The Planning Board has yet to grant site plan approval to Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the proposed Depot District--Phase 2 being the building proposed for 76 North Seventh Street and the parking lot proposed for the corner of Sixth and Washington streets, and Phase 3 being the building proposed for 75 North Seventh Street. The Galvan Foundation is now seeking site plan approval for Phase 2, and on Tuesday, the Planning Board got to see the most up-to-date drawings for 76 North Seventh Street, the apartment building planned for the east side of the street (formerly identified as 708 State Street).
same observation in April when revised drawings were presented to the Historic Preservation Commission.) Below is the original rendering presented both to the Planning Board and to the HPC.
Bowne went on to say of the newest version of the design, "This looks like low-income housing, out of character with its context. This is a significant departure, and it makes me anxious."
Dan Kent responded by saying the changes in fenestration had been made in response to requests from the HPC. That's not exactly true. The HPC focused on the treatment of the ground floor storefronts, and the alterations to the fenestration on the upper floors were made concurrent with the alterations to the storefronts. The real explanation of the changes in fenestration came from Jason Anderson, the architect for the building. The current placement of the windows is being determined by the layout of the apartments inside the building. There was no interior plan that went with the fenestration shown in the original drawing.
No action was taken on this project on Tuesday, and it will be taken up again at the board's July meeting.
Another project of interest that came before the Planning Board on Tuesday was a new neighborhood of rowhouses and single family homes being planned for Hudson Avenue.
zoning amendment to allow residential structures to be built on this land, which had previously been zoned I-1 (Industrial). At that time, the construction of a row of four attached townhouses was being proposed.
The plan now being presented calls for two blocks of four townhouses, six freestanding houses, and an octagonal structure.
Walter Chatham, who owns the land and is proposing the subdivision, said he wants the new development to "look and feel like the rest of Hudson." He is thinking of the artery on which the freestanding houses are located as a shared driveway rather than a street and wants it to be paved with gravel. When asked if there would be sidewalks, Chatham answered, "I prefer not to do a concrete sidewalk because it would make it too much like Warren Street." To this, Planning Board member Clark Wieman responded, "Without sidewalks, this is going to look and feel more like Greenport than Hudson."
The Planning Board decided to classify the project as an Unlisted Action under SEQR and declare itself lead agency in a coordinated environmental review.
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