Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Meeting Next Tuesday

Friends of the Hudson City Cemetery will hold a planning meeting for Tuesday, January 29, at 6 p.m., in the Community Room at the Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street.

The meeting will follow up on issues discussed at the group's previous meeting:
  • Events and fundraisers
  • Monument cleaning day
  • Listing in the National Register of Historic Places 
  • Condition Survey
For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
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One Month from Today

The second annual Hudson Polar Plunge takes place at Oakdale Lake exactly one month from today, on Saturday, February 23. 

Photo: Zach Neven

The event is subtitled "Freezin' for a Reason"--that reason being to benefit the Hudson Youth Department and the Hudson Fire Department Water Rescue and Dive Team. If you have the courage to take the plunge, the generosity to sponsor an individual or team who does, or the good will to support the event in general, click here.
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The Struggle for Hudson

Yesterday, HudsonValley360 published an article about the growing dissatisfaction with the impact of Airbnb in Hudson: "City officials consider limiting short-term rentals." Tonight, at the Common Council Legal Committee meeting, which begins at 6:15 p.m. at City Hall, the Council is expected to begin discussing imposing a moratorium on the short-term rental of buildings that are not owner occupied.

The issue of Airbnbs--that is, guest rooms or entire houses rented through the online service Airbnb--was also a topic of discussion at the Tourism Board meeting last night. It should be remembered that the Tourism Board was created by the same law--Chapter 275, Article VIII of the City Code, enacted in March 2017--that established a 4 percent lodging tax to be collected by all hotels, inns, B&Bs, and Airbnb rentals. The law empowers the Tourism Board "to take all reasonable steps it determines desirable, necessary and proper to market the City of Hudson as a destination for overnight and daytrip visitors by making use of the funds set aside by the City Treasurer." Those funds are a portion of the lodging tax revenues: 50 percent of the first $250,000; 25 percent of the second $250,000; and 10 percent of all sums above $500,000, never to exceed $250,000 a year. 

Pursuing its directive, the Tourism Board issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a qualified professional to help the board develop "a tourism branding and marketing strategy that encompasses strategic research and analysis, development of a competitive identity, brand strategy and marketing strategy." The deadline for submitting proposals was January 15, and last night, at the regular monthly meeting of the Tourism Board, Alderman Rich Volo (Fourth Ward), who chairs the board, opened the eight proposals that were received. They came from Van Slyke Strategic Consulting, John Isaacs, Steve Chandler, BBG&G, Fifteen Degrees, Blass Marketing, Adworkshop, and Neo Design Group. It was decided that all eight members of the Tourism Board would read the proposals and the board would hold a special meeting on Tuesday, February 5, to discuss them and determine which of the eight individuals or groups submitting a proposal they would like to invite in to make a presentation.

That accomplished, the business of the Tourism Board was concluded, less than half an hour after the meeting began, but comments from members of the public kept it going for another forty minutes. Rebecca Wolff expressed her concern that articles about Hudson that appear in national media "present a picture of Hudson that is not a reflection of Hudson." In particular, she said, there were no people of color and no children. She told the board that the DRI (Downtown Revitalization Initiative) showed "how easily an outside consulting firm can misunderstand the city." She also opined that "Hudson doesn't seem to know itself very well and is quite dysfunctional."

Several members of the Tourism Board responded to Wolff. Tambra Dillon told her the board wanted to find a way "to market Hudson so that people who live here are the beneficiaries of tourism." Kristen Keck said the board wanted to "know what's out there and figure out how to drive the narrative about Hudson." Ted Gramkow added, "A lot of the story of Hudson is being told by other people. We want to take the story and manage it."

Peter Spear expressed the opinion the Tourism Board's RFP "puts the cart before the horse," asserting that we shouldn't be marketing Hudson when we have urban planning issues. He maintained that "urban planning is the only form of marketing we need," asserted "the Tourism Board is absurd," and urged that the funds from the lodging tax be redirected.

Fourth Ward supervisor Linda Mussmann complained that she has no neighbors "because it is all Airbnb." She advised, "We need to put the brakes on and invest in our community." She went on to say, "Living here is hard . . . [for] people who have gotten very little from the new energy that has come [to Hudson]."

