HUDSON — The Galvan Foundation announced late Friday plans to restore the historic train station at 708 State St. to create a home for a new brewery.
Construction to restore the former Hudson Upper Depot will begin this fall, with the goal of reopening in spring 2020.
“The depot has a long history of bringing people together and supporting the local economy,” said Dan Kent, Galvan’s vice president of initiatives. “Our goal is to rehabilitate the brewery in a way that opens it up to the community and provides economic opportunity. The tall ceilings are perfect for fitting large brewing tanks.”
Plans for the brewery include a tasting room and event space, with room to host live music, lawn games and food trucks. The project is expected to create eight new jobs in Hudson. Galvan plans to work with a local brewer on the project. The name of the brewer has not been announced.
The 3,700-square-foot building, which dates back to the 1830s, has been vacant for a number of years. There is no longer a railroad train station near the Seventh Street tracks in Hudson.
In its heyday, the passenger station was used as part of the Hudson and Berkshire Railroad, which opened for travel from Hudson to West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, in September 1838, according to information obtained by Galvan and Margaret B. Schram’s book “Hudson’s Merchants and Whalers.” The line was closed in 1959.
Bricks from the former orphan asylum at 620 State St., which was demolished in March, are expected to be used in the rehabilitation of the building. The red brick building was constructed in 1847. It served as the city’s orphan asylum, known as the Hudson Orphan Relief Association, until 1881, when the operation was moved to what is the former Hudson Area Library at 400 State St. The building served at different times as a residence and retail establishment for many years thereafter.
The new brewery would follow the establishment of Hudson Brewing Company, 99 South Third St., which boasts of being the first brewery in the city since Prohibition.
“The Upper Depot Brewery project is part of Galvan Foundation’s commitment to foster economic opportunity, while supporting local businesses, through historic preservation,” according to a statement from the Galvan Initiatives Foundation.
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