On Tuesday, the Common Council was supposed to vote on a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into a contract with Hudson Community Development & Planning Agency to have its executive director, Sheena Salvino, administer the Restore NY grant for the Dunn warehouse. This contract was a long time coming. It has been more than a year since the City received the grant to stabilize one of the last 19th-century industrial buildings on Hudson's waterfront.
When the resolution came up on the agenda Tuesday night, Council president Tom DePietro announced that the resolution was being tabled, because, as he explained, "the mayor wants to rethink the arrangement." Curious to know what that meant, I asked Mayor Rick Rector, who told me he "wanted additional clarification of the possible issues with the grant as written."
That statement reminds us of the concerns raised soon after the grant was announced in January 2017. At that time, Rector, who then, as First Ward alderman, chaired the Common Council Economic Development Committee, told the committee he had recently learned that "the grant is tied into a developer with a plan in place." Tabling the resolution suggests that Rector may still be concerned about the grant requiring the City to surrender the building, owned by the City and adjacent to a public park, to a private developer.
The adaptive reuse of the building is one of the projects included in Hudson's draft DRI Investment Plan. The DRI request for the project is $1 million. The project abstract states: "The City of Hudson will use DRI funds to stabilize and prepare the Dunn Warehouse for future to-be-determined use."
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