The Newburgh Clean Up Mob was inspired by other mobs, and clean up groups in the city. Sunday morning, June 10, 2012 at 10am community members came out and cleaned up a historic gem of the city, the Monell Mansion at 288 Grand Street.
They brought weed-wackers, shovels, rakes, clippers, gloves, trash bags and a whole lot of fun. Even Mayor Kennedy showed up and stayed for the entire time. Garbage was moved to the road verge, clippings were bagged, branches were tied, recyclables were separated. Fifteen citizens in total made the effort a complete success. On Monday and Tuesday following the clean-up, the Department of Public Works picked up the garbage, trimmed the remainder of the lawn and secured the property with fencing and a No Trespassing sign. Now the property looks presentable and some possible buyers have been notified. Watch out for the next Newburgh Community Clean-Up Mob which will take place on Sunday, July 8, 10am at a location TBA at their website and Facebook Fan Page.
The home is
still for sale, (it seems the property is now city owned) and as can be seen, is a very special piece of architecture for the city.
Wow, it looks SO MUCH BETTER now. Good for those community minded people!
I noticed the user name “Newburgh Restoration” on ApartmentTherapy tonight and thought to myself, “I wonder how many Newburghs there could possibly be”.. that is until I realized this is the same Newburgh that neighbors me. I’ve spent nearly a hour browsing this blog (clearly since I’m posting on an entry so dated) but I just want to say this entire movement and documentation is so inspiring. Newburgh has a ridiculous amount of potential and I love this whole attitude of just getting out there and doing something. The architecture of that city is not to be overlooked and if I had the means to invest money and time to transform a building into the beauty it deserves, I totally would. Love this! So happy I found you on ApartmentTherapy, what a small world!