HUDSON FALLS — More parking and upgraded green space could be coming to Hudson Falls.
The village has plans to expand its municipal parking lot adjacent to Paris Park, located in between Village Hall and the Margaret Murphy Kindergarten Center, into 108 parking spaces, an increase of about 38 from what is currently available.
The parking lot will also include multiple green infrastructure improvements, including porous asphalt, to help address a state Department of Environmental Conservation consent order to Washington County Sewer District No. 2 for stormwater runoff and combined sewer overflows.
The project was presented before Village Board members and the public Monday during a meeting and public hearing.
The Chazen Companies, a consulting firm working with the village, is leading the design and application submission.
Julie Pacatte, an economic developer with the company, said the project is estimated to cost between $610,000 and about $700,000. The Chazen Companies will be submitting consolidated funding applications to the state for the bulk of that cost. They hope about three-quarters will come from the Environmental Facilities Corp.’s Green Infrastructure Program and the remainder from Empire State Development.
The village had submitted a similar proposal last year, but was unsuccessful. Pacatte said she’s confident about this time around because they’ve consulted with state grant officials that looked at the project last year, and received tips for improving their new application.
Pacatte and colleague Robert Murray, who is the senior municipal funding specialist for Chazen, said with improvements to The Strand Theater, new apartments at the Masonic Temple and other local attractions, there’s an increasing need for more municipal parking. Paris Park would be about a block away from most downtown places.
“When we add up the dollars, the community development dollars, there’s about $4 million being spent in the village of Hudson Falls right now, and that’s really a testament to the public-private partnerships that have taken place in the last couple of years,” Pacatte said.
Murray added that parking would help leverage those investments.
Pacatte detailed more of the design before board members and the public, explaining that most of the lawn of the park would be kept green space toward the Clark Street side. While the parking lot currently abuts the Fire Department and extends out to the school, the school side part is unmarked, sandy pavement. The plan is to turn that into more defined parking area. Village Trustee Bob Cook said after the meeting that this will make it safer for school drop-off and pick-up, too, which is currently congested at times on Clark Street.
There are also plans to install a covered parking area supporting about a dozen cars. The location of that is to be determined, though current designs have it closer to the fire department and village hall. Street parking will be more defined, too, along Locust Street.
The space will also include several landscaping practices that help filter runoff including bioswales, a kind of slight slope filled with vegetation, and rain gardens. The parking surface, too, will be impervious.
The Village Board’s meeting included a public hearing on the grant proposal, and no members of the public spoke for or against the plans. The Village Board was in support.
The village also is set to apply for $750,000 toward waterline replacement in the School Street area, which will protect water quality and increase water pressure. New sidewalks are expected to be built, too, upon project completion. No members of the public spoke on that project, either.
Both projects’ grant application deadlines are at the end of July. Consolidated funding awards are usually announced in December.