Saturday, March 5, 2016

News from Galvan

In October 2014, the Galvan Foundation purchased the building on the northeast corner of Third and Allen streets which was the home of the Salvation Army in Hudson. At the time, it was made known that the Salvation Army would be relocated at some point.

Yesterday, Galvan announced that it was creating a new home for the Salvation Army in the "Galvan Opportunity Center," which is the new name for the building in the first block of Warren Street, built to be a strip mall and most recently used by COARC. "Salvation Army joins Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth and Warren Street Academy as tenants in Galvan Opportunity Center. These organizations provide critical programs proven to expand social and economic opportunity for the residents of Hudson."

The press release announcing the new accommodation for the Salvation Army includes this summary of the work of the Galvan Foundation in Hudson.

And there's another bit of Galvan news. The group best known for its acquisition of Hudson is selling a property: 405 Warren Street.

Galvan bought the building at a tax auction in July 2014 for $450,000. It was then reportedly divided up into a rabbit warren of roach-infested apartments. The building has since been cleaned up, the upper floors are now two floor-through two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments, the commercial space remains intact, and the building is being offered for sale at $950,000.


  1. Restoring the arched glass upper floor windows is most commendable for GALVAN.

    While the upstairs, allegedly a rabbit warren of rooms , were grand apartments on each floor with their original double parlor severe black marble mantles and original trim and doorways.

    All that has been transformed into white boxes with no trace of anything historical or memorable to note.

    Maybe that is the desired lifestyle for historic buildings there days ...

  2. 405 was a flea bag of a building long before Galvin bought it. It's alleged he turned a very run down property into something livable for the current market. At $950000 he did little more than break even. He did a fine exterior restoration preserving the character of the building.

  3. Putting the Salvation Army into that building will be a squeeze.