Keck responded to the criticism, "All of these issues were issues we have discussed. We all live here. We all want the best community we can have." Gramkow added, "We've spent no money to get eight proposals. The RFP is part of the learning process. Is it our goal to solve all the problems in Hudson? No, but we're part of it."

Expect the discussion of Airbnb and tourism to continue at tonight's meeting of the Legal Committee.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Year Ahead at Basilica Hudson

While the city is digging out from the snow, and the temperatures are struggling back into the double digits, it seems the perfect time to look forward to warmer times ahead by sharing Basilica Hudson's 2019 schedule. Most events happen after the vernal equinox, but there's one coming up soon, on a day that looks forward to spring: Groundhog Day.

Imbolc Riverfire
Saturday, February 2
A celebration of visual art, music, and performance, presented by Basilica Hudson and Harpooned Productions. Named after the traditional Gaelic festival marking the beginning of spring, Imbolc Riverfire draws on and re-imagines traditional practices in a contemporary art context.


24-Hour Drone: Experiments in Sound and Music
Saturday, April 27, through Sunday, April 28
Basilica Hudson and Le Guess Who? Festival present 24-Drone: an immersive, all-encompassing homage to sound. Featuring an international roster of musicians and sound artists working in electronic, psychedelic, classical, non-western, instrumental, and other genres to create a full twenty-four hours of unbroken sound, 24-Hour Drone captures Basilica Hudson at its most experimental and experiential.


Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market
Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12
In time for Mother's Day gifts and a much needed end-of-hibernation celebration, Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market brings together an abundance of makers, collectors, farmers, artists, and chefs for a weekend of celebration and renewal.


(Freak) Flag Day
Saturday, June 15
Basilica's dance party is a freakier counterpart to the annual Flag Day celebration in Hudson. Featuring performances and dancing into the wee hours, the evening kicks off with the best seat in town for the spectacular fireworks display, launched from Basilica's parking lot.


Basilica SoundScape: Weekend of Music + Art
Friday, September 13, through Sunday, September 15
Presented in collaboration with The Creative Independent, Basilica SoundScape incorporates live concert performances, conceptual sound performances, author readings, installations, collaborations, curated local vendors, onsite activities, and more, creating an immersive weekend of art, music, and culture.

Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market
Friday, November 29, through Sunday, December 1
Born Thanksgiving Weekend 2013 as an antidote to big box Black Friday shopping, Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market is part timeless flea and farmer's market and part 21st-century craft and design fair, showcasing the wealth of Hudson Valley artisanal talent.


Also, from June through October, there is Basilica Nonfiction Screenings Series, and from June through November, Basilica Back Gallery and Artist in Residence Program--all to look forward to, along with warmer weather.

Prohibition and Hudson

A hundred years ago, the United States was moving inexorably toward Prohibition. The Eighteenth Amendment, which established the prohibition of "intoxicating liquors," had been proposed by Congress on December 18, 1917, and on January 19, 1919, it was ratified by Nebraska, the 36th state to do so, and ratification by the requisite number of states had been achieved. New York was the 43rd state to ratify the amendment, on January 29, 1919; New Jersey was the last, on March 9, 1922, well after Prohibition had taken effect. Connecticut and Rhode Island rejected the amendment.

Prohibition had a significant impact on Hudson. It brought an end to a major industry and employer: C. H. Evans & Sons Brewery. The Hudson city directory for 1918 lists twenty-one businesses classified as "Restaurants & Saloons." There's no way of knowing how many of these establishments served alcohol, but it's reasonable to think most of them did. Prohibition also led to the indictment and eventual conviction in 1922 of Hudson's chief of police John Cruise for dereliction of duty--a story that Gossips told in sixteen parts in 2015 in a series called "The Scandal of 1922."

Given that we are living through the centennial of the events that led to Prohibition in the United States, Gossips has decided to comb the available newspapers regularly, from now until the anniversary of the day Prohibition actually began on January 19, 1920, searching for news or comment about Prohibition. I share my first find today: an editorial that appeared in the Columbia Republican on January 21, 1919, two days after the Eighteenth Amendment had been ratified by the requisite number of states.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Over the River a Hundred Years Ago

I haven't been down to the river since Saturday evening, when the snow was just starting, and it wasn't nearly as cold as it is now. Then, the river was large chunks of broken up of ice moving swiftly downstream and piling up in the slips at riverfront park--quite different from what it must have been like a hundred years ago, when, on December 21, 1919, this news was reported in the Columbia Republican.

