The City of Newburgh is accepting requests for proposals for the purchase and rehabilitation of 257 Liberty Street. All proposals are due by December 7th. You can find the entire file for the RFP here. This building is historically significant, estimated to have been constructed between 1867 and 1872. Fortunately the city has given extensive details of the building, hoping they will entice the right developer.
The City of Newburgh is seeking a developer to repurpose this building for a public use that will serve the community and incorporate the use and maintenance of the adjacent public park into its programming.
The building at 257 Liberty Street is estimated to have been constructed between 1867 and 1872. It was first used as a parsonage for Calvary Presbyterian Church. Calvary Presbyterian Church originally stood next to the parsonage, on the lot of the present-day playground of Audrey Carey Park. The congregation of Calvary Presbyterian Church had separated from First Presbyterian Church (then located at the corner of First and Montgomery Streets) and built their own church at the location known today as 251 Liberty Street. In the 1940s, Calvary Church once again merged with the First Presbyterian Church. The reunited congregations occupied – and continue to occupy – the Frederick Clarke Withers’ Calvary Presbyterian Church that stands today at the corner of Grand and South Streets. During the 1940s, the vacated Liberty Street Calvary Church was acquired by the City of Newburgh. The City briefly considered using the church as a firehouse but instead, shortly after World War II, decided to demolish it and create a park. The parsonage, though, remained. Beginning in the 1950s, 257 Liberty housed the City’s Building Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel, Surrogate Court Office and Civil Defense Office. Through much of the 1960s the Red Cross and the Orange County Heart Association had offices in the building. By 1968, most of the municipal departments and the health organizations had left the building. The Newburgh Youth Corp moved into the building in the late 1960s, followed shortly thereafter by the Newburgh Community Action Committee (NCAC). The NCAC had offices at 257 Liberty Street for nearly 20 years until they also left the building. The building and playground subsequently fell into disrepair. In 2004, the playground was rehabilitated and dedicated to a former Newburgh Mayor Audrey Carey. The building remains unoccupied and continues to deteriorate.
This house is located between Liberty and Grand Street, neighbors to some beautiful homes in Newburgh. There is much work to be done here. But if you love old homes, this home could be rehabilitated or preserved wonderfully.
90 Broad Street Newburgh NY (Brian Smith, River Realty) Asking Price: $284,900 Year Built: 1890 Size: 3,366 sq ft Neighborhood: MGL Taxes: $12,475 Distance to NYC: 55.7 mi, 1 hr 2 mins Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84 Google Map
This is a home on Grand Street between Clinton and South Streets. Looking at the photos, many details have been preserved. It is being listed as a 4-family home, which explains the fire escape on the facade. Click through to the listing to see more photos.
244 Grand St Newburgh NY (Kathryn De Crosta, John J Lease) Asking Price: $279,000 Year Built: 1900 Size: 4,000 sq ft Taxes: $13,122 Neighborhood: MGL Distance to NYC: 57.9 mi, 1 hour 2 mins Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84 Google Map
Just like its neighbor that I posted 2 weeks ago, this property is in a rough area. It is located at the northern end of Liberty Street, at the corner of Clinton Street. So why bother sharing this? Well I think there is a unique situation here with many of the properties in this exact area on the market or having been on the market this year. And I suspect they were taken down, not sold. There is potential here to have an investor buy up essentially this entire corner and change things around. With the right goals in mind, it is not impossible to do. But it does require an intentional plan for this area. It’s more than just getting renters in the door. Eastern Clinton Street is quite nice and there is potential to carry that over west to this corner. If this property interests you check out the following properties on the market:
362 Liberty Street Newburgh NY (John J Lease) Asking Price: $345,000 Year Built: 1890 Size: 4,984 sq ft Neighborhood: MGL Taxes: Distance to NYC: 55.7 mi, 1 hr 2 mins Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84 Google Map
The City of Newburgh’s Planning and Development Department plans to highlight one city-owned property for sale each month. Sometimes these properties can be located on very blighted blocks, making a decision to buy very difficult. I would say this property is located at a crossroads. To the east, are some of the most desired and admired homes in Newburgh. And one block over, to the west, is the roughest section of Liberty Street. However, two houses away, the old Girls Scouts property is being renovated by one of Newburgh’s urban pioneers who I think would make a great neighbor. The city has provided the following information below. You can also check out the blog post I did 4 years ago with some interior photos. Preference will be given to an owner-occupant purchaser.
“Between Grand and Liberty Streets – in the heart of the East End Historic District. A cozy, 2-bedroom, turn-of-the-century, brick townhome. The interior needs to be completely renovated but it has great potential. Looking for a purchaser with vision, the finances to renovate and the desire to occupy this classic building as their residence. Minimum Sales Price: $26,110. Interested buyers can go to the City of Newburgh’s website (www.cityofnewburgh-ny.gov) and click on the link on the home page entitled “Buying Property From the City of Newburgh”. There they will find the current list of properties, the required application (necessary to be completed even before the interior of the property can be viewed) and the Terms and Conditions of Sale. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram where City-owned properties are regularly featured.”
80 Clinton Street Newburgh NY
Asking Price: $26,110 * Google Map
* This is the minimum price. The City of Newburgh will also entertain bids above the asking price. All interested purchasers need to submit a PODA (Private Owner Development Application) . The application is available on-line and at the City of Newburgh’s Planning & Development Office, 83 Broadway, Newburgh, NY. For additional information call: (845)-569-7387 or (845)-569-9400.
This house is located at the northern end of Liberty Street, at the corner of Clinton Street. It has been abandoned for a while and it’s in foreclosure. This part of Liberty is particularly rough, especially across the street. Just around the corner though, are some of the nicest houses in Newburgh. There’s a 3 car garage in the rear. No interior photos provided.
364 Liberty Street Newburgh NY (Sandra Cotthaus, Era 1st) Asking Price: $20,000 Year Built: 1900 Size: 3,368 sq ft Neighborhood: MGL Taxes: $3,192 Distance to NYC: 55.7 mi, 1 hr 2 mins Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84 Google Map