Thursday, January 17, 2019

Land for Sale on Columbia Street

Yesterday, Gossips reported on the demolition of 249-251 Columbia Street and quoted a reader as saying, "What was probably the most blighted block in the city is beginning to see a lot of investment." Anyone who wants to be a part of the transformation of the block, whatever that may bring, has the opportunity to do so by acquiring one of two vacant lots being sold by Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency (HCDPA).   

The first is 202-206 Columbia Street--what's left of what was once a vibrant community garden.

In 2013, HCDPA sold half of the garden to Habitat of Humanity to build two more of their passive houses. In 2016, HCDPA announced that it was accepting sealed bids for the remaining half of the property "for the construction of low to moderate income housing and/or uses compatible with the Urban Renewal Plan"--a plan adopted in the 1970s. That effort did not result in the sale of the property, and now HCDPA is trying again. The HCDPA website announces that the agency is "requesting proposals from qualified developers, firms, or individuals who have demonstrated commensurate experience and expertise for residential housing development projects for the sale and development of three adjacent parcels on Columbia Street in Hudson, NY." The guidelines for submitting a proposal can be found here. The deadline for submitting proposals is noon on Thursday, February 14.

There is also this lot at 238 Columbia Street. (Sadly, the majestic tree on this lot is no longer there.)

HCDPA tried to sell this lot last fall, but there were no responses to the call for sealed bids. Now the agency is trying again. Sealed bids for the property are requested, to be submitted by 1:00 p.m. on February 14. Click here for the bid package. The bids, if any are received, will be opened and read aloud at the next scheduled meeting of the HCDPA board, which takes place at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 14. 

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