Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency, Hudson, NY
The Hudson waterfront was once a dynamo of industry and shipping. The Dunn Building, built around 1850, is one of the few remnants of the period. Long used as a warehouse and as part of a coal gasification plant supplying energy to the City of Hudson, it conveniently sits beside the Riverfront Park, historic train depot and marina. The land underneath the old plant was heavily contaminated but has since been remediated, leaving the building open for redevelopment.
The City charged Saratoga Associates with identifying feasible uses for the building, as well as assessing the visual impact a repurposed building would have on the waterfront. Retail and food services were discussed as primary public amenities, while office and community spaces were identified for the larger structure with the addition of a second floor. In addition, areas requiring stabilization (masonry) and replacement (roofing) were identified and included in the overall development cost estimates.