The Valley Alliance argument that the City, not Holcim, owns 4.4 acres smack in the middle of the Hudson Waterfront, has been vindicated. A new title search grudgingly undertaken by the City has validated the Alliance’s arguments, brought forth last June with the assistance of a professional surveyor and attorney Ken Dow.
As Carole Osterink wrote today,
Of the 9.97 acres that Holcim was offering to the City, with conditions that would be in place for fifty years, 4.4 acres had been illegally sold by the City to Holcim (then St. Lawrence Cement) in 1981. Since the sale was illegal, the 4.4 acres still belong to the City of Hudson.
Those attending the meeting report that not a single Alderman had anything to say about this news of the City now having 4.4 more prime Waterfront acres to work with. What will the City do with it? When will the people get access to these lands—on Holcim has been squatting illegally for over 30 years?