On Jan. 8, 2013, the city of Hudson informed the owner of much the city's waterfront that unless "Holcim Inc." made good concerning the city's LWRP, "the Common Council had decided to move forward with an eminent domain proceeding."
The desperation was palpable. Because Holcim's acquiescence was necessary before the state would authorize the city's waterfront program (LWRP), it was alarming that the company had yet to comply with conditions it had merely assured the city it would honor. It was finally dawning on those who'd commandeered the LWRP that they'd been hoodwinked, and despite the public's repeated warnings.In the intervening year, Holcim continued to put off signing the agreement to transfer the land, the City of Hudson came to the realization (thanks to The Valley Alliance) that the city actually owned almost half the acreage sought from Holcim, and the LWRP remains in a state of limbo. But the City of Hudson kept its end of the bargain and amended the zoning for South Bay to give Holcim a conditional use permit for the "causeway."
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In his letter, O'Connor calls for the intervention of "an objective land use specialist" to "assure the credibility of competing claims," which sounds like a pretty good idea.