City of Hudson hoping Schumer will remove CSX "roadblock"

December 21, 2016 06:57 PM

HUDSON -- Senator Chuck Schumer wrapped up his annual 62-county tour in Hudson, where they're hoping to move on a $25 million mixed-use project at the former KAZ warehouse site, across the street from the train station and near the waterfront.  

"The opportunities are cut short by CSX's-- there's a large block of Front Street that they control and do very little with.  So we're very grateful for your attention on this matter," Ben Ezinga with Sustainable Community Associates said to Senator Schumer.  

At issue is what the senator called a crew shack and a lot owned by CSX, but crucial to the development project.

The Hudson Development Corporation is hoping for a swap;  they want to give CSX a staging area next to its tracks instead of a block away, and get the front lot in return.  Senator Schumer calls it a win-win.

He's in Hudson answering the city's call for help, as city leaders fear losing momentum or stalling altogether.

"Usually with these projects, the sooner you can get this done, the better," said Senator Schumer.  "Because you never know when a developer could pull out until the project is actually ready to go and this is the parcel that's standing in the way, so I'm going to try to get them to move very quickly."

This is part of a bigger picture.  Next to the site will soon be a 55-room hotel by Redburn Development; on the other side is Basilica Hudson, an arts and performance venue.

City leaders are hoping they will prevail, with the soon-to-be minority leader in their corner.

"In the past, when I've made a good argument to CSX, they've listened, and I don't see any good argument against doing this," said Senator Schumer.

CSX said in a statement that it actively uses that property for its operations, and will continue working to find alternatives that will work for both sides.

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