Hopeful news has recently been announced for two potentially huge projects for the City of Newburgh in two adjacent empty lots. Both of them are located at the same intersection of Liberty Street and Broadway. Monday the City Council voted to approve support for a project from Safe Harbors of the Hudson and, for another project mentioned a few months ago from Andy Cavaluzzi. Together, the two projects represent a $20 million investment in downtown Newburgh.
Safe Harbors of the Hudson is a non-profit organization that currently offers housing to single tenants in the renovated Cornerstone Building that was once the dilapidated Hotel Newburgh. They continually received calls for family housing, but sadly had to turn people away. Now, plans for the “Liberty House” are underway. It will have 68 units, and commercial space. They plan to use the same architects that were used for the Cornerstone Building.
The other project, “City Center” at 91-95 Broadway was first introduced last Spring. Modifications have been made from what was initially drawn up. Instead of 20 rentals there will be 15, and instead of 5 floors, there will be 4. There will be 3,500 square feet of retail space, for a total of 24,000 square feet of mixed use space. The project will be built on a blighted parcel of land that has sat vacant for 30+ years. It was once the location of the well known Fanny Farmer Candy Shop.
Details for City Center include nine on-grade off-street parking spaces, elevator, sprinkler system, centrally monitored fire alarm, and onsite tenant laundry facilities. The mixed use project incorporates green technologies (potentially solar panels and a living roof) and energy efficient building practices in coordination with NYSERDA. The appearance of the structure has been ARC approved and will be consistent with the historic district including aesthetically pleasing building details such as a brick veneer and oversized windows.
Now comes the hard part of getting funding to make these projects a reality. When all of these projects are completed, Eastern Broadway will have a totally updated look.