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Hoboken Green Team Launches Green Business Recognition Program & Invites Businesses to Take Green Business Pledge

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Mayor Zimmer and the City of Hoboken Green Team have launched the Green Business Recognition Program to distinguish local businesses that are advancing sustainability and environmental responsibility.

Doing business and doing business right go hand in hand. Integrating responsible environmental practices and business strategy can benefit Hoboken businesses, customers, our community, our city, and our planet.

In order to qualify for the Green Business Recognition Program, businesses should complete the Green Business Pledge at http://hobokennj.gov/greenteam/green-business-pledge. The pledge takes less than five minutes and should be completed by February 15, 2017 for recognition in March 2017.

Businesses that take the green business pledge and are approved by the Green Team as a Hoboken Green Business will receive the official Hoboken Green Business branded sticker to proudly display in their storefront and on their website to communicate their commitment to green values.

Hoboken Green Businesses will also be highlighted in various forms of City media. To learn more about the Hoboken Green Team, please visit www.hobokennj.gov/greenteam.

Street Cleaning in Effect Monday, January 9 & Reminder to Clear Snow From Sidewalks

Street cleaning enforcement will be in effect on Monday, January 9 to plow snow from parking lanes.

Property owners/occupants are reminded that they have six hours after the completion of a storm to remove snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property, along with adjoining wheelchair ramps or curb cuts. Inspectors are issuing fines for violations.

Snow and ice must be cleared from gutters a width of 2 feet into the street. It is illegal to shovel snow back into the street or on a fire hydrant. Residents in multi-unit buildings with management companies should ensure that they are aware of City regulations in order to avoid fines. Residents are encouraged to assist elderly or disabled neighbors and to clear snow from fire hydrants. Additional details on city code regarding snow removal for property owners can be found at www.hobokennj.gov/snow.

To report an unshoveled sidewalk, visit www.hoboken311.com or use the Hoboken 311 mobile application for iOS and Android.

Mayor Zimmer Invites Community to Complete Survey & Attends Planning Meeting for “Pop-Up” Northwest Park Design

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Mayor Zimmer invites members members of the community to complete an online survey as part of the planning process for a 4-acre temporary “pop-up” park in northwest Hoboken. The survey, which will be used by the City’s planners to help decide which amenities should be featured at the pop-up park, can be completed at www.hobokennj.gov/nwpark.

A community meeting will be held on January 19 from 7pm to 9pm at the Jubilee Center, located at 601 Jackson Street, to present a concept for the park that incorporates feedback from the survey.

“The pop-up park will be a great way for the community to immediately enjoy this space while we work on the long-term planning for what will become Hoboken’s largest park,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

The City of Hoboken recently acquired the former 6.1 acre BASF property in northwest Hoboken for use as a “resiliency park,” which is proposed to include at least 1 million gallons of underground stormwater detention, as well as a new above-ground parking garage, the first municipal garage in western Hoboken. The planning process for the permanent 5.4 acre park, which would be the city’s largest park, is anticipated to start in spring 2017.

Plans are now underway to create a temporary 4-acre “pop-up” park so that the community could start to enjoy the benefits of this site by this summer. The pop-up park is a temporary public space that is anticipated to be open by summer 2017 and remain until construction begins on the permanent “resiliency park.”

Individuals or businesses interested in donations or sponsorship opportunities for the pop-up park can email NorthwestPark@hobokennj.gov.

Tenant Advocate Office Hours – January 19

The City of Hoboken is announcing office hours for a tenant advocate for any Hoboken resident seeking advice on housing matters. Andrew Sobel, Esq. will be available during office hours, by appointment, between the hours of 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm on Thursday, January 19th, 2017.

Any Hoboken resident wishing to attend the office hours must email (mwright@sobelhan.com) or call (973-874-5545) Mr. Sobel’s office in advance and provide a description of the issue to be discussed in order to schedule an appointment.

The location for the open office hours will be the basement conference room in City Hall at 94 Washington Street.

City of Hoboken Begins Rollout of Hybrid Permit/Meter Parking Zones

The City of Hoboken has begun the city-wide rollout to replace “Permit Only/4 hour” (visitor side, white sign with green text) zones with hybrid Permit/Meter (4 hour) zones. Residents and all others with parking permits (including visitor tags) will be able to continue to park for free in the new zones. Vehicles without permits will still be permitted to park for 4 hours (as before) but will now be required to pay a fee at the meter or by phone using the Parkmobile application. The 4-hour time limit will remain in effect at all times for non-permit holders, however meters only need to be paid between 9am and 9pm. Enforcement of the new meters will begin on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

The first phase includes the current “Permit Only” sides of upper Washington Street (8th Street to 14th Street), Hudson Street (1st St to 11th St), and Castle Point Terrace.

