The agenda for tonight's Planning Commission meeting is on the City of Hudson website. Among the items on the agenda are two being presented by the Lantern Organization, Eric Galloway's not-for-profit in New York City. The agenda describes the projects to be presented as "proposal for 4th and State St." and "the 5th and Warren supermarket."
What is going to be proposed for Fourth and State streets is a mystery. That's the location of 400 State Street, which used to belong to the Hudson Area Library but now belongs to the Galvan Foundation. It's possible that a mistake has been made on the agenda, and it's Fourth and Columbia that is meant and the project slated for presentation is the police station cum city court cum Tier 3 housing for the chronically homeless that Galvan has dubbed "Civic Hudson." We'll have to wait until tonight to find out.
The fact that the supermarket project on Warren near Fifth Street, which Galvan calls "Hudson Arcade," is being presented to the Planning Commission by the Lantern Organization offers a clue about what is being planned for the apartments over the store. There's a rumor that these are going to be Section 8 apartments, but it is more likely what is being planned is the return of the infamous Starboard project proposed two years ago for this location, on a much smaller scale. The Lantern Organization specializes in permanent supportive housing for the mentally disabled, the homeless, and those with substance abuse problems, and that may be what they have in mind for the second floor of this building.
The Planning Commission meeting begins at 7 p.m. in City Hall.