Downtown Phase II
What's Next with Downtown Phase II
HUDSON, OH (August 7, 2019) – Several steps remain before the Downtown Phase II development would receive final approval and construction could begin. The project will follow the same process as other planned developments as required by Hudson’s Land Development Code.
Why is Only the Residential Portion Being Submitted?
Last year, Planning Commission and City Council approved the Downtown Phase II preliminary plan. A preliminary plan provides the site layout, street grids, and other site information about the project. Once the preliminary plan is approved, the developer can develop it all at once, or in phases. With larger developments like Phase II, developers often build the project in phases, largely due to Hudson’s Land Development Code’s two-year time limit. Once the final plan is approved by Planning Commission and a zoning certificate issued, the developer has two years to have the project substantially completed.
Taking the River Oaks residential development located off Boston Mills Road as an example, the developer submitted a preliminary plan for the entire subdivision that was approved by Planning Commission. The developer chose to build the project in phases, largely due to the two-year time limitation. The developer submitted final plans for one phase to Planning Commission for approval and a zoning certificate. Subsequently, final plans for other phases were submitted and approved separately.
Next Steps in the Process
After Planning Commission has held its review and public hearing, it will come back to City Council per the condition Council set as part of its approval of the preliminary plan last year. City Council with then act on the final plan through a Council motion.
Once the revised plan receives final approval, a financial agreement between the developer and the City will be finalized. The agreement terms will be based on what is approved in the final plan and will be approved by City Council. The architectural work and renderings will be completed and will go to the Architectural and Historic Board of Review for review and approval.
Modified Downtown Phase II Plan to be Submitted to Planning Commission
Citizen concerns addressed in new plan.
HUDSON, OH (July 10, 2019) – At last night’s Workshop, City Council reached a consensus to submit a modified Downtown Phase II plan to Planning Commission for review and approval.
Based on input from the community at many public work sessions, comment opportunities, discussions, and direction from City Council, the developer presented two revised plans to City Council that address concerns heard from citizens. After a lengthy discussion, Council selected Option 1 for submission to Planning Commission. Key concerns expressed by citizens have been addressed in the revised plan.
- Housing density has been significantly reduced. The new plan includes 101 housing units, down 29% from the previous plan.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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%.
- 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.