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Though accommodating the operational growth of the business has been a challenge to address in terms of the impact on waterfront businesses and the environment, City officials and neighboring business owners support the expansion of Colarusso.When asked about this statement, Sheena Salvino, executive director of Hudson Development Corporation (HDC), who was an author of the application, explained: "This statement was intended to relate to the 2015 expansion/acquisition referenced in the paragraph, not any further expansion or usage of the haul road/port." That may be what was intended, but that's not the way the statement is being interpreted.
Furthermore, Petitioner fails to include explicit, more recent language from another City-sponsored document that directly supports the Project--the Downtown Revitalization Initiative ("DRI") application. . . . Under this program, the City was awarded a 10 million dollar grant from the state in August 2017 in order to "revitalize" the City's BRIDGE District, which includes the Applicant's current property and the site of the proposed Project. . . . Specifically, the application references the haul road and the City's support for the Project:
"Hudson recognizes the economic contribution of Colarusso, as well as the rarity and value of a functioning deep water port. Though accommodating the operational growth of the business has been a challenge to address in terms of the impact on waterfront businesses and the environment, City officials and neighboring business owners support the expansion of Colarusso."The italics were added by the respondents.
To Whom It May Concern:
It has been brought to our attention that a proposal has been made to build a dog park on Mill Street. We, the families on Mill Street are very concerned and want an opportunity to discuss this before the final decision is made.
In the past five years Mill Street has diversified into a multi-cultural family-friendly neighborhood where 13 kids, under the age of 16, are currently living. Our kids spend lots of time outdoors playing in the front yards right near the street. The safety of our children is our number one concern. With a dog park located right behind our homes, we are worried about the possibility of dogs on the loose, strangers coming and going in the neighborhood, the lack of parking spaces, the level of noise, the increased traffic on our quiet street, and the sanitary issues that come with a dog park.
Mill Street is a dead-end street with no sidewalk and no on-street parking. Since we were not asked about this project, there is a feeling that Mill Street has become the new dumping ground for new projects for the City of Hudson. We are concerned that the sense of safety we feel is going to be taken away from us. We are especially worried that our children will not be safe.
We are all hard-working families on Mill Street and some are dog owners; and we are not against Hudson getting a dog park but believe that there should be a discussion with the people who live there. We feel it would be a good idea to have some kind of study to find a better location that could be more accessible and less disruptive for the neighborhood. Thank you for your consideration and support in this matter.After Mussmann read the letter, Alderman Abdus Miah (Second Ward) weighed in, declaring, "These people do not want a dog park," and calling the plan for siting a dog park in Charles Williams Park "not appropriate." Alderman Tiffany Garriga (Second Ward) then took her turn, saying that she agreed "with what the people have to say on Mill Street." She went on to say, of herself and Miah, "as Second Ward representatives, we fought hard to keep the dog park out of Charles Williams Park. Now," she continued, "people think they have been taken advantage of because it's a different ward." (The new ward boundaries to achieve wards of equal population put Mill Street, which had been part of the Second Ward, in the Fourth Ward.)
|from the Hudson City Directory for 1914|
Since Mr. Winfield became proprietor the hotel has been well conducted and many changes have been made to keep pace with the changing times. The action of many big business houses in calling in their road agents and the loss of patronage due to the action of the excise board in not granting the Central a license have operated to a point where it is no longer possible to continue as a paying investment.
Hotels are all too few in Hudson and it seems a pity that one of the city's oldest is on the eve of passing into a memory.The comment about the excise board not granting the Central a license suggests that the hotel had been denied a liquor license. Only a little more than a year later, in January 1919, Congress would pass the Volstead Act which established Prohibition. Even if the end of the Great War in November 1918 brought back normalcy to the way big business houses conducted their affairs, the advent of Prohibition would soon thereafter be impacting hotels like the Central.