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Hudson Common Council considering two options for new, improved city hall

May 24, 2021 2:00 pm

Aliya Schneider is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the Hudson Common Council Tue., May 18, voted to look into a bond that would fund needed Americans with Disabilities Act renovations to city hall and to accept a donation from the Galvan Foundation for a feasibility study of 400 State Street. The Galvan Initiatives Foundation is offering the city $100,000 to assess the practicality of renovating the former Hudson Area Library building to create a new and accessible city hall. If the building is deemed suitable, the foundation would donate the building along with $1.4 million to be used for renovations. Acceptance of the $100,000 donation for the feasibility study does not obligate the city in any way. The bond resolution approved the pursuit of a $475,000 bond to make the first floor of 520 Warren Street, the existing Hudson City Hall, ADA-accessible. Exploring authorization of the bond would not be a waste of money if the city works toward converting 400 State, Common Council President Thomas DePietro said. Public Works Commissioner Peter Bujanow said the improvements would increase the value of 520 Warren and address the accessibility issues in the meantime. Voting against the measure with three of his colleagues, 4th Ward Alderperson John Rosenthal, has been outspoken against any study of 400 State, calling it a waste of money. He said later the vote was "unbelievable." Note: DePietro is an active WGXC volunteer on-air programmer. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.