Such was the case on May 24, when the application for a certificate of appropriateness for facade changes to 623 Warren Street came before the HPC. The applicant indicated that the hope was to open the restaurant for Pride Weekend, but the application was missing some important elements needed by the HPC to make a determination:
- a historic photograph of the building
- elevation drawings of both the Warren Street and the Seventh Street facades
- spec sheet for the new door
The removal of the facade happened the following Monday, and everyone was thrilled when old signage was revealed, from the period when the building was the location of Oneida Market. People were even more thrilled when the word circulated that the discovered signage was to be preserved and retained.
|Photo: Stephen McKay|
But after removing the old facade, the work continued, without the required certificate of appropriateness.
Last week, code enforcement officer Craig Haigh issued a stop-work order, halting progress on the project until a certificate of appropriateness had been granted. Things might have been remedied in short order, but the applicant did not appear at the HPC meeting this past Friday with the requested elevation drawings and the specs for the door. (Historic photographs of the building had already been provided by Gossips.)
The word has been circulating since December that Pico de Gallo was planning to open a restaurant in Hudson at this location. Unfortunately, it's going to be a while longer before that actually happens . . . as a consequence of poor planning not the HPC or Hudson's preservation laws.COPYRIGHT 2019 CAROLE OSTERINK