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Considering Heating on a Bitterly Cold Day

Not many houses in Hudson are heated with oil, but if yours is, and your oil tank is more than fifteen years old, this lecture, co-sponsored by the Columbia County Historical Society and the Historic Committee for the Town of Kinderhook, will be of interest to you.

There is no way to predict if or when an oil tank will fail. Both above ground and underground tanks have the potential to create environmental problems to lead to costly remediation. 

On Saturday, January 26, Toni Hokanson, director of marketing and training for C2G Environmental Consultants, will address how to determine if your oil tank is a candidate for replacement before it becomes an environmental hazard and how to go about the process of oil tank abandonment if your tank has leaked or is buried. Also, Cailey Nieto, public health technician with the Columbia County Health Department, will make a presentation on fire extinguishers--what we should know about them and where to have them filled or checked.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, takes place from 1:30 to 2:30 on Saturday, January 26, in the meeting room at the Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building, 3211 Church Street, in Kinderhook.
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A Thought for Today


Sunday, January 20, 2019

Yesterday in Hudson . . . Before the Snow

Dan Udell has just posted his video excerpts from Women March On! Hudson on YouTube.


Celebrate Nine Years of Gossips!

At 10:06 a.m., on Wednesday, January 20, 2010, The Gossips of Rivertown published its very first post, which combined news of city government, the Hudson Development Corporation, and historic preservation. Since then, there have been 8,222 posts--this one being the 8,223rd.

In the past nine years, Gossips has become a recognized source of information that the Hudson community relies on. As evidence, last week, at the Hudson Housing Authority meeting, when a resident complained that notice of the meeting had not been given in a timely fashion, mention of the meeting on Gossips was offered as evidence to counter the complaint--no matter that complainant disparagingly referred to Gossips as the "gossip column," and someone else noted that it wasn't the city's "official newspaper."

Many people have shared with me their perception that Gossips is a labor love, and indeed it is, but I've always believed you should be able to support yourself doing something you love. So, today, as I do every year on Gossips' anniversary, I offer my deep and sincere gratitude to the Gossips supporters and advertisers whose financial contributions help pay the bills and make Gossips a joyful endeavor, and I invite everyone to join the celebration of nine years of sharing news, history, and gossip about the events, machinations, troubles, and triumphs right here in our little river city by becoming a supporter of The Gossips of Rivertown.

For those who read Gossips on a computer, the process is easy. Just click on the "Donate" button at the top of the right column. For those who read Gossips on their phones, I'm hoping that if you touch the word DONATE right here, it will bring you to Gossips PayPal page, but it may not. 

Your support--in any amount--will be gratefully acknowledged and will ensure the continuation of Gossips into its tenth year. 
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Meetings of Interest in the Week Ahead

The snow has fallen and is still falling, the freezing rain started right on schedule, so far the mayor has not declared a snow emergency, Shiloh Baptist Church has postponed its Martin Luther King Day service until February 10, so today and tomorrow, most of us can just stay home and enjoy being snowbound, or what passes for snowbound in the 21st century. The week's meetings and events begin on Tuesday.
  • On Tuesday, January 22, the Tourism Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at 1 North Front Street. No agenda for the meeting has been posted. The deadline for submitting proposals in response to the RFP for a consultant to develop a "Branding and Marketing Strategy" for Hudson was January 15, so it's reasonable to expect this topic and the criticism the RFP has drawn may be discussed. 
  • The Greenport Planning Board may also be meeting on Tuesday, January 22, assuming it meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month. So far, no agenda has been posted for the meeting, so it may be that it meets on the last Tuesday of the month. The new retail development that will house an expanded Aldi's and a new McDonald's is a project of interest before the board. Gossips will provide an update when information is available.
  • On Wednesday, January 23, the Common Council Legal Committee meets at 6:15 p.m. at City Hall. No agenda is available for the meeting, but it's been intimated that the committee intends to take up the issue of sidewalks and street trees being the responsibility, according to city code, of the owners of the adjacent property and the problems of uniformity and maintenance that result from that situation.
  • On Friday, January 25, the Historic Preservation Commission meets at 10:00 a.m. at City Hall. This is the second meeting of the month, at which the commission gives final approval to certificates of appropriateness drafted by the assistant city attorney. New projects are not typically presented to the HPC at this meeting.
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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Who Knew?

