At the time, Carl Whitbeck, who was conducting the auction for the City, told Stair that the Common Council would have to decide whether or not the bid conformed to the rules governing the auction. The notation "TBD" (to be determined) on the chart distributed at the Finance Committee meeting suggests that the Common Council in the new year will have to decide what happens with the house.
As a point of information, Galvan already owns the building next door to 618 State Street, the original Hudson Orphan Asylum at 620 State Street;
and the building behind 620 State Street, the old garage that was once Canape Motors.
The house at 618 State Street is the missing piece in this square of properties at the corner of State and Seventh streets.
In 2012, Galvan, in collaboration with the Mental Health Association, proposed converting the old orphanage and the old Canape garage into a transitional housing facility with twenty-four studio apartments to be called "Galvan Quarters."
Galvan Quarters never happened, but two years later Galvan was back before the Planning Board with a plan to create ten studio apartments in the old orphanage and to transform the old garage into "a multi-purpose building for educational and community service use." That plan never materialized either, but one wonders what might be in store if Galvan were to own all the buildings on that half block of State Street.
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