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The City does not require a permit to hold a garage sale. However, the City does require that garage sale signs be registered with the Community Development Department. Fill out the online Garage Sale/Temporary Sign Registration form. There is no fee.
Downtown Phase II has been the vision of City leaders – and residents – for many years. It was born out of the 1995 Comprehensive Plan to restore industrial sites in downtown Hudson and return it to its economic prominence. Completed in 2004, Phase I transformed the Morse Controls site into First and Main with retail, office, housing and green space. Building on the success of First and Main, Downtown Phase II will revitalize the remaining 20 acres of industrial properties (Windstream, Hudson Public Power and School Bus Garage) into Class A office space and housing for empty nesters and young professionals.
With Downtown Phase II, people can live, work, and play downtown. The offices and homes built on the property will bring in new tax revenues for the City and the Hudson schools, and it will bring new customers to support the current downtown stores and restaurants.
Here's what's planned for Downtown Phase II:
For more information, visit Project Description.
On January 22, 2019, Hudson City Council passed a resolution authorizing placing an issue for an advisory election on the May 7, 2019 ballot. Like the "advisory election" that was held for First and Main,Issue 11 seeks 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. A "yes" vote is in support of continuing the Downtown Phase II process. A "no" vote would be against continuing with Downtown Phase II. Learn more about the ballot issue...
As part of planning for Downtown Phase II, traffic impact studies were performed that examined current traffic conditions and what might be anticipated after Downtown Phase II. Any traffic impacts will be offset through using smart signal technology that uses cameras to monitor traffic in real-time and adjust the signals to help keep traffic flowing, as well as traffic calming and other methods. For more information, visit Traffic.
The City is committed to maintaining the look and feel of the Western Reserve architecture and character of the downtown. The First and Main Development (Phase I) overcame unique challenges as the project was directly abutting the National Register Historic District. The Phase II project requires the same attention to design to ensure the final project looks and feels a part of the downtown.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 and our architectural standards.
As a public and private development, most of the project will be paid for by the developer. The City's costs would be recouped through Tax Increment Financing (TIF), which means that the costs will be covered by the new income taxes generated by the new jobs that the project will create, as well as land sale proceeds and tax revenues from the new jobs generated by the project. A TIF also will generate new property tax revenues from the new homes to be built in the project that will benefit the Hudson Schools.
This is the same TIF method that was used to build First and Main. With First and Main, the developer paid for the majority of the project costs and owns most of the land, and the City's portion was paid for by a TIF. Built in 2004, First and Main CIty costs have already been recouped and paid for through the TIF.
The project is projected to generate an additional $1.900,000 in property taxes annually through the new homes, and an additional $700,000 to $1,000,000 annually in income tax generated through the new jobs created in the office space.
Every development project in Hudson must adhere to the City's strict regulations that require storm water management to be incorporated into the design of the development. These regulations will require post development run-off rates to be less than the existing rates prior to development. Additionally, the existing site is currently home to multiple light industrial uses established decades ago. We are thoroughly examining the storm water needs of the development to ensure that whatever is build adheres to our strict standards.
The City created a parking committee, comprised of City staff, downtown merchants and other key individuals to study parking concerns in the current downtown area and the future needs for the development. A formal parking study was performed, and it was determined that Downtown Phase II would include a 300-space parking structure to serve the needs of the new offices proposed in the development. The structure will be located at the end of Clinton Street at Morse Road and will be hidden, tucked behind and in between the office buildings being proposed in that location. The structure would be designed to blend with the architecture of the new development and the surrounding neighborhoods, similar to was was done in the First and Main area.
The parking structure is illustrated in purple below. The blue buildings are offices.
No, there will be no income or property tax increases as a result of Downtown Phase II.
The purpose of the development is to take underutilized properties in a high-demand area (i.e., Hudson Public Power, salt dome, school bus garage) and add office and housing that will support the retail center. This will boost economic vitality and create a live-work-play environment that is in demand regionally and nationally. Putting a City Hall or Recreation Center on the property would defeat the purpose, simply switching out one tax exempt property for another. Visit our Get the Fact publication for more information.
Tax Increment FInancing (TIF) allows the City to borrow the money to pay for the City's portion of the project and pay it back over the course of 20 years using the new income and/or property taxes generated by the new offices and homes in the project. That way, the City does not have to use current general fund money to pay off the note. A TIF was used for Phase I - First and Main, and the borrowed amount has already been paid back through the increased income property tax revenues generated by the stores and homes in the project.
Lots of rumors are flying about Section 8 housing in Downtown Phase II, so let’s look at the facts.
First, the 30-unit apartment complex with lease rates above market value has been removed from the Downtown Phase II plan at Council’s direction.
There are two types of federally subsidized (Section 8) housing programs, none of which are feasible for Hudson. There are only six government-funded housing complexes in Summit County; none in Hudson. This will not be a government-funded or subsidized housing development.
The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) (commonly called Section 8) helps low income households with rental assistance through vouchers. This voucher program follows the individual, not a specific housing development. Anyone could use an HCVP voucher to lease/rent any property in Hudson provided they meet both the program eligibility requirements and can qualify for the lease rates, which in Hudson tend to be higher than average.
To be eligible for an HCVP voucher, an individual’s income must be below $23,450 per year, and under $33,450 for a family of four. Eligibility for vouchers is narrow and there is a waiting list to get into the program.
The housing rates for Downtown Phase II are at market rate or higher. Anticipated purchase prices range from $285,000 to over $450,000, and anticipated leases for the condominium flats (if they are leased rather than sold) would be $2,100 to $2,400 or more a month.
