10/01/14 7:30am

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This sign went up a few weeks ago at the corner of Broadway and Johnston Street right next to the empty Mid-Broadway lot. The fence is new and stops people walking through it as was once a popular habit.  I called the number and they said there are no specific plans to develop the site, rather it is an invitation for development. This lot and the Mid-Broadway lot are very important to the future evolution of Newburgh’s widest street. Some people would like to see the Mid-Broadway lot stay as a green park, others still favor a supermarket. What kind of development would you like to see happen to this new adjacent lot? With so many vacant buildings on Broadway needing development it might be a while before anything happens here.

09/30/14 11:30am

15 Chambers After

Administrative Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator

The Newburgh Community Land Bank is seeking a dynamic professional to serve as an administrative assistant and special projects coordinator on a part time basis (20 hours/wk).  This individual will help with the day to day operations of the Land Bank and assist with new projects as they arise.

Responsibilities

The administrative responsibilities include:

  • Answering the Land Bank’s main phone line and responding to general inquiries about the Land Bank’s properties and programs
  • Explaining process and requirements for purchasing properties to potential buyers
  • Fielding comments and complaints about properties
  • Taking messages and assisting with scheduling
  • Assisting the director with sorting and responding to correspondence
  • Assisting the director in preparing materials for board meeting and other large group meetings
  • Assist with acquisition process—review parties’ qualifications, outreach to interested applicants, order titles and appraisals and other transactional documents, maintaining records appropriately
  • Data entry and routine maintenance of a property inventory database
  • Scheduling property tours and site inspections and coordinating with property management
  • Special projects duties may include assisting the director and project manager with:
  • Tracking costs and grants
  • Grant writing
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Land Bank website and social media
  • Community engagement
  • Research and reporting on best practices of land bank and similar initiatives
  • Other projects, as assigned and of interest to the individual

Qualifications

Be proficient with Microsoft Office; Excellent written and communication skills; Attention to detail and understanding complex processes; Professional demeanor and capacity to calmly and appropriately respond to resident and customer inquiries; Strong work ethic and interest in the Land Bank’s mission; Willing to learn new skills and respond to a dynamic environment. College degree, Spanish speaking and Newburgh residency are a plus.

To apply: Send a cover letter and resume to: mfletcher@newburghcommunitylandbank.org by October 10, 2014.  Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

09/30/14 7:30am

Broadway Closure

Two weeks ago the city had to clean up 21 and 23 Johnston St which were visibly collapsing for quite a while. The rough winter we had last year really took a toll on the buildings. The clean up cost about $200,000. Now attention is being raised for other buildings in distress like 110-112 Broadway. The owner is not looking to sell, but the building is in serious danger of collapsing. Someone reported bricks falling, and within a few hours the street was closed off.

It’s unclear what the next step will be. Will the owner be forced to make repairs or sell the building to interested parties, like the land bank? Either way, this property is very important for lower Broadway. If it collapses it will just be another empty lot just like a similar one a few feet away. Unfortunately this is a recurring theme in Newburgh. Owners refuse to sell their properties while they continue to deteriorate creating dangerous environments for everyone.

09/29/14 12:00pm

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What a great weekend in was for Newburgh Open Studios 2014. The weather was amazing and it was wonderful to see the influx of visitors walking around the city discovering and site seeing. The first open studios started with only 12 artists. This year over 50 participated and new exhibition spaces were added. Columbia University students were also around doing research for their studio project. Everyone was talking about Newburgh and it’s potential and what they see for the future. Michael Gabor and Gerardo Castro did a brilliant job organizing Newburgh Open Studios for 2014. We all can’t wait to see what they come up with for next year! Here are a few of the spaces I was able to visit. Ann Stratton’s work is pictured above.

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Kate Ferriter
Artist, Kate Ferriter holding her painting she sold Saturday at her exhibition space in Atlas Industries.

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Bruno Gordon Krauchthaler and Erica Hauser in Bruno’s new studio in Atlas Industries.

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Artists on display at Space Create. We got to see a glimpse of a new project happening on Lander Street for vacant buildings for Groundworks Newburgh.

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These paintings will eventually be installed on vacant buildings on Lander.

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Ten artists exhibiting at the Teran Studio on Broadway.

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The Broadway-Liberty Street lot had a dream wall in place by life coach, Ozioma. This little girl’s dream was to be a singer. Ozioma told her that she could live out her dream right there and sing for all of us. She was so shy she had to turn around and face the wall to sing. But once she started, she was amazing!

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Richard Harper explaining his painting in his art studio on Dubois Street. He has the most amazing carriage house studio. More on that to come. To see more photos taken by other people on social media check out Instagram and Facebook.

09/26/14 11:30am

354 1st St Newburgh NY

These quirky old buildings are some of the best in Newburgh. This one is located just one block west of 9W in front of St. Patrick’s Cemetery that can be seen from Broadway. There is practically no detailed information available other than it is zoned for commercial use, although it’s probably residential on the upper floors. Property records do not have the original year built, but have the effective year of 1965 (the last year major work was done). This building reminds me of some of the older buildings down in the financial district in Manhattan with the dormers, cornice and pointed roof. No doubt it’s a building that needs major repair but they don’t make ‘em like this anymore.

354 1st St Newburgh NY (John J Lease)
Asking Price: $245,000
Year Built: 1900
Size: 4,524 sq ft
Neighborhood: West of 9W
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
Google Map

09/26/14 9:30am

Gabriel H.

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 Gabriel Hurier.

Banking on a building revival in Newburgh [Westfair Online]
Cleanup of collapsed Newburgh site to cost $200K [THR]
What Millennials Want From Public Transportation [Next City]
City of Newburgh wins $2.9 million federal infrastructure grant [Mid Hudson News]
3 ‘urban pioneering’ projects planned in region [THR]
Detroit lures Brooklyn poet with free house as part of new program designed to bring writers to Motor City [NY Daily News]
Placemaking is critical for the local economy [Better! Cities & Towns]
The Greenest Building is the One Already Built [Craftsman Blog]

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