Aliya Schneider is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media
an open house was held at Promenade Hill Park in Hudson, August 25, by representatives of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative in an effort to hear community feedback on its planned projects. The city of Hudson in 2017, was given $10 million for the Initiative from the Capital Region Economic Development Council for the development of seven projects in the BRIDGE district. That district encompasses 2nd Street to the waterfront from east to west, and Dock Street to the South Bay wetlands from north to south. Nearly 1,300 people or 19 percent of the city’s population live in the district, according to the state Downtown Revitalization Initiative plan. At the open house Street Plans, a sub-consultant for Arterial Streets, presented Hudson Connects’ proposed street improvements, and Starr Whitehouse, a design consultant, offered a presentation for proposed Promenade Hill Park improvements. Both initiatives emphasized the importance of community feedback in the process of executing their projects. In the DRI grant, $4 million is allocated to street improvements led by Arterial Streets, of which $10,000 will go toward temporary projects called “demonstration projects.” Community volunteers will install the demonstration projects on the first weekend of October. The purpose of these projects is to gin further input on the long-term plan. Suggested improvements include lighting, adding bike lanes, installing sidewalks, replacing missing crosswalks, installing ADA, or Americans with Disabilities Act, curb ramps, and adding more signs that point to cultural institutions and businesses in the city. The Promenade Park survey and Hudson Connects survey can be accessed through the City of Hudson website. Read more at HudsonValley360 ]dot] com.