HUDSON — City voters will have a chance in the spring to share their opinion about the proposed second phase development in downtown.

City Council on Tuesday night voted unanimously to place an issue on the May 7 ballot that will ask voters to weigh in on the plan proposed at Owen Brown Street and Morse Road.

Since this will be an advisory election, the outcome of the vote will not be binding and council will still have the final say on the project.

“I am convinced that our current course of action with respect to Phase II is appropriate and a final result will be something like Phase I, a development that we can all be very proud of,” Councilman J. Daniel Williams said. “I am going to vote to support this and I think a majority of citizens in May will do likewise.”

Councilwoman Beth Bigham, who had expressed concerns about the proposed ballot issue at last week’s workshop, said she decided to vote in favor of putting the question before voters because it gives residents another chance to express their views.

According to the preliminary plan for Downtown Phase II, the project will include townhomes, multi-family homes, about 138,000 square feet of office space, and a 300-space parking garage at the corner of Owen Brown Street and Morse Road. The final plan still needs to be approved by Planning Commission and council.

 

Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421, pkeren@recordpub.com, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.