Even at the lowest purchase/lease rates, an individual or family whose income met the low-income thresholds of the program, would not qualify to lease these above-market-price units based on their income.
For more about the housing options in Downtown Phase II visit: https://www.hudson.oh.us/1059/Housing.
The City has secured the right of first refusal for the one-acre 94 Owen Brown parcel as part of the agreement to purchase four acres, including Windstream's 100 Owen Brown building, which is now being demolished. The right of first refusal means Windstream cannot sell it to anyone else without offering it to the City of Hudson first. We have worked in partnership with Windstream from the very beginning, and they are working to relocate the operations in that building to other locations. Windstream understands and is acceptable with their property being identified and discussed as part of the development plan. The City has intentionally held off on further discussions regarding the potential purchase until the pending community vote in May.
The proposed commercial building that would be located at 94 Owen Brown would be constructed in a later phase of the project. The city does not anticipate construction starting on the office building in the initial phases, which gives Windstream time to finish its consolidation. Council has been involved in this strategy, as has the developer and Windstream. We are all partners moving in the same direction.
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Hudson EMS conducts an Emergency Medical Technician course at the Basic level twice a year. It meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. for approximately 17 weeks. The class will also meet four to six Saturdays during that period from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The first session starts in January the same week that Kent State University starts the spring semester. It runs until mid-May. The second session starts in August and coincides with Kent State University's fall semester. It runs until mid-December. The course is $900, but free to members that agree to a two-year commitment after completing the course and begin running as an uncovered member. For more information call 330-342-1842.
Red - Electric power lines, cables, conduit and lighting cables.Yellow - Gas, oil, steam, petroleum or gaseous materials. Orange - Communication, alarm or signal lines, cables or conduit. Blue - Potable water. Purple - Reclaimed water, irrigation and slurry lines. Green - Sewers and drain lines. Pink - Temporary survey markings.White - Proposed excavating. Ohio Utilities Protection Service
2) Hudson also requires a separate check, which can be done online using the Deer Check Form or by completing the form enclosed in the deer hunting permit packet and returning it to the Hudson Police Station. You also may check a deer by phone (330) 342-1800. The separate check allows Hudson officials the ability to gauge the efficacy of the deer management program, as the State of Ohio only breaks down deer harvest by county, not by municipality.
Please drive with caution when crews are in the streets flushing hydrants.
Avoid washing laundry during the scheduled flushing tines, as the flushed sediment could discolor white clothing. Wait until the water runs clear at the tap, then wash a load of dark clothes first.
No. Due to the size of the leaf collection equipment and the potential to damage private property, the City’s leaf collection program will pick up leaves ONLY along the City’s publicly maintained streets. Therefore, residents living on private streets or within private condominium developments will need to place their leaves along the tree lawn area of the public street closest to their private street entrance.
No. Please refrain from parking on the street during your leaf collection weeks.
No. Debris such as garden materials, brush, tree branches and twigs, grass clippings, cans, paper, bottles, construction materials, etc. cause damage to equipment and cause injury to the leaf collection personnel.
Yes. Remove temporary/portable basketball hoops off of the street and away from the curb or edge of the pavement. These items protrude into the path of the leaf vacuum machines and will cause damage to the machine and the basketball hoop system.
Yes! Leaf mulching is a way to use your lawn mower to feed your lawn. "Leave Autumn Leaves on your Yard for Healthy Yard and Clean Water" by Summit Soil and Water Conservation District (SSWCD) has more information.
Assess your leaf piles. Are the leaves in a row along the edge of the street free of debris and obstructions? Please amend the collection area and the truck will be back around to collect the leaves on your next scheduled collection week.
No. The City does not repair damage caused by leaves or incidental damage to the berm area.
You may report larger damage claims on the City's website by locating "Report it!" on the homepage.
You may submit a Public Records Request Form online, email Jody Roberts, or call (330) 342-9539.
To hold an event on City-owned property you must first complete and submit a Special Event Application form, along with supporting documents.
Event dates are assigned on a first come first served basis, with previous years' events having the right of first refusal for the same weekend. Due to the large volume events held each year, there are very few open weekend dates from April through October. Please speak with Rhonda Kadish regarding available dates. For more information, visit the Special Events page.
For more information visit the Hudson Police Department Vacation Watch Program.
You must complete a Sign/Banner application form to apply for posting a sign to your event. Signs are limited in size and can be posted only one week before the event. To apply, complete the Sign/Banner Application Form. More info...
In residential neighborhoods, it is the homeowner's responsibility to keep the sidewalk, curb and gutter free from snow and ice. Business owners are responsible for sidewalks leading to their business. The City will maintain all public walk ways on City property.
The City will announce all parking bans on the City website, Hudson Community Television, and social media notifications.
You must complete and submit a Sign/Banner application form and be approved to display a sign for your event. Signs are limited in size and can be posted only one week before your event. The event being promoted must be within the boundaries of the City of Hudson. To apply, complete the Sign/Banner Application Form. Email or call (330) 655-1522 for more information.
To hold an event on City-owned property you must first complete and submit a Special Event Application form, along with supporting materials.
Event dates are assigned on a first come first served basis, with previous years' events having the right of first refusal for the same weekend. Due to the large volume events held each year, there are very few open weekend dates from April through October. For more information, visit the Special Events page.
All events on City-owned property are coordinated and sponsored by outside organizations. Please use the contact information on the Community Calendar to contact the event you want to participate in. The City does not hire or used vendors for these events.