12/07/17 7:30am

The Regional Plan Association (RPA) in The Fourth Plan just released their vision for Newburgh in 2040. The city is envisioned to be a healthy and equitable city that is a gateway to the Hudson Valley. Here are some key points of their plan:

  • Partnership with St. Luke’s and MSMC for a buy local initiative, workforce development, and reciprocal capital and economic investments
  • Bus rapid transit will ease congestion on I-84 and connect the downtown to an expanded Stewart Airport and Metro North Station at Beacon
  • Anti-displacement measures and legal counsel for low-income residents.
  • Apartment buildings are created into affordable cooperatives or creation of community land trusts
  • Through inclusive planning and agreements, Newburgh will be home to people from many races, ethnic groups, and income levels
  • A network of open green spaces that include Snake Hill and Quassaick Creek
  • Green infrastructure technologies to reduce dependence on the city’s sewer system and protect the region’s water quality

Read the entire report here.

12/05/17 7:30am

The beauty of Newburgh homes is in the details. But what do you do when those details have been damaged? Sometimes homeowners choose not to repair or replace, and other times they go to great lengths to bring their houses back as close as they can. Erika Norton Urie had this exact situation when her original etched glass windowpane was smashed out in the house she is repairing.

“Our double front doors had one amazing etched glass windowpane and the other was smashed out. By luck, I was able to find an incredibly skilled glass craftsman who replicates these etched glass panes using the same wheel-cut and pulley method as was used to make the original panes. ReHo studios in Red Hook Brooklyn has been creating these works of art for all the historic homes in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

The Studio works with architectural and interior designers on original designs, reproduction and restoration of historic wheel-cut glass and lighting fixtures, as well as with individuals.”

ReHo Industries, LLC
499 Van Brunt Street 10B Brooklyn
New York 11231
(718) 643-9028

12/01/17 11:30am

The weekly link roundup is a collection of links related to Newburgh, revitalization, urban planning and anything else that might inspire change or create dialogue. Photo by  Steven Rosas.

We forbid what we value most [ST]
Building Our Way Out of Crime [NYT]
Newburgh school board rejects retail project deal [THR]
Mom-and-pop stores could be prime for a renaissance [BI]
Developer threatens $31M lawsuit against Newburgh [THR]
Women’s 100-Year Suffrage Struggle Celebrated in Newburgh [OCP]

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11/30/17 7:30am

A major development for the Heights neighborhood has begun with the rehabilitation of 2 Courtney Avenue! This house has been in very poor condition for many years. Finally, a new owner has come along who is preservation minded. As you can see in the photo below, the house has been stripped of many historical details. The cupola was a large detail that was removed, and thankfully it is being replaced.

Neighbors are over the moon.

“After 10 years, I’m thankful for the new roof on this amazing house next door, and the sweet sound of construction.”

“This is such a huge renovation for the block.”

“I am so excited for this! That whole area is so beautiful and this is one of the best houses! So much character.”

Image via page 86 in Newburgh (Images of America: New York), by Kevin Barrett

Photos by Carter Peabody

This week the aluminum siding was taken down, revealing the original shingles that are still intact over 100 years later! Restoring these homes in Newburgh is no walk in the park. They require expertise and help from historic tax credits that make the cost more affordable.

11/28/17 7:30am

Another boarded up storefront on Liberty Street is being opened up for retail. Up until recently, 109 Liberty Street had been a church, blocking off two large sidewalk storefront spaces. It contributed to the empty feeling that blank street walls create in public places. There is no glass in the windows yet, but the difference in striking!

The owners of the Motorcyclepedia Museum on Lake Street have purchased this building with plans to create a museum dedicated to bicycles called The Velocipede Museum, scheduled to open April 2018. One storefront will be used for the museum, and the other for a bicycle-related business.