The building belongs to Eric Galloway. Initially it was Galloway's "Hudson Preservation Group" that was on record as owning the building; today it's Galvan Partners, LLC. Several years ago, Kevin Walker, when he was Galloway's factotum, tried to coerce the Historic Preservation Commission by threatening to leave the building in its boarded up state if they didn't grant a certificate of appropriateness. The HPC held their ground against proposals to replace the original French doors with stationary plate glass display windows and to replace the original marble lintel, piers, and thresholds with new marble, "because the owner doesn't like old things." When the plans finally reached the point where they were acceptable according to Hudson's preservation law, the HPC granted a certificate of appropriateness. That was more than two years ago. Since then, Galvan Partners seems to have carried out Walker's threat rather than the renovations they proposed.
The reason for drawing attention to 260 Warren Street at this time is that the Board of Estimate and Apportionment has recently proposed selling two city-owned properties to close a gap in the 2013 budget. Both properties--the former Dunn warehouse on the waterfront and the vacant lot at Fourth and State streets--have been of interest to Galloway in the past. Many fear that the City may have Galloway in mind as a potential purchaser for one of the properties. This post is meant to be a reminder, since the mayor has gone on record as saying he thinks Galloway should be given the key to the city, that Hudson's enigmatic and mercurial Daddy Long Legs seems to be motivated by something other than the best interests of our city.