In May, the Common Council voted to accept $100,000 from the Galvan Foundation to do a feasibility study on relocating City Hall to 400 State Street, the building that was constructed in 1818 as the Hudson Almshouse and was for more than fifty years the location of the Hudson Area Library. The vote was not unanimous: six Council members voted in favor; four voted against; one recused himself because he was employed by the Galvan Foundation; and one regretted voting in favor of accepting the money and wanted to change her vote.
According to Galvan, the estimated cost of rehabbing the building for use as City Hall would be $3.3 million, and the Galvan Foundation has offered, along with giving the building to the City, a construction grant of $1.4 million. To many, $3.3 million seemed unrealistically low. In 2008, when the Hudson Area Library was planning to restore the building and make it more useful for its purpose, the cost of the restoration was set at $8.9 million. The feasibility study the City is about to undertake will make its own estimate of the cost of restoring the building and adapting it for reuse as City Hall.
Bujanow said the RFP is "putting a lot of emphasis on the historic" and indicated that the feasibility study will "tell us how much it's going to cost to restore the building and reuse it was City Hall and identify sources of funds" for the restoration.
The RFP is now on the City of Hudson website and can be reviewed by clicking here.
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