11/02/17 7:30am

One of the most desirable, yet unnoticed warehouses in Newburgh is finally up for sale through the city. They are officially accepting proposals for the purchase and rehabilitation of city-owned property, 109 South William Street. Proposals are due by mail or in person to the City of Newburgh no later than 4:00 PM Friday, December 15th, 2017.

The City is seeking a developer to rehabilitate this building for an owner-occupant, for-profit commercial use that will create jobs in the community and add tax revenue to the City. The owner-occupant business must agree to a minimum of a five-year occupancy. The possibilities are endless here for anything from manufacturing to office space. Hopefully, a business can occupy the space that will help encourage foot traffic to the area to patronize the up and coming smaller businesses and shops opening on Liberty Street. From a personal standpoint, a business that is aware of their sidewalk presence is highly desirable. The eye level sidewalk windows have been sealed off by bricks. Atlas Industries across the street has shown the advantages of opening up sealed windows and the difference it can make to the community and passerby’s.

Location Location Location:

This building is just around the corner from the revitalizing Liberty Street corridor. Targeted development of 109 South Street could exponentially increase these efforts by bringing the revitalization west and south on Liberty Street. Champion examples of warehouse reuse in the city are Atlas Industries and the Newburgh Brewing Company. Currently, you can drive down Liberty Street and see many restaurants and shops that are already in operation. Here’s a list of other projects that are not as visible, your potential neighbors:

  • The Liberty Street School: undergoing major renovations to become a multi-use creative space. ETA 2018-2019 in phases.
  • 2 Liberty: A condemned building being rehabilitated. Project completion ETA 2018 with an exciting ground use space planned.
  • 15 Liberty: A new coffee shop to southern Liberty Street with a combined art gallery.
  • 21 Liberty Street: aka the old Resnick’s Mattress Factory. Home to a shrimp farmer and storage for the Motorcyclepedia Museum, with more space available for rent.
  • 36 Liberty Street: Under development by Newburgh City Living that has accomplished other projects in the city. There will be a ground floor retail space.
  • 47-49 Liberty Street: Also under development by Newburgh City Living. Residential project.
  • 109 Liberty Street: Future site of the Velocipede Bicycle Museum. ETA Spring 2018.
  • 110 Liberty Street: Future menswear boutique. ETA end of 2017

Building History:

The building was constructed in 1895 for the firm of Staples and Hanford. It served as their headquarters for manufacturing of the “Staples Indestructible Spring Work”, a patented design used in the production of upholstered furniture, seats, and carriage cushions.

The building has gone through several transformations in the intervening years. During the 1940’s and the 1950’s, it housed a dress manufacturer, the Bernice Dress Corp., and an underwear manufacturer, Chesnin Leis & Co. Inc. Throughout the 1960’s, it was the home of the Sun-Ray Factory Clothing Outlet as well as Murray’s Lunch. During the last few decades, the building was used mainly as a warehouse for a variety of materials and merchandise.

Make sure to consult the RFP request to see full details on permitted uses and possible tax exemptions.

10/27/17 11:30am

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 Michael Lebron.

The constancy of change in neighborhood populations[CC]
Here’s How Cities Can Get the Most out of Their Parks [CL]
Tax-break deal a dilemma for Newburgh school board [THR]
Newburgh to sue over Washington Lake contamination [MHN]
NYC renters who pay on time should get a credit score boost [Curbed]
Minnesota Town Halts All Multi-Family Construction for One Year [ST]

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10/24/17 7:30am

A new fashionista has arrived on Liberty Street supporting the much needed retail component the business corridor sorely needs. Cream Boutique has been voted 2017 ‘Best Current Fashion for a Good Value’ by Hudson Valley Magazine. Morrocan born Amal Ishak (pronounced Em-el) has brought her love for clothes to one of the hottest corners of Liberty, diagonal to Washington’s Headquarters. She’s young, she’s eager and fun. Most of all, she is highly aware of her presence in a revitalizing city.

