The Register-Star today published the news, which Gossips shared on Monday, that HDC (Hudson Development Corporation) is moving forward in negotiations with Sustainable Community Associates to redevelop the site of the former Kaz warehouses: "Developer with county ties chosen for waterfront project." This attention to the Kaz site inspires me to share this picture, discovered in the Evelyn & Robert Monthie Slide Collection at the Columbia County Historical Society, of the site before the Kaz warehouses or the sprawling L&B building were constructed. (Note the Robert Taylor House in the lower left-hand corner.)
It is not known when this picture was taken, but a clue to dating it is that, when Kaz, Inc., announced in 2008 it was closing its manufacturing facility, Richard Katzman, then the company's CEO, was quoted in the Times Union as saying that Kaz had been in Hudson for fifty years. From that we can surmise that this picture was taken before 1958, but how much before is unknown.
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