On Tuesday, Tom DePietro, who chairs the Planning Board, told the Conservation Advisory Council that the Planning Board would not be discussing the haul road at its January 12 meeting because no new information had been received from Colarusso. Since then, there has been change of plan. A discussion of the haul road "Project Narrative" is on the agenda for Thursday's meeting, along with several other things.
First on the agenda are two public hearings, which were supposed to happen in December but didn't because there wasn't a quorum. The subject of the first public hearing is the proposal to transform 214-216 Warren Street, formerly the Savoia, into a hotel to be called the Howard Hotel; the second is the plan to open a cafe, to be called House Rules Cafe, at 757 Columbia Street.
Three new applications for site plan review are expected to be presented: constructing new townhouses at 6-12 Hudson Avenue; converting the building at 886 Columbia Street into six office suites; and plans for 34 Allen Street, the former Allen Street School.
After all this has happened, the Planning Board will discuss the project narrative prepared by Colarusso engineer Pat Prendergast. It will be an opportunity, DePietro told Gossips in an email, "for Board members to voice their remaining questions concerning the document." DePietro went on to say: "Citizens will be invited to speak if they have information or documents not already mentioned by the Board. We encourage written comments for the sake of compiling a clear public record." For all interested in reviewing it, the project narrative is online at the City of Hudson website.
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