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Choice for a developer for the Downtown Phase II project could be announced Sept. 6

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published: September 4, 2016 12:00 AM

Hudson -- The city manager during a special Council meeting Aug. 30 said she would recommend a developer for the Downtown Phase II project at the Sept. 6 Council meeting.

Before June, the city sent a Request For Qualifications to potential developers because the city wanted to maintain some control over what was built and to make sure it blended with the First & Main development. The RFQ can be viewed on the city website www.hudson.oh.us.

City Manager Jane Howington told Council members the process began with seven developers and she narrowed the choice to three options: Fairmount Properties, Heritage Development and Testa Companies. Their presentations can be viewed on the city website.

The chosen developer would work with the city to create a concept plan, Howington said. After signing a memorandum of understanding, the development and time line details would be discussed. She said businesses and those involved in the First & Main development have offered input throughout the process, and the community could offer input on the concept plan.

Council member Alex Kelemen said "community involvement" could be misleading because the same people repeat requests for such things as a community center or tennis courts.

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"We said we want housing and office space," Kelemen said. "I don't know how much the public can bring. We know what we want."

Mayor David Basil agreed the goal is housing and office space.

"It's not a free-for-all," Basil said.

Howington said the RFQ had specifics of the development and the developer understands what the city wants and can deliver.

"We're not going back to the drawing board," Howington said.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9434

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