09/21/16 7:30am

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Perhaps you have noticed some major changes happening to some buildings on Washington Street over the past few months. They are located between Clark and Federal Streets and have been in various states of repair and abandonment as one reader mentioned when I posted about them three years ago in a Rescue Me post.

Renovations are wrapping up and I was able to take a peek inside. The buildings have been completely gutted and rehabbed. Brick walls and original wood floors can be seen throughout. The brand new bathrooms have floor to ceiling subway and wood grain porcelain tile. First floor apartments have access to the backyard that abuts St. George’s Cemetery with a nice tall stone wall. Laundry is on-site and accessible via the middle buildings. Much work is left to be done, like fixing the sidewalks, adding wrought iron railings and new glass front doors. Apartments vary from 1-2 bedrooms at $1,250-$1,450 and will be well lit along with security cameras.

The property is just a short walk to Liberty Street and all the latest happenings there. This newest renovation is taking revitalization efforts west on Washington Street. It will be just a matter of time before it carries over to Clark Street.

Some units have already been claimed, but there are plenty left. If you are interested contact:

Stacie R. Laskin, 845-784-4332, slaskin@hvc.rr.com

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Washington St Collage

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WS Collage

 

09/16/16 11:30am

175 Renwick Street Newburgh NY

This is a property in foreclosure in the Heights at the intersection of Renwick and South Clark Street. The storefront is the best part, although this the corner by far probably doesn’t get much foot traffic. For anyone with a personal project/business/venture, they could use the first floor and live in one of the apartments above. The entire interior will need some work. Take a close look at the buildings next door to the right. Many were storefronts as well and were later converted to apartments. It’s amazing to think Newburgh could support so many commercial businesses aside from Broadway and the busy downtown at the waterfront years ago.

175 Renwick Street Newburgh NY (Margaret Galatro, ARC Realty)
Asking Price: $49,900
Year Built: 1881
Size: 3,656 sq ft
Neighborhood: Heights
Taxes:$7,103
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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09/16/16 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 Flickr user Brian Wolfe.

Newburgh residents call for boost in city’s security [THR]
A Newburgh Church Embodies Resilience [A Mindful Walker]
A Glorified Sidewalk, and the Path to Transform Atlanta [NYT]
Can vacant buildings and the arts help save small towns? [DM Register]
Program helps Middletown, Newburgh students explore business world [THR]
What Downtown Plano’s Rebirth Can Teach Other Mid-Sized Cities [Urban Edge]
Foot patrolling is success of Newburgh community policing, chief says [Mid Hudson News]
Newburgh targeted in state A.G. pilot program to transform vacant homes [Mid Hudson News]
Author James Patterson’s documentary shows city in ruins, cites Newburgh [PJ]

Add your own photos depicting city life to the Newburgh Restoration flickr pool to be used on the blog, oremail me. **Flickr users please do not forgot to remove disabling of downloading of pictures. Otherwise I can’t use them**

09/15/16 7:30am

Ann Street Rendering

Habitat for Humanity officially announced yesterday they will be breaking ground at 150, 152, 154, & 156 Ann Street. The homes, which are sponsored by faith-based organizations, are located at the corner of South Johnston Street, right next to the old Broadway Armory.

This location is ripe for new development. One block north is Broadway, and to the east is the Ann Street Gallery, new park Safe Harbors Green, the Ritz Theater, and Liberty Street – with established businesses and new ventures coming to the scene. For as long as I have known this lot, it has always been empty.

The only original home at this corner is to the left. It was once a burned out shell but has been rehabilitated for years now. The owners were in for quite a shock when they bought it at auction sight unseen, only to find out the cute-sounding house with 8 fireplaces was actually a building with no roof, no windows and missing floors in what people were calling the “hooker district“. This corner has come a long way.

There is still room to do more here. Diagonal the the Habitat site is 147 Ann Street, which also suffered a fire according the 1980 historic district inventory report. It is in horrible shape – from roof to foundation. But it has beautiful cast iron lintels and eyebrow windows which have been better highlighted next door at 145 Ann. It also has a storefront that could become an office or shop. On South Johnston Street there are abandoned carriage houses and garages that are in danger of collapsing at any moment.

According to Habitat, their Newburgh homeowners contribute nearly $390,000 per year in school and city taxes. They have helped 95 families become homeowners.

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View of Ann Street facing east, with the Ann Street Gallery up ahead at the left.

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View of 147 and 145 Ann Street, diagonal from the Habitat site.

09/13/16 7:30am

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The Newburgh Complete Streets project aims to increase connectivity between recreational opportunities, especially the Newburgh Armory Unity Center, improve access to multiple modes of transportation for all ages and abilities, and foster healthy lifestyles. The project focuses on Lake Street and Lake Drive.

On Wednesday, September 14, there will be two opportunities for public participation: The design workshop will be open to the public from 11AM-12PM and from 2PM-3PM. The public is invited to review and provide feedback on streetscape design alternatives from 6PM-7PM.