Newburgh Community Landbank Accepting Bids for Phase I Exterior Renovation of 96 Broadway

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: 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:
    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.

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  • What’s the deal with this building and who owns it? It was initially publicized as part of NLB’s ‘Farm to Table Hub’, then recently it was publicized a local was to “undertake” its renovation. Yet, the NLB documents state otherwise.
    …and what’s up with this

    • Ownership is transferred from Land Bank to the new partners once the remediation/exterior work is complete using LB funds. At that point, the Liberty St Partners will take over and build out the planned apartments and restaurant. Any other way of trying to put these buildings back in service would be so prohibitively expensive, no developer would touch it (which is probably why it’s been sitting there as a city owned property for a decade.)…It also protects the LB’s interest, and allows the LB to move on to other buyers in the unlikely event the partners can not move forward with current plans. (Madeline Fletcher of the LB is really easy to reach and is always glad to provide clear information.)

      • Thanks to both you and Cher for the replies, however, I’m aware of the NLB’s rationale (see my comment ).
        As per this project, the NLB submitted a CFA for the ‘HUB’ over a year ago. In general, upon the completion of a ‘build out’ the property’s sale should then go out to bid if that is the NLB’s intentions. No? Highest ROI and all that? Anyway, at a recent city council work session, it was said that ownership of 96 Bdwy. was transferred to private hands from the NLB. If so, then hands off NLB it’s not your gig any more. If that is not the case and, as you allude, the project does not go as hyped, there is now the risk that Newburgh’s credibility takes a step back.
        The publicity narrative is disingenuous and presumptuous. One wonders why the ‘City has a problem soliciting bids? The ‘Burgh’s biggest deficit that it is perhaps finally doing an 180 on and doesn’t cost a dime is faith.

  • Well if it’s anything like the way it usually works, the land bank owns it for now, and will transfer title to Liberty Street partners once the initial work is done. What a find (ark of China)! Really strange.

    • Hi, the land bank owns the property. We are doing facade restoration work with funds we have available. We are working in lock step with the intended purchaser to phase everything and will transfer when our scope is complete early next year. If someone stated the transfer had happened, that was just a mistake.