Regulations are not changing on any existing 2-hour meter zones (including Washington Street from Observer Highway to 8th Street and 14th Street to 15th Street) where all drivers, including permit holders, must still pay the meter.

How Will This Affect Me?
I have a Resident Permit: No Change. You do not need to pay the meter in Permit Only (4 hour) zones. You must still pay the meter at 2 hour meter parking zones.
I have a Business, Temporary, Senior, or other parking permit: No Change. You do not need to pay the meter in Permit Only (4 hour) zones. You must still pay the meter at 2 hour meter parking zones.
I am a visitor and have a visitor permit or hang tag: No Change. You do not need to pay the meter in Permit Only (4 hour) zones. You must still pay the meter at 2 hour meter parking zones.
I am a visitor and do not have a visitor permit: You may still park for up to 4 hours at all times but now must pay the meter between 9am and 9pm. You must still pay the meter at 2 hour meter parking zones.

All drivers are reminded to move their vehicles for street cleaning. Additional phases will be installed on the remainder of Permit Only sides of streets throughout Hoboken, from east to west, as additional meter shipments are received in the months ahead.

Example: How parking will be affected on Washington Street

  Existing Regulations New Regulations
Observer Hwy to 8th St

& 14th St to 15th St

 

2 hour meter parking.

All must pay the meter or by phone.

2 hour meter parking.

All must pay the meter or by phone.

(no change)

8th St to 14th St Permit Only. Non-permit holders may park up to four hours per day for free at all times. Permit Only. Non-permit holders may park up to four hours per day at all times but must pay the meter or by phone between 9am and 9pm.

Since the City has implemented a pay-by-phone payment option, the meters in residential areas will generally be located only one per block, typically at an intersection, and placed near commercial locations as much as possible.

The new regulations and meters, which were approved by the City Council, are being installed to increase parking turnover, creating more parking availability for residents, other permit holders, and visitors. Mayor Dawn Zimmer has committed to apply the additional revenue towards transportation and other infrastructure improvements (such as the $17 million Washington Street project, paving roads, and the new parking garage planned for northwest Hoboken). The City will also continue to use some parking revenue to keep municipal taxes stable.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I have to pay the meter at existing regular meter zones?
Yes. Regulations are only changing on existing “Permit Only” sides of streets where non-permit holders must pay the meter to park for up to 4 hours. Regulations are not changing at existing regular metered zones, most of which have a 2 hour limit and where all drivers are still required to pay. Regular meter zones include Washington Street from Observer Highway to 8th Street and 14th Street to 15th Street, among other streets (For a full list of metered parking areas and time limits see www.ecode360.com/15236967). Posted signage will indicate either standard metered parking or “Permit Only” parking where non-permit holders must pay the meter.

Q: Has the city already implemented these parking regulations anywhere?
A: Yes. These “hybrid” permit/meter parking regulations have been in place for several years in parts of northern Hoboken, including various streets in northwest Hoboken around 15th Street and along northern Hudson Street.

Q: I have a Resident/Business/Temporary permit. Will I need now to pay for parking?
A: No. All permit holders will be able to continue to park on both the “Permit Only” and “Resident Only” sides without paying the meter.

Q: Will I still be able to buy visitor hang tags for guests?
A: Yes. Visitors with a hang tag will not be required to pay at the meter.

Q: Will the signage be changed?
A: Yes – the signage on the Resident Only and Permit Only sides will be changed to make all parking regulations more clear.

Q: Where will parking meters be located?
A: On most streets, a parking meter will be located on one of the four corners of each intersection. Meters will be located to avoid conflicts with residential entrances, narrow sidewalks, etc.

Q: What if I have guests that need to park for more than 4 hours?
A: The four hour on-street time limit has not changed. Residents with guests who need to park beyond four hours may purchase visitor parking permits for their guests from the Hoboken Parking Utility. Visitors may also park at municipal or private parking garages located throughout Hoboken (for a map of garage locations, visit: http://enjoyhoboken.com/plan-your-trip/where-to-park/).

Q: How much revenue will the meters generate?
A: The City estimates that the new meters will generate approximately $1.3 million per year. The City is committed to investing those funds into infrastructure improvements.

Water Main Break Isolated; Observer Hwy Reopened to 2-Way Traffic

7:20am Update: The water main has been isolated and repairs are underway. A boil advisory is not in effect. Observer Highway has reopened to 2-way traffic. Park Avenue and Garden Street are closed between Observer Highway and Newark Street. HPD is directing traffic; drivers in southern Hoboken advised to plan for delays.

