburgh and from the turn of the century, but every once in a while there are some amazing homes that break my own rules that must be shared. This home dates to 1956, and it almost seems frozen in time except for a room or two. Even the kitchen seems to retain original fixtures and woodwork. As a preservationist at heart, I hope the right person finds this home who will appreciate all the the unique details.

11 Sylvia St Newburgh NY (Kimberlee Markarian, BHHS)
Asking Price: $399,978
Year Built: 1956
Size: 4,300 sq ft
Neighborhood: North of I-84, Town
Taxes: n/a
Distance to NYC: 58.1 mi, 1 hour 9 mins
Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across
Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84
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10/16/14 7:30am

Live:Work Washington St

Habitat for Humanity is known for their work of creating housing for low-income families. So far, in Newburgh, they have constructed or rehabilitated 75 homes in the city. The Newburgh affiliate is now taking on a new challenge, creating live/work opportunities for qualifying families who would also like to open up their own business. This is a major achievement for Newburgh as only 3 grants were awarded to Habitat affiliates across the United States. The other two grants for the live/work program went to Seattle and Austin.

The target area for this new program is Washington Street, more specifically the empty lot next to the old Habitat headquarters. This project is for new construction. Habitat owns 3 of the 5 vacant lots on that site, and will start the live/work program with just one property and eventually complete the remaining 2. Construction for the first building is planned to begin in the Spring of 2015, per the regulations of a $100,000 implementation grant. Habitat already owned these vacant lots and felt this location will flow with the Liberty Street corridor that is already seeing momentum. This site is also in close proximity to their other projects.

The live/work model harks back to the old days over 100 years ago when a business owner ran his business on the first floor of a building, and raised his family on the second floor. This is the exact reason we can see structures like this all over Newburgh on Liberty, William, Washington, Mill and South Street. A live/work space could provide commercial space for professional or community services, retail businesses, food services, light industrial, or creative spaces. Interested parties must qualify for Habitat’s housing program falling within their income brackets, and have a business plan.

Habitat is excited for this project to begin and is already envisioning how this live/work model can be used for historical buildings. In the future they would concentrate their efforts on specific areas and are open to working with other developers. Families can already begin to apply if interested. To apply, contact Clinton McNair, Neighborhood Revitalization Coordinator 845-569-5632 x 104,  cmcnair@habitatnewburgh.org

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