Architectural Review Commission (ARC) regarding the Mid-Broadway Lot

Architectural Review Commission (ARC) meeting is meeting tonight, to discuss aspects of the proposed mid-Broadway building, starting at 7:30 PM, at the Activity Center at 401 Washington St. Let them know this is NOT what Broadway needs (reasons why having been previously mentioned) in the heart of the city.
If attending the meeting, please share your thoughts afterwards, either by commenting or emailing newburghappeal@gmail.com

Why Can’t the City Council Adhere To The Code of the City of Newburgh

The immediate issue regarding the  proposal of building large mixed use developments along Broadway (between Concord Street and Grand Street, spanning a total of 10 city blocks) is the fact that the City Council wants to amend “Chapter 300: ZONING; Article VII: Special Use Permits” so they have the power to hear and decide on applications to permit building a large mixed use development along Broadway. Currently, Chapter 300: ZONING begins as follows:

“Power. The Planning Board shall have the power to hear and decide on applications to permit the proper integration into the community of uses which may be suitable only in specific locations in a zone or only if such uses are designed and laid out on the site in a particular manner, provided that this chapter otherwise permits such uses subject to the validation of the Planning Board.”

What hasn’t been answered is why does the City Council need this power as opposed to letting the Planning Board decide. The idea of building this development is their ultimate goal, but what we have to focus on first is NOT to let the City Council be the ones to authorize the building of this project.

Call the city officials (The City Council Board Members) at (845) 569-7301 and tell them the Planning Board should maintain the power in deciding who gets special permits issued.

    • Mayor Judy Kennedy
    • Council Member Regina Angelo
    • Council Member Cedric Brown
    • Council Member Curlie Dillard
    • Council Member Gay Lee

 

 

Zoning Board variances for mixed use developments along Broadway

Call the City Council Board Members

at (845) 569-7301

and tell them you DO NOT WANT THIS for Newburgh!

The proposed site for low income housing units

The proposed site for low income housing units

At the April 22nd City Council Meeting, an amendment to Article 7, Special Use Permits was proposed to allow the city officials to circumvent the Zoning Board and grant variances for the development of large mixed use developments along Broadway (between Concord Street and Grand Street, spanning a total of 10 city blocks), that of which is being proposed is a phantom supermarket and approximately 100 low income housing units.

The issues at hand are as follows, the first one being the most critical at the moment:

  1. There is no apparent reason why the City Council should have the discretion to grant this variance, as opposed to the Zoning Board.
  2. Low income housing would mean other current occupants of the City would have to absorb higher tax burdens while services provided by the City will decrease.
  3. The variance would be for the building of an imaginary supermarket (the reason the supermarket is a figment of the City’s imagination is because there has not been a single supermarket that has agreed to come into this area and set up shop at the time of this posting).
  4. The building of a large chain supermarket would jeopardize the well-being of numerous other small businesses currently in the City’s Downtown District, leading to even more vacant spaces in Newburgh.
  5. Approximately 100 low income housing units that would be built (most proposed to be 1 bedroom units) will not foster any family ties to the community and will not help revitalize the City’s Downtown District.
  6. Low income housing will not encourage new visitors to come into the City of Newburgh.
  7. Proposed parking associated with this project will not support the actual parking needs should this development happen.

Call the city officials (The City Council Board Members) at (845) 569-7301 and tell them you DO NOT WANT THIS for Newburgh and remind them its there duty to represent the public’s interest, and not the personal/financial interest of a developer!

    • Mayor Judy Kennedy
    • Council Member Regina Angelo
    • Council Member Cedric Brown
    • Council Member Curlie Dillard
    • Council Member Gay Lee

Watch the April 22 City Council Meeting here

An appeal to the City of Newburgh residents- past and present

Positive changes are happening within the City of Newburgh, but at times it seems that change for the better doesn’t happen fast enough.

Often you see a problem, whether it be a property falling apart or turning into a make-shift junk yard, a management company that doesn’t perform its duties in a manner that benefits the community as a whole, or those that drive the well-being of the city (such as the city’s governing bodies and decision makers) heading in the wrong direction.

If any of this within the City of Newburgh sounds familiar, and want to see things change for the better, email newburghappeal@gmail.com with specific information, including the issue or property address, the specific reasons this is a detriment to the area, and possibly provide photos of the problem (if applicable).

All submissions remain anonymous, as there is a certain power in anonymity, and if enough people want to see this change for the better, there is also strength in numbers. Collectively, we can change Newburgh for the better!