MAURY THOMPSON Special for The Post-Star
From The Post-Star in 1972:
“After several delays, a 100-foot, 50-ton crane yesterday lowered the first module of the Henry Hudson Townhouses onto its foundations,” The Post Star announced May 31.
It was a new building technology at the time, which brought the city’s Urban Renewal Agency program into the national spotlight.
Each townhouse was delivered in three sections, approximately 90% complete.
“The only work required is for the boxes, approximately 12ft by 30ft, to be connected, the interior stairs to be erected and the wiring and plumbing to be hooked up.”
Four members of Local 229, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, picketed the site because the contractor was employing non-union workers.
The federal government paid 75% of the cost of the project, the first federally subsidized prefabricated housing complex in the country.
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In retrospect, many now view the project as a misstep rather than a step forward.
The townhouses, originally designed for a project in Florida, were expensive to heat and the condition of the structures was rapidly deteriorating.
The townhouses were replaced in 2008 by the Village Green Apartments.
In another project by the city’s Urban Renewal Agency at this time, land was cleared to build the new Broad Street Fire Station, The Post Star announced June 2.
Crandall Library: In recognition of Dairy Month, the Crandall Library displayed the local milk bottle collection of South Glens Falls resident Herbert Doetsch. — June 7
APT: The Lake George Parent Teacher Association presented Honorary Life Membership to Martha Starche, Librarian at the Caldwell—Lake George Public Library. — June 9
PSPC: The Chuck Mangione Quartet was scheduled to open the Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s summer concert season on June 9. Dave Mason, formerly of the band Traffic, and Todd Rundgren were scheduled to perform at SPAC on June 11. Kathy Loudon and Andrea Bolinder from Queensbury and Nancy and Sally Hadley from Lake George, students at the Glens Falls Ballet Center, were selected to dance. in six New York City Ballet performances of “The Nutcracker” July 5-8 at SPAC. The Julliard Acting Company has been added as the new third artist-in-residence company for the season, performing a series of four plays, with eight performances per week, at the SPA Summer Theatre. The series was set to open on July 3 with the comedy “School for Scandal.” — June 8, 10, 12
Washington County: Jane Connor represented the Sugar and Spice 4-H Club of Easton in the Washington County 25 Mile Walkathon to raise money for a new stable. — June 8
Editorial: “Hmmmm, now. How is it again? If you want to vote in favor of fluoridating the Glens Falls water supply, you vote ‘No’. But if you’re against the idea, you cast your ballot. vote “Yes”. Sounds a lot like a modern take on the old comic routine on “Who’s first?” Sorry if it’s all very confusing, but that’s how it is. “Yes” actually means “No” and “No” is interpreted as “Yes” in the ballot on November 7. This is because of the way the proposal will read in the referendum. In fact, voters will be asked to decide whether they want to ban the fluoridation of water…. The pros and cons of the issue are already widely debated, five months before the referendum…. The enlightened citizen will think about the issue with an open mind. He will listen to the arguments, consider the sources, then decide to vote. Separating the truth from the propaganda will be the most difficult task of all.” – June 10 (A majority voted to ban fluoridation, and the language was added to the city charter, and is still in the charter.)
Quoteable: “We certainly hope that our involvement in the arts will perhaps encourage people to use our airlines, but we also know that corporate support for the arts creates a better atmosphere for our workers, for the communities where they live and work. » — Robert Walsh, director of community affairs for American Airlines, speaking at a ‘Business and the Arts’ symposium at the Red Coach Grill (now Johnny Rockets) on Route 9 in Queensbury. – June 12
Maury Thompson was a Post Star journalist for 21 years before retiring in 2017. He is now a freelance writer and producer of documentary films who regularly researches historical newspapers in the region.