Hudson -- Although no plans have been proposed for the former Youth Development Center property, infrastructure would have to be considered by the city.

Director of Public Works Frank Comeriato said May 26 at a Council workshop a new transformer would have to be built to supply electrical power if offices or businesses were developed on approximately 135 acres on the south side of Hines Hill Road.

The Northwest quadrant could see significant development with the former YDC property, Comeriato said. The YDC property cannot be developed without a substation, but he could not predict what [power] the development will need until a proposal for what will be built is provided, he added.

The city demolished 14 buildings in 2013 to clear the land for possible development on the YDC property. The city purchased the 429 acres in 2009 from Cuyahoga County for $6.9 million. Summit County Metro Parks manages 293 acres of undeveloped land on the north side of Hines Hill Road.

Hudson Public Power future plans are tied to the strategic plan created in 2012 when Council members wanted all projects listed in the five-year plan even though they could not be funded, Comeriato said. The 10-year plan is based on what the city will need.

Council member Dennis Hanink said he was concerned with how projects in HPP are selected and what is the priority.

He wanted projects chosen that were needed not according to the [amount in the] budget.

"We need to understand the priority," Hanink said.

Council will review each project when it is included in the annual budget, Comeriato said. The HPP needs maintenance and transformers, which are expensive.

"Each year you'll have a handful of projects at budget time," he said.

The strategic plan states HPP needs substation but we haven't worked on the details, said City Manager Jane Howington.

"We can come back to you with plans to make informed decisions," Howington said.

In addition, Howington said the city would develop broadband separately from the HPP fund.

Council member Alex Kelemen said he didn't want to see increases in HPP to provide broadband or provide services outside Hudson borders.

"I don't want to give services like power, water and broadband to other communities like Boston Heights when our own residents can't get it," Kelemen said. "I wouldn't want to put broadband anywhere else until Hudson has it."

Comeriato said Hudson does not have the transmission power to service other communities, but if the YDC property requires power, the city would have to build a substation.

"Do we design it to service properties in Boston Heights since we're building something anyway," Comeriato said.

Basil said if the cost was spread over a large base, it would keep costs down.

"It may ultimately prove beneficial to service other communities," Basil said.


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