HUDSON -- A public parking lot could be built on Atterbury Boulevard.
Council members voted 6-0 on July 11 to approve legislation to lease a city-owned parcel of land on Atterbury Boulevard between Hudson Anglican Fellowship Church and the Hudson Station town houses to TBK Hudson LLC.
Bryan Weber, current owner of the town homes and of the retail space occupied by the Jimmy Johns Sandwich Shop and the former Varsity Club, and Chris Russo, owner of the Brew Kettle Restaurant, expressed an interest in constructing a parking lot on the parcel to prepare for anticipated increased parking needs for the opening of the Brew Kettle Restaurant in the retail space formerly occupied by Varsity Club.
Estimated cost for the parking lot and sidewalk is $125,000, which would be paid and maintained by TBK Hudson LLC. The proposed lease would be for 15 years for $10 per year.
The parking lot and sidewalk must be constructed within one year of signing the lease. If at any time the city determines a public use for the parcel, the city will have the ability to terminate the lease agreement.
City Manager Jane Howington said the improvements by TBK Hudson LLC would be made for the public good and provide parking in a crowded area with businesses and condominiums.
The small piece of property was originally set aside as a possible underpass under the railroad for access to the First & Main area, Howington said.
"The likelihood we would get an underpass would be next to nil from the railroad," Howington said.
The area is the lowest spot in the area and has drainage issues, Howington said. Stormwater infrastructure would cost too much to make it "economically feasible."
"We are not selling the property," Howington said. "At some point in the future it may be usable."
All maintenance would be done by the developer and the builders would have to meet the city's stormwater requirements for construction, said Assistant City Manager Frank Comeriato.
Council member Alex Kelemen said he was concerned about criminal problems in the area and how a mixed-use development with an outdoor patio affects the neighborhood nearby.
"We'll learn how a mixed-use works in a residential neighborhood," Kelemen said.
Howington said the police could enforce noise ordinance and the liquor license rules. Council members could add a clause to the agreement to pull a liquor license if there are problems.