The City Council has approved $295,000 to raze three buildings in the Historic District in the City of Newburgh. Among the three is the house above at 159 Grand Street that was featured in a New York Times article. Another is 113 Washington Street that was featured as the very first Rescue Me post. The other is located at 10 Dubois Street.
The total cost will be $295,000 to raze the buildings. The destruction of these buildings is hard to swallow for those who have seen historical irreplaceable buildings of Newburgh disappear one by one. Especially those who have lived to see thousands of building already destroyed through urban renewal in the 60’s and 70’s. One person mentioned that these properties be sold for a $1, to people who would handle the tearing down or rehab of the homes. Or, it should be required that the historical details of the home be salvaged and reused when building new construction on the lot. So far, it seems the city is looking to tear down the buildings with no set plan for the lots in sight.
Take a look at them all now, soon they will all just be another empty lot in Newburgh.