An abandoned warehouse at 105 Ann St is getting a much needed facelift by the company Between Spaces. The project includes half of the building used for commercial and half for art spaces. ADS Warehouse will be home to Between Spaces and various professional artists and local companies.
“We are from Brooklyn and we’ve been looking for studio space for a number of years,” said Gita Nandan, Partner of Between Spaces. “[We] decided the city wasn’t affordable anymore and wanted to own our own space. Newburgh is a great location in terms of accessibility it’s walkable and it has a good minded art community. The building stock is beautiful we thought it would be a perfect fit.”
The building has been completely gutted from the inside to make room for the ADS Warehouse. Proposals to the Architectural Review Commission proposed three studio spaces, two storefronts, and an art exhibit. The building will also include on-site parking, a garden and two courtyards with space for the community to come together.
Through her architecture firm Threading Co. Nanean designed an environmentally friendly building with enough solar energy to supply a majority of power to the building. They will also have a green roof covered with grass, with many benefits including the reduction of runoff and improvement of the quality of water.
Nanean and her partner originally looked at the space as a place solely for Between Spaces, but when they saw the potential and location of the space they decide to open it up commercially and for the community.
“When we first took the building it was supposed to be a project for ourselves and then we realized we were in the middle of the downtown neighborhood and we felt it should be something bigger than just ourselves,” said Nanean. “We were looking for something more flexible for the community and the residents of Newburgh, so then we started looking at a more commercial type of venture. We are hoping it becomes a space for people to come hangout and enjoy and that it’ll be a neighborhood spot.”
Construction began in January, Nanean is hopeful they will have the building open by late spring, early summer.