No doubt everyone who has visited the Cedar Park section of the cemetery has noticed the house where the cemetery office is located. The house is owned by the City of Hudson, rented to a DPW employee, there's a DPW garage attached to it, and usually there are a few DPW trucks parked nearby. The house has seen better days. The picture below, a still from one of Josef Cipkowski's home movies, shows the house in 1939.  

Gossips recently discovered, in the inventory of the cemetery prepared by Shirley Dunn for its nomination to the National Register of Historic Places, that the house in the cemetery, known as the William Brocksbank House, was nominated for individual listing in the National Register in 1983. I don't have the nomination document for the house itself, but the document for the cemetery has this to say about the house:
Location of the office of the administrator is in a historic house, the William Brocksbank House, in the new section. This house has an individual nomination. 
. . . Italianate posts. The interior is well-preserved, with mid-century architraval molding throughout, original doors with round-headed panels, an excellent curved staircase with a period newel post and turned balusters, and a wide hall. Other round-headed windows with circular window panes in the top appear in the octagonal gate-house on Prospect Street and in a store and firehouse on Warren Street. The house has a stone foundation and paired chimneys which pierce the roof behind the ridge. . . .
The present house on the property could date from the 1850s, although whether the house is the one on the [1858 county] map is not certain. The 1873 county atlas identifies the property as W. Brooksbank's [sic] nursery. Brocksbank advertised in the city directories that he was a florist and nurseryman. He used the valuable farm lands to raise plants and flowers. The house was originally outside the city line, and was brought into the city boundaries when the line was extended in 1897, after the property had been purchased for use as a city cemetery. It has been owned by the city ever since and as a result is unusually well-preserved. When the grounds were landscaped in 1895, Frederick Law Olmstead [sic], designer of Central Park, gave assistance to local planners. The plantings and design of 1895 still surround the house.
The building attracts attention because of its size, estate setting and unusual architecture. As headquarters for William Brocksbank's nursery, it was a part of the history of the City of Hudson for about forty years. As late as 1888, Brocksbank sold his business to his partner but retained rights to the house. The nursery business was apparently profitable and gives a unique association to the house. Its use as a funeral chapel and residence and office for a large cemetery for the past eighty-five years is also an unusual historical association which sets this building apart.
The store and the firehouse on Warren Street referenced in the inventory, with round-headed windows and circular window panes, may have been 441 Warren Street, now the location of TK Home & Garden, and C. H. Evans Hook & Ladder Co., now the home of Spotty Dog Books & Ale.

The "octagonal gate-house on Prospect Street" is a mystery. Where on the three blocks of Prospect Street was it located, what was it the gatehouse for, and what happened to it?    
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Today: Women March On! in Hudson

Friday, January 18, 2019

Even More HHA

Dan Udell's video of the public comment, before and after the HHA Board of Commissioners went into executive session, is now available on YouTube. Click here to watch.


Fences Begone!

Gossips just received the following press release.

Amtrak and State Agencies Withdraw 
Hudson River Fencing Proposal
Amtrak announced on Friday that the company and New York State agencies have jointly agreed that Amtrak will withdraw its current fencing application before New York State.
The plan was to erect fences blocking unofficial crossings to the Hudson River and locked gates blocking a shoreline access road widely used by anglers, hunters and other river stewards. The proposed project has been a point of contention in affected Hudson River communities in Columbia and Dutchess counties since it was announced in March 2018, sparking widely signed petitions, meetings, a forum, an Earth Day rally, comments, letters and speeches from state and local politicians urging Amtrak to consider the impact the plan would have on river access.
A public informational meeting had initially been scheduled for January 29 in Germantown for Amtrak and state Department of Transportation officials to present details and reasoning for the project. . . . 
Amtrak's full statement, titled "Amtrak Withdrawing Current Hudson Line Fencing Project Application to New York State Department of State," reads:
"After hosting collaborative meetings over the past few months, Amtrak, the New York State Department of Transportation, and the New York State Department of State, have jointly agreed to Amtrak withdrawing its application on the current Hudson Line Fencing Project proposal so it can be revised in conjunction with a five-year corridor plan to improve safety along the Empire Service Hudson Line. Additionally, Amtrak will continue to work with the affected communities, Town Officials and State agencies on formulating the revised plan. Public informational meetings will also be held prior to the submission of a new application to the Department of State.
"At Amtrak, the safe operation of service for our Customers, Employees, and the Public is top priority, and we will continue to work towards providing the safest, reliable, and most efficient passenger rail service along the Hudson Line and throughout the entire Amtrak system."
Photo: GatesGate.org
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Thank You, DPW

In the past week or so, workers from the Department of Public Works cleared the brush from the slope below Promenade Hill. The following picture was taken by John Cody, and Gossips uses it with his permission.

