Hudson has always been an attractive option for prospective home buyers. The town has an undeniably quaint and quiet atmosphere, and a strong community. With only two more years until their retirement, Brad and Diana Heath decided to settle down in Hudson for these very reasons. The Heaths purchased their home on Par Lane in August of 2019, and have enjoyed their quiet neighborhood. “Hudson was always my number one choice,” says Brad, “but If I had any idea that the Logistics Center was to be built, I never even would have considered Hudson”.
The Heaths found out about the proposed Logistics Center the same way many other Hudson residents have: by seeing the many signs opposing the development propped up all around town. When the Heaths realized that their new home purchase may have been a mistake, they decided to voice their opinion to their fellow residents. Brad particularly is worried about the noise pollution. “My biggest pet peeve is the noise. One study showed that facilities like this produce 100db of noise from 50 feet away. I can already hear the loading trucks from Home Depot on Daniel Webster. I don’t mind it now, you don’t hear them at night. But that will all change if Amazon moves into the neighborhood.”
Hillwood Development Company’s recent appraisal of the neighborhood adjacent to the golf course also failed to include the recent purchase of the Heath’s home, a convenient inaccuracy for the developers that allows them to ignore home owners like the Heath’s who will be directly impacted by the development. Brad also raised one specific environmental concern that has been seemingly overlooked by the town’s planning board as of yet: The salting of the 2.5 million sq foot facility’s parking lots during the winter. “All the chemicals from salting will wash onto the surrounding areas, and even the Merrimack River. How much salt does it take for a parking lot that big?”
The Heaths and many other residents of their neighborhood, remain hopeful that the Logistics Center won’t be approved. “Hudson still is our number one choice, and we’ll continue to fight this thing”.