04/20/18 7:30am

The City of Newburgh has accepted a proposal for 109 South William from the original RFP they sent out in November of 2017. This is huge news for South William Street, as this property will likely lead the way for other development along this corridor that runs just west of Liberty Street.

Plans are to create a mixed-use space with apartments and a restaurant. The developer is Baxter Building Corp, a Poughkeepsie-based developer that recently was nominated for the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards for the design of Heritage Food in Wappingers Falls. They are partnering with Sisha Ortuzar, co-founder of ‘Wichcraft sandwich restaurants in Manhattan and architecture firm, Mapos.

As of now, many things are uncertain and will be clarified with time. The rendering above is very basic and will significantly change. It is also uncertain what kind of restaurant will fill the space and how the mixed uses will coincide. This will clearly be a major investment to transform the entire property and South William Street.

This is the most exciting development for South William Street since Atlas Industries transformed neighboring factory, 11 Spring Street.

12/18/17 11:30am

The City of Newburgh has been awarded a $50,000 Urban Forestry Grant from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to revitalize trees and sidewalks along the South William Street block, from 9W to Walsh Rd.

Thirty new trees will be planted in large 3 x 5 tree pits, replacing 21 damaged trees; damaged sidewalks will be replaced. A wide variety of trees have been selected for their urban reliability, low maintenance, and beauty in spring through the fall. The new sidewalk sections will incorporate structural soils that encourage tree root growth without damaging sidewalks.

The benefits of planting and caring for urban trees will be taught with the assistance of Cornell Master Gardeners and the Newburgh Armory Unity Center. Tree donation can be made here.

12/14/17 4:32pm

“On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Awards were announced and Safe Harbors of the Hudson is delighted to have received a $500,000 grant from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. This historic preservation grant will allow for the continued restoration of the Ritz Theater and its development into a center for performance, innovation, education and engagement in downtown Newburgh.

This award follows a $500,000 New York Main Street Stabilization grant awarded in late 2016 from New York State Homes and Community Renewal for the replacement of the Ritz Theater roof. The roof design has been completed and work on the structure is scheduled to begin in March 2018 with completion by late summer.

A new roof will stabilize the theater and pave the way for the next phase of the restoration which will include the removal of a late addition second story; the re-establishment of the original audience chamber and proscenium; and restoration of the original stage house.

Safe Harbors would like to thank the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and our stalwart supporters for investing in a strong, healthy and vibrant Newburgh!”

-Press release from Safe Harbors of the Hudson

11/30/17 7:30am

A major development for the Heights neighborhood has begun with the rehabilitation of 2 Courtney Avenue! This house has been in very poor condition for many years. Finally, a new owner has come along who is preservation minded. As you can see in the photo below, the house has been stripped of many historical details. The cupola was a large detail that was removed, and thankfully it is being replaced.

Neighbors are over the moon.

“After 10 years, I’m thankful for the new roof on this amazing house next door, and the sweet sound of construction.”

“This is such a huge renovation for the block.”

“I am so excited for this! That whole area is so beautiful and this is one of the best houses! So much character.”

Image via page 86 in Newburgh (Images of America: New York), by Kevin Barrett

Photos by Carter Peabody

This week the aluminum siding was taken down, revealing the original shingles that are still intact over 100 years later! Restoring these homes in Newburgh is no walk in the park. They require expertise and help from historic tax credits that make the cost more affordable.

11/28/17 7:30am

Another boarded up storefront on Liberty Street is being opened up for retail. Up until recently, 109 Liberty Street had been a church, blocking off two large sidewalk storefront spaces. It contributed to the empty feeling that blank street walls create in public places. There is no glass in the windows yet, but the difference in striking!

The owners of the Motorcyclepedia Museum on Lake Street have purchased this building with plans to create a museum dedicated to bicycles called The Velocipede Museum, scheduled to open April 2018. One storefront will be used for the museum, and the other for a bicycle-related business.