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Testa Companies and the City continue to study compatible scale with surrounding development. Initial design considerations included three and four-story buildings. Based on further site analysis and the public feedback received, the scale has been reduced to two and three-story buildings. Specific attention will be paid to the architectural design and massing at the perimeter of the site adjacent to Owen Brown Street and the Villas of Hudson to ensure compatible scale and transition to existing residences.
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• Promote a variety of housing and dwelling unit types, tenures, and densities. • Encourage housing development that provides diverse choices of style and cost. • Focus the development of higher density or multi-family units within the greater downtown area.
Single-family detached housing is more appropriately located in neighborhoods outside of the downtown. The greater number of units the proposed housing allows will enhance the synergy of the downtown neighborhood.
The development team is researching local market and regional trends to confirm the financial viability of the concept plan. The financial viability will be verified as part of the development agreement process between the City and Testa Companies.
An existing conditions traffic study was performed that will act as a comparison to a final traffic study that will be performed once the proposed scale / density and proposed uses are better established. As of August 2017, we are still in very preliminary stages where we are continuing to gather input from the public through public engagement. Once we've completed the public engagement, we will take all the comments and work with the developer to a create a more detailed concept for the project, including scope, density, uses. Only after we have a better picture of what it could include, can we do a traffic impact study that will realistically show the possible traffic impacts of the development on the surrounding neighborhoods.
As the City holds meetings with the various nearby neighborhoods and the general public, one concern expressed by citizens is the potential traffic impact of the new development. The City is concerned as well. Our goal is to preserve the charm of streets like Owen Brown through traffic calming techniques. Many options are being discussed – such as adding a green space boulevard at Owen Brown and Morse Roads to discourage through traffic, adding brick-paved streets, realigning the Village Way and Morse Road to encourage traffic to flow through First and Main, possibly one-way traffic certain areas, a slightly raised multipurpose trail, and other options. No decisions have been made about any of the these suggestions, and won't be made until we are much farther along in the project. The City also is examining ways to improve the railroad underpass on Owen Brown Street.
The City has completed extensive Phase I and Phase II environmental assessments of the project site. Only isolated amounts of soil and asbestos have been identified for removal from the property due the decades long light industrial activities on the site. This work will be completed as part of the demolition activities for the site in late 2017.
2016: Downtown development plan adopted as part of Comprehensive Plan
Fall 2017 - Summer 2018: Relocation of Hudson Public Power and Hudson City Schools Bus Facility
Fall 2017 - Winter 2018: City and Testa Companies establish a Development agreement
Fall 2017 - Spring 2018: Development review process through Planning Commission, Architectural and Historic Board of Review, and City Council
Spring 2018: Start of construction for first phase/building
2018-2021: Construction of Development (multiple phases anticipated)
2021: Targeted project completion for all phases