Permit Fee Relief for Small Businesses
MAYOR KAMAL JOHNSON ANNOUNCES PERMIT FEE RELIEF FOR SMALL BUSINESSES PARTICIPATING IN HUDSON SHARED STREETS PROGRAM
July 14, 2020 – The Mayor’s Office announced today that local residents Mark and Deborah D’Arcy have generously stepped up to donate $15,000 to the City of Hudson through Hudson Hall to underwrite permit fees for local businesses participating in the Shared Streets program. The gift is intended to support small businesses and the City by offsetting lost parking revenues from the program, designed to help them through the ongoing strain of the COVID-19 pandemic by expanding into parking spaces. Mayor Johnson announced beginning July 21, 2020, and in an effort to be equitable, fees for one parking space will be waived for each business or community group participating in Hudson’s Shared Streets until further notice. For more information about Shared Streets or to apply for a permit, visit cityofhudson.org/streets.
“The Hudson Shared Streets program is an effort to expand outdoor space for local businesses to help them survive these difficult economic times,” Mayor Kamal Johnson said. “The City of Hudson is greatly appreciative of the generous donation from Mark and Deborah D’Arcy to help our local business community without further straining the City’s finances.”
“We are so happy to support Shared Streets and hope it helps more of the wonderful small businesses in Hudson stay strong,” said Mark and Deborah D’Arcy.
“The D’Arcy’s have been fantastic supporters of the arts and creative economies in Hudson,” said Hudson Hall Executive Director, Tambra Dillon. “We’re thrilled by their generous gesture to help support businesses participating in the Shared Streets program. On behalf of everyone involved, we extend our heartfelt thanks.”
In collaboration with Hudson Hall, FUTURE HUDSON and Design for Six Feet, and with financial support from the Columbia Economic Development Corporation and The Spark of Hudson, the City of Hudson established the Shared Streets program on Warren Street to allow businesses to expand into city parking spaces to provide greater space for patrons, pedestrians and cyclists. During Shared Streets hours (weekdays from 4pm to 10pm; weekends from 11am to 10pm), vehicular traffic is slowed to 5 miles per hour to allow for pedestrians to safely share the street with cars and further encourage safe social distancing. Fees to activate parking spaces were put in place to recover the approximately $24 per meter per week in revenue the City would have otherwise received. Feedback received by the City from the business community indicated this fee could have a significant impact on already slim profit margins.