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What to fund in Hudson?

Mar 04, 2011 2:21 pm
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Historic homes in Hudson,. as seen on the Gossips of Rivertown website."][/caption]Carole Osterink writes on her Gossips of Rivertown website about the March 3 public hearing for this year's Hudson Community Development Block Grant application, which she says drew more community involvement than past years. "One got the impression that the ideas put forward had a genuine chance of being pursued," she wrote, while also mentioning sparse attendance. Among ideas aired, and now under consideration, for the $400,000 maximum in funding, dedicated last year for the creation of a Senior Center in the city's Youth Center at Third and Union streets, was the placement of an elevator in that building; use of the money for low- and moderate-income homeowners in the City's historic districts to undergo housing rehabilitation; improvements to the plaza surrounding Washington Hose, including the provision of handicapped access to Promenade Hill and upgrading of the playground there; the addition of bathrooms to same Washington Hose building; and the building of a parking garage at Fourth and Columbia streets. The idea that generated the most interest, Osterink adds, was housing rehabilitation. The CDBG application is due on May 27, and before then there will be a second public hearing to present the project that the City is proposing for CDBG funding. Let's now see what sticks...