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October 26, 2016

For Release: Immediately

City of Newburgh Enhancement Project Recipient of Central Hudson Grant

 

Improvements following the Broadway Corridor Enhancement project were unveiled this week in a ribbon cutting ceremony in the City of Newburgh. The project was funded in part by a $250,000 Main Street Revitalization grant awarded by Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, made available through a $5 million Community Benefit Fund offered by the energy company’s parent, Fortis Inc.

The improvement project provided streetscape enhancements along Broadway between Johnson and Liberty Streets, focused in a three block area including creation of a public green space, offering residents and visitors with an outdoor, multi-use recreational area, and the renovation of a key historic building, now a gateway to the community. The enhancements will help to expand redevelopment along one of the city’s primary corridors.

The initiative was undertaken through a partnership between the City of Newburgh and the Newburgh Community Land Bank, and in conjunction with Pace University Land Use Law Center, Safe Harbors of the Hudson and Central Hudson.

"Central Hudson's Main Street Grant provided critical funding for the City's central intersection at Broadway and Liberty Street, allowing the results of years of studies and planning to be implemented, providing connectivity, rehabilitation, and lasting improvements to this critical downtown corridor," said Michael G. Ciaravino, Newburgh City Manager.

“The Central Hudson Main Street Revitalization grant provided the initial funds for Safe Harbors to create a beautiful park space for the Newburgh community,” said Lisa Silverstone, Executive Director of Safe Harbors of the Hudson. “Safe Harbors Green is a fully accessible, environmentally sustainable urban park and a venue for festivals, markets, public art and community gathering. We are thrilled to be part of this comprehensive approach to downtown revitalization.”

 “This project has provided the opportunity for different organizations and individuals to come together to materially improve our downtown,” said Madeline Fletcher, Executive Director of the Newburgh Community Land Bank. “The Central Hudson Main Street Revitalization grant enabled the community to re-envision this section of Broadway and allowed for meaningful opportunity for community feedback and participatory design while creating beautiful, usable public spaces.”

“These enhancements create a sense of community within this important corridor in City of Newburgh, and provides an economic and social catalyst in this key location,” said Anthony Campagiorni, Vice President of Regulatory and Government Affairs at Central Hudson. “We’re pleased to have offered this grant to assist the City of Newburgh in its redevelopment efforts.

“Central Hudson was founded in the City of Newburgh beginning in 1900, and one of the first generating stations in the country was designed and built on Montgomery Street by Thomas Edison in a building we still occupy today. We are committed to Newburgh’s future now as we were then, and are encouraged by the great strides made through this initiative.”

The City of Newburgh applied for and was awarded Central Hudson’s Main Street Revitalization grant in 2014, under a special program to help reinvigorate primary business corridors within the region’s urban centers. Funds are being used for façade and streetscape improvements, interior renovations and other capital investments.

The grants provided up to $250,000 per project, and applicants were required to leverage private, federal and/or state grants, and in kind matching funds of at least 25 percent. Five finalists, including the City of Newburgh, were selected.

The other projects that qualified for the grants are an enhancement for Cornell Street in the City of Kingston; improvements to the Garden Street area in the City of Poughkeepsie; a West Main Street redevelopment project in the Village of Wappingers Falls; and a rehabilitation project on North Cherry Street in the City of Poughkeepsie.

For more information on Central Hudson’s economic development programs, visit www.CentralHudson.com/economicdevelopment.

 

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Main Street Revitalization Program Newburgh ribbon cutting

Improvements following the Broadway Corridor Enhancement project were unveiled today in a ribbon cutting ceromony in the City of Newburgh, funded in part by a $250,000 Main Street Revitalization grant awarded by Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. From left are Newburgh City Manager Michael Ciaravino, Newburgh City Planner Alexandra Church, Newburgh City Councilwomen Karen Mejia and Genie Abrams, Anthony Campagiorni of Central Hudson, Madeline Fletcher of the Newburgh Community Landbank, Lisa Silverstone of Safe Harbors of the Hudson, and Alana Mikhalevsky of Central Hudson.

  The Broadway Corridor Enhancement project provided a public green space, offering residents and visitors with an outdoor, multi-use recreational area, and the renovation of a key historic building.