At last night's Common Council meeting, Alderman Nick Haddad (First Ward) provided a progress report on 701 Union Street, which soon will be known as the City of Hudson Police and Courts Center.
According to Haddad, designs for the interior of the building, which had been agreed on two weeks ago, have since needed to be augmented, setting the project back two weeks. Part of the reason for the delay is that the police department's current facility is so woefully inadequate that it didn't provide a sufficient model for the new facility. As a consequence of the recently discovered need to amend the plans, the bid documents, which were expected to be ready by the end of the year, will not be ready until January 15.
Haddad reported that Craig Haigh, code enforcement officer, is now reviewing the plans for code compliance. The building is a noncontributing structure in a locally designated historic district, and hence the proposed redesign should be reviewed by the Historic Preservation Commission. It is not clear when that will happen, but those in attendance at last night's Council meeting got a sneak peak at the new design.
Haddad noted that one change has been made since this rendering was created: the faux parapet on the facade will be composed of perforated steel panels rather than the material shown.
Construction is expected to begin in March 2015, to be completed around Thanksgiving 2015.
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