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HHA plans to seek new requests for proposals

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The Hudson Housing Authority will submit a new request for proposal for a mixed-use and mixed-income housing project in 2020.
July 19, 2019 07:04 pm

HUDSON — New requests for proposals will be sought in the Hudson Housing Authority’s plans to build new affordable housing units in the city.

After nixing its plan to building housing at the corner of State and 2nd streets, the authority will start from scratch and design a new plan with state input.

At its monthly meeting in September, the authority plans to withdraw its request for proposal for the State Street project, authority Board of Commissioners Chairman Alan Weaver said.

The $53 million project proposed by the authority and co-developer Property Resources Corporation, of White Plains, to renovate 117 units at Bliss Towers and construct two new buildings — one with 33 units for seniors and one with 43 units for multi-families and mixed-use — at the corner of State and North Second streets, was scrapped in February.

Last week, the authority’s development team notified the city Planning Board that it will not meet the submission deadline for its latest plans on the State Street and Bliss Towers project.

The state Homes and Community Renewal has been working with the Hudson Housing Authority Board of Commissioners to discuss the future of the project, along with Mayor Rick Rector and Common Council President Thomas DePietro, who are representing the city. State Homes and Community Renewal has committed funds and tax credits to the project.

Many, including Rector, said the plan was not consistent with the recommendations of the Strategic Housing Action Plan, which called for scattered housing throughout the city, instead of a centralized location.

“It is clear that aspects of earlier proposed ideas were questioned by some, and I look forward to seeing any and all ideas they will be providing in the near future,” Rector said Friday.

A new request for proposal likely won’t be issued until 2020, Weaver said.

The Hudson Housing Authority and the state say they remain committed to using the property on the corner of Second and State streets for housing and using the money from the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative for pre-construction costs. The authority received $800,000 as part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s $10 million award in 2018 for the purpose of creating a mixed-use, mixed-income housing project.

The project across the street would like be on a much smaller scale, Weaver said. But what that will look like is still up in the air.

“The thing is there is so much transition going on in Hudson right now,” Weaver said. “We don’t know what the final vision is going to be and there many options right now that we are considering.”

In the meantime, the Hudson Housing Authority is continuing to rehabilitate apartments at Bliss Towers, 41 N. 2nd St., Weaver said.

“It is critical that all residents in both Bliss and the low-rise units feel safe and secure that they will be adequately protected in any and all proposals. (It’s) an integral aspect of the planning process,” Rector said.

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