Today, May 3, the City of Hudson issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the Dunn warehouse, the city's only surviving industrial building immediately adjacent to the waterfront, across the street from Henry Hudson Riverfront Park.
The RFP, which can be found here, begins with this statement, highlighted in yellow and printed in red and black. (The colors of type, as well as the underscoring, have been reproduced here, but not the yellow background.)
The City of Hudson is seeking to LEASE OR SELL the Dunn Warehouse Building and property to a qualified investor-developer and will provide funding to the selected developer in an amount over $1 million dollars of NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative Award funds to assist in the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the former Dunn Warehouse Building as outlined within this Request for Proposals.
A cursory reading of the RFP suggests that the property included is only the land immediately surrounding the Dunn warehouse and not the three City-owned parcels along Water Street between the Dunn warehouse and the Ferry Street Bridge.
In March 2020, the City issued a request for expression of interest in the redevelopment of the Dunn warehouse. The only response received came from Bonacio Construction in Saratoga Springs. In subsequent discussion with Bonacio, it was revealed that Bonacio was also interested in the three vacant City-owned parcels, explaining the "the additional parcels would be needed to round out the Dunn redevelopment site and make a potential investment viable."
The RFP is vague about exactly what the City is looking for in the redevelopment of the Dunn warehouse, making only this statement:
The City of Hudson desires a project that will leverage location, the historic character of the building, the City’s many assets and create economic activity and a new attraction located at the majestic Hudson River waterfront.
Responses to the RFP are due on June 8, 2023.
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