The Irish Cultural Center of the Hudson Valley has applied for a building permit that will clear the way for construction of the proposed pub and performance space on Abeel Street. But questions remain about how the nonprofit will finance the project.
Backers of the proposed Irish Cultural Center of the Hudson Valley have been cited — for the second time — for problems stemming from an excavation at the their building site on Abeel Street. Now, city officials are urging the group get construction underway, or fill in the hole.
Long delayed plans to build the Irish Cultural Center of the Hudson Valley in the city’s Rondout neighborhood have suffered another setback after organizers of the project missed a crucial deadline to secure building permits for the site.
The vote was met with cheers from the 20 or so supporters of the center who sat through the four-and-a-half-hour meeting to witness it. The unanimous decision by the board marked the end of a long and contentious approval process for a project that met strong opposition from some neighbors who expressed concern about the building’s scale and its impact on a largely residential street.
Backers of the plan to build an Irish cultural center in a residential neighborhood in the Rondout District say they plan to appeal a city commission’s ruling that the building, as currently designed, conflicts with the area’s historic character.