The building known as John L. Edwards School is to be sold to Adirondack Community Development to be repurposed as affordable housing. Last Tuesday, the Hudson City School District School of Education voted unanimously to approve the deal. What remains is for the developer to get the City of Hudson to amend its zoning to allow more stories to be added to the building, to complete the SEQRA review, and to secure tax credits to fund the project, and for voters in the Hudson City School District to approve the sale of the property for $3 million in a referendum. As the process of transforming a school building into an apartment buildings moves forward, what of the man for whom the school was named?
Gossips shared the story of how in 1959, when Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands visited Hudson for the 350th anniversary of Henry Hudson's discovery of the Hudson River, there was a reception for her at Dr. Edwards' home at Prospect and Rossman avenues. Today, a historic marker commemorates that event.
In recent days, Ken Sheffer has researched and written a biographical sketch of Dr. John L. Edwards, which Gossips has the honor of publishing. The biography can be found here. One of the great takeaways from Sheffer's biography of Edwards is that Hudson fifty years ago seems to have been quite a different place.
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