|Photo: Kelly A. Thompson|
|Photo: Kelly A. Thompson|
The event inspired Gossips to wonder about the status of things related to the building. The adaptive reuse of the Dunn warehouse was designated one of the five priority projects in the Hudson's Downtown Revitalization Initiative proposal. The DRI application proposes devoting $2.8 million of the $10 million to "Dunn & Warehouse & Environs," but that isn't the only grant money earmarked for the Dunn building. At the beginning of this year, the City was awarded a $500,000 Restore NY grant to stabilize the building and halt its deterioration. The grant application outlined how the $500,000 would be used:
The utilization of the Restore New York funding is intended to undertake the necessary improvements to:  Address immediate issues affecting building condition and stability; and  Undertake necessary rehabilitation activities--improvements that are generic in nature and that would contribute to any type of adaptive reuse--that make the building both ready for and attractive to a developer to be selected under a Request for Proposal (RFP) process. The project, and accompanying scope of work, can be organized into two categories:
Phase I--Urgent Repair: involves work that should be conducted as soon as possible. Phase I work consists of repair issues that are required to maintain the stability of the structure to prevent possible collapse, and items necessary to reduce an active deterioration conditions.
Phase II--Short Term Repair: involves work that should be completed with the next 6-10 months.The award was announced on January 27. More than seven months later, no remedial work on the building has begun. The application also committed the City to issuing an RFP for a developer in 2017. That will no doubt happen. Almost four months remain to do that.
There was also a question of whether or not the building was included in the National Register-listed Hudson Historic District. In November 2016, Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton received a letter from Weston Davey at the State Historic Preservation Office explaining the building's situation: "Documentation for the Hudson MRA (Multiple Resource Area) was completed in 1985, but the Hudson and Boston Railroad Shop was not listed at that time due to property owner objections." Since the building has already been documented and determined to be eligible for listing, actually getting it listed in the National Register of Historic Places should not be a difficult undertaking. Being listed in the National Register will be make it more attractive to a developer who wanted to undertake its adaptive reuse, because it would be qualify for historic preservation tax incentives. Still, almost ten months after learning the status of the building, the NR listing, according to Gossips' information, has not been pursued.
Gossips did learn from Sheena Salvino, executive director of HDC (Hudson Development Corporation) that the Dunn building will be on the agenda for the next Common Council Economic Development Committee meeting, which takes place on Thursday, September 21, at 6 p.m., at City Hall.
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