It is expected that, at its meeting today at 4:00 p.m., Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency (HCDPA) will come to some decision about entering into an agreement with the Hudson Housing Authority (HHA) to allow four of its properties to be included in HHA's request for qualifications for new development. The idea is that the parcels will be presented to potential development partners as available sites for new construction, and the developers will decide which parcels would be most appropriate for new low-income housing. The four parcels are: the vacant lot at the northeast corner of Warren and Front streets, now a kind of Urban Renewal Era park; what remains of the community garden at the northeast corner of Columbia and Second streets; a vacant lot at 238 Columbia Street; the land along the north side of State Street from Front Street east to about the edge of HHA property.
At last night's HHA meeting, Jeffrey Dodson, executive director of HHA, urged commissioners and others present to show up for today's HCDPA meeting to show support for making these properties available to HHA. Five people make up the board of HCDPA, all holding the positions ex officio: Mayor Kamal Johnson, Planning Board chair Theresa Joyner, Common Council majority leader Dominic Merante, Common Council minority leader Ryan Wallace, and HHA Board of Commissioners chair Revonda Smith. Smith will have to recuse herself from any vote conveying the parcels to HHA.
The HCDPA meeting takes place at 4:00 p.m. today--in person at City Hall and on Zoom. Click here to join the meeting remotely.
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