With no public access to DRI Committee meetings, it's hard to tell what progress is being made on planning for the future of "the Shacks," now being called the Furgary Fishing Village. There was a draft RFQ for the project, which sought to identify a landscape architecture firm to design a "historical, cultural interpretive park." That RFQ was tabled, and it was decided that the scope and intent needed to be adjusted "to better reflect DRI Committee consensus." (At the last public meeting of the DRI Committee on March 4, Timothy O'Connor, one of the driving forces in getting DRI money for project, spoke of "mission creep," insisting that the original vision for the future of the site was much simpler.)
Since then, the original proposal for DRI funding surfaced. The summary of the committee's meeting on April 1 reports: "The DRI application was acknowledged to contain helpful information. The committee still needs additional detail, design and planning assistance." It seems DRI Committee may have met yesterday in a conference call, but there has been no confirmation of that meeting and no summary of the meeting has yet appeared on the City of Hudson website.
In the meantime, there is this. In 2017, Daria Merwin, co-director of the Cultural Resource Survey Program at the New York State Museum, made a presentation called "The Many and Varied Maritime Cultural Landscapes of New York State." In it, she makes the case for the historic significance of what has come to be known as Hudson's historic fishing village.
Merwin concludes her presentation by telling about "a case study our office has after some debate determined to be eligible for the National Register, and it is in a historically marginal environment that some locals would now like to transform into a park." The case study she uses to wrap up her talk is, of course, the Shacks. Merwin's presentation can be heard and read here. The part about the Shacks begins at about 12:26 and continues to the end. The "current mayor" she mentions is Mayor Tiffany Martin.
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