Historic District Expansion

Project Description

The City of Hudson is considering expanding the City’s Historic District to include Elm Street and Roslyn Avenue.

Project Contact
Nick Sugar, Senior Planner, Hudson Community Development

Why Consider Expanding the Historic District?

Hudson has a rich history highlighted by its unique and well-preserved architecture.  The existing historic district was originally created in 1973 and has since served as a model for preservation in Ohio.  Historic districts ensure neighborhoods remain charming, unique and distinctive.  They serve as living history lessons and tangible reminders of a city’s past.  

Proposed Historic District Expansion

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Project Background

  • April 2016: A group of 25 residents submitted a petition requesting the City to study historic district expansion to include Elm Street and Roslyn Avenue.   
  • November 2016City Staff submitted a “National Register Questionnaire” to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).  The questionnaire acts as a preliminary evaluation from the State before resources are invested into a formal nomination.  Staff included a total of four study areas, together with the Elm/Roslyn neighborhood.  
  • March-April 2017: The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) toured the potential study areas and later prepared recommendations. SHPO recommended Elm Street, Roslyn Avenue and E. Streetsboro Street (303) as strong candidates for inclusion in the historic district. Based on these recommendations, staff created a study area around Elm Street, Roslyn Avenue and E. Streetsboro Street (303), which included eighty-six (86) residential properties.  
  • July 2019: Staff, together with The Cleveland Restoration Society, invited the 86 property owners in the study area to a neighborhood workshop. Staff explained the historic district process with a Q&A session. Approximately 30 residents were in attendance. 
  • November – December 2019Staff administered an online survey to the 86 property owners within the study area requesting their position on potential expansion. View the survey results beginning on page 2.

Next Steps

Based on a discussion with City Council on March 3, 2020, staff had planned to directly reach out to each property owner within the proposed expansion area to get a formal response as many did not respond to the survey.
That process was temporarily put on hold when COVID-19 began impacting the City in mid-March. Staff determined that door-to-door contact would not be feasible during the pandemic closures. Additionally, as residents were dealing with the impacts of COVID-19, staff felt it was not the appropriate time to attempt mail or phone communications. Staff is set to come back to Council in September 2020 with an update after re-engaging with the residents mid-July through August via mail, phone, and in person (if allowed by Summit County Public Health) to obtain a response from each property owner.