The picture shows the Fourth Street School, which stood at the southwest corner of Fourth and State streets, across from the library, until 1994. As one of his first official acts after taking office as mayor for his first term, Rick Scalera had the building condemned and demolished.
In the intervening sixteen years, for all but four of which Scalera has been mayor, Hudson has experienced a remarkable renaissance. People have been drawn to Hudson because of its historic architecture and have made significant investments of their own money to restore buildings and revitalize the city. You would think that by now Mayor Scalera would embrace the truth that Hudson's historic architecture has been the goose that laid the golden egg for the city, but it appears not.
There are rumors that the mayor is entertaining the idea of demolishing two historic buildings on the city's waterfront--half of the precious few that remain: the last of the Bentley Meeker buildings at North Front and Dock streets and the former Dunn Warehouse building across Water Street from Henry Hudson Riverfront Park. Both buildings now belong to the City, although there's some suggestion that the Bentley Meeker building may belong to HDC.
The story on the Bentley Meeker building is that a developer might be interested in the property if the building were gone. (Two adjoining buildings were demolished last year, but this building, which is stable, was spared.)
The justification for demolishing the Dunn Warehouse building is persistent contamination that allegedly makes the building unfit for reuse, left over from the days when it was part of the gasification works.