Jamie Larson reported yesterday that, according to Mark Orton, vice president of the library board, two of the four buildings considered as possible new locations for the Hudson Area Library "were owned by people currently in or with potential to soon be in Hudson politics." This caused Gossips to wonder, in print, what the second building was. The answer came from a reader: 111 Fairview Avenue, originally Canape Brothers Chrysler and for the past ten years Hudson Health & Fitness--a building owned by mayor's aide, Planning Commission member, former Fifth Ward alderman, and one-time mayoral candidate Carmine Pierro.
The mayor's aide seems to share the opinion of the mayor himself that an old car dealership would make a good library. When a totally different library board was considering alternatives to its historic building at 400 State Street seven years ago, Mayor Scalera encouraged a move to 96 Green Street, the building that was originally Village Dodge and now contains the medical offices of Dr. Ibrahim Rabadi.
Although 111 Fairview Avenue seems like a site the library board might consider as a courtesy to the mayor's longtime political cohort or to show that they'd done their due diligence and looked at every available building in the city, a poster on the notorious Voy forum, hinting possession of insider knowledge, predicts that this will be the library's new location.