Galvan wants tax breaks for proposed Hudson hotel
Roger Hannigan Gilson reports in the Times Union that the developer that owns the most properties in Hudson is now planning a 30-room high-end hotel in Hudson. Galvan unveiled initial plans to Hudson's Planning Board in January to turn two vacant apartment buildings into a 20,000-square foot, three-story hotel on Warren Street. Galvan wants property tax breaks from the city and tax credits for historical preservation. Common Council member Mohammed Rony said he has seen the cost of housing skyrocket since he immigrated to Hudson in 1996 as a child, and that Galvan has played a role in those price increases by "hoarding" properties. "If you look at them at a face value, sometimes it look like they're doing good things ... but at the same time, they're really taking advantage of these tax programs, and then they're trying to benefit off the tourism industry," Rony said. Common Council member Margaret Morris wonders why the proposal does not include any parking. Last year Galvan received a $6.6 million discount on property taxes through the city's Industrial Development Agency. Read more about this story in the Times Union.