Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Future for Hudson Avenue

Last night, the Common Council voted to amend the zoning for three parcels of land on the west side of Hudson Avenue, changing it from I-1 (Industrial) to R-S-C (Residential Special Commercial). 

Common Council president Claudia DeStefano voted against the zoning amendment, saying she was concerned about "the unknown of the 'S-C' part of the zoning." Alderman Robert "Doc" Donahue likewise voted no, saying that he thought the zoning change should be to R-3, like the adjacent area, rather than R-S-C. The rest of the members of the Council voted to approve the zoning amendment. The final vote was 1,474 aye, 554 nay.

The change in the zoning was needed to enable the owner of the parcels, architect Walter Chatham, to build a block of four row houses on the property. Residential is the only use not permitted in areas zoned I-1.

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