HUDSON – Thirteen projects selected to foster economic development in Hudson’s downtown were announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office Wednesday.
Several public improvement projects were approved, such as American with Disabilities access at Promenade Hill Park and transforming the Furgary Fishing Village into a city park.
The projects to be funded and listed on the governor’s website are:
n Implement Complete Streets Improvements ($3,982,550)
n Renovate Promenade Hill Park and Provide Americans with Disabilities Access ($1,100,000)
n Improve the Safety and Aesthetics of Cross Street and the Second Street Stairs ($250,000)
n Establish the North Bay ReGeneration Project for Environmental Education ($400,000)
n Establish a Community Food Hub to Support Small Startup Businesses ($700,000)
n Stabilize the Dunn Warehouse for Future Reuse ($1 million)
n Winterize Basilica Hudson and Create a High-visibility Public Greenspace ($250,000)
n Redevelop the Kaz Site as Mixed-Use Transit-Oriented Development ($487,160)
n Provide Workforce Development Infrastructure at River House ($250,000)
n Repurpose Historic Furgary Fishing Village as a City Park: ($150,290)
n Construct Mixed-Use and Mixed-Income Housing on State Street ($800,000)
n Provide Minority, Women and Veteran Owned Business Support ($100,000)
n Fit out Commercial Kitchen and Retail Space to Provide Workforce Training ($230,000)
The projects will have a huge impact on the small city, Hudson Development Corporation Executive Director Sheena Salvino said.
“I think a lot of projects that have been in the works for years are now being funded,” Salvino said. “Promenade Hill Park has been supported by many for years and now we can finally realize that. The renovation of Furgary Fishing Village for increased riverfront access is exciting.”
With additional sidewalks and pedestrian walkways downtown, more bicyclists and pedestrians will be able to move through downtown more safely and efficiently, Salvino said.
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. A group of community members worked several months to translate those funds into worthwhile development projects supported by the community.
The area under consideration for 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 protected wetlands.
“The City of Hudson is proud and grateful to benefit from these important investments, which will create opportunities and foster further smart growth for our community,” Mayor Rick Rector said. “Thanks to Gov. Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative, the City of Hudson is even better positioned for a bright future and we look forward to seeing these projects come to life.”
But the work is just beginning, officials said.
“The governor has selected true transformational projects from the list recommended by Hudson’s DRI Committee,” said F. Michael Tucker, president and CEO of Columbia Economic Development Corporation. “These strategic public-private investments represent a broad focus with each individual project contributing to the governor’s intended goal of revitalizing downtown neighborhoods into vibrant communities.
“Columbia Economic Development looks forward to continuing to work with the city and Hudson Development Corporation in implementing Hudson’s successful DRI Plan,” Tucker said.
The Local Planning Committee — 23 individuals tasked with recommending projects for $10 million in state funding for downtown development – helped select the projects for funding.
The committee narrowed down the list to 22 projects valued at $56,066,938, with $14,377,610 requested in state funds, according to the most recent list of projects posted to HudsonDRI.org.
The final list was submitted by the deadline of March 30.
Some projects not selected included citywide WiFi and the establishment of a $500,000 homeowner improvement grant.
The next step will be to have project winners draw up contracts that must be accepted before contractors are hired or requests for proposals are submitted, Salvino said. The project developers will receive funding as reimbursement for work completed, Salvino said.
For more information on each of the projects, visit HudsonValley360.com.
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