Throughout the presentation, the building's potential role as a catalyst for further development on the waterfront was stressed. The vision for that further development involved more buildings to be constructed north of the Dunn building, between Water Street and the railroad tracks, not dissimilar to the row of buildings envisioned two decades ago by the 1996 Hudson Vision Plan.
For the use of the building itself, three options were considered:
- Mixed use retail and office space
- Broadly defined public space
- Hospitality market--boutique hotel or restaurant
Option 1 involves dividing the north part of the building into three retail spaces--one of which might be a cafe--and dividing the south part of the building into two floors. The building is 24 feet from the floor to the roof trusses, so could be done without creating floors with undesirably low ceilings. In Option 1, the lower floor would be used for some undefined "assembly" purpose, and the upper floor for offices. This option, with a second floor, would require an elevator, which would be housed in an addition on the south side of the building.
Fans of the crane that now sits on the east side of Front Street alongside the ADM spur will be gratified to know that the conceptual design for the building site incorporates the crane, featuring it as object of industrial sculpture.
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