Future Hudson: An Urban Designer’s Imaginings, What ifs, and Why Nots by Matthew Frederick

Join Hudson architect and bestselling author Matthew Frederick Thursday, May 24 at 6pm as he draws on principles from his new book, 101 Things I Learned in Urban Design School, to explore how we might repair Hudson’s trouble spots and shape its future. We will look at a redesigned waterfront, a rethought Second Ward, a revamped Seventh Street Park, a new home for Kite’s Nest, and even a dramatic new neighborhood with its own Main Street. A discussion and book signing will follow. Continue reading

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The Open House at the Armory

Saturday June 22, 2013

Over 300 people came to the Armory to see the plans for the future library in the Armory (Fifth and State Streets). The event featured a layout of the main areas of the library on the floor of the Drill Shed (the 10,000 square foot main room) with large drawings and illustrations of  the design. In addition to brief presentations at the six stops on the tour, the architect Vincent Benic was available for further discussion and questions. See the pictures >>>>> Continue reading

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Final Schematic Design for New Library

Final Schematic Design presentation for Hudson Area Library, Hudson NYAt the January meeting of the Board of Trustees of the library, the Final Schematic Design for the new library was approved. This followed months of work by Vincent Benic Architect, Galvan Foundation and the library. Benic gave a presentation on December 7, 2012 to the Board and representatives from the Galvan Foundation. See more images from this presentation and learn more about progress towards the new library below.

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Architects Presentation of Final Schematic Plan for New Library at Armory

The Armory Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Hudson Area Library will hold a meeting with Vincent Benic Architect on Friday December 7, 2012 at 6pm at the library. This will be a presentation by the architects of the final schematic plan for the new library at the Armory. Representatives of our development partner, The Galvan Foundation, will also attend.

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Update on the Library’s Move to the Armory

Armory 51 North Fifth St Hudson NY 12534Is the Library moving to the Armory?

Yes. Since we last reported on plans to move the library to the Armory (5th St. and State St.) a lot of progress has been made, though a great deal of hard work remains.

The GalVan Initiatives Foundation (see the Register Star article “Nonprofit’s goal: city’s improvement” -12/31/2011) owns the Armory and offered to partner with the Library in the construction of a new library within the Armory in the 10,000 sq. ft. “drill hall”. The GalVan Foundation will make a large contribution towards the construction costs and then lease the space to the library for 30 years at $12 per year.

Since the initial discussions the Board of the Library and GalVan Initiatives Foundation have held numerous meetings to develop a process to carry out this plan. This resulted in a Memorandum of Understanding between the two parties that was signed in early January 2012. This document describes the responsibilities of each party and the process to achieve the results desired.

When is this supposed to happen? Continue reading

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