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Hotel Sitemap Process Takes Next Step | Columbia County

By February 10, 2022February 12th, 2022Site plan

HUDSON — The city’s planning board has cleared the next steps for a Galvan Foundation site plan application to redevelop 402-406 Warren St. and 10-12 N. 4th St. into a hotel of 30 rooms, a restaurant and a commercial space.

Before the planning board can approve a project, it must first weigh the potential environmental impacts.

In New York, most projects proposed by a state agency or local government unit must complete an environmental assessment form. The Galvan Foundation submitted a form to the planning board on November 24.

Upon review of this, under state environmental law, the planning board classified the proposed development as “unlisted”.

This means that the site will not have an environmental impact on more than 10 acres of land and it cannot be classified in the Type I or Type II action categories.

In addition, the planning board must conduct its own environmental review of the project.

National regulations allow different procedures if a sitemap is deemed unlisted. Type I actions are larger projects more likely to have environmental impacts, such as a non-commercial space of 25,000 feet or more. Type II actions determine that entities such as a single-family home do not have a significant environmental impact. The unlisted category is a gray area if a proposal does not fit into the other types. The planning board does not have to contact state agencies, although city attorney Victoria Polidoro of the Rodenhouse Chale law firm in Rhinebeck said she would consult with both the Department of State Health and the State Historic Preservation Office.

The planning board also voted unanimously to list itself as the lead agency overseeing the project’s environmental review.

The total area of ​​the proposed site is 0.22 acres. Galvan estimated it would take a year to complete the redevelopment and construction.

The revenue the Foundation receives from the proposed hotel will go directly to their social goals, according to Dan Kent, vice president of initiatives for the Galvan Foundation.

At the planning board meeting, Polidoro said the Hudson Planning Board wants to be responsible for the review and is asking the public as well as involved and interested agencies such as the Columbia County Health Department. The Hudson Department of Public Works, Hudson Historic Preservation Commission and Hudson Fire Department are invited to submit their questions, concerns and comments which will then be deliberated at a meeting in March. The Galvan Foundation will also submit additional documents and information to the planning committee for review at the March meeting.

The Galvan Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2012 by T. Eric Galloway and Henry van Ameringen. She is committed to improving the economic life of Hudson by purchasing historic buildings and redeveloping them for residential, commercial and community use. The foundation also helps create affordable housing in the city, according to Kent.

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