In case you missed it, yesterdays newspapers announced plans for the Newburgh Armory on South William Street that the City of Newburgh purchased for $1. The Kaplan Family Foundation will put up $100,000 to restore the gym and Habitat for Humanity will oversee the project and match the grant with labor. At least we know that Habitat for Humanity has an excellent track record of completing their projects, with over 40 homes restored in Newburgh and counting. Also helping with the project are Mount Saint Mary College, Orange County Community College, the Newburgh Enlarged City School District, and Orange County.
The goal of the space is to get Newburgh’s youth off of the streets. Apparently a basketball court could be ready as early as the fall. The rest of the space will have to generate money somehow, and how that will be accomplished has yet to be determined. There are a lot of different opinions on this project but the participation of well known organizations makes it seem hopeful. Let’s see what happens come the Fall.