Save Hudson Shares the Local Concerns About The Proposed Hudson Logistics Center

Community Concerns



  • Hillwood has celebrated preserving green space in their proposal. Are not these parcels simply the protected wetlands and the river’s flood zone (thus undevelopable)?

  • What will happen to the hundreds of wildlife species displaced by this proposed development?

  • What are the findings of the wetland and water flow studies, specifically with regards to the following affects of:

    • natural precipitation run-off to the water table, existing wetlands, river and abutters, absent the absorption of 200+ acres of grass?

    • construction to the water table?

    • the disruption of the water table to Limit Brook – both upstream and downstream?

    • water quality impact of the Merrimack River due to absent the absorption of 200+ acres of grass as the river is used for drinking water for downstream communities?

    • diesel leaks and run-off from the vehicles?

  • What is the plan to prevent and, if needed, mitigate diesel leaks and run-off?

  • Will an on-site re-fueling permit ever be sought?

  • What are the results of noise and air pollution studies of a 24/7 facility that abuts the Merrimack river, wetlands and a residential neighborhood; specifically with regards to diesel pollutants, artificial light, and operational noises.


Per Hillwood’s Hudson Logistics Center Website (June 6, 2020): “Approximately 150 to 200 tractor trailers and 35 to 50 box trucks …..will travel to and from the Logistics Center each day.  The vast majority of the trucks entering and exiting the Hudson Logistic Center will come directly from the Everett Turnpike on Sagamore Bridge Road – two simple turns in both.”


  • When was the last traffic study completed? Did it incorporate Hillwood’s estimate of 200 tractor trucks, 50 box trucks and 2,000 employee cars?  Did it incorporate the additional cars from the 80 apartments being constructed at the old Friar property?

  • Does the Sagamore Bridge or the Everett Turnpike have the excess capacity for this additional traffic?  What is the overflow affect to the feeder roads, Lowel Rd, River Rd, Dracut Rd, Wason Rd, Routes 101 and 111, and Route 3 North and South?

  • Hudson River Place (2006) published plans that had a direct access road from the Sagamore Bridge to the development, why is that not included in Hillwood’s proposed plan?  Hillwood’s plans intend to use Lowell Rd to Mercury Systems Driveway (Walmart Blvrd) and utilize the access easement to extend the road over the wetlands.

  • Has there been an independent validation to the developer’s claims? The number of trucks in and out does not seem realistic (approximately 0.9% of capacity) and does not include the third building.  What are the projections in 15 years (end of lease)?  What is the maximum utilization of these buildings with several hundred loading docks? 


Town Impacts 

  • How many additional fire, police, and first responders will Hudson need to add in order for this facility to be safe? What is the affect on response times with all the additional traffic? Will Hudson need to expand or add safety facilities? Who will pay for that?

  • Can the current water and sewer infrastructure take the stress of adding 1,800 employees (approximately 7.5% Hudson’s total population)? Will Hudson or the developer pay for needed upgrades to the infrastructure?

  • There is considerable North/South traffic. What percent of the truck traffic will cut through Hudson to and from I93? (It could take upwards of 20,000 trailer trucks to fill Building A and B, then, what will the churn rate be?)

  • Hillwood stated in their presentation to the Planning Board that the plans include a lunchroom for employees in order to help mitigate traffic. How will local business recoup the loss of the golfers' dollars?

  • How will the proposed Logistic Center affect the overall character of Hudson, its desirability to homebuyers and overall home values? The proposed development is the Benson Park revitalization in reverse.

  • Is this type of facility safe in a compact residential area? A brand new Amazon facility in Redland, CA was destroyed by fire on June 5, 2020.  Does Hudson have enough fire resources to fight both a distribution center fire and keep an abutting residential neighborhood safe?

  • What promises and or commitments has the town or the State of NH made to the developer or their client?  What concessions has the Developer requested?

  • What is the actual net benefit to Hudson?


  • Will blasting, as included in the application permit, cause damage to houses, foundations, landscaping, swimming pools, etc?  If so, how will the damage be mitigated? What affect will any blasting have on underground streams or aquifers?

  • The current plan calls for massive earth removal to level the proposed development site, what affect will that have on the wetlands, underground streams and aquifers? Will it destabilize the abutting property? Will retaining walls need to be built?

  • What oversight will the town and state have over the construction process?  Will either the town or state have the right to pause or stop construction?

  • What are Hillwoods’ plans to protect the neighborhoods around Green Meadow during construction?

  • What is Hillwoods' plan for the extensive wildlife that live on Green Meadow or depend on it for survival before, during and after construction?

  • What happens if the project is not completed, stalled, or commitments are unfulfilled?

  • What happens if the project fails economically after the initial tenant’s lease?  Fortunately, the 2006 proposal for an upscale life-style center was pulled by the developer; had it been built, Hudson would have been left with unoccupied retail space or a half completed project.  This would have been a drain on town resources.   

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  • How will the constant sounds of loading and unloading of cargo affect the neighborhoods and surrounding areas?

  • This proposed logistic center will increase the truck traffic on Rte 3 and the Everett Turnpike. Will the traffic noise fall within legal or tolerable limits? There are several residential areas near the highway and noise is amplified over the river.

  • Will the Developer provide sound barriers before they start their construction, which may be even louder than the day to day industrial operations?

  • Since this site is along the Merrimack River, how far are the anticipated noises going to travel up and down the river at all hours?  Currently the river amplifies sound in every direction.

  • Do noise studies take into account the height of our open bedroom windows with direct line of sight over the proposed berm to the 50-foot proposed buildings with air conditioners on top and hundreds or more trucks all around 24x7?  Do these same studies compensate for the sound that reflects off the canyon of dense warehouses?