Today, Gossips learned from Hudson code enforce officer Craig Haigh that the future of the building hangs in the balance. The owners of the building, Passive Aggressive Housing, are determined to save the front wall and to pursue their plan to construct a new passive building behind the late 18th-century facade. The City is committed to public safety and not having the sidewalk and parking lane in front of the building closed off all winter.
There was a meeting this morning between the owners and code enforcement during which it was agreed that, either today or tomorrow, the owners and their engineers will submit a plan for shoring up the building and a timeline. That plan will be reviewed by the engineers the City has retained for the purpose--Chad Lindberg and Charles Vieni of Taconic Engineering--who will determine whether or not the plan is adequate to ensure public safety and meets the City's other requirements.
Gossips fervently hopes the plan passes muster. An even larger gap in the original streetscape--this building is adjacent to what had been the site of the celebrated and long lamented General Worth Hotel--is too distressing to contemplate.
|The building and its context in 1959|