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Foundation 'deconstructing' historic orphanage building

Mar 08, 2019 2:00 pm
Amanda Purcell is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the Galvan Foundation Mar. 7, began demolition of the former Hudson Orphan and Relief Association building located at Sixth and State streets on the city's north side. “We are saddened to announce the need to deconstruct our building at 620 State Street in Hudson because of public safety concerns,” Dan Kent, vice president of initiatives at the Galvan Foundation, said. The tear-down is expected to take three weeks. “I have had several conversations with City Code Enforcement Officer Craig Haigh regarding this historic building,” Mayor Rick Rector said. “It is very unfortunate that it has become a safety issue requiring demolition.” The now vacant 1847 building served as the city’s orphan asylum until 1881, and as a residence and retail business thereafter. The structure was first deemed unsafe in 1976, due to several structural flaws. Galvan first developed plans to rehabilitate the building as part of its Galvan Quarters Initiative, and then later to convert it into 10 studio apartments, but both ideas were abandoned. While the building cannot be repaired, its bricks and other materials will be reused in the construction of a new building at the same location, Kent said. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.