Thursday, May 3, 2018

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City of Newburgh: new frontier for hotels

From City Hall to boutique hotel?

NEWBURGH – City Manager Michael Ciaravino’s idea of converting City Hall on lower Broadway into a boutique hotel is just the beginning of what he sees as a new economic development front for Newburgh. He would like to find a developer willing to convert the structurally deficient building into a rehabilitated lodging facility because of its architecture and location just up from the Hudson River.

Ciaravino’s vision goes beyond that, to relocate the police and fire departments elsewhere, and redevelop that site above the Hudson for a larger hotel.

“You would have a view of the river; you would be situated at the most historic location – the birthplace of our republic right near Washington’s Headquarters towards the latter half of the Revolutionary War,” the city manager said. “We think there would be a tremendous tourism draw together with West Point and Beacon and we believe the City of Newburgh is uniquely positioned; the realtors describe it as the hottest real estate in the Hudson Valley right now. Our market is second to none.”

Ciaravino would like to issue a request for proposals to gage interest in private sector redevelopment of City Hall.

Mayor Torrance Harvey thinks the City Hall boutique hotel “is not a bad idea.”

 


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