Urban renewal these days happens in the form of neglect. An unattended leaky roof can wreak havoc. Many of these boarded up buildings are hollow inside due to the roof collapsing years ago. So is the case at 2 Liberty. The roof is gone, and so is the back wall of the 3rd floor. Many would think the next logical step would be to demolish the remaining structure. Developers and visionaries have proven time and time again that there is still value in these buildings. SodaCova Group is rehabilitating 2 & 15 Liberty Street.
SodaCova Group is an entirely minority-owned real estate investment company. They began work in the City of Newburgh out of a desire to give back to the community. The location of 2 Liberty was chosen particularly because of its location at the intersection of two main thoroughfares – Liberty and Renwick. It is away from the waterfront, but SodaCova feels it can help bring traffic west of Water Street and bring revitalization south on Liberty. SodaCova is working with native Newburgher, Josh Mousseau of Domus Port who has worked on rehabilitating buildings in similar states in Newburgh. The roof is scheduled to be installed by the end of the month and hopefully, the building will be completed by the end of the year with a grand opening of the commercial space, yet to be announced.
Across the street, SodaCova is doing work on 15 Liberty. The first floor had an illegal apartment and they are working to restore the commercial retail space. Work on the storefront could begin as early as next week. Plans are to create a gallery space. Stay tuned for that announcement.
Overall, this is very exciting news for the revitalization of southern Liberty Street. Coupled with the rehabilitation of PS 6, the Liberty Street School, this section of Liberty between Benkard and Renwick will slowly start to turn the corner. This goes without mentioning the hard work the Colas family has done at 19 Liberty Street. Bravo to you Nancy and Kermit!
This foreclosed house is rough. The holes in the wall appear to be from someone robbing all of the copper piping. It needs all new windows, kitchens, and bathrooms. Yes, the price is low. However, you will have a very hard time finding a bank willing to finance a home like this, which means you will need cash. Financing and the condition aside, the location is spot-on when the Liberty Street School development has finished. And if you are feeling neighborly, become part of the Newburgh Heights Association.
12 Liberty Street WH Newburgh NY (Desiree Beecham, River Realty Services) Asking Price: $45,000 Year Built: 1888 Size: 1,744 sq ft Neighborhood: Liberty Street/WH Taxes: $3,618 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
Back in 2014 this property was on the market. At that time the house was a complete mess with major issues. Fast forward a little over two years and the house has undergone a complete transformation. This is a very handsome home, with many original details – wide planks floors, ornate built-ins, plaster moldings, and marble fireplaces. The location can not be beat in Newburgh, right next door to Washington’s HQ and right around the corner is Liberty Street and its burgeoning business scene. This is a 3 family property. Make sure to click on the link to see more photos.
4 Grand St Newburgh NY (Rosemary Lee, Apple2Orange Realty) Asking Price: $459,000 Year Built: 1870 Size: 2,460 sq ft Neighborhood: Liberty Street, Washington’s HQ Taxes: $11,638 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
We’ve all seen the work happening at 69 Liberty Street. The first floor of this building had been boarded up for years, just recently revealing it’s past use as a hardware store. Calabash Jamaican Restaurant is almost ready to open their doors at this new location. Previously, they were located at 118 Broadway. They closed their doors and have been working on their Liberty Street space since February this year. Owners, Ruddy and Debbie have built everything in the restaurant. They decided to change locations because of better rent and a better location. They also didn’t want to leave Newburgh. The hope is that they will officially open in November.
Liberty Street is becoming ‘restaurant row’ with French, Korean, Mexican, American and now Jamaican cuisine. Calabash specializes in typical Jamaican and vegan cuisine. A calabash is a gourd, which is used as a bowl to eat food.
They are definitely seeing changes in the city. Debbie says “it’s crazy to see all these new people in Newburgh buying houses.”
Debbie’s daughter is an aspiring opera singer, and they are planning to host Classical Sundays in the restaurants event space in the month of December. It is also available for rent for your own events. Call 845-787-4462 for more details.
The brand new apartments just a walk away from Washington’s Headquarters are now ready and accepting applications for November 2016. The streets have just been repaved and the sidewalks are being redone. Apartments are 2-3 bedrooms with prices ranging $1250-$1650+ utilities. Here are some of the amenities the units offer:
Perhaps you have noticed some major changes happening to some buildings on Washington Street over the past few months. They are located between Clark and Federal Streets and have been in various states of repair and abandonment as one reader mentioned when I posted about them three years ago in a Rescue Me post.
Renovations are wrapping up and I was able to take a peek inside. The buildings have been completely gutted and rehabbed. Brick walls and original wood floors can be seen throughout. The brand new bathrooms have floor to ceiling subway and wood grain porcelain tile. First floor apartments have access to the backyard that abuts St. George’s Cemetery with a nice tall stone wall. Laundry is on-site and accessible via the middle buildings. Much work is left to be done, like fixing the sidewalks, adding wrought iron railings and new glass front doors. Apartments vary from 1-2 bedrooms at $1,250-$1,450 and will be well lit along with security cameras.
The property is just a short walk to Liberty Street and all the latest happenings there. This newest renovation is taking revitalization efforts west on Washington Street. It will be just a matter of time before it carries over to Clark Street.
Some units have already been claimed, but there are plenty left. If you are interested contact: