This year, Hudson Summer Shared Streets is being called Warren Street Seasonal Usage 2021. With the decision not to close Warren Street to vehicles and the realization that a 5 mph speed limit is neither enforceable or easily doable, safety is a major concern. The Tourism Board, which has taken charge of the program this year, is spending $7,500 on concrete barriers to be placed around parking spaces into which restaurants and shops will expand in the warmer months. Aliya Schneider has that story in the Register-Star: "Concrete barriers required for Shared Streets."
|Photo: JD Urban|Hudson Hall|
The Warren Street Seasonal Usage 2021 Program entails helping businesses on Warren Street expand into parking spaces in front of their businesses to increase dining and retail opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic, and guiding the activation of Warren Street pocket parks for businesses and organizations without Warren Street brick and mortar locations, with the goal of expanding equity and inclusion.
There is a link to the responsibilities of the job, which doesn't work. Here are the responsibilities as they were presented to the Tourism Board on March 29 by board member Kate Treacy.
The Project Manager will:
Report to the Mayor and serve as the single point person for the public and for all city departments, liaising among them, answering questions, communicating clearly and managing enforcement.
In collaboration with the Hudson Police Department (HPD), Hudson Fire Department (HFD), Hudson Department of Public Works (DPW), the City Code Enforcement Office, and the Hudson Tourism Board, develop and finalize the Warren Street Seasonal Usage 2021 Program. The Program will be subject to final approval by the Mayor and include the following:
- Create a uniform safety standard for the build-out of parking spaces and pocket parks, including barriers, other safety and design requirements.
- Communicate the details of the uniform safety standard for the build-out of parking spots and pocket parks, including barriers, other safety and design requirements to permit holders.
- Oversee implementation of the uniform safety standard for the build-out of parking spaces and pocket parks, including barriers, other safety and design requirements by permit holders.
- Communicate any updated safety standards or regulations to permit holders.
- Assist with the administration of the permit system for parking space usage with HPD and City Hall.
- Assess the need for and organize rentals for hand sanitizing stations, portable toilets and maintenance for same.
- Assist the Mayor's office and HPD and Code Enforcement Officer with enforcement of the guidelines for the Program and enforcement of the permit system.
- Create and manage the budget for the aforementioned including reporting and actualizing all expenses, changes of scope and necessary approvals therein.
The Project Manager may:
- Oversee outreach to non-Warren Street brick and mortar-businesses, promoting diversity and inclusion.
- Oversee the production of any necessary signage, street banners, planter banners, maps of participating businesses, and any other signage determined necessary in consultation with the Tourism Board and City departments.
- Work to help execute a marketing plan which follows the one completed last year including publication to local publications including but not limited to relevant blogs, newsletters and mailing lists.
- Work to find an underwriter to mitigate the lost revenue for the use of the parking spaces with the Mayor's office, Tourism Board, and other interested entities.
- Work to find additional underwriting opportunities.
Applications for the project manager job must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 16. Click here for details on how to submit an application.
On the subject of the "activation of Warren Street pocket parks," the Tourism Board plans to hold two virtual brainstorming sessions, led by Tourism Board member Chris McManus. The first will take place on Tuesday, April 13, at 6 p.m.; the second on Thursday, April 22, at 6 p.m. McManus described the proposed brainstorms as "controlled forums" in which "there are no bad ideas."
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