02/20/17 7:30am

Love that Lot Newburgh

Photo by the Newburgh Community Land Bank. This was part of the #LovethatLot campaign to bring attention to vacant properties, started by Bernice Radle in Buffalo, NY.

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12/07/15 11:30am

Land Banks Collage

The Newburgh Community Land Bank has announced the opening of the 2016 property purchase application. There are 12 parcels available within the City of Newburgh, NY that are open for proposals. If you are interested, you must submit a pre-qualification form.

One of the most interesting properties is the lot at 130 First Street. It’s right next to 128 First Street that has been on and off the market. Purchasing the adjacent lot would give the new owner the possibility of a driveway and a nice side yard. This location is just down the street from Quality Row and around the corner from all the revitalization work happening on Chambers Street.

To see the full list of properties, go to the Land Bank website.

09/23/15 11:30am

Progress is soon to begin for 96 Broadway as the Newburgh Community Land Bank is now accepting bids for the first phase of exterior renovation.  This probably means that by this time next year, we’ll be seeing a very different building, and a very different Liberty/Broadway intersection overall. This is very exciting for a building that at one time held so much hope, only to abandoned. Eventually, a farm to table restaurant will occupy the first floor.

The Exterior Renovation of 96 Broadway comprises the first phase of an extensive building renovation which will transform an existing masonry and wood framed building shell into a multiple use apartment building and restaurant. Phase One focuses on repair of masonry, the rebuilding and stabilization of the roofing and cornice, rebuilding the original corner storefront and freize as well as window replacement.


    Bids shall be submitted in a sealed, opaque envelope clearly marked with the name of the Bidder, the name of the project bid upon, and shall be addressed to:
    The Newburgh Community Land Bank
    Attn: Madeline Fletcher, Executive Director
    15 Chambers Street, Newburgh, NY 12550
    Bids shall be delivered to the above address and sent sent via email
    To: mfletcher@newburghcommunitylandbank.org no later than: 12:00 noon, October 7th, 2015
    Copies of the Bidding Documents may be obtained from:
    13 Chambers Street Newburgh, NY 12550
    Ph: 845-838-9763
    Copies of the Bid Documents can be obtained at a cost of $75 per set or upon request by the potential Bidder may be sent free of charge via email. All queries and questions shall be directed to the office of the Architect, Jeff Wilkinson, R.A., 178 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508, Ph:845-838-9763 Email: jawil@earthlink.net
    Each Bidder must visit the site of the proposed work and fully acquaint himself/herself with the existing conditions relating thereto and should inform himself/herself as to the facilities involved, the difficulties and the restrictions attending the performance of the Contract. The Bidder shall thoroughly examine and familiarize himself/herself with the Drawings, Technical Specifications, and all other Contract Documents. The Contractor by the execution of the contract shall in no way be relieved of any obligation under it due to his failure to receive or examine any form or legal instrument or to visit the site and acquaint himself with the conditions there existing and the NCLB will be justified in rejecting any claim based on facts regarding which he should have been on notice as a result thereof.
    No alternative bids will be considered unless alternative bids are specifically requested by the Technical Specifications or the Contract Documents.
    5. BIDS
    A. Make bids upon the forms provided therefore, properly executed, and with all items filled. Do not change the wording to the Bid Form and do not add words to the Bid Form. Unauthorized conditions, limitations, or provisions attached to the bid will be cause for rejection of the bid B. If the Contract is awarded, it will be awarded by the NCLB to a responsible Bidder on the basis of the Bid most favorable to the NCLB. The Contract will require the completion of work according to the Contract Documents.
    Each Bidder shall submit on the form furnished for that purpose, a copy of which is included in the Contract Documents, a statement of the Bidder’s qualifications, his/her construction experience, and his/her organization and equipment available for the work contemplated: and, when specifically requested by the NCLB a detailed financial statement. The NCLB shall have the right to take such steps as they deem necessary to determine the ability of the Bidder to perform his obligations under the Contract, and the Bidder shall furnish the NCLB all such information and data for this purpose as it may request. The right is reserved to reject any Bid where an investigation of the available evidence or information does not satisfy the NCLB that the Bidder is qualified to carry out properly the terms of the Contract.
    Except as described below, all work under this contract shall be included in the contract lump sum price which price shall include, but shall not be limited to, all labor, materials, machinery, tools, equipment, services, transportation, utility services, professional fees, license fees, cost of permits, shop drawings, etc., so that contract will be completed in the time stipulated.
    A. The Contract will be awarded to the lowest responsible Bidder, who in the opinion of the Architect and NCLB, best meets with the conditions of the invitation for Bids. The NCLB however, reserves the right to reject any and all Bids or portion thereof and to waive any informality in Bids received whenever such rejection or waiver is in its interest. The Bidder to whom the award is made will be notified at the earliest possible date.
    B. The NCLB reserves the right to consider as unqualified to perform the Contract any Bidder who does not habitually perform with his own forces the major portions of the work involved.
    Attention of Bidders is particularly called to the requirement for ensuring that employees and applicants for employment are not discriminated against because of their race, creed, color or national origin. Women and minority owned businesses are especially encouraged to submit bids.
08/19/15 3:45pm

