The project proposed by Galvan Partners LLC for the corner of Union and First streets cleared another hurdle on Wednesday night at the meeting of the Planning Commission. The project, which was granted a certificate of appropriateness by the Historic Preservation Commission on Friday, April 8, is currently before the Zoning Board of Appeals seeking area variances for its setbacks and the percentage of lot area taken up by buildings.
The ZBA has scheduled a public hearing on the project for Wednesday, April 20, at 6 p.m. Prior to the public hearing, the Planning Commission is required to offer an advisory opinion, and so, at Wednesday night's meeting, the Planning Commission considered whether or not the proposed project constituted an undesirable change in the character of the neighborhood or would have an adverse effect on any of the neighboring properties. They decided that the proposed project was not inconsistent with neighboring properties and would improve the streetscape. All members present--Donald Tillson (chair), Claudia DeStefano, Glenn Martin, Carmine Pierro, and Gerald Wood--concurred, except for Cleveland Samuels, who abstained from the vote because, as he explained later, he worked for Eric Galloway.
At the end of the meeting, Cheryl Roberts, legal counsel to the Planning Commission, warned the Commission that "in June or maybe May" the Common Council would be sending them the LWRP (Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan). The Hudson Planning Commission and the Columbia County Planning Department both must review the document and offer advisory opinions about the zoning changes it contains before it can be adopted by the Common Council.