Gossips has learned that, just before he left the position of code enforcement officer, Peter Wurster received an inquiry from the contractor who had "disassembled" 900 Columbia Street, wanting to know about getting the permits needed to do the same thing to the historic train station at State and Seventh streets. At least the owner of this building is calling it what it is: demolition. Fortunately, the building is included in a locally designated historic district, so its demolition cannot happen without a certificate of appropriateness from the Historic Preservation Commission.
But wait! That was true for 406 Warren Street . . .
and 620-624 State Street . . .
and 8 North Fourth Street.
Let's hope Hudson's new code enforcement officer has a better awareness of the role historic architecture played in bringing Hudson back from the edge over the past quarter century and its continued importance to the city's success and well-being going forward.
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