It seems that Dan Tuczinski, counsel to the Planning Board, found a way for the project to be approved without getting a use variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals. The article reports that he advised the applicants--Donovan LaFond, Jennifer Tzar, and Adam Loomis--that "if they emphasized the art gallery as the primary use, rather than the wine bar, they would be consistent with the R-4 residential zoning, and could apply for a site plan approval rather than a variance." That seems to have been agreeable to all, and the Planning Board gave unanimous approval. Although several nearby residents were concerned about the impact of the proposed project on the neighborhood, the Planning Board did not hold a public hearing before granting its approval. The building is owned by the Galvan Foundation.
The scaffolding has been blocking the sidewalk since September, and Rob Caldwell reports that his business at Musica this October was half what it was last year and that this October was the worst October since 1999.
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Hard to believe a temporary barrier erected to protect the public would contribute to anyone's loss of business. This is just another lame shot at Eric Galloway the poster boy for everything bad in Hudson. This building is proceeding at a rapid pace and in my opinion will contribute much to enliven this dead corner.ReplyDelete
Scaffolding is unattractive and sidewalk barriers do block business. Hopefully the building will be finished as soon as possible. That intersection is arguably the least attractive on WarrenReplyDelete
Just walk around the barriers, into the street, for that short distance. It isn't as if there is a fast traffic zipping thru. We do this in all major cities, so certainly Hudsonians can manage it.ReplyDelete