An article came out this past Saturday in the THR that the City of Newburgh will start accepting proposals again for waterfront development. Back in 2007 Leyland Alliance presented renderings for a new downtown on the waterfront with commercial and residential uses but then the recession hit and all the plans fell through. Leyland even had the mac daddy of urban planning and co-founder of the New Urbanism movement, Adrés Duany, present at a charette. It will be interesting to see what other firms will submit proposals for the waterfront or if Duany will resurface again.
The Newburgh waterfront used to be the downtown of the city with more than 50 acres of land that was razed during urban renewal. The clearing of this land literally choked off western Newburgh from the waterfront as you can see in the photo above. Developing this land would connect Broadway down to the water and would put hundreds of properties back on to tax rolls. The decimation of Newburgh’s waterfront is not a special case; it happened to many other Hudson Valley cities and towns. However, Newburgh has been far behind compared to other cities in waterfront advancement. Newburghers are pretty jaded from the many empty promises. To see a project actually be completed would be history in the making. Maybe it will actually happen this time? What do you think?
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