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New restaurant proposed for Hudson waterfront

Dec 21, 2010 8:51 pm
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Artists' rendering of proposed restaurant for the Hudson waterfront. Photo by Tom Roe."][/caption]The Hudson Common Council held a love-in of a meeting Tuesday night, with a presentation from Eric Galloway spokesman Kevin Walker about a proposal from Galloway's Warren Street Partners to turn the old Dunn warehouse building across Water St. from Henry Hudson Riverfront Park into a bar and restaurant that received nothing but encouragement from the Council and Mayor Rick Scalera. The proposed restaurant could fit up to 200 tables, and the Galloway group has offered to buy the property and building from the city for $250,000, $50,000 below what the Council currently considers it worth. T. Eric Galloway president of the Lantern Organitzation and other groups, owns numerous properties throughout Hudson, and has been criticized for warehousing buildings and altering the historic architecture of Hudson with changes to his many buildings. But at the meeting tonight, there was nothing but praise for this project, as it dovetails nicely with the city's current Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP), which city officials hope will attract hotels, restaurants, and other businesses to the Hudson River waterfront. The Council expected to confirm what price they want to sell the building for by January's Common Council meeting, and Walker said that the project would take between 18 months and two years from when all the permits and red tape are worked out. He estimated the cost of the project at $2 million, and said the buyers would select a chef or other restaurant group to run the business. The meeting ended the same way it started, with all present in agreement. At the beginning they agreed on the waterfront project being just what the city needed. At the end, several Council members thanked Council president Don Moore for his leadership this year, and several folks noted the Council has been less divisive in 2010. Then everyone wished everyone else happy holidays. WGXC made an audio recording of the meeting, which can be heard by clicking here, or copy and paste the following url into your computer's media player:

Read Lindsay Suchow's story about this meeting in Register-Star.
Read Carole Osterink's account at The Gossips of Rivertown.
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