Hudson Valley Demolition Alert
July - December, 2004
December 15, 2004
A 250-year old Dutch house in Poughkeepsie
was almost quietly demolished this past spring by Ginsburg Development Corp.
Although it has been saved for the time being, a friends groups is trying to acquire
the house so that its future can be ensured against development of residential
community on the old IBM golf course. The Homestead was scheduled for demolition
in May 2004 until the Town of Poughkeepsie issued a "Stop Work Order." In July
the Town designated the Homestead a Town Historical Landmark. However, demolition
is a possibility down the road, at least until ownership of the Homestead is obtained by a
dedicated group such as the Fort Homestead Association. Ginsburg, the current
owners, have been asked to place the house on the New York State and National Registers
of Historic Places, but they have declined, saying that it could be a detriment to some future buyer for a
Photograph by Judy A. Wolf , courtesy of Virginia A. Buechele/Fort Homestead Association
More Fort Homestead:
Save the Abraham Fort Homestead - Virginia Buechele's website
December 1, 2004
Kimlin Cider Mill,
The 1853 Kimlin Cider Mill,
listed on the New York State and National Register of Historic Places, is
planned for demolition as Cider Mill Friends of Open Space and Historic Preservation, Inc.
claim that a developer has reneged on an agreement signed in 2001 to sell to it
2 lots, including the Cider Mill, and various other items. The
developer shamelessly calls itself Cider Mill Development, LLC, the new
subdivision is called "Cider Mill Estates," and the main entry
road is "Kimlin Court." Cider Mill Friends have a
restraining order to protect the mill from demolition while they are in court
with the developer. In November 2002, Cider Mill Friends won a grant of $162,500
from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund for the acquisition of Kimlin Cider Mill
and surrounding land as a buffer. The building is one of the oldest cider mills in America,
and was listed on the National Register in 2003.
Photograph courtesy of Al Nowak/Cider Mill Friends of Open Space and Historic Preservation, Inc.
November 25, 2004
* Demolition began this week in Kingston, NY, on the parcel including the historic trolley barn (see below.) Also, demolition has been occurring on Building Number 2 at the Anaconda Wire and Cable Company, one of the more attractive buildings on that property.
October 12, 2004
The destruction of historic
Kingston buildings continues under the watch of Mayor James Sottile. Following
in the heels of plans for the redevelopment of the Hutton Brickyard and Forst
Meat Packing Plant is the the planned demolition of a trolley barn located at
Broadway and East Chester Street. The Econ-O-Wash Dry Cleaning Center and a gas
station will also will be cleaned of any contaminants by Stearns and Wheler
Redevelopment, and all parcels will then be sold to Walgreens. Demolition of all
existing buildings will begin in November of this year. A new drug store is
expected to be open by 2006. The trolley barn is an attractive and interesting
old brick building that would probably lend itself to use for a drug store the
size of Walgreens. Retention of local and historic architecture can benefit
communities, even if the new use is different than what the building was
originally intended for. Conversely, allowing national entities to install generic architecture
erodes the established sense of place. Unfortunately retention of
"local color" will not happen in this case, although a trolley barn in
Yonkers, NY, has been under renovation for some time and appears to be nearing
More Kingston Trolley Barn:
Daily Freeman - October 10, 2004
Preservation Online - December 7, 2004
September 21, 2004
Boyce Thompson Institute,
In 1999, the City of Yonkers
purchased this handsome brick building across the street from William Boyce
Thompson's Alder Manor, with plans for an alternative school. Now, plans have
been approved by the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency to sell the former
Boyce Thompson Institute to a developer who will raze the building, and replace
it with something more complementary to the typically bland office complex which
sits adjacent. According to The Journal News, the sale price of the BTI is 6
million dollars, and the building will be replaced by "100,000 square feet of campus-style commercial and office space on the six-acre site,
possibly including a pharmacy, a bank, a health club, a physical-therapy center,
doctors' offices, an imaging center and other medical-related businesses."
Source article: "Bed, Bath & Beyond developer to tackle Boyce Thompson site." By Michael Gannon, The Journal News, September 21, 2004.
More Boyce Thompson Institute:
Hudson Valley Ruins
Also in the News:
* The Hotel Rhinecliff (Rhinecliff/Rhinebeck) has been demolished. Apparently it was razed to the ground and a copy is being built in its place, either completely from scratch or possibly using a very, very small portion of the building's structural core.
*ARCO has determined that two buildings on its Anaconda Wire and Cable property in Hastings-on-Hudson are structurally unsound and must be demolished. The buildings in question are "Building 2" (also known as the Administration Building) and Building 15. Building 15 is the largest remaining factory building on the site and runs parallel to the waterfront. A village meeting was held September 21 to discuss the proposed demolition.
July 2, 2004
Forst Meat Packing,
Since 1999 there have been plans
to redevelop the site of the Forst Meat Packing plant on the Rondout Creek in
Kingston. The old brick building would be demolished to make way for the Noah
Hotel. Now, Kingston Mayor James Sottile wants the building razed even before
development plans are reviewed, according to an article in today's Daily
Freeman. Kingston's future looked bright under former mayor T. R. Gallo, who restored
City Hall, but recently the city has been moving forward with redevelopment
without regard to historic structures. Recently the city's landmarks committee
designated the Millens Steel building a landmark. Permanent landmark status was
later rejected by the Common Council of Kingston. Although the building was
saved, additions not in character with the building's history have detracted
from its fabric, according to preservationists.
More Forst Meat Packing Plant:
Daily Freeman - July 2, 2004
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