Today at noon, Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency (HCDPA) held a special meeting to discuss the disposition of the properties it owns. Branda Maholtz, who functions as coordinator for the agency, had prepared this list of parcels owned by HCDPA, with appraisals that been done at some previous time.
Among the parcels HCDPA is considering turning over to HHA is the property at the end of Warren Street, now a sad little, mostly paved park developed in the 1970s, during Urban Renewal.
This area is actually made up of four different parcels. Up until a few years ago, the City of Hudson owned two of the parcels, and HCDPA owned the other two. In 2018, the City swapped its two parcels for the lot in the 200 block of Warren Street, where Thurston Park is located, which was then owned by HCDPA. The idea at the time seemed to be to sell the property to someone who would construct buildings on it, to complete the street wall as it was intended to be. The image below shows what that end of Warren Street looked like in 1970, before Urban Renewal.
When reminded that this parcel was owned by HCDPA and that the plan when HCDPA did the land swap with the City was to construct buildings there to complete the street wall, Betsy Gramkow, then chair of the Planning Board and hence a member of the HCDPA Board, suggested that low-income housing on this parcel might not be "the highest and best use"--the idea being that the development of market rate housing on this parcel across from the entrance to Promenade Hill could increase the city's tax base. Today, no one on the HCDPA Board expressed any qualms about turning the parcel over to a developer for subsidized and tax exempt housing.
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