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Hudson Housing Authority seeks developer for Bliss Towers revitalization

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The Hudson Housing Authority is seeking a co-development partner for its revitalization of its high rise and low rise housing developments and to develop its vacant State Street property.
January 29, 2018 11:30 pm Updated: January 30, 2018 11:54 am

HUDSON — The Hudson Housing Authority is seeking a co-developer for the revitalization of Bliss Towers and low rise housing properties, and to develop its vacant State Street property.

Two proposed projects are up for development.

The first is the rehabilitation or redevelopment of the Authority’s Columbia Apartments, which includes a nine-story, 117-unit high rise known as Bliss Towers, at 41 N. Second St., and the 15-unit low-rise building. Both were constructed in 1973 and the Hudson Housing Authority is considering revitalizing or redeveloping the units.

The second project is a proposed 40-50 unit low rise structure with units ranging from one to four bedrooms for mixed-income residents on one acre of State Street across from Bliss Towers, which is also owned by the Hudson Housing Authority. Mixed-income residents include seniors, families on fixed incomes, families working low-paying jobs or professionals in entry-level positions, Hudson Housing Authority Executive Director Timothy Mattice said last month.

The ground floor of the unit could be adapted for mixed-use, which could mean a small grocery store, retail space or public service agency. The proposed structure will include a retail and community space component on the first floor with the overall building design to be architecturally fit in with the character of the neighborhood and community.

All requests for qualifications and proposals are due March 30 by 3 p.m. Questions must be submitted to Mattice by Feb. 16 at 3 p.m.

A presubmittal meeting for potential co-developers who have questions is slated for Feb. 28 at 1 p.m.

“The authority will require a thorough comprehensive comparison of both development options to be conducted in a transparent, community-engaged public process before any design or implementation projects start,” according to the request for proposal application.

The co-developer should have experience in engaging residents in a transparent way, Mattice said Monday.

The housing authority is partnering with the city, the Hudson Development Corporation and Columbia Economic Development Corporation in developing additional affordable housing.

The Hudson Housing Authority is hoping to secure funding under the $10 million, state-sponsored Downtown Revitalization Initiative which was awarded to Hudson in August to fund shovel-ready, downtown improvement projects.

The Hudson Housing Authority submitted an application for $800,000 in funding from the DRI for predevelopment and construction costs for the second project.

The authority filed a Rental Assistance Demonstration conversion application for its entire public housing portfolio in October, which will allow for the Hudson Housing Authority to leverage private funding for projects.

“In order for us to get the funding that we need to rehab or redevelop the public housing units, we have to change the funding platform, which we currently have now,” Mattice said.

The next Hudson Housing Authority board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 14 at 6 p.m.

“We’ve been talking the RAD conversion and an idea of the separate affordable housing projects at our last two public board meetings,” Mattice said. “We will continue to discuss these projects at every board meeting.”

To review proposal information, visit hudsonhousingauthority.com.

To reach reporter Amanda Purcell, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2500, or send an email to apurcell@thedailymail.net, or tweet to @amandajpurcell.