Saturday, September 24, 2011
In Clear and Present Danger of Demolition
The City of Hudson, in the persons of Mayor Richard Scalera and Code Enforcement Officer Peter Wurster, want to demolish this building on the corner of Columbia and Third streets. The building was at one time the Colored Citizens Club and has since 2003 been owned by Kim Singletary's Overcomers Ministries. The code enforcement office has given Singletary until September 30 to produce a plan and a signed contract for structural stabilization or until October 7 to demolish the building. Failing that, the City will demolish 255-257 Columbia Street. Tom Casey has the story in the Register-Star: "Former CC Club 'unsafe,' facing demolition."
The article quotes Fourth Ward Supervisor Bill Hughes reminiscing about the building's former function as a community center. "The men came about and they formed the club and working with the city, they built it for the community. For the younger generation the building might not mean as much--it was a diminishing building that was beyond repair. For people in my generation that building represents where we had community events." In spite of his fond memories, Hughes last year included 255-257 Columbia Street in a list of buildings he deemed "demolishable" to make way for replacement buildings for Bliss Towers.