Downtown Phase II

Council Authorizes Advisory Election on Downtown Phase II

On January 22, 2019, Hudson City Council passed a resolution authorizing placing an issue for an advisory election on the May 7, 2019 ballot. The advisory election would seek the opinion of the voters of Hudson on whether the City should continue with the redevelopment of the Downtown Phase II area.

The question to be put to voters will be whether to continue with the redevelopment of the Downtown Phase II area as a public and private development, subject to final approval by the Architectural and Historic Board of Review and City Council.

The Ballot language to be submitted to the Summit County Board of Elections for approval is as follows:


(A majority Vote is Necessary For Passage)

Should the City of Hudson continue with the redevelopment of the Downtown Phase Two area as a public and private development subject to final approval by the Architectural and Historic Board of Review and City Council?

___ YES
___  NO

For more information:
Procedural Process for Resolution
Resolution (With Markups)

What is Downtown Phase II?

Redevelopment and expansion of downtown Hudson was first envisioned in the 1995 Comprehensive Plan. Phase I, First and Main, which opened in 2004, was a result of that vision. At that time, Phase II was considered, that would be integrated into Phase I and provide a walkable extension of Phase I.

The 2015 Comprehensive Plan established a development plan for the Phase II are which would add add office, commercial and housing options adjacent to the successful First and Main development. As a public and private development, the project was intended to support the First and Main retail/restaurant area with a mixed-use district to create jobs, attract a talented young workforce and provide housing for empty-nesters.  

History of the Project

The 2015 Comprehensive Plan established a development plan for the Phase II area as an integrated and walkable extension of the already existing First and Main development. The development was to be comprised mainly of commercial, office, and residential uses.

In May of 2016, Council authorized a request for qualification process to identify a preferred development partner to implement the 2015 Comprehensive Plan's vision of the Downtown Phase II area. In September of 2016, Council authorized the City Manager to execute a letter of intent with Testa Companies to begin the process of redevelopment of the Downtown Phase II area.

The City, in conjunction with Testa Companies, held numerous public engagement sessions in 2016 and 2017 to aid in development of a preliminary plan which was submitted to Planning Commission in April of 2018. Planning Commission held public meetings in April, May and July of 2018 to review the preliminary plan and make a recommendation of approval with conditions.

City Council held a public hearing in August of 2018, followed by Council discussions in August and September of 2018.

Public Listening Sessions

In November 2018, City Council held listening sessions to receive input from citizens about the Downtown Phase II projects. Click on the link for general areas of question from the public, and view the developer's responses to those questions that were covered in the presentation and the Council meeting on December 18, 2019.

Council - Testa Discussion Items

Click on the video below to watch the presentation.

Why Downtown Phase II?

Downtown Phase II will be a vibrant, walkable neighborhood that will complement the success of First and Main with dynamic new uses, including offices, town homes, condominium flats, multifamily units and green space.

Blending seamlessly with First and Main, the development will be connected to our past through its Western Reserve architecture and designed and built with 21st Century technology to position Hudson for the future.
The Class A office space and housing will bring new jobs and increase our tax base, generating tax revenues more than 10 times what those properties generate today. When completed, Downtown Phase II will create annual property tax revenues estimated at $1.9 million and annual income tax dollars of $400,000 - $600,000.

Replaces Old Industrial Sites with Offices, Residences

When you walk northwest of First and Main, you leave the charm of Western-Reserve architecture and encounter the stark industrial buildings of Windstream and Hudson Public Power. To the north, there are long rows of bright yellow school buses in the Bus Garage. Just past the buses are the Villas of Hudson townhomes, and to the east, the historical homes on Owen Brown Street.

The industrial structures, surrounded by areas with New England-style charm, will be replaced with offices and housing that will extend the character of First and Main into the surrounding neighborhoods. Open space and trails will create active spaces where people can spend time enjoying Hudson’s downtown.

Design & Architecture to Preserve Historical Character

When First and Main was built, care was taken to seamlessly blend the history and charm of Main Street with the new development. At that time, people expressed concerns that First and Main would not fit the scale and look in the downtown. Fourteen years later, Hudson’s downtown is a focal point, and most agree the First and Main architecture maintains Hudson’s unique character.

The same care and scrutiny that went into First and Main will be taken in the design of Downtown Phase II to ensure it maintains the quality and character of the community.

