The City of Hudson is applying for a $500,000 grant from the Restore NY Communities Initiative program to stabilize the Dunn building on the waterfront.
On September 13, the Waterfront Advisory Steering Committee held a public forum about the Dunn building. There were many ideas expressed about how the building should be used--everything from a bowling alley to an aquarium and educational center--but there was consensus on the building's significance as the last surviving 19th-century industrial building west of the railroad tracks on Hudson's waterfront and the need to preserve it. A half million dollars would stabilize the building and ensure its survival for whatever use the community agrees upon in the future. A half million dollars would also stabilize the building for some immediate use--like a year-round farmers' market or bicycle and kayak rentals.
If you think the grant application is a worthy effort, you can write a letter of support stating that the building is important to the future development of our waterfront and stabilizing it is critical. Your letter should be addressed to Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton and emailed to Sheena Salvino, executive director of the Hudson Development Corporation (HDC), before the end of the day tomorrow, Friday, September 30. The grant application is due on Monday, October 3.
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