Downtown Phase II

City Changes Direction on Downtown Phase II

HUDSON, OH (March 28, 2020) – The City of Hudson announced today that it is altering course on the construction of the Downtown Phase II development adjacent to First & Main in the City’s core. The City will be parting company with Testa Companies on this project. 

“The Testa Companies have been great to work with and we are parting company on good terms,” said City Manager Jane Howington. “We wish Joel and his company well.”

“Our intent had been to begin construction on the residential component of Phase II first,” Howington said.  “We’ve heard a lot of feedback from residents about what they want in Phase II residences.  We want to make sure what we build what the community needs and that the development fits the community’s character. With all the work the City has done on the development of the Phase II area, we will be able to capitalize on all those efforts in future planning.”

She also noted that the City has had strong interest in new commercial space, particularly Class A office space. “The land at the end of Clinton Street is ready to go,” Howington said. “We are confident we can fill that building as soon as it’s finished and begin generating tax revenue for the City. It will allow us to begin realizing some of the investment that’s been made in this area.  It will be exciting to see Phase II starting to take shape after all this time.”

Beginning work on Phase II will also enable the City to continue work on its “smart signaling” project, designed to address traffic congestion in downtown Hudson, and also undertake a major stormwater management project to resolve sewer issues currently affecting homeowners in the Historic District.  

“We feel this is a real turning point on this project,” said Howington.  “While in the midst of the coronavirus crisis this may not be the best time to announce this, we know it has been a long process to get to this point and we wanted citizens to know that this decision has been made.”
Items that have been changed since the original Preliminary Plan
  1. Housing density has been significantly reduced. The new plan includes 101 housing units, down 29% from the previous plan.  
  2. More single-family, detached homes are included in the plan. The new plan includes more single-family, detached houses, with most units accommodating first-floor master bedrooms. This helps respond to the demand from empty nesters for this style of housing.
  3. Retail services north of Owen Brown Street have been removed. Addressing concerns expressed by Hudson residents, Block C has been revised from first-floor retail services to first-floor office space to provide uses that are quieter on evenings and weekends and make it more compatible with the adjacent commercial site to the west. Maintaining some commercial space in Block C spreads out the office use and reduces the need for a parking deck.
  4. The office/commercial density was decreased 18%. The square footage of office/commercial space has been reduced from 138,000 sf to 114,000 sf. Commercial uses will be limited to a single building and intended to support businesses in the development, rather than destination retail that would compete with the existing downtown.
  5. Office building height has been reduced.  Block A has been reduced to a two-story building, rather than the original three-story structure which reduces traffic impact and eliminates the need for a parking structure. While Block C still has three stories, it will have lower floor heights than adjacent office buildings.
  6. The parking structure has been removed.  Lowering the commercial building height and reducing the square footage has eliminated the need for a parking structure.  Surface parking will be tucked in between the office buildings.
  7. Plan changes improve traffic impacts.  Reducing the office density lowers the number of vehicle trips and spreads the traffic out over a broad time frame, lessening traffic impacts. Making the railroad underpass a single, alternating lane with a pedestrian lane increases pedestrian use and safety. Citywide signal timing adjustments, along with adding adaptive traffic signals can help reduce existing and future traffic impacts between 15% and 30%.
  8. More greenspace and passive walking areas in community areas. The revised plan will include a widened greenspace on Owen Brown Street and a passive walking area at the northwest corner. This is in addition to the small passive park planned on the northeast corner of Owen Brown and Morse Road. The downtown section of Veterans Trail is proposed for the east side of Morse Road that will connect the downtown to the regional train network, creating a linear greenway along Brandywine Creek.

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Downtown Phase II Phase A Whole Plan

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Questions or comments about the ballot issue or the project should be directed to:

Jody Roberts
Communications Manager