For years on 545 South Street laid a building that many have deemed an eyesore and sign of urban blight. Last week the building was officially demolished.
According to William Horton, City of Newburgh Fire Chief and Building Inspector/Code Compliance Supervisor, it was a longtime vacant building that had been purchased by the city over a year ago. There were no plans to repair the building. The owners of the property had reached out to demolish it.
Behind the building laid a rock edge that made repairs difficult. After all the utilities were shut down for the building, the structure was tested for asbestos. When it was determined that it was safe to proceed, the permit was given for the building to be demolished. The future of the new space will be determined by its owners.