Saturday, November 15, 2014

Of Interest in the Register-Star

On Wednesday, when Gossips was taking the day off, the Planning Board met and unanimously approved the reuse of the former Harmon's Auto Repair building as a gallery cum coffee and wine bar: "From garage to gallery."

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 Galvan Foundation is the subject of another article in today's Register-Star: "Pedestrians and business owners say bring down the scaffolds." The issue is that the scaffolding around 366 Warren Street, a building that Galvan has virtually reconstructed to be a new location of Hudson Home, necessitates closing off the sidewalk, limiting pedestrian access from Warren Street to Musica, Etsy, the office of Dennis Wedlick, Helsinki Hudson, the Hudson Area Library, and John L. Edwards Primary School. 

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.


  1. 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.

  2. 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 Warren

  3. 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.