Even someone who mourns all the buildings in Hudson that have been sacrificed for parking lots (or as a former mayor would say "parkin' lots"), and even someone who would like to think that Hudson is a walkable city (given the state of our sidewalks off Warren Street, we're not there yet) has to admit that the blasé attitude shown by decision makers about parking at the Armory is a bit bizarre. Lack of parking always seemed to be a huge issue when the library was located at 400 State Street, but the current library board, euphoric about the move to the Armory, seems not to be the least bit worried about parking at their new location.
On Wednesday night, Michael Sullivan of Crawford & Associates made an initial presentation to the Planning Commission in the site plan review for relocating the Hudson Area Library to the Armory. Parking is one of the things that the Planning Commission concerns itself with, and Sullivan affirmed that there were 20 on-street parking spaces along the perimeter of the building: 4 or 5 on North Fifth Street, 10 or 11 on State Street, and 5 on Short Street. The curb cuts on Short Street, Sullivan said, were to be restored as curbs, thus allowing parking. When Don Tillson, chair of the Planning Commission, mentioned other things that might be going into the Armory, Sullivan said that the application being submitted was only for the library.
So what happens when (and if) the senior center and whatever use is proposed for the new addition to the building on Short Street come before the Planning Commission? Do they get to claim the same 20 on-street parking spaces, too?