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Western Edge Redevelopment Plan Public Meeting To Be Held August 20


All members of the Hoboken community are invited to a public meeting to provide input on the creation of a Redevelopment Plan for the Western Edge. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the conference room of the Multi-Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street.

The community is also invited to complete an online survey to provide input. The link to the survey is available on the City website at www.hobokennj.org/westernedge.

Free Urban Biking & Safety Skills Class To Be Held July 26

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The Hudson TMA is hosting a FREE one day Traffic Safety 101: Urban Biking & Safety Skills class for adults. The class will include both classroom and on-street instruction and will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 9am to 5pm at the Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street. Register online at www.hudsontma.org or by calling 201-324-56222 X3229.

 

 

PSE&G To Make Major Hoboken Infrastructure Upgrades To Improve Energy Resiliency

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Paving, Sewer & Water Infrastructure Upgrades to Be Coordinated to Minimize Disruptions

Starting on or about July 21, 2014, PSE&G will begin a major project to upgrade 60 percent of the gas lines within the City of Hoboken as part of the Energy Strong program. The project is replacing 31,000 linear feet of low pressure old cast iron mains in or near flood areas with new plastic pipe. The new pipes will be upgraded to a higher pressure that prevents water from entering mains, increasing the reliability of gas service.

Also as part of the Energy Strong program, PSE&G will soon begin work to combine Hoboken’s three electrical substations into two and raise the substations to protect them from flooding.

“We advocated strongly for the Energy Strong program and are thrilled that we have this tremendous opportunity to upgrade our infrastructure to be more resilient,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I also recognize that this will be a major challenge for our community, and we ask for everyone’s cooperation and patience as we coordinate with PSE&G to minimize disruptions and complete these upgrades.”

The gas main work will take place in two phases. In 2014, work will take place to upgrade approximately 1,000 services south of (and including) 6th Street. In 2015, work will take place to upgrade approximately 1,500 services north of 6th Street.

The City of Hoboken is coordinating its planned road resurfacing projects with PSE&G, United Water, and North Hudson Sewerage Authority in order to minimize road openings, construction time and traffic disruptions.

The City plans to repave approximately 50 blocks of roadway, make pedestrian safety improvements to 11 intersections, and upgrade more than 350 handicap-accessible curb ramps later this year. Hudson County has begun resurfacing work on Willow Avenue from 11th Street to 13th Street on June 30. The work is expected to be completed by July 30. North Hudson Sewerage Authority will be replacing three blocks of combined sewer along Jackson Street, from Newark Street to 1st Street. The work is expected to last approximately 8 to 10 weeks.

A map of the planned resurfacing, gas line, and sewer infrastructure upgrades is available at www.hobokennj.org/docs/env/Hoboken-PSEG-roads.pdf.

In order to shorten the length of the project as much as possible, PSE&G will have three crews working on the project in Hoboken. The work will involve digging trenches in the roadway, which will result in temporary closures and/or detours. If necessary, service lines that bring gas to individual homes and businesses will also be upgraded. This will involve digging in the street, at the meter, and in some cases, along the service line. PSE&G will contact property owners to arrange a date and time to allow access so crews can install new meters where existing meters are scheduled for replacement. Customers will be without gas service for approximately four hours while this work is completed. Upon completion of the project, PSE&G will restore the property to its original condition. Grass areas will be repaired and any concrete or asphalt will be temporarily patched until final restoration work can be scheduled. Customers will have access to their property at all time.

For the first phase of the project, PSE&G will be upgrading gas facilities in Hoboken on the following streets:

  • Newark Street between Grand Street and Washington Street
  • 1st Street between Adams Avenue and Washington Street
  • 2nd Street between Grand Street and Washington Street
  • 3rd Street between Willow Avenue and Garden Street
  • 4th Street between Madison Street and Grand Street
  • 5th Street between Willow Avenue and Frank Sinatra Drive
  • 6th Street between Madison Street and Court Street
  • Monroe Street between 3rd Street and 6th Street
  • Jefferson Street between 4th Street and 5th Street
  • Adams Street between 1st Street and 6th Street
  • Grand Street between 1st Street and 2nd Street
  • Grand Street between 5th Street and 6th Street
  • Willow Avenue between 1st Street and 3rd Street
  • Park Avenue between Newark Street and 4th Street
  • Park Avenue between 5th Street and 6th Street
  • Garden Street between 2nd Street and 6th Street
  • Bloomfield Street between Newark Street and 2nd Street
  • Washington Street between Observer Highway and 6th Street
  • Court Street between 4th Street and 6th Street

More information on Energy Strong can be found at www.pseg.com/energystrong. A customer service representative will also be available to answer questions at the PSE&G Customer Service location at 615 Washington Street. An FAQ on the gas main replacement project is available at www.pseg.com/family/pseandg/energy_strong/pdf/faq.pdf. A fact sheet on Energy Strong is available at www.pseg.com/family/pseandg/energy_strong/pdf/factsheet.pdf.

Hoboken Awarded $250,000 Grant For Southwest Park

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The U.S. Department of Interior and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced on Monday that the City of Hoboken was awarded a $250,000 grant for the final design engineering of Block 12 – an approximately one acre property which will be the first phase of a Southwest Park. The funding from the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program will assist with incorporating stormwater management capacity into the new park as part of a broader strategy to alleviate the severity of flooding in the area.

“This grant provides an excellent opportunity for Hoboken to move ahead with creating much needed green space in Southwest Hoboken while also helping to reduce the impact of increasingly common downpours that cause flash flooding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This grant is in addition to the $230 million funding for a comprehensive strategy to fully protect our City from all types of flooding. Thank you to Secretary Jewell and the Department of Interior for providing this funding. The City will move as expeditiously as possible to complete the final construction drawing designs for a park in Southwest Hoboken, and we hope we can start building the park early next year.”

Currently, as a largely impervious paved surface parking lot, Block 12 retains only approximately 17% of annual rainfall, with the rest of the runoff going into the combined sewer system and contributing to recurring flash flooding and combined sewer overflows into the Hudson River. The new park is being designed to capture and store 100% of the stormwater on its property from a 10 year rain event (5 inches of rain). Through surface storage, rain gardens, bioswales, and an underground detention chamber, it will be able to hold over 200,000 gallons of water.

NJ Symphony Orchestra to Perform Free Outdoor Concert at Pier A – June 19, 7:30pm

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Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the City of Hoboken proudly present the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, June 19th • 7:30pm at Pier A Park, First Street & Sinatra Drive, at the end of the Park on the big lawn. Admission is free. Bring a blanket or low back chair & a picnic basket.

Take a seat on the lawn of Pier A Park for a concert of light classics and popular favorites—with a patriotic flair. As night falls, the New York City skyline lights up and is reflected in the Hudson River, making this a very unique and romantic summer symphony concert destination.

The NJSO program honors New Jersey’s rich cultural past as part of the NJ350 celebration, honoring the Garden State’s 350th anniversary with a salute to Frank Sinatra, a medley of Jersey Boys classics and Count Basie’s “One O’Clock Jump.” In addition to its tradition of performing patriotic favorites, the NJSO looks ahead to the classical favorites of its 2014–15 season, performing selections from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” Symphony, Mozart’s Così fan tutte Overture and more.

Mayor Zimmer Appoints Captain Garcia Provisional Police Chief