In an effort to consolidate services, DMV Commissioner, Annie Rabbit has recommended closing the Newburgh DMV located on Broadway. The plan would be to merge the three remaining Orange County DMV offices to one in Middletown. If the plan is carried out, Newburgh residents will either have to go to Beacon or Middletown.
According to local attorney, Juliana Lobiondo, before the Goshen office was closed Newburgh did the second highest amount of transactions and now does over 90,000 transactions per year. She says that, “The people on this end of the county are going to fall into two categories: those who are not able to afford a 50-mile round trip car ride to Middletown and cannot give up half a day of work, and who will be completely disenfranchised. And those of us who can afford it but will choose to go to Beacon instead, or do everything possible online.” She goes on to propose to build a Mega DMV in Newburgh instead of Goshen since Newburgh could use the economic boost such an office would provide.
What are your thoughts about the possibility of the Newburgh DMV closing or a new Mega DMV in the city? For more on Mrs. Lobiondo’s thoughts, check out her blog post.
This sign went up a few weeks ago at the corner of Broadway and Johnston Street right next to the empty Mid-Broadway lot. The fence is new and stops people walking through it as was once a popular habit. I called the number and they said there are no specific plans to develop the site, rather it is an invitation for development. This lot and the Mid-Broadway lot are very important to the future evolution of Newburgh’s widest street. Some people would like to see the Mid-Broadway lot stay as a green park, others still favor a supermarket. What kind of development would you like to see happen to this new adjacent lot? With so many vacant buildings on Broadway needing development it might be a while before anything happens here.
Two weeks ago the city had to clean up 21 and 23 Johnston St which were visibly collapsing for quite a while. The rough winter we had last year really took a toll on the buildings. The clean up cost about $200,000. Now attention is being raised for other buildings in distress like 110-112 Broadway. The owner is not looking to sell, but the building is in serious danger of collapsing. Someone reported bricks falling, and within a few hours the street was closed off.
It’s unclear what the next step will be. Will the owner be forced to make repairs or sell the building to interested parties, like the land bank? Either way, this property is very important for lower Broadway. If it collapses it will just be another empty lot just like a similar one a few feet away. Unfortunately this is a recurring theme in Newburgh. Owners refuse to sell their properties while they continue to deteriorate creating dangerous environments for everyone.
One of my most favorite buildings in Newburgh, 121 Broadway. The façade is beautiful! This could be such an amazing space… Here is the last post we did about Kreisel’s almost four years ago and here is an old article in the Evening News’ Decorators Corner from 1968 by Edward Kreisel about French Provincial furniture. There were grand plans to bring this building back in the early 2000’s but obviously, they fell through.
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According to Wikipedia, “Broadway, which at 132 feet (40 m) in width is one of the widest streets in the State of New York, runs through the city culminating with views of the majestic Hudson River.” Broadway isn’t as grand as it used to be, but here’s a chance to own a property on this main thoroughfare that still boasts those same majestic views. This property is currently housing 2 businesses. There are no photos of the upper floors, but there’s a nice large backyard. More photos and details below:
Here is a huge property that has been sitting vacant for quite some time on the corner of Broadway and Chambers Street. There exists the potential for this building to be so many things. If you have a business that you are looking to relocate, do consider this one. There is storefront space and massive space above and in the rear that could be anything from offices to manufacturing space.
The advantages of this location is that it is opposite of the street from the Ritz Theater which is an anchor to the revitalization of Broadway. Also, Chambers Street has seen a lot of improvements over the past year. The land bank will be making it’s home there along with other artistic endeavors that currently take place on that block. Rehabilitation of this building would bring revitalization efforts around the corner. Please, somebody rescue me!
There are over 700 abandoned or vacant properties in the City of Newburgh. Habitation of these properties is vital to the revitalization of the city.