ZBA member Steve Dunn contended that a use variance could not be granted because the hardship was self-inflicted; the applicant knew about the industrial zoning when he purchased the property. The ZBA decided to table the application and advised the applicant to appeal to the mayor and the Common Council to change the zoning.
The I-1 district in question is located in the Waterfront Revitalization Area--the part of the city that is the subject of the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. When the LWRP was being drafted back in 2006 and 2007, and the Waterfront Advisory Steering Committee still existed, the zoning in this area was a topic discussion. W. B. McGuire Overhead Door had left Hudson and abandoned the site a year or so before, and even though there was already concern about the shortage of affordable housing in Hudson, it was decided that this area would retain its industrial zoning. Some desirable industry might want to locate in the building vacated by W. B. McGuire, and changing the zoning would preclude that. That discussion is reflected in the LWRP, on pages 74-75, where the site and its possibilities are discussed.
Former McGuire's Overhead Doors Property
This prominent site overlooks the South Bay area and is adjacent to residential uses on East Allen Street. Currently zoned industrial, this site includes a well maintained facility with infrastructure that could be used for other industrial processes. The City proposes to maintain the industrial zoning but acknowledges that this site also has great potential for residential, commercial, and recreational uses. A zoning change in the future to accommodate non industrial development also would be consistent with the LWRP.The building last used by W. B. McGuire has been vacant now for more than ten years. It would seem that the time has come to rezone this section of Hudson and enable the residential development that has been proposed for this location.
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