The Mid-Broadway lot continues to be on all Newburgh minds. The development of the lot would have a huge effect on that section of Broadway, as well is the NoBro and SoBro neighborhoods. Things have been cool for a while however, the Mid-Broadway lot is on the agenda for the Architecture Review Commission (ARC) and there is no information in the commission packets as to what will be discussed. Also, few people know that the meeting has been moved to tomorrow, Wednesday. If you are interested in finding out what is to become of this property, make sure you are in attendance of the meeting.
These art projects in Newburgh have been sprouting all over the place this summer! Newburgh is part of the Inside Out Art Group Project, a global project of people standing up for their communities. The project was created by the TED2011 Prize winner JR, a semi-anonymous French street artist. It involves contributing a large-scale, participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work.
Portraits of participants have been printed at 3×4.5 feet and pasted on the side of a brick building at the corner of Broadway and Johnston in Newburgh. You can view more photos and information on the Newburgh Inside Out Fan Page
Recently the Greater Newburgh Partnership, the Newburgh Community Land Bank and the City Council spearheaded a project to clean up the Mid-Broadway lot that has been the center of much talk over the past few years. Once populated by many buildings, the lot was almost entirely demolished to make way for the SUNY Orange campus that eventually was constructed in another location. Now, there have been talks to make this lot into a supermarket with office spaces above, and recent plans have included possibly making this site the headquarters for the Newburgh Police and Fire Departments. Following the clean-up the area was capped with topsoil, and hydroseeded. The next step planned for this lot will be to bring in more street lamps and security cameras. This is definitely a spot to keep your eye on. Whatever is decided for this land could have a huge impact on the city.
The Newburgh Police and Fire Departments might make the empty lot on Broadway their headquarters. Previous plans were to build a supermarket and office space in the lot. To read more details, check out the THR article.
Remember back in April the City of Newburgh was offering up RFQ’s to develop the huge empty lot on Broadway? The City has now received 6 proposals. You can read more details at the Newburgh Advocate. Ms. Johnston did a great job at getting copies of the RFQ’s and there are even a few rendering concepts included. The best ideas yet, an urban supermarket with office space and medical offices above. Take a look and see what you think for yourself.
Remember that parcel of land on Broadway between Johnston and Lander Street that was torn down in hopes of receiving the location of the now completed SUNY Orange campus on Grand and 1st? You might have thought, what is going to become of that land? Well the City now owns it, and they are trying to seek developers who would be interested in building something there. They are accepting RFQ (Request for Qualifications) for the approximately 2.5 acre site.
I’ve heard around town that some feel that the City of Newburgh lacks a supermarket and that this site might be an ideal place to put one. What other types of businesses would you like to see fill in this spot?
The City seeks creative but feasible approaches to the redevelopment of the parcels and wishes to work closely with the developer to acheive the maxium potential reuse of the property. The RFQ may result in a short list of developers who would be invited to an interview, which could result in the issuance of a RFP (Request for Proposals) to prequalified developers.
The deadline for submitting the RFQ is May 20, 2011 at 3pm. For a copy of the RFQ and complete details of the site and surrounding area click here, (PDF File).