I went to the Common Council meeting last night, and when the business of the Council was completed--including placing on the aldermen's desks a new law banning engine braking in Hudson, for which Alderman Ellen Thurston (Third Ward) was the sponsor--and Common Council President Don Moore asked for "new business" from the audience, I raised my hand and inquired about the riverfront park expansion plans--particularly the fate of the railroad trestle. Since Mayor Scalera was in the audience, Moore referred my question to him.
I was told that the trestle is being inspected, and there are no plans to demolish it unless it proves to be unsafe and the safety issues prove unremediable. The cleanup, I was told, is being done with great discrimination: according to Scalera, only dead trees and bushes are being removed; according to DPW Superintendent Rob Perry (whose opinion I got secondhand), mostly sumac is coming out. The cleanup uncovered a "salvage yard," which is the source of the reported metal and scrap. Clean fill is being brought in, but its source was not disclosed.
As far as the plans for this expansion, the City continues to follow what was suggested in the 1996 Hudson Vision Plan. Riprap will be installed around the embayment and grass will be planted. Trees and brush on the south side of the embayment will not be removed because doing so would expose the "rusty salt shed"--that is, the large buttressed cement building, built in 1910, known as the Lower Mill Stock House.
While I was at it, I asked about the containers sitting in the fenced area next to the Dunn's warehouse building that was originally the coal gasification works. I hadn't noticed them until a few weeks ago but was told they have been there for months. The crews working on the renovation of Hudson Terrace are storing their materials there.
This morning, I went down to the waterfront to take some pictures--most of which I share with you here to save you all the trip. The western edge of the new section of the park affords a clear view of the Holcim/O&G dock. Remember the "industrial tourism" SLC spoke of so enthusiastically when they were promoting their "Greenport Project"?