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Galvan eyeing ‘Depot District’

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    A project rendering of what the Depot District could look like at Seventh and State streets in Hudson.
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    Galvan plans to tear down a cinder-block storage facility at Seventh and State streets to make way for a 75-unit mixed-use building for commercial and residential space.
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    A brewery is planned for the former railroad depot at 708 State St. in Hudson.
November 6, 2019 07:40 pm

HUDSON — Big changes could be coming to State Street, including an influx of affordable housing.

The Galvan Foundation announced it is planning a 75-unit mixed-income and commercial development as part of its Depot District on State Street, just above Seventh Street.

Galvan revealed its plans while announcing the private foundation had won a $1 million Buildings of Excellence Award from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority last week.

The project is in the design phase and there are no plans to present it to the city’s zoning or planning boards in the immediate future for review, said Dan Kent, Galvan’s vice president of Initiatives. So far, the units would be one- to two-bedroom units for low to moderate income renters. The bottom floor would serve as a commercial or retail space, to be determined.

The slate-gray cinderblock building behind the depot, which is mainly being used for storage, would be demolished to make way for the new units.

The award from NYSERDA facilitates the project’s design, development and completion, according to a statement from Galvan. The project architect is River Architects of Cold Spring, design professionals specializing in urban planning and sustainable design.

“We believe that environmentalism and community development go hand-in-hand,” Kent said in a statement. “That’s why we strive to provide housing in Hudson that raises the bar for sustainability and green building, and we are delighted that the state of New York recognized our commitment with this award. NYSERDA’s support, along with the great work of River Architects, will make a positive impact in Hudson for generations to come.”

The project was selected from a group with low or zero carbon emissions by an advisory panel consisting of top academics, architects and advocates for green building, according to Galvan.

The Galvan Foundation last month announced plans to turn the old Hudson train depot on Seventh Street into a brewery. 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. 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.

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 later served at different times as a residence and retail establishment for many years.

The Galvan Foundation owns 86 properties and claims more than $30 million in total assets.

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