Let's not forget that in 2010 the City was poised to sell the building to Eric Galloway for $250,000. The plan was to turn the entire building into a "bistro styled" restaurant and bar, with 200 tables on two floors and in a glass enclosed atrium. Then mayor Rick Scalera thought it would be "the ideal catalyst to future development" on the waterfront. Don Moore, who was then Common Council president, declared, "Even before we have gotten completion of the LWRP, we are making the kind of progress we want to make."
|Rendering of Dunn building re-imagined as bistro|
There are a few things to remember about the RFP process for the Dunn building, which follow in more or less chronological order:
- Last August, when the discussion of an RFP first began, the Common Council Economic Development Committee, which will be managing the process, agreed to have a public hearing on the RFP before it is issued to allow the community to critique the document and provide input.
- Although the application for the Restore NY grant indicates an RFP will be issued in 2017, it doesn't have to be issued until the end of 2017. Proposals can be received and reviewed in 2018.
- If an RFP is issued, there is no obligation to accept any of the proposals submitted.
- Even if a proposal is accepted, it is no guarantee that the project will ever happen.
The proposed timeline for the project started with a six-month planning period that involved working "with neighbors and community stakeholders to develop a plan for the central waterfront district." That was in April, but nothing more was heard about the project until December, when Senator Charles Schumer showed up in Hudson, on his last stop in a sixty-two county tour of the state, to declare his support for the $25 million redevelopment project and announce that he was sending a letter to the CEO of CSX asking the railroad to give up the land it owns between the Kaz warehouses and South Front Street, land that is critical to the proposed redevelopment of the site. (It's interesting to note that the parcel CSX now occupies is one the City swapped with CSX a decade or so ago for the waterfront parcel that is now Rick's Point.) In an interview with Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton on @Issue two weeks ago, we learned that the project is also looking to acquire the front part of the City's Amtrak parking lot and extend the parking lot farther back in order to get more street frontage.
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