More HHA

Dan Udell's video of last night's Economic Development Committee meeting is now available on YouTube. Click here to watch.


An Evening with the Hudson Housing Authority

Last evening, the Hudson Housing Authority Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to enter into a Master Development Agreement (MDA) with PRC (Property Resources Corporation) and Duvernay + BrooksDan Hubbell, the "Mixed Finance Development Legal Counsel" for HHA, explained that the MDA "governs the terms and conditions of exploring and moving forward with the project," but it does not "commit the board to a specific design."


The project HHA is proposing was the topic of two meetings last evening: the special meeting of the HHA to vote on the MDA, which took place at 5:00, and the Common Council Economic Development Committee meeting, which started at 6:00. Gossips will not report everything that was said in chronological order. Instead, the focus will be on main themes.

During the first meeting, the public was ejected from the room so the HHA board could go into executive session. Amazingly, Dan Udell, who was there to videotape the meeting, was asked to remove his camera, which he had left in room, the implication being, it seems, that he might have set the camera to continue recording during the executive session. While the public was waiting in the lobby, I spoke with Ifetayo Cobbins, a resident of Bliss Towers, who repeated a complaint Luisa Burgos-Thillet, also a resident, had made earlier: notice of the meeting was not posted in the building until that afternoon. Cobbins suggested the actions of the board seemed "underhanded" and "kind of fishy" and wondered what the board had to hide. It may not be the case that the HHA board is hiding anything, but their story seems to be ever changing.

Last week, the income limits for the 40 units in the "family" building were defined as being between 50 and 65 percent of the AMI (area median income). Last evening, the spread was said to be from 50 to 70 percent. According to Hubbell, 11 of the units will designated for households with incomes of 50 percent of the AMI, 12 for 60 percent, and 17 for 70 percent. A handout distributed at the Economic Development Committee meeting charted the targeted income limits by apartment size.

In the past, the public was led to believe that all residents in Bliss Towers and the two proposed new buildings would be Section 8. Last night, it was explained residents in Bliss Towers would be a RAD type of Section 8; residents of the proposed senior building would be Section 8 with an income limit of 30 percent of the AMI; the "family building" would not be Section 8 but income restricted workforce housing.

A major concern voiced by the public is that the project is out of scale and does not meet the housing needs of Hudson as defined in the city's Strategic Housing Action Plan. Mayor Rick Rector has expressed the opinion that the SHAP "is in almost complete contradiction to what is being proposed." That opinion was echoed last night by former Third Ward alderman John Friedman. Friedman said the project "seems to have metastasized," saying that it contradicted the city's housing study, and asked of the HHA board, "Have you considered how this will impact the rest of the city?"

In her criticism of the project, Mary Ann Gazzola has repeatedly called the project out of scale and too big for the city, maintaining that the project is addressing a regional housing problem not the housing needs that exist in Hudson. At the Economic Development Committee meeting, she noted that there were already 600 units of subsidized housing in Hudson, a city of about 6,300, all confined to the same area of the city. This project would add to that density. In the same vein, Alderman John Rosenthal (Fourth Ward) remarked that the SHAP "does not envision a greater concentration [of subsidized housing] in the same area."

Hubbell and Brian Heeger of Duvernay + Brooks, who addressed the Economic Development Committee last evening, maintain that the project is consistent with city's Strategic Housing Action Plan and meets the goals of HUD. Hubbell did concede that the project was based on "what HHA has identified as the need" and "what we think can be financed by the state." When asked by Gazzola if there was a way "to fix the high rise, fix the low rise, and build something to scale," Heeber admitted "at a certain point, the scale becomes too small, and it loses its competitiveness"--competitiveness for funding, that is.

