Starbucks to come to Hudson
Hudson - For community members with a taste for double espresso mocha lattes or chai tea, the planning of the future Starbucks coff ee shop at 256 Washington St. in Hudson is nearly complete. Starbucks and Walgreens are two of the proposed businesses planned for the 10-acre commercial development on the corner of Technology Drive and Route 85 across from the 99 Restaurant.
After several meetings with town boards, Bohler Engineering and Richmond Company, responsible for overseeing the logistics of the project, have received site plan approval to move forward. The project was further cemented at the Zoning Board of Appeals meeting Jan. 17, when the board approved a special permit for the construction company to build an outdoor patio seating area outside the proposed Starbucks.
Town Planner Jennifer Burke said that there were some concerns from the community about the proposed development, some from abutters concerned about lighting, but most regarding the increase in traffic.
Residents and businesses along Washington Street and Technology Drive were concerned about the impact of trucks coming in and out during the construction phase on the already busy street. Other traffic concerns regarded potential accidents from the shops' delivery trucks entering and leaving the proposed entrance on Technology Drive.
After several traffic studies and revamped architectural development plans to accommodate an increase in traffic, including off-peak supply deliveries and the donation of a parcel of land to the town, the project is ready to move forward.
Burke said that the town worked with the development company to obtain the donation of a 15-foot strip of property along the site. This land will be used as part of a road expansion project along Washington Street. The street expansion will feature road widening, sidewalks and landscape islands.
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