On March 7, the day the "deconstuction" began, Dan Kent of the Galvan Foundation released a statement which read in part:
We are saddened to announce the need to deconstruct our building at 620 State Street in Hudson because of public safety concerns. . . .
We are committed to constructing a new building paying homage to the old building in the same location, using bricks and materials recovered from the original. This project honors the legacy of this important historic orphanage building while ensuring public safety.A year later, the site has seen no development, and Galvan has announced its intention to use the bricks from the demolished orphanage building to make repairs to Hudson Upper Depot across the street, which is being readied for reuse as a brewery.
Because the demolition of the building was considered necessary for public safety, the Historic Preservation Commission was circumvented. The demolition was done without a certificate of appropriateness from the HPC despite the building's historic significance and its location within a locally designated historic district. Still it seems Section 169-8 of the code, which addresses demolition in historic districts, should apply here. The final sentence in that section reads: "In no case shall the time between demolition and commencement of new construction or lot improvement exceed six months."
COPYRIGHT 2020 CAROLE OSTERINK