AVR’s Hudson Landing project cleared its final environmental review hurdle last night. The Kingston Freeman reports that the Kingston planning board “unanimously adopted a findings statement, a document that outlines what developer AVR Acquisition Corp. of Yonkers needs to do to mitigate potential environmental impacts from the proposed 1,750-unit project.” Read the story here.
Next up is a site plan for the proposed development, which will feature a mixed-use, neighborhood-style design with residential housing and small commercial space. Public use of the waterfront is also planned.
Mixed use projects have been around for a long time. In fact, the idea is born out of the small-town “main streets” that were once so popular in America. Main streets featured residential housing above commercial space, a true cityscape. Suburban sprawl wiped out many main streets following WWII. But interestingly, these types of arrangements are making a comeback.
…Which makes sense. As the Baby Boomer generation ages, the demand for housing near retail and medical services is important as folks near retirement. From an environmental perspective, mixed use makes sense too. The design encourages shopping locally, and walking instead of driving.
A recent story I did for Retail Traffic magazine also mentions a development trend that centers on redeveloping existing buildings for mixed-use projects — a sustainable model. Read the story, here.
— Arthur Zaczkiewicz