Newburgh Land Bank Rendering

Tomorrow, on Thursday, August 20, the Newburgh Community Land Bank is extending an invitation to anyone interested in a walking tour of their projects that are in different phases of development. They will be opening doors for a sneak peek.

On tour will be Chambers between Broadway and First Street of the following properties:

  • 13 Chambers St, which is a recently completed rental project with 3 affordable apartments.
  • 55 Chambers Street, a project under construction by Habitat for Humanity
  • 29 Chambers, an old dog pound where an environmental clean up was recently completed and will soon move onto construction by the purchaser, a downtown resident.

Lander Street properties will also be on tour that are in different phases of clean up and stabilization.

This will be the first of a series of similar events (a different block next time) so if you can’t make it, they will be planning several more (and further in advance).

If you are interested, please meet on Thursday, August 20th at the Land Bank office at 15 Chambers Street at 2 PM.

09/30/14 11:30am

15 Chambers After

Administrative Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator

The Newburgh Community Land Bank is seeking a dynamic professional to serve as an administrative assistant and special projects coordinator on a part time basis (20 hours/wk).  This individual will help with the day to day operations of the Land Bank and assist with new projects as they arise.


The administrative responsibilities include:

  • Answering the Land Bank’s main phone line and responding to general inquiries about the Land Bank’s properties and programs
  • Explaining process and requirements for purchasing properties to potential buyers
  • Fielding comments and complaints about properties
  • Taking messages and assisting with scheduling
  • Assisting the director with sorting and responding to correspondence
  • Assisting the director in preparing materials for board meeting and other large group meetings
  • Assist with acquisition process—review parties’ qualifications, outreach to interested applicants, order titles and appraisals and other transactional documents, maintaining records appropriately
  • Data entry and routine maintenance of a property inventory database
  • Scheduling property tours and site inspections and coordinating with property management
  • Special projects duties may include assisting the director and project manager with:
  • Tracking costs and grants
  • Grant writing
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Land Bank website and social media
  • Community engagement
  • Research and reporting on best practices of land bank and similar initiatives
  • Other projects, as assigned and of interest to the individual


Be proficient with Microsoft Office; Excellent written and communication skills; Attention to detail and understanding complex processes; Professional demeanor and capacity to calmly and appropriately respond to resident and customer inquiries; Strong work ethic and interest in the Land Bank’s mission; Willing to learn new skills and respond to a dynamic environment. College degree, Spanish speaking and Newburgh residency are a plus.

To apply: Send a cover letter and resume to: mfletcher@newburghcommunitylandbank.org by October 10, 2014.  Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


08/19/14 2:09pm


Architect Jeff Wilkinson has given us a slight glimpse into the future for two properties undergoing development in Newburgh; 13 Chambers and 197 Lander. Both properties were facilitated through the land bank. Today, 197 Lander is being developed by Toll Road Manor. This was pretty much a gut job, and you can see from the plans that façade repair is being made as well as salvaging what is in tact.


We have already looked at 15 Chambers which was completed last month. These rendering give us a chance to see what will be done with the property next door, 13 Chambers. One thing that we are glad to see is that a proper storefront will be restored back to the building. Currently it is bricked up. Visually, this will make great strides for this south section of the block boarded by Broadway and 1st.

Renderings © Jeff Wilkinson