It will be a busy night at City Hall, with two public hearings and the informal Common Council meeting.
The first public hearing, which begins at 6 p.m., concerns an application for a $1 million Restore NY grant to be used for the demolition of what remains of the Kaz warehouse and the rehabilitation of the site.
Predictably, the mention of a new Restore NY grant is a cue for Gossips to mention the $500,000 Restore NY grant Hudson applied for last year at this time and won. It was intended to stabilize the sadly decaying Dunn warehouse, which everyone recognizes as the historic centerpiece of all plans for further development of the waterfront. For reasons that seem indefensible, none of that money has been spent and no work to stabilize the building and arrest deterioration has begun. The state of things is such that elected officials are standing up in public meetings repeating the erroneous opinion held by some that the building is not salvageable and is a "tear down."
The second public hearing begins at 6:30 p.m. and concerns proposed Local Law No. 5, which amends the city zoning law "as it pertains to the reimbursement of costs incurred by the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals in connection with applications and appeals."
The informal meeting of the Common Council begins at 7 p.m. So far, there is no indication on the City website that there is anything at all on the agenda for that meeting, but there's sure to be something.
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