Rusconi argued that historically--prior to the 1920s--this corner was open space, at one time part of the expansive lawn surrounding this grand Victorian Stick Style house, which stood on the north side of Cross Street. It was only in the 1920s, after the house had been destroyed by fire, that the current buildings on the corner of Front and Cross streets were built.
It is Rusconi's plan to demolish the buildings and leave the site as an open space. Section 169-8 B of Hudson's historic preservation law requires that plans for new development on a site be approved by the HPC before a certificate of appropriateness for demolition can be granted:
Demolition shall be permitted only after the owner of the site has submitted and obtained design approval of his/her plans for new development under the provisions of this chapter, including an acceptable timetable and guarantees, which may include performance bonds for demolition and completion of the project. In no case shall the time between demolition and commencement of new construction or lot improvement exceed six months.It is hoped that Rusconi's plans for lot improvement include trees to screen the view of this pair of garages which today occupy the site of the remarkable Victorian house.
Rusconi's application was deemed incomplete, for lack of some required photographs, so no decision on the proposal was made at Friday's meeting. The proposal is expected to be considered at the HPC's May meeting.