Educated in fashion retail, Amal worked in fashion retail for three years in Bergen County, NJ. The commute proved to be too long after having her second child. In an effort to be closer to home, Amal and business partner Vinny opened a children’s boutique in Chester called Karapouz Kidz. Being a native of New Windsor, Amal had dined many times at the Newburgh waterfront however, she had never ventured west of Front Street even though she had always admired Newburgh’s architecture. Her momentous move to the City of Newburgh came when she and her husband were trying to find a new restaurant to have dinner without having to drive all the way to NYC. She searched on Yelp and based on reviews the Liberty Street Bistro appeared. As Amal said, “we were beyond impressed. We walked down Liberty Street and felt the energy. I told my husband, whatever is going on here, I want to be a part of it!” Three months later Amal would open her first adult women’s boutique, Cream, at 188 Liberty Street, now relocated to 101 Liberty Street. In June 2017 Amal and Vinny would move their children’s boutique to 89 Liberty Street under the new name, Cream Kidz.

A clothing boutique could be successful in a downtown anywhere, so why the City of Newburgh? Amal says with a sense of responsibility, “because we needed something here.” She loves to boutique shop and hates the mall. She enjoys the personal relationship a boutique allows with clients when they are planning a big day or special event. Amal also admits, “I knew what I was getting myself into. I know I am not in Westchester. I wanted the challenge and I always knew I wanted to be part of the community. Before I opened the boutique I reached out to community organization, We Are Newburgh.” She meets with them once a week and volunteers at many of their events.

Amal wants everyone to feel welcome to shop at Cream and Cream Kidz. Prices are intentionally reasonable. At Cream, dresses are $29.99 and up, tops are $14.99 and up, and accessories run $12.99 and up. Customers can walk in and hear tunes from the Dave Matthews Band or Future. She also sells items through the Cream Instagram profile via direct messages. Cream collaborates with business owners for pop-up events in an effort to give them exposure to the area. Amal says, “after you come here for lunch or dinner you don’t want to jump in your car and go home. Cream enhances the experience of being in a downtown.” She hopes other business owners will take a chance on the city as well.

It’s remarkable to note that Cream’s profits almost entirely come from customer walk-ins, not the internet. Amal has been surprised how well the shop has done. However, her daily postings on Instagram and Facebook are what bring people into her shop. She has been told, “Wow I never expected to find someone like you in Newburgh.” When she ventures around the city, people recognize her or Amal recognizes women wearing her own merchandise.

Amal is hopeful, like the meaning of her name, she has hope for the City of Newburgh. We can’t wait to see you and your businesses grow.

Visit the shops:

Cream Kidz – 89 Liberty Street, hours: closed Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 10-7, Friday & Saturday 10-8, Sunday 10-5
Cream – 101 Liberty Street, hours: closed Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 10-7, Friday & Saturday 10-8, Sunday 10-5

10/23/17 11:30am

33 Lander St Newburgh NY

The Newburgh Community Land Bank is trying to save the shell on 33 Lander Street. They are accepting feasible proposals completed along with this form. Basically, you should view this as their last plea to save the structure before it would probably need to be demolished. For all your preservationists out there, spread the word before this ends up like 290 Liberty Street!

According to the RFP:

“Newburgh Community Land Bank took ownership of 33 Lander Street in December 2014. Since that time, we have had numerous engineers and contractors review the property but have not been able to identify a feasible plan to restore it. Our formal engineering report recommends the removal of the building. The building is completely collapsed on the interior, the roof is collapsed, and the brick is deteriorated from the weather. That report is attached to this RFP.

Prior to proceeding with any plan to salvage materials and make redevelopment plans, NCLB is soliciting proposals for any person or entity with an implementable, fundable proposal to preserve the existing shell and bring the property back to productive use. Any proposal to restore the property will need to be accompanied by evidence of available funds. It is NCLB’s estimate, based upon experience working with similar buildings (deteriorated shells etc), that the costs to remove the material and restore the building will exceed $700,000. Any successful proposal would have a timeline shorter than 24 months or proposed timeline and justification for additional time.”