On Tuesday, Gossips shared the press release announcing the launch of HudsonDots, the affordable housing program initiated by The Spark of Hudson. Yesterday, Roger Hannigan Gilson reported in the Times Union that The Spark of Hudson is purchasing and renovating the last of the properties that made up Phil Gellert's Northern Empire in Hudson: "Major Hudson landlord bought out, but current tenants can stay."
Over the years, Gossips has done a few posts about Gellert and his holdings in Hudson. In 2010, he owned twenty buildings, which Gossips inventoried in a post called "Gellert Gallery." In 2016 and again in 2018, Gossips revisited some of the Gellert properties that then had new owners. An example of a Gellert survivor is 514 State Street, which Gellert sold (not to The Spark of Hudson) for $485,000 in July 2018.
Glad to see renovations on the old buildings, but sorry to see a low-end landlord like Gellert walk away with cash.ReplyDelete
So basically, State Street does not have to comply with the historical renovations as Union, Warren and Allen do. Why? The whole city has been here this long. It's unfair to regulate half of a city. Either they should have the same stipulations or no one does.ReplyDelete
My two cents.
I agree. It's an unfortunate and cheap renovation on the exterior.Delete
How long before this goes on the market? Let's guess. I say $1.3M. Slap some paint on it, throw in some new windows and make some money. Hudson's main source of revenue is no longer antiques, it's antique buildings.ReplyDelete
Who designs something as characterless and gloomy as that building? There oughta be a law!ReplyDelete
the building pictured is typical of affordable housing. However, it is not as bad as the module hosuing like vinyl village at the top of Rossman.Delete
Hudson soon will be awash in all of this architecture. It is a changing landscape but the antique buildings have been saved, or many of them anyway.
the current social trend is for plain and faceless, simplistic even if it is expensive.
I commend Spark of Hudson and the Dots program. It seems to be a community driven solution and not asking for anything in return nor asking for taxpayers to carry the burden. Also they are putting their money where their mouth is and purchasing property then long term renting themselves (rather than pilots, flip taxes, asking for restrictions on what other private citizens do with their property).ReplyDelete