A couple of hours ago, the Register-Star reported that the Galvan Initiatives Foundation had purchased the building on South Third Street now used by the Salvation Army to operate its food program: "Galvan Foundation shows support for Salvation Army."
The Galvan Foundation has contributed $15,000 to the food program and will allow the Salvation Army to continue to occupy the building rent free. The long-term plan, according to the press release received by the Register-Star, is to assess the space and operating needs of the program and "determine whether to improve and expand the existing building or assist in relocating it to another property in Hudson."
The building is located at a major gateway to Hudson, on South Third Street between Allen and Partition streets. In August 2013, Galvan purchased another building at the city's gateway: Harmon's Auto Repair, on the opposite side of Third between Partition and Union streets.
The current plan for the former Harmon's building is to lease it to people who want to open a coffee shop/wine bar cum art gallery there. The project appeared before the Planning Board on October 8. It was thought that the proposed project might have to go before the Zoning Board of Appeals for a use variance (South Third Street is zoned R-4 from Cherry Alley south, and a coffee shop/wine bar is neither a permitted use nor a conditional use in an R-4 district), but it was decided by Daniel Tuczinski, legal counsel to the Planning Board and the ZBA, and Craig Haigh, code enforcement officer, that a use variance would not be required. Only a site plan review by the Planning Board would be needed. The next meeting of the Planning Board is scheduled for Wednesday, November 12, at 6 p.m.
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