Architectural Review Commission

*** The regularly scheduled ARC meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. has been cancelled. The next meeting of the ARC will begin at 6:30 p.m. on March 13, 2018 in the Activity Center, 401 Washington Street, Newburgh, NY 12550.***


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 $50,000.00. Houses must be owner-occupied.  At least $5,000.00 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, click here for the NY State Historic Preservation Office

In October of 2105, the ARC adopted a Consent Agenda Policy and Procedures 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 which meet the eligible criteria.  
Consent Agenda Policy and Procedures (PDF)

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

Historic District Design Guidelines (PDF, 4.2 MB)

Design Guide Booklet

The City has published a booklet explaining why's, what's and how's of maintaining and restoring a historic property in Newburgh:

Preserving Newburgh
(PDF, English, 3.3 MB)

Preservando Newburgh
(PDF, Spanish, 2.9 MB)


East End Historic District Map (pdf)

Colonial Terraces Design District Map
East End Historic District Nomination 1980 - nomination formHistoric District 2004 Expansion OPRHP East End District
East End Historic District - 1980 photographs - addresses may have changedEast End Historic District Nomination 1980 - descriptions of structures as data-based from original nomination - all information must be verified against original and addresses may have changed


CommissionerTerm Expiration

Michele Basch

January 2022

Hannah Walsh

November 2021

Isaac Diggs

Dec. 2020

Christopher Hanson

Dec. 2017

Jeff Wilkinson (Architect)

Dec. 2017

Jim Hoekema

January 2022

James Kelly

April 2019


Staff ContactJob Title

Omar E. Balbuena-Palma

Secretary to the Land Use Boards