The Newburgh Community Land Bank is accepting RFP’s for 102-104 Washington Street. A vacant shell that is just around the corner from the Liberty Street corridor and Washington’s Headquarters. This is an exciting opportunity to bring another building back to life in this central corridor. According to the Land Bank:
The goal is to encourage a project that builds upon and complements the recent growth in the City of Newburgh, while maximizing the development potential of the site through historic preservation, adaptive-reuse, and/or new construction. Project proposal should maximize the highest and best use of the site, with appropriate commercial, residential or mixed-uses, and create an inviting street presence on Washington Street near the downtown Liberty Street Corridor. Projects with a community-oriented component, providing amenities such as affordable housing, community space or similar, will be given special consideration
If you would like to read an article about the history of the building, click here.
Empire State Development (ESD) announced today the Mid-Hudson Region was awarded $65.8 million for 105 projects. Newburgh was also included in the round up – 3 of which are pivotal projects for the city:
PS 6 Liberty Street: Total $955,000 To renovate PS 6 Center for Film and Television to be a one-stop-shop film/TV facility including sound stages and production offices as well as rental space for events, weddings and photo shoots. The community flex space on the first floor will be used for a job training, mentorship programs, art shows, and screenings.
Graft Cider: $264,000 To adaptively reuse an old factory building to create a new 14,000 square foot production/distribution facility and tasting room in the City of Newburgh.
Ritz Theater: $222,900 Awarded to Safe Harbors of the Hudson to prepare construction documents for rehabilitation and re-development of the historic Ritz Theater in Newburgh.
Walking down South William Street, there was never much to see – closed up factory windows, graffiti walls, and broken sidewalks. That has slowly been changing as small incremental development has been happening on the blocks between Liberty and South Lander Streets. Come Spring, a new building called Wireworks should be opening its doors to the public. The building was up for RFP by the City of Newburgh and was awarded to trio, Baxter Development, Sisha Ortuzar, and Studio Mapos – each with years experience in their own industries.
There have been a few articles published on this development already – it’s a $2.7 million dollar project, the building dates back to 1895, and it’s going to be a multi-use facility. What does it really mean for Newburgh though? More specifically South William Street?
Prior to Atlas Industries moving to Newburgh, South William Street (between South Lander and Liberty) was lined by 3 large dark warehouses. The windows had been covered with bricks, long closing them off to the public. The residential buildings also have fallen into disrepair. Today, Atlas Industries is a fully occupied building. They have removed the bricks from all of their windows and have become a creative hub south of Broadway. They host literary readings, art shows, outdoor and indoor markets – just to name a few things.
Wireworks will surely compliment the work done by Atlas. The plan for the building is as follows: live/work studios along with an anchor tenant (possibly food related) on the first floor, office and co-working space on the second floor has been worked out with Beahive. Learn all about their Newburgh plans here. The third floor will be loft apartments. Baxter has quickly moved past the cleanup and demolition phase and have begun framing out rooms.
For many, it will be the first time that they will be able to enter this space and engage as a gathering place. Atlas is also open to ideas of paying more attention to their own sidewalks as foot traffic begins to increase on this block. At the corner, 41 Liberty Street is undergoing a complete transformation and is seeking a ground floor tenant. Oliver and Chatfield and Rob’s Roast Coffees have opened this year, adding to the changes of the Lower Liberty/South William Street corridors. It is really an exciting time to see such rapid change in the area that will surely add to the quality of life of all residents. Dark and scary buildings will be no more (Resnick’s warehouse still has yet to announce plans).
All summer long work has been steadily happening at 96 Broadway. A few weeks ago I was invited to see the interior updates of the adaptive reuse of this historical building that has been dilapidated for years.
Coming to the ground floor is a restaurant called Mama Roux. It will be a Cajun inspired restaurant. This project also acquired the adjacent lot which will be used for outdoor dining. You can follow updates on Instagram.
Above the restaurant are six apartments. As part of some of the incentives received a few are designated as affordable housing. They range from 1-2 bedroom apartments with nice finishes such as central a/c, video intercoms, skylight portholes on the top floor, pocket doors, and great views of lower Broadway.
This corner of Liberty Street and Broadway acts as the gateway to some of Newburgh’s business corridors. It had been dark and vacant for over a decade. To now see the building occupied gives inspiration and hope for what can happen to other long neglected anchor buildings in the community.
It’s been years since the gates have been up at 110-112 Broadway. Now they are completely gone as exterior work has begun, giving a hint at what this corner could possibly look like in the future. There will be at least two new storefronts or retail opportunities once work has been completed. If you are interested, please send me an email and I will put you in contact with him. NewburghRestoration(at)gmail(dot)com.
And here is another look at the rendering that was shared last year.
Goodbye cinder blocks and hello beautiful sliding glass garage doors at the ADS warehouse on Ann Street. There will be a variety of uses happening in this building but, this particular space will be the home of a future distillery. Located directly off the Liberty Street corridor and across the street from the Ann Street Gallery, the new uses for the ADS warehouse will be a welcome change to this once dormant building.