Although, as Gossips reported, the actual groundbreaking happened a couple of weeks ago, the ceremonial groundbreaking for 76 North Seventh Street took place this afternoon, in front of a giant, partially waterfilled pit. In addition to some ground floor commercial space, the building to be constructed on the site will have 63 residential units, 12 of which will be affordable for moderate income households (80 percent of the area median income) and 51 of which will be affordable for middle income households (130 percent of the area median income).
In his remarks, Dan Kent of the Galvan Foundation spoke of the building as the beginning of the Depot District and credited Mayor Kamal Johnson with being its inspiration. He also acknowledged the role played in the Depot District project by Rick Scalera, Fifth Ward supervisor, former longtime mayor, and special adviser to the Galvan Foundation.
In his remarks, Johnson spoke of Hudson's housing crisis and attributed the cancellation, for the second year, of Hudson High School's varsity football season and also staff shortages at Columbia Memorial Health to the lack of affordable housing in Hudson.
Then Kent and Johnson, along with Mike Tucker, president and CEO of Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC), donned hard hats and took hold of the ceremonial shovels to carry out the groundbreaking. (Tucker, Kent, and Johnson appear from left to right in the photos below.)COPYRIGHT 2023 CAROLE OSTERINK