Architectural Review Commission


  • 6:30 pm
  • 2nd Tuesday of every month
  • Activity Center
    401 Washington Street
    Newburgh, NY 12550
  • Secretary to the Land Use Boards Phone: 845-569-7383
  • Hours of Operation - This commission doesn't operate out of an office

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes


Commission members are appointed by the City Manager to 5-year terms. The Commission must include:

  • All individuals who have shown interest in and commitment to architecture and historic preservation
  • At least 3 residents of a historic district or building
  • At least one architect
  • At least one historian

Michele Basch


Kate Flanagan

Thomas Friedrich


Christopher Hanson


James Kelly


Jeff Wilkinson


Reggie Young


Staff ContactTitle
JK GentileSecretary to the Land Use Records


Newburgh's unique architectural wealth was first recognized in 1973 when the Montgomery-Grand-Liberty Street Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1977, that district was expanded by the City Council as the East End Historic District, which was then enlarged and added to the National Register in 1985. The City's Architectural Review Commission (ARC), a certified agent of New York's State Office of Historic Preservation (SHPO) is charged with protecting and promoting the enhancement of this cultural resource.

Both residential and income-producing properties located in the City's East End Historic district may be eligible for a 20% federal income tax credit for the substantial rehabilitation (both interior and exterior) of historic properties. For income-producing properties, the final dollar amount is based on the cost of the rehabilitation; in effect, 20% of the rehab costs will be borne by the federal government. The credit for rehabilitation work on historic residential structures will cover 20% of qualified rehabilitation costs of structures, up to a credit value of $50,000. Houses must be owner-occupied. At least $5,000 must be expended on qualifying work and at least 5% of the total project must be spent on the exterior of the building. For both income-producing and residential structures, the work performed must meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation, and be approved by the Newburgh Architectural Review Commission.

For more information, visit the New York State Historic Preservation Office.

Consent Agenda Policy & Procedures

In October of 2105, the ARC adopted a Consent Agenda Policy and Procedures (PDF) to enable the ARC to increase the efficiency of the Commission. The ARC may utilize a consent agenda to approve applications for Certificates of Appropriateness that meet the eligibility criteria.

Notice of Virtual Meeting of the Architectural Review Commission

On June 23, 2021, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced an end to the state of emergency, effective June 24, 2021.  The New York State Committee on Open Government confirmed that in accordance with the expiration of the state of emergency, all suspensions of the New York State Open Meetings Law would expire as well.  Thus, effective June 25, 2021, all public bodies subject to the Open Meetings Law must return to in-person meetings as required by law.  

East End Historic District

In February 2008, the City Council adopted updated Design Guidelines for the East End Historic District.

East End Historic District Map
Colonial Terraces Design District Map

Additional Information