The following excerpts from the article are of interest:
Mayor Kamal Johnson said Galvan's proposal is a better financial decision for the city than renovating the City Hall building on Warren Street, but added he is wary of the city relinquishing ownership of the 604 Washington St. lot. He said he would prefer to lease the 2.4-acre vacant lot. . . .
"If they [Galvan] would still be willing to gift the city that property (400 State Street) and sign onto a long term lease, as well as possibly develop the property into a parking lot, I think that's the best-case scenario for the city," Johnson said. "We're getting a lot out of it."
The Galvan Foundation maintains moving City Hall to 400 State Street "is projected to cost significantly less than other options explored by the City of Hudson." It's unclear from the numbers Galvan published exactly how much they project it would cost the City, even after the $1 million grant and the donated construction drawings and environmental reports.
In 2019, Lacey Thaler Reilly Wilson did a feasibility study on making the current City Hall at 520 Warren Street ADA compliant. They came up with four plans, which ranged in cost from $131,000 to $3,143,000. The cost of Plan 3--the plan being considered, or at least the one presented to the Historic Preservation Commission last November for a certificate of appropriateness--is $278,000.
Back in 2007 and 2008, when the Hudson Area Library owned 400 State Street and was pursuing its restoration, the cost for restoring the building and improving its functionality as a library, a process that was to be carried out in phases, was estimated to be between $8 and $10 million.
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