At the Common Council meeting on Tuesday, Council president Don Moore proposed a resolution that "the City of Hudson forthwith initiate discussions with the Hudson City School District . . . to convey [a parcel of unused land] to the City of Hudson for development of market rate housing." The parcel in question is about 33 acres of land west of the Hudson Junior and Senior High School campus, near the border with Greenport.
When the idea was presented, the mayor immediately wanted to know if it had been discussed with HCSD. At the time, it hadn't, but on Thursday, at the Economic Development Committee meeting, Moore reported that a discussion with HCSD had been initiated, and the school district was open to the idea.
The thinking behind the proposal is that, because the City of Hudson needs to increase its tax base and the revenue the school district requires increases inexorably every year, it makes no sense for HCSD--a tax exempt entity largely supported by property taxes--to own property that is unused and generates no tax revenue either for itself or for the City of Hudson. The idea is to encourage private development of new housing on this 33-acre parcel to create new property tax revenue for both the City of Hudson and the Hudson City School District.
When Gossips asked Moore about the nature of the housing envisioned for the site, he reiterated that the resolution specified market rate housing and suggested that "arguably there could and should be both" individually owned homes and apartments. In a subsequent email, Moore stated, "The desirability of the location is clear. It has access to the center of Hudson, to the Middle, Junior and High Schools, to merchants on Fairview Avenue, and to the existing and planned recreation and conservation areas along the river." He went on to say, "I foresee a complex set of land use master planning, negotiations and agreements between the School District and the City to arrive at a point where everyone is confident in the character of the project." Moore believes that the City--represented by the Council, the mayor, and Hudson Development Corporation--and HCSD are in earnest to begin discussions of the possibility.
Click here to read the draft resolution.
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