The city has been inactive, if not extremely negligent, in regards to 159 Grand Street for many years. Now that preservationists and its citizens are planning to take action, this is how they choose to respond. No public statement, just a sign.
Public invited to take a stand; press encouraged to cover
NEWBURGH, NEW YORK – City of Newburgh officials have voted to waste money and destroy Newburgh’s heritage – and the citizens are fed up with it.Join the world’s first Preservation Mob on Saturday, October 13 at 3 p.m. to help advocate for the salvage of historical artifacts from 159 Grand St. before the building is reduced to rubble, creating another empty lot with no plan in place.
Recently, the Newburgh city council voted to pay a Schenectady, N.Y. company $295,000 to demolish three buildings: 159 Grand St. 113 Washington St. and 10 Dubois St. An independent estimate put the total cost of the demolitions by a Newburgh-based company at only $90,000. Located in Newburgh’s Historic District, the beautiful 159 Grand St. has many of its original features intact. Instead of destroying Newburgh’s heritage one building at a time, why not use the money to renovate these structures? If Newburgh’s leadership won’t preserve our history and continues to waste the city’s money, we must take things into our own hands. A microphone will be set up nearby where we hope that you’ll record your vision of Newburgh’s future.