At the end of tonight's informal Common Council meeting, former Council president Don Moore expressed his concerns about the development on State Street being pursued by the Hudson Housing Authority.
He pointed out that the original assumption was that this would be a forty-unit mixed income building for households with incomes from 30 to 120 percent of the area median income (AMI), but the plan has expanded from forty units to 150 units--more units than are currently in Bliss Towers--available only to people who qualify for Section 8 housing. He characterized the original proposal as "a stab at smart growth" and noted that, in its original form, the plan was for Hudson residents. The plan was now fulfilling a regional need for low income housing not a city need and suggested that 150 new units of low income housing "implies additional city services." He urged the Council to ask, "What impact does this project really have, and is this what we really want?"
Responding to Moore's comments, Council president Tom DePietro said he and city attorney Andy Howard were "making it clear to the Planning Board that they have a wider purview" than environmental issues, parking, and traffic.
Mayor Rick Rector commented, "We spent almost a year creating [the Strategic Housing Action Plan], and that document is in almost complete contradiction to what is being proposed."
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