Hudson hosts second open house on downtown Phase II proposal on October 21


HUDSON – Residents will have another chance to share their thoughts on the recently proposed Downtown Phase II project.

A second open house to see and give your opinion on the downtown Fairmount Properties proposal is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, October 21 in the town hall community hall, 1140 Terex Road.

Representatives of Fairmount Properties have proposed a plan for a new 40,000 square foot Heinen’s grocery store at Morse Road and Clinton Street, with a parking area. North of Heinen’s, Fairmount would like to build 98 residential units – 41 grouped houses (quadruple), 33 townhouse units and 24 quadruple patio house units. The four-patio residential units will “mimic” those in the Villas of Hudson, according to the plan posted on the city’s website. Fairmount is also reportedly looking to reuse Heinen’s current building at 19 Clinton Street, and company executives are seeking feedback on how to use this site.

“We are committed to a plan of no more than 100 homes for sale and a brand new state-of-the-art Heinen store that can better serve this market,” said Randy Ruttenberg, director of Fairmount Properties, who developed the First and Main Project with Tom and Joy Murdough. “… The plan will remain dynamic as the comments are incorporated, whether they relate to access, green spaces or the layout of the houses themselves.

This map shows Fairmount Properties' conceptual plan for a Downtown Phase II project in Hudson.  An open house where residents can comment on the proposal will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on October 21 at City Hall, 1140 Terex Road.

For the area they want to develop, Fairmount offers to buy the city property, but they want the purchase contract to include contingencies such as stating that the planning commission must approve the project before the finalization of the project. ‘purchase.

Heinen’s plans to do renovations at its current site, but city officials have said the company would like to have a larger facility. Since Heinen’s wants to act soon, Fairmount has asked the city to make a decision on its proposed purchase agreement by the end of November. If the purchase contract is promulgated, the project will still have to be approved by the town planning commission and the city council.

If a deal is not reached by the end of November, Fairmount will not move forward with its plan and Heinen’s will begin renovating its current building, according to reports on the city’s website.

The first open house is a “success”, declares the leader of Fairmount

Ruttenberg said he thought the first open house on September 29 was a “success,” with more than 100 residents and business owners sharing their comments. The most common suggestion for Heinen’s current site was to reuse it in a food hall / manufacturers market. Suggestions to re-equip this construction into a community / senior / recreational center were only a “distant second,” Ruttenberg said.

He noted that attendees at the September 29 event said they wanted to see more trees, green space, crosswalks and sidewalks in the residential part of the development.

“There are also general questions about traffic, the layout of a new Heinen store and many questions about types and styles of housing,” said Ruttenberg.

He noted that he and his colleagues have been “honored” to serve as managers of First and Main (or Phase I) development for the past 15 years and added that Fairmount has the most to gain or lose in this potential project. of Phase II.

“We see this next phase as an opportunity not only to provide housing opportunities for those who wish to downsize and / or live downtown, but also to create greater sustainability for existing businesses on Main Street. and our First and Main developments, ”said Ruttenberg.

Two city council members said they felt Fairmount’s proposal met the needs expressed by community members.

Council member Nicole Kowalski (in general) said she had heard from many residents who wanted housing for the empty nests.

“[Fairmount’s plan] addresses this need for more empty housing and gives us a bigger Heinen, which will benefit everyone in the community, ”Kowalski said.

So far, Kowalski said she “has heard an incredible amount of positive feedback that leads me to believe that we may be able to garner substantial community support.”

Council member Hal DeSaussure (in general) added that he felt residents attending the Sept. 29 open house “responded positively to the proposal.”

He noted that Fairmount’s proposal responds to a demand he heard from many community members for more downtown housing.

Ruttenberg encouraged people to attend the October 21 meeting to share their comments.

“It’s a very special community with a great passion for what’s going on in their city,” said Ruttenberg. “This is one of the reasons we are interested in doing more work here.”

Jeff Heinen from Heinen’s will be on hand to share his perspective on what his company hopes to accomplish.

Participants in the October 21 meeting must park behind City Hall and enter through the back doors. Stations will be set up in the community hall where residents can meet with city and Fairmount representatives to discuss the proposal.

For more information on the proposal, visit

Anyone who is unable to attend the open house can submit their comments online at

Journalist Phil Keren can be reached at [email protected], or on Twitter at @keren_phil


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