Hudson Executive Assistant says no agreement between town, developer on Intel redevelopment

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Hudson Executive Assistant says no agreement between town, developer on Intel redevelopment
Drone photography shows the Intel property. (Photo/Tami White)

HUDSON – Executive Assistant Thomas Gregory said there have been no agreements reached between the town and Portman Industrial, who is redeveloping the former Intel property. 

Gregory released a statement on the project, which calls for the construction of a 1,284,640-square-foot distribution warehouse at 75 Reed Road and has drawn public opposition from residents.

“As the Planning Board continues to review the site plan application from Portman Industrial for the proposed redevelopment of the Intel Site at 75 Reed Road, I would like to take this opportunity to remind the public of the process that is being followed and to try to dispel some inaccurate information that appears to be circulating through the community,” Gregory wrote. 

He said he is “fully aware” of the concerns expressed by the residents of Westridge and Quail Run neighborhoods.

“Town staff will continue to work diligently to log their questions and concerns as well as provide responses. I want to assure the public that no agreements of any kind have been reached between the developer and the Town,” Gregory said. 

Intel announced that it planned to sell its 149-acre property to Portman Industrial over the summer. Since, Portman’s plans for the Intel site have been before the Planning Board. 

The Intel site is within Hudson’s M-6 Industrial Zoning District. Gregory said the project is an allowed use by right under zoning bylaws. 

In addition, he said the proposed warehouse is subject to site plan review approval from the Planning Board, which must be obtained before a building permit can be issued. 

The project is also being evaluated at the state level through the review process conducted by the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act office, according to Gregory.

Gregory said that site plan review is a technical and administrative endeavor, which involves the town’s professional staff along with its third-party engineers to examine all aspects of the proposed Intel site redevelopment. That includes environmental, stormwater management / drainage, noise and traffic among other aspects. 

The technical meetings for the proposed site include the Town’s Special Counsel as well as consultants from the developer. 

“This review, and the data which it generates, is intended to support the Planning Board’s effort to evaluate the proposed redevelopment,” he said.

Gregory added that it is anticipated that the technical review will “likely” conclude in approximately 90 days. 

He noted that residents have opportunities to ask questions and voice their concerns to the Planning Board via public hearings, which have taken place on Aug. 30 and Sept. 27. 

The most recent public hearing specifically discussed traffic. Planning Board Chair Robert D’Amelio has said the next public hearing will concern the civil aspects of the site, such as underground utilities, site development and erosion control.

The next public hearing will be held on Oct. 12. 

Gregory noted that any deliberation and decision by the Planning Board must take place in an open meeting under Massachusetts General Law.

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