Yesterday, Alderman John Friedman (Third Ward), who chairs the committee, issued the following press release:
The City of Hudson’s Economic Development Committee will host an information session as part of its regularly scheduled monthly meeting for Hudson residents regarding proposed changes to the Stewart’s Shop on Green Street. Stewart’s intention is to expand and update its building and change its parking lot for safety and accessibility reasons. Stewart’s has purchased the homes on either side of its existing shop and plans to demolish them to provide space for this expansion. The Stewart’s plan requires a change to the City Code before it can be approved by the Planning Board. A Stewart's representative will present the project and answer questions from the Committee and public.
John Friedman, 3rd Ward Alderman and Committee Chair, invites Hudson residents to attend the meeting and share their thoughts about the plan. “Stewart’s has been a good neighbor and employer in the City of Hudson for many years. The store’s parking lot essentially straddles the northwest side of the intersection of Green Street and Fairview Avenue and has been the site of several accidents in the past. This is the busiest intersection in the City according the State DOT and we hope this discussion will propose a solution to make it safer.”
The Economic Development Committee has raised concerns about the plan in relation to the code variance required as well as the plan to take down two adjacent residences. Rick Rector, 1st Ward Alderman and a member of the Committee said, “The Council is aware of the current need for more affordable housing in Hudson, and we want to be sure that we understand the impact of the potential loss of two dwellings in this area before we make a determination.”
The meeting is scheduled to take place on July 20 at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Hudson City Hall.Gossips believes that the press release is incorrect in stating that "Stewart’s has purchased the homes on either side of its existing shop." When the Stewart's representative made a presentation to the Legal Committee in March, he said that the company was in contract to buy the two houses but the sales were contingent on the City changing the zoning to allow the proposed expansion. It's unlikely that the status of the sales has changed.
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