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:
Another Liberty Street property is up for sale. This one is directly across the empty lot where I held the Newburgh Urban Market a few years back, right next to Washington’s HQ. There have been a few failed attempts at opening up storefronts that include a cellphone/used furniture shop and most recently a beauty supply store. In 2013 the owners did do some repair work to the facade. This is the retail section of Liberty Street that is cut off from the northern and southern blocks. This block between Spring Street and South William is more residential and has the empty lot out front. But there are positives. Atlas Industries bought the empty shell at 67 Liberty. Also 45 to 51 Liberty have all recently sold to new owners who plan to rehab the buildings. Also, a new bistro is coming 2 corners away, the Liberty Street Bistro. Like the same Liberty Street listing from last week, this property might be the right choice for someone who is actively looking to be a part of revitalization and has placemaking ideas for the storefront. There is a lot of potential here, and slowly change is happening. Being that this is for sale by owner, the asking price might not have much wiggle room.
61 Liberty Street Newburgh NY (For Sale by Owner) Asking Price: $277,500 Year Built: 1900 Size: 3,000 sq ft Neighborhood: Washington’s HQ/Liberty Street Taxes: N/A Distance to NYC: 58.6 mi, 1 hour 10 mins Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84 Google Map
Just south of Washington’s Headquarters is this building in front of the old Resnick’s Mattress Factory. There are a lot of fun and exciting things happening and developing on Liberty Street. However, they don’t extend this far south. The best thing happening is the potential Resnick’s holds for future adaptive reuse projects, Simple Gifts and Goodies, and if (a big IF) the Liberty Street School can finally fall in the hands of a capable developer. I’ve been told this property is essentially a shell, so you’ll need a lot of money to get this place in working order. The Liberty Street corridor is leading the way for Newburgh’s revitalization and restoring rightfully placed retail is imperative to keep it on track. For someone with the right vision and placemaking capabilities, this could be an exciting project.
36 Liberty Street Newburgh NY (Rosemary Lee, Apple2Orange Realty) Asking Price: $105,000 Year Built: 1900 Size: 2,552 sq ft Neighborhood: Washington’s HQ/Liberty Street Taxes: $4,990 Distance to NYC: 58.6 mi, 1 hour 10 mins Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84 Google Map
If you have the cash handy, this could be a very affordable home (if the interior isn’t collapsing). The auction is starting off at $10,000. I have been watching this home. The sale has fallen through once already, but I will tell you it took about $35,000 to win the auction and have the minimum accepted bid met. No interior photos and you cannot bother the current occupant to look inside.
There are a few abandoned homes on this block, don’t let that scare you. One has been bought by a new family who plans to live there, and the others are in the process of being sold. The neighbors are very friendly and often sit out in chairs and chat with people passing by. One proud Puerto Rican neighbor who has been there for at least 30 years told me it was “the best block in Newburgh, no problems here.” Atlas industries is just a few doors down, Washington HQ’s is down the street, East Parmenter is one block away, and well by now, you should know the rest.
31 Spring St Newburgh NY Asking Price: starting bid $10,000 Year Built: 1900 Size: 1,658 sq ft Neighborhood: WHQ Taxes: n/a Distance to NYC: 58.1 mi, 1 hour 9 mins Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84 Google Map
The antiques shop next to Caffe Macchiato had a good run. It occupied a storefront with attractive things, although unfortunately they didn’t really service the public. It was used more for storage than anything else. The space has now been emptied, awaiting the next game-changer for Liberty Street who will hopefully engage the community.
This is the perfect location for a new venture in the City of Newburgh. It’s right across the street from Washington’s Headquarters, right next to Caffe Macchiato (which has a new owner with new plans-longer hours!), and down the street from Jenny’s Florist. Now that there are a few dining options on Liberty Street, it would be nice to see some retail introduced to diversify shopping opportunities. 97-99 Liberty was completely rehabilitated from the crumbling shell it used to be. Further proving the priceless value of historic buildings in Newburgh’s east end.
The much loved Juice Headquarters will be opening again in a new location, 118 Liberty Street.
There have been a few businesses that have shut their doors this year, and 3 new ones taking their place. I think this shows the persistence the community has in developing the Liberty Street business corridor. We just all have to do our part in supporting them.