Another concern was fiscal strain the proposed project would put on the city. Because it is a federal housing project, the new buildings will be exempt from real property tax. Matthew Frederick noted the project would be "seventy-six households needing city services but not paying seventy-six households' worth of property taxes." There will be a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes), which is yet to be negotiated, but Gazzola pointed out that the PILOT paid by Bliss Towers is $50,000 a year, whereas many homeowners in Hudson are paying between $10,000 and $15,000 a year in property taxes--a situation she called "woefully out of proportion."

Those representing the project were caught in an inconsistency last night. Despite criticism from members of the community that this project addresses a regional need not a local need, HHA and the developers have maintained that it will serve people already living in Hudson who are currently "rent burdened." Last night, when trying to make the case for the economic benefit of the proposed project, Heeger told the Economic Development Committee that the residents of the new buildings would bring $3 million in spending into the local economy. The sophistry of that statement was pointed out by an audience member, Sorche Fairbank, who asked, "If the people who are going to live in the buildings are already in Hudson, where is the $3 million coming from?"
  

The project requires site plan approval from the Planning Board, which in its review will be weighing the impacts on the environment and the city. The project also requires the approval of the Common Council. The next meeting at which the project will be discussed is the meeting of the Common Council Housing and Transportation Committee, which takes place on Wednesday, February 6, at 6:45 p.m. at City Hall.
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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Intel from the ZBA

Last night, two projects came before the Zoning Board of Appeals seeking variances for parking. A bit of necessary background: Hudson's current zoning code requires one offstreet parking space for every three seats in an eating and drinking establishment. Neither project will have any offstreet parking for its patrons.

The first project seeking a variance for parking spaces is the restoration of the historic firehouse on Park Place.


It turns out the plan for the commercial space--the ground floor and the cellar--is to create a marketplace and tasting room for New York State craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries. 

The second project needing a variance for parking is a new restaurant soon to open at 260 Warren Street, the building owned by the Galvan Foundation at the corner of Warren and Third streets which has been vacant for more than a decade.

The restaurant will have a total of 90 seats--62 inside the building and 28 in a fenced courtyard behind the building on Prison Alley. (At its meeting on January 11, the Historic Preservation Commission voted to grant a certificate of appropriateness for the fence, which will painted wood, six feet high, surmounted by two feet of open lattice.) 

The ZBA will hold public hearings for both projects on Wednesday, February 20, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in City Hall. 
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Land for Sale on Columbia Street

Yesterday, Gossips reported on the demolition of 249-251 Columbia Street and quoted a reader as saying, "What was probably the most blighted block in the city is beginning to see a lot of investment." Anyone who wants to be a part of the transformation of the block, whatever that may bring, has the opportunity to do so by acquiring one of two vacant lots being sold by Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency (HCDPA).   

The first is 202-206 Columbia Street--what's left of what was once a vibrant community garden.

In 2013, HCDPA sold half of the garden to Habitat of Humanity to build two more of their passive houses. In 2016, HCDPA announced that it was accepting sealed bids for the remaining half of the property "for the construction of low to moderate income housing and/or uses compatible with the Urban Renewal Plan"--a plan adopted in the 1970s. That effort did not result in the sale of the property, and now HCDPA is trying again. The HCDPA website announces that the agency is "requesting proposals from qualified developers, firms, or individuals who have demonstrated commensurate experience and expertise for residential housing development projects for the sale and development of three adjacent parcels on Columbia Street in Hudson, NY." The guidelines for submitting a proposal can be found here. The deadline for submitting proposals is noon on Thursday, February 14.

There is also this lot at 238 Columbia Street. (Sadly, the majestic tree on this lot is no longer there.)


HCDPA tried to sell this lot last fall, but there were no responses to the call for sealed bids. Now the agency is trying again. Sealed bids for the property are requested, to be submitted by 1:00 p.m. on February 14. Click here for the bid package. The bids, if any are received, will be opened and read aloud at the next scheduled meeting of the HCDPA board, which takes place at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 14. 
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Of Access, Certification, and Gestures

Dan Udell's video of Tuesday's Common Council meeting is now available on YouTube.

The presentation on Complete Streets begins at 22:51; the presentation on becoming a Certified Climate Smart Community begins at 36:50; the discussion that resulted in the portraits of elected officials being removed from the mantelpiece begins at 50:24.
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