HUDSON — A scaled-back version of the Downtown Phase II project was reviewed by the Planning Commission Monday night.

After hearing feedback from about a dozen residents, engaging in a question and answer session and discussion with city officials and the developer, the commission decided to close the public hearing. The commissioners will again discuss the project at their next meeting on July 23 and are planning to make an official recommendation on the preliminary plan at that time. Though the official public hearing is closed, residents may still attend the meeting to offer their thoughts.

Testa Companies is now planning to build 63 townhomes, 80 multi-family homes and nearly 138,000 square feet of office space along with a 300-space parking garage at the corner of Owen Brown Street and Morse Road. The plan no longer includes a hotel. 

The number of square feet planned in the development has declined from 1.1 million one year ago to 419,000, according to Joel Testa, president of Testa Companies. The project has been pared down after residents told Testa and city officials that the development was too dense.

About 50 people attended Monday meeting. Some of the 12 residents who spoke thanked officials for reducing the scale of the project while others expressed concerns about issues such as traffic volume and stormwater management.

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