The DRC Redevelopment Project

view of the Dutch Reformed Church from Grand Street
View of the Dutch Reformed Church from Grand Street

Background of the project

On November 25, 2016, the City of Newburgh released a request for developer proposals for an area of the City Center on the downtown hillside overlooking the Hudson River, as a focus for redevelopment.  The area defined for redevelopment includes two architecturally significant buildings – the 1835 Alexander Jackson Davis designed Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) and the Andrew Jackson Downing designed City Club.  A 1.8 acre parcel of Urban Renewal land was included for the purposes of providing  an income generating project to support the preservation and restoration of the City Club and the DRC, and to ensure a public use of the DRC.  Proposals were due by February 1, 2017.  Press coverage was disseminated and widespread including articles in all of the local papers of record, and in regional and state-wide preservation publications; City Council was consulted; and a distinguished review team, including representatives from the Preservation League of New York State (the League), the NYS Office of Parks and Historic Preservation (SHPO), architects and planners, the Newburgh IDA and professional staff was assembled.  Three very different complete, and very competent applications were received.  Each was collaborative including the lead developer, an architectural firm and some aspect of community development. 

Each team was hosted by the entire review team for a lengthy interview.  The applicants each raised many questions, and written questions where provided by the review team for two of the applicant teams to respond to.  These two teams were chosen for a second round of interviews with the majority of the review team in attendance.  Additionally, Alembic Community Development chose to provide written responses to the questions posed by the review team. 

Following this second round of interviews, the review team hosted a third conversation with Alembic Community Development, an experienced community developer, who had teamed with three organizations with a long commitment to inclusive revitalization initiates.  The committee chose this team not only because of their track record but also for their community development approach and public participation plan.  Not only do they have the ability to stabilize the DRC as soon as the City can approve a preliminary development agreement, but they also view the DRC in its fully restored state as maintaining public programming.  The project encompasses the restoration of the two iconic historical buildings, the DRC and the City Club, and the development of 165  mixed-income residential units (for sale and rent) and both commercial and community facility space on the vacant block at Montgomery and Second Streets.  Most importantly to the review team, the development plan proposes an extensive public planning process, where stakeholders in the neighborhood will work with the developer to determine the best and final uses in the project. 

History of the Dutch Reformed Church (Wikipedia)

Project Documents

New! Alembic Community Development Presentation to Council, YouTube, July 5 2018 (begins at about minute 31:00)

New! Alembic Community Development Presentation to Council, Powerpoint, July 5 2018

New! Council Package, 2 Montgomery Street, June 30, 2018

New! Council Package, City Club, June 30, 2018

New! Council Package, DRC Budget, June 30, 2018

New! Council Package, Project Timeline, June 30, 2018

New! Council Package, Tax Revenue Comparison, June 30, 2018

New! Council Package, HST Newburgh Engagement Reportback, June 30, 2018

New! NYSHCR, 2018 Income Limits, Area Median Income (for each percentage, scroll to Orange County)

New! HUD Fair Market Rents, website

Project Update, Newsletter March 2018

Questions (and responses) from the Dec 6th Meeting

Project Update, Newsletter Jan 2018

Presentation to the City Council, August 10, 2017 (minutes 1:30-27:50)

2017 Roof Framing and Structural Evaluation of the Dutch Reformed Church

Fall 2017 project summary sheet, thumbnail

Project summary sheet, Fall 2017

Housing Research and Data

Response from Alembic Community Development*

Response from MA Development*

Response from Newburgh Art + Industry*

*please note for all responses, personal financial information has been redacted to comply with privacy laws


Upcoming Meetings

Past Public Meetings

Community Meeting: Wednesday February 21st, 2018: 6-8PM Newburgh Activity Center (399-401 Washington Street, The Rec)  Free food, childcare provided.

Flyer for Feb 21 Community Meeting

Questions from the Dec 6th Meeting Distressed Property Task Force: Wednesday December 6th, 2017: 2PM City Council Chambers (83 Broadway); 7PM Heritage Center (123 Grand) (note: both meetings are open to the public, and both follow the same agenda)

Public Hearing for Restore New York grant for the Dutch Reformed Church: Monday December 11, 2017: 7pm City Council Chambers (83 Broadway)