Back in January 2021, when the two apartment buildings proposed for the "Depot District" were first presented to the Planning Board, Walter Chatham, then the architect for the project, said the inspiration for the building proposed for 708 State Street, now being identified as 76 North Seventh Street, was the historic apartment building at 501 Union Street, constructed in 1864.
Lantern Organization in New York City. Some of the buildings are renovations; others are new construction. Among the latter is this building, called Silverleaf Hall, located at 480 East 176th Street in the East Tremont section of the Bronx. Its resemblance to what's proposed for North Seventh Street is striking.
The first image above is a rendering of Silverleaf Hall, the building in the Bronx. The second is a rendering for 76 North Seventh Street. The construction of Silverleaf Hall was completed in 2006. Below is a Google capture of the building from March 2022.
The Lantern Organization, which was founded by Eric Galloway in 1996, provides permanent and affordable supportive housing in New York City. Dan Kent, known to Hudson as the vice president of initiatives for the Galvan Foundation, also serves as a director of Lantern. According to the organization's website, "To date, Lantern Organization has developed 15 buildings, totaling 1,400 units in operation, and 3 buildings, totaling an additional 225 units are in predevelopment or construction phases."
Hudson has its own experience with the Lantern Organization. In 2010, Lantern proposed constructing a building to be called "Starboard" at the corner of Warren and Fifth streets. The building would have provided "permanent supportive housing" in 33 studio apartments for the mentally disabled, the homeless, and those with substance abuse problems.
The Starboard project was abandoned after a public meeting at which the overwhelming sentiment expressed by the people who filled City Hall was that the project was a remarkably inappropriate idea.
Two years later, Lantern, working in partnership with the newly created Galvan Initiatives Foundation, proposed a building for the corner of Fourth and Columbia streets which they called "Hudson Civic." The first two floors in the building would be leased by the City for the police department and the city court; the top two floors would be 35 units of supportive housing for formerly homeless single adults--men and women.
This project was abandoned because the New York State Homeless Housing and Assistance Program (HHAP) would not approve the financing for the project in the face of objections from members of the Hudson Police Department who thought it inappropriate to combine police and court facilities in the same building with residential units.
Since 2012, Lantern has not made any proposals for development in Hudson. That task has been taken over entirely by the Galvan Foundation.
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