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The City has secured the right of first refusal for the one-acre 94 Owen Brown parcel as part of the agreement to purchase four acres, including Windstream's 100 Owen Brown building, which is now being demolished. The right of first refusal means Windstream cannot sell it to anyone else without offering it to the City of Hudson first. We have worked in partnership with Windstream from the very beginning, and they are working to relocate the operations in that building to other locations. Windstream understands and is acceptable with their property being identified and discussed as part of the development plan. The City has intentionally held off on further discussions regarding the potential purchase until the pending community vote in May.
The proposed commercial building that would be located at 94 Owen Brown would be constructed in a later phase of the project. The City does not anticipate construction starting on the office building in the initial phases, which gives Windstream time to finish its consolidation. Council has been involved in this strategy, as has the developer and Windstream. We are all partners moving in the same direction.