The shortage of affordable housing in Hudson has been the topic of many meetings lately, and at every one of them, the number of buildings--mixed use commercial/residential, apartment buildings, and single-family homes--owned by the Galvan Foundation and standing vacant is mentioned. The situation inspired the Common Council Legal Committee to draft legislation that would require the owner of a vacant building to register the building and pay a fee every six months for as long as the building remained unoccupied.
There has been much speculation about why the Galvan Foundation is acquiring more property than it is able to rehabilitate in a timely fashion, but an article that appeared today in Cubed seems intent on putting all speculation to rest while explaining the group's noble motive: "A renovated armory brings new life to Hudson, New York." The article contains some surprising statements, such as this one: "But a recently re-opened and gut renovated downtown building, and an accompanying set of new affordable housing developments, have given the city and its ailing downtown a new sense of energy and vibrancy, showing how real estate can also be a tool to help Hudson." It's not clear if the armory is the "recently re-opened and gut renovated downtown building," but Hudson's downtown hasn't been "ailing" for quite a while now, and sadly, the neighborhood immediately surrounding the armory is more or less ground zero for Hudson's recent spate of gun violence. And then there's this statement, which pretty clearly seems to refer to the armory: "Now home to numerous community groups, as well as 171 rental units, the formerly blighted structure, which opened in early 2016, has taken on a new life while reanimating a traditional town center." Where, oh where, might those 171 rental units to be found in Galvan Armory?
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