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4:00am: Suez Water is responding to a significant water main break near Observer Highway and Park Avenue which is affecting water pressure throughout much of Hoboken. Observer Highway is currently closed from Bloomfield Street to Willow Avenue. Vehicles may exit Hoboken via Willow Avenue. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

Christmas Tree Disposal Information

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For those disposing of Christmas trees:

1. Place tree at the curb on regular recycling nights (Mondays and Thursdays after 9:00pm) for pickup on Tuesday and Friday. Trees will be picked up the next day as a special pickup after regular recycling pickup.
2. Please remove all lights, ornaments, and stand from the tree.
** Do not place the tree in a plastic bag ** (trees are recycled).
3. If you have questions or to report the location of a tree that has not been picked up by 5:00pm the following day, please call 201-420-2277.

Harlow Winter Village Skating Rink Opens Under 14th Street Viaduct

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The City of Hoboken is hosting the Harlow Winter Village outdoor skating rink this winter, which opened today and will operate through February 28th, 2017.

“I am thrilled to announce that Hoboken will host a pop-up skating rink as a new option for residents and visitors of all ages to get out and have fun this winter,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Along with our newly-built mini-soccer pitches, this facility will further activate our viaduct recreation area and support our growing, vibrant neighborhood in northwest Hoboken. I thank Harlow Hoboken for the generous sponsorship that made this possible.”

The rink is supported by sponsorship from Advance Realty — developer of the recently opened Harlow Hoboken luxury apartment building at 1330 Willow Avenue — and is located under the 14th Street Viaduct between Grand Street and Adams Street.

Hours of Operation (subject to change)
Friday, December 23: 11am-8pm‬
‪Saturday, December 24: 11am-6pm‬
‪Sunday, December 25: Closed‬
‪Monday, December 26: 11am-6pm‬
‪Tuesday-Friday, December 27-30: 11am-8pm‬

“We’re delighted to help bring this unique recreational offering to northwest Hoboken,” said Peter Cocoziello, president and CEO of Advance Realty. “We are extremely excited to be a part of the Hoboken community, and we look forward to meeting some of our new neighbors at the ‘Winter Village’.”

The 3,100 square foot rink uses synthetic ice which is designed for skating using regular metal-blade ice skates and is slightly slower than ice. Admission is free. Visitors may bring their own skates. Skate rentals are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Several local vendors will be on-site to sell hot and cold drinks and food. Vendors and skate rentals are cash only.

Holiday Notices: Municipal Office Closures & Parking Regulations

Hoboken municipal offices will be closed on Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26, 2016. Parking meters, permit regulations, and street cleaning will not be enforced December 23-26. Garbage and recycling pickup will take place as scheduled.

Public Notice: Monroe Center Termination of Open Space Easements

Please be advised that in order to provide for the remediation, development and conveyance to the City of Hoboken of a 2.0 acre public park as well as other amenities in the Northwest Industrial Area of the City, and to establish public access to the park areas as set forth in certain Redevelopment Agreements to which the City is a party pursuant to Local Redevelopment and Housing Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-1, et seq., the City is seeking the approval of the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, pursuant to the New Jersey Conservation Restriction and Historic Preservation Restriction Act, N.J.S.A. 13:8B-1 et seq., to terminate the following previously established Deeds of Open Space: (1) Deed of Easement for Public Space dated November 30, 2004 and recorded in the Office of the Hudson County Register in Deed Book 7459, Page 69 and re-recorded in Deed Book 7622, Page 276; and (2) Deed of Public Right of Way Easement dated November 30, 2004 and recorded in the Office of the Hudson County Clerk in Deed Book 7568, Page 316, as each of these Deeds of Open Space touch upon and concern those parcels located in the Monroe Center Area and designated as: Block 80, Lot 1.01 and Block 81, Lot 2.01 referred to as 701 Harrison Street; and Block 81, Lot 3.01 (Units A, B and C) referred to as 700 Monroe Street.

The Deeds of Open Space were originally implemented as part of a previous redevelopment project known as “Village West” which was approved by the Planning Board in or about 2004 and which approval was contingent upon the implementation of the Deeds of Open Space. Although the Deeds of Open Space were recorded, Village West was never developed and portions of the public space afforded by the Deeds of Open Space currently offer no reasonable public utility. The termination of the Deeds of Open Space will result in the remediation, development and conveyance of a 2.0 acre public park, as well as other amenities to be provided to the City, and the re-establishment of certain public access areas, all as further set forth in the City’s Resolution No. CD3 Authorizing the Public Hearings to Release the Deeds of Open Space which can be viewed on the City’s website at: www.hobokennj.gov/monroe as well as in the Office of the City Clerk located in City Hall, 94 Washington Street, Hoboken, N.J. The City must conduct a public hearing pursuant to N.J.S.A. 13:8B-5 to solicit input from the public.  The City will conduct the public hearing on January 12, 2017 at 6:30PM at the Multi-Service Center, located at 124 Grand St, Hoboken, N.J.  Written comments may also be submitted to bforbes@hobokennj.gov.

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