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In Troy's previous attempt to develop One Monument Square, two firms that had submitted proposals also submitted proposals for the Kaz site: Bonacio Construction and Redburn Development. Neither submitted qualifications this time around.
Meanwhile, back in Hudson, the last time the HDC board discussed the Kaz redevelopment, which was in March, Branda Maholtz, executive assistant, advised the board, "Within the next year and a half, you should be putting out another RFP." Board member Walter Chatham, who also chairs the Planning Board, expressed the opinion that this was the opportunity "to look at this as urban design." He went on to say it was "a perfect moment to look at what the founders did" and to "lay out a streetscape." Board member Mark Morgan-Perez, who also serves on the Planning Board, reminded the group that there had been talk about getting an urban design team involved and mentioned Kaja Kühl and the graduate students in the Hudson Valley Initiative at Columbia University, the group that undertook the redesign of Oakdale Lake.
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