- On Monday, February 11, the Common Council holds its informal meeting at 7:00 p.m. in City Hall. Of interest on the agenda available so far: fourteen pages of comment from Timothy O'Connor on the Conservation Advisory Council's draft Open Space and Natural Resources Inventory; a letter from Camphill Hudson about pedestrian safety issues at the corner of Warren and Third streets; and a resolution to appoint Hilary Hillman to fill a vacancy on the Conservation Advisory Council.
- On Tuesday, February 12, there is a scheduled meeting of the Hudson Industrial Development Agency. The meeting will take place at 1:00 p.m. at 1 North Front Street.
- On Wednesday, February 13, the Hudson Housing Authority Board of Commissioners holds its regular monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room at Bliss Towers. Last week, Gossips reported that HHA had withdrawn its application for site plan review by the Planning Board of its proposal to construct two new income based apartment buildings on lower State Street. It is not known if the reason for putting the project on hold or the next steps for the project will be addressed at the meeting or not.
- On Thursday, February 14, the board of Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency (HCDPA) meets at 2:00 p.m. at 1 North Front Street. Thursday is the deadline for submitting sealed bids for two vacant properties HCDPA is selling: 202-206 Columbia Street and 238 Columbia Street. Bids must be submitted by 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 14. It is anticipated that bids received will be opened at the meeting, which begins at 2:00 p.m.
Also on Thursday, February 14, the Planning Board meets at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall. There are two projects of interest on the agenda. The first is the proposal for the conversion of 60 South Front Street into Red Barn Hudson--a year-round farm and flea market, a full-service restaurant, and a "grab-and-go" cafe. In December, it will be remembered, this project received a Regional Economic Development Council grant for $420,860.
The second project of interest that will be making its debut before the Planning Board this Thursday is the Stewart's Shops proposal to demolish two houses and its existing convenience store at the corner of Green Street and Fairview Avenue and build something bigger and better. Hudson's zoning law had to be changed to enable this expansion, so what Stewart's will be proposing should be of interest to many. The drawing below shows the building they had in mind for the site last year.
It will be remembered that the Planning Board offered its support of the law that changed the zoning to accommodate Stewart's on the condition that SmartCode principles be applied to the proposed design. No mention of SmartCode was written into the law, so it will be interesting to watch how this all plays out.COPYRIGHT 2019 CAROLE OSTERINK