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Public input welcomed at downtown revitalization meeting

The second public meeting of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday in the John L. Edwards School cafeteria.
December 5, 2017 11:30 pm

HUDSON — The committee charged with dispersing $10 million for downtown revitalization will welcome comments from the public for the second time Thursday.

Hudson received $10 million in state funding in August as part of $100 million doled out by the state to revamp downtown neighborhoods as part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The city is now working on a process to transpose those funds into worthwhile development projects supported by the community.

The area under consideration for the development is known as the Bridge District, which extends east and west from the Hudson River to Second Street and north and south from Dock Street to the protected wetland.

On Thursday, the community will have the chance to review and provide comment about priority projects that arose at the first public workshop, officials said.

The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria of the John L. Edwards School, 360 State St. The meeting agenda had not been made available to the public as of Tuesday afternoon.

“By the end of Thursday’s meeting, there should be a clearer understanding of what the community sees, given the projects currently before us, as being viable priority projects,” Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton said Tuesday.

Since the last public meeting, the 23-member board has divided into five subcommittees that reflect the goals of the DRI:

n Retain, create and train for jobs

n Encourage mixed-use, mixed-income development

n Transportation connectivity

n Waterfront

n Healthy and affordable food

Each of the subcommittees have met since the last meeting, Hamilton said, adding there will be a discussion Thursday of each panel’s goals and strategies.

“Potential projects are arising as a result of subcommittee meetings and project submissions from the community,” Hamilton said. “These will all be offered for public consideration.”

Hamilton did not provide many details about what those submissions would be.

Project proposals, or intake forms, are being sent directly to Stantec — the planning consultant for the local initiative. One seven-page proposal comes from Hudson-Creative proposing a makerspace, or a hub for workforce training in the arts and technology, and a commercial kitchen. The location for the space has not been determined.

In its proposal, Hudson-Creative is seeking support from the Local Planning Committee and Hudson and DRI funding to create the makerspace.

A facility would be transformed into “workspaces, equipment and collaborative educational atmosphere for the design, engineering and fabrication of fine art, functional art, crafts and ‘the useful arts’ for prototyping single-custom items and pre-production processes for small-series manufacturing and local, new business development,” according to the proposal.

The project would support job creation, trade and apprenticeship programs and support development of small businesses and entrepreneurism.

The open, affordable workspaces will allow for individuals and entrepreneurs to create almost anything, according to the proposal.

The total project cost is to be determined. Hudson-Creative intends to seek additional federal and state funding, private company sponsorships and grants and crowd funding campaigns to help finance the project.

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