The developer, Testa Companies, is committed to working with the City and our residents to ensure the project meets Hudson’s architectural standards. They have been very open to changes and improvements at every step of the process to create the best project that meets the needs of Hudson and its citizens.

Size of the Project

The size, scale and density matter to City leadership and residents, and we are working with consultants, the developer and residents to ensure the project scope, building heights and number of homes blend effortlessly with our neighborhoods.

The preliminary plan calls for approximately 175,000 square feet of office/commercial space, and 147 housing units. As a comparison, First and Main has approximately 200,000 square feet of commercial space, 50,000 square feet for the library, and 12 townhomes.

Original plans called for higher housing density, but the City is working with the developer to adjust the number and spacing of housing units to ensure it fits the character of the community. Current plans show an approximate density of 9 units per acre, less than other downtown developments, including Versailles (16 per acre), Hudson Station (14 per acre), Surrey Park (14 per acre), and First and Main Townhomes (13 per acre).

Preliminary Plan - Click on Map to Enlarge

Prelim Plan 10.18

Why Offices and Housing?

Offices and varied housing options were identified as needs in the Comprehensive Plan. Hudson’s population is aging, with the average resident age now higher than state and national averages. Hudson has an oversupply of 3,000 + square-foot homes on large lots, but an under-supply of smaller homes, closer together to meet the needs of baby boomers with empty nests and young professionals. Downtown Phase II addresses the 2015 Comprehensive Plan recommendations for a variety of housing styles, by offering townhomes, condominiums and multifamily units in an active lifestyle center. New office space was planned in the initial vision for Phase I and Phase II. With office space in First and Main largely full, there is a market demand for Class A office space that will bring in high-paid workers who will patronize existing downtown businesses, broaden our tax base and capitalize on smart technology.

How Will the Project Be Financed?

As a public/private partnership between the developer and the City, a majority of the cost will be paid for by the developer. The City’s approximately $10-15 million financial investment for infrastructure and improvements will be financed through land sale proceeds, TIF financing and tax revenues generated from the project.

New Tax Dollars for the Schools

Downtown Phase II will benefit more than its residents – it will benefit our schools. As was done for First and Main, the City is using a TIF (tax increment financing) for the residential portion of Phase II, which means approximately 77% of the incremental increased property taxes will be diverted to help pay for community improvements, including roads, traffic calming, infrastructure and parking structures, for a period of 20 years. Approximately 23% of that money will go to our schools. Those taxes, added to the additional real property tax generated from the commercial portion of the redevelopment, is more money for the Hudson Schools.

We want to hear from you!

Send us your comments on Downtown Phase II.

Get the Facts

Learn the facts about the design, parking, housing, and other details in our Get the Facts newsletters. Click here to view.
I - Why Phase II
Phase II Brochure
October 24, 2018
To all Hudson residents and businesses:
As Hudson City Council President, I speak on behalf of Council when I say that we have heard many comments expressed by citizens about Downtown Phase II.... CLICK HERE TO READ THE LETTER.
Past Meetings

November 27, 2018
6:15 pm -7:15 pm
Town Hall

Public listening session with City Council.  

November 13, 2018
6:15 pm -7:15 pm
Town Hall

Public listening session with City Council.

July 9, 2018
Planning Commission
7:30 pm - Town Hall 

July 23, 2018
Planning Commission
7:30 pm - Town Hall
Planning Commission
May 30, 2018
May 14, 2018
Planning Commission
April 30, 2018 
Planning Commission Meeting

Arrange for a Neighborhood Meeting

If you would like to arrange for an
informational meeting for your neighborhood or organization, call Jody Roberts, Communications Manager, at 330-342-9539 or click here to send an email.

Current and Future Tax Comparison

Current vs New Tax Infographic

Traffic/ParkingConcerns Addressed

Impacts of traffic and parking from Downtown Phase II are a major concern. The City has performed traffic and parking impact studies, and in partnership with the developer, will be incorporating plans to mitigate any potential impacts. The City is looking at adding a parking structure, traffic calming, and road and intersection improvements as we finalize the Downtown Phase II plans. Working in partnership with Owen Brown Street residents, the City has gone to great lengths to preserve the character of historic Owen Brown Street. To view the traffic and parking studies, click here.

Connected Lifestyle

Downtown Phase II will be connected to the City’s bike and hike trails, allowing residents and office employees in the downtown to walk or bike Veterans Trail from the active City core to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Summit Metro Park systems
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