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Developer hoping to restore historic structures in Newburgh want more time to present proposal

NEWBURGH – Alembic group, which has been proposed to redevelop the Dutch Reform Church and City Club buildings in Newburgh’s historic district, as well as property on Montgomery Street, has asked for more time before they present their proposals in detail to the city council.

They had originally said they would present by May, but that has been delayed.

Those in the community, who oppose the company, are concerned that the Montgomery Street property could be developed as affordable housing. Opponents say Newburgh has enough low-income housing and to bring in more would do nothing for the city’s coffers.

Councilman Anthony Grice told colleagues at Thursday night’s workshop session that he disagrees, but has his own concern.

“We do need affordable housing; we do need low income housing and I think the planning and development department has done a great job,” Grice said. “I do think we should wait until Alembic does come in; this is something I inherited. At the same time I am disappointed with their community engagement.”

The council did decide to wait to hear the specific proposal, although Councilwoman Hillary Rayford said “enough is enough,” too much time has been wasted and she plans to introduce a resolution to tell Alembic the city is not interested in doing business with them any longer.

 


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