Streetscape Improvement Implementation Plan
Public invited to the “Hudson Connects” Walking Tour and Workshop
July 22, 2020: The City of Hudson is kicking off Hudson Connects, a streetscape improvement implementation plan focused on the area between the Hudson River on the west and Second Street on the east, the South Bay wetlands to the south and Dock Street to the north. The City of Hudson and its design consultants, Arterial and Street Plans, will initiate the project with a public walking tour and a public workshop on July 29. Community members are encouraged to attend one or both events.
“We need to ensure more people can access our public parks, our waterfront, and our streets,” says Mayor Kamal Johnson. “I encourage everyone to participate and share your priorities.”
Begins at Front Street at Promenade Hill Park
Register at bit.ly/HudsonConnects1
July 29 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Register at bit.ly/HudsonConnects2
The walking tour will begin at 4pm on July 29. It will set off from Front Street at Promenade Hill Park and conclude by 5:30pm. This participatory exercise will provide an opportunity for attendees to evaluate the safety, accessibility, and beauty of the streets in the study area. Participants must wear a mask and stay six feet apart. Participants are also encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and to bring a bottle of water. Attendees may register for the Public Walking Tour at bit.ly/HudsonConnects1.
A public workshop at Hudson Hall (327 Warren St) will follow at 6pm and conclude by 8pm. The workshop will introduce the project and project team, and initiate the analysis and data collection phase of the project. Attendees will be encouraged to share feedback on the current state of the streets and vet priority projects, highlighting missing, crucial connections within/to/from the project area, and sharing what currently enables or prevents safe mobility around the neighborhood.
In accordance with State COVID-19 requirements, the attendance for the Public Workshop portion of the event will be capped at 50 people. The room will be set up for social distancing, masks will be required, and staff will be performing contract tracing. All precautions, including having hand sanitizer available, will be taken to make this a safe event for all attendees. You must RSVP for the Public Workshop with the following link, as attendance is on a first-come-first-serve basis: bit.ly/HudsonConnects2.
The Hudson Connects Implementation Plan is a part of a broader improvement effort within the City. In 2017, the City of Hudson was selected by the New York State’s Capital Regional Economic Development Council for one of ten Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) Round Two awards. $10 million in state funding was awarded to government and private projects to revitalize the project area, a portion of which is being used to produce and implement the Hudson Connects plan. This effort will identify the cost/benefit of various street design improvements, and prioritize long- and short-term capital improvements that best maximize the resources of the City’s DRI budget.
Ensuring that bicyclists, pedestrians, transit riders, drivers, and other roadway users have safe and comfortable access to the District’s existing and future amenities, like new, mixed-use development, the Hudson Amtrak Station, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Promenade Hill Park, and businesses along Warren Street, are central to the City’s economic development goals and is the core focus of this streetscape planning and design initiative. Other street and mobility improvement projects include Truck Study, Shared Streets, Empire State Trail, improving sidewalks, Promenade Hill Park improvements.