Efforts to dissuade MHA from this course of action failed, as did appeals to the New York State Historic Preservation Office. The one hope for the house's survival seemed to be the Galvan Foundation. In May 2012, Galvan announced, on its now-defunct blog, the intention to move two historic houses in Hudson to different locations: the Robert Taylor House to the first block of Union Street and 900 Columbia Street to the 200 block of Union Street. The former proposal met with resistance from the Historic Preservation Commission and the community, but the latter, with some regret that the house could not stay in its historic setting at the crossroads of two historic turnpikes, was welcomed as the only hope for the doomed house. On May 25, 2012--almost exactly a year ago--the Historic Preservation Commission granted a certificate of appropriateness for the proposal to move 900 Columbia Street to a trio of contiguous vacant lots in the 200 block of Union Street.
Gossips visited 900 Columbia Street this morning and found that the proposed building site has been cleared and leveled and is apparently ready for construction to begin. The historic house's time is running out. Its only hope of survival now seems to be moving it to a different location.
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