The Hudson Housing Authority (HHA) Board of Commissioners has ambitious plans for redevelopment, plans that include demolishing the nine-story Bliss Towers and Columbia Apartments, the cluster of buildings known as "the low-rise," all built in the early 1970s during Urban Renewal, and replacing them with new buildings on that site and on HHA-owned land across State Street from Bliss Towers. They also have aspirations to build on four parcels currently owned by Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency (HCDPA).
A draft RFQ (request for qualifications) for the project was prepared in June with the expectation that it would be issued in July and proposals would be received in August, but instead, in July, HHA executive director Tim Mattice resigned, and so did Michael Bruno, the board's legal counsel. As a consequence, the board's attention has been directed to other things.
On Friday, the HHA Board of Commissioners held a special meeting to, in the words of Revonda Smith, who chairs the board, "update everyone on where we are." Smith told her colleagues what Gossips had already reported: that the Board of Commissioners of the Troy Housing Authority had voted against allowing its executive director to serve as interim director for the Hudson Housing Authority. Smith mentioned four names as candidates for interim director, only one of which was familiar: Nick Zachos, former director of the Hudson Youth Department. The board's priority now is to draft an interim agreement (IA) before they can appoint someone to that position.
Regarding legal counsel, Smith reported that they had contacted three law firms: one declined; one did not respond; one said they would get back to them but has not yet done so.
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