The PowerPoint presentation from Monday night's DRI Local Planning Committee meeting is now online, and Dan Udell's video of the meeting can be viewed here. Gossips will focus on some of the highlights of the two-hour meeting.
Chief among the highlights is the timeline for the remainder of the process. Remarkable as it may seem, there are only two months left. Any new project proposals are due at noon on Wednesday, January 3, and January is when all projects will be assessed. At the LPC meeting on January 23, all the proposed projects will be prioritized. At the third and final public engagement meeting on February 8, the community will review and weigh in on the final projects.
Steve Kearney, the planner from Stantec, reported the results of the prioritizing activity that took place at the public workshop on December 7. The project receiving the greatest number of green dots was North Bay Regeneration, a project proposed by Kite's Nest. Improving pedestrian and vehicular circulation was second on the list. Kearney reported that the adaptive reuse of the Dunn warehouse and enhancing the entrance to Promenade Hill were also strong.
LPC member Betsy Gramkow asked about the impact of CFA funding on DRI consideration. Matthew Nelson, who co-chairs the CFA, said that the CFA awards would "free up money that was initially directed to them"--them being Basilica Hudson, DigiFab, River House. He indicated that those proposing the projects had been asked to "reassess and reapply to identify gaps in funding."
LPC member Sara Kendall asked about a timeline for the redevelopment of the Kaz site. In response, Sheena Salvino, executive director of Hudson Development Corporation (HDC) indicated that a review committee from the HDC board was interviewing the developers who had submitted proposals--Sustainable Community Associates, Redburn Development, Kearney Realty & Development Group, and Bonacio Construction, Inc. Two interviews have already been conducted; two remain to be done. The review process is expected to continue through January. Salvino indicated that the levels of residential and commercial are different in the four proposals and predicted that a "preferred partner" for the project would be identified by the end of January.
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