Monday, July 5, 2021

Meetings and Events in the Week Ahead

As the long holiday weekend comes to an end, here's what's happening for the rest of the week.
  • Tuesday, July 6, would have been the day of the regular monthly meeting of the Hudson Industrial Development Agency (IDA), but the July meeting has been canceled. Gossips' information is that the IDA always takes July off, but canceling the meeting raises questions about the status of the PILOT agreements for 75 North Seventh Street and 708 State Street, the Galvan buildings proposed for the "Depot District."
In May, Dan Kent told the IDA that the NYS Homes and Community Renewal funding application was expected to be released that month, with a six to eight week deadline for submitting applications. He made the point that a PILOT agreement was needed to meet the threshold requirements. From what Gossips has been able to discover online, the application was released sometime in June, and the deadline for submitting applications is August 26. As of the last meeting of the IDA, the financial analysis of the project has not been completed (in May, they were still waiting on information from the Galvan Foundation), a public hearing on the project has not been scheduled, and the Planning Board had not done its SEQRA review, which is a necessary prerequisite for the IDA to make its decision. There seems to be a lot left to be done if the August 26 deadline is to be met. 

  • At 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6, the Conservation Advisory Council holds its regular monthly meeting. It is assumed that the meeting will take place in person at City Hall, 520 Warren Street. No agenda for the meeting has yet been made available.
  • On Wednesday, July 7, the Common Council ad hoc committee pursuing inclusionary zoning meets at 6:00 p.m., in person at City Hall. The committee has been waiting for Jeff Baker, counsel to the Council, to produce a working draft of the law that would require 20 percent of the units in any newly constructed or substantially renovated building with five or more units to be "affordable." Perhaps the draft will be ready for review and discussion at this meeting.
Update: The ad hoc committee meeting has been canceled.
  • Also on Wednesday, July 7, at 6:00 p.m., the subcommittee of the Hudson Housing Authority Board of Commissioners is expected to hold a public hearing on the RFQ (requirement for qualifications) for the redevelopment of HHA's properties. The draft RFQ can be found here. The HHA meeting will take place in the Community Room at Bliss Towers, 41 North Second Street. It will also be accessible on Zoom by clicking here.

  • Wednesday, July 7, also sees the return of Waterfront Wednesdays. The event, which will happen every Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. until sunset, through September 1, offers musical concerts, dance performances, drum circles, boat excursions, interactive educational programming, food, and more. New this year is a shuttle bus connecting Riverfront Park and Seventh Street Park, where the Upstreet Market takes place every Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. This Wednesday at the waterfront, an Operation Unite awards ceremony will take place at 7:00 p.m., and at 8:00 p.m., Brett Miller and the Neon Moons will perform, with line dancing called by Alex Udis.  
Photo: Angelina Dreem
  • On Friday, July 9, the Historic Preservation Commission holds its first meeting of the month at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will take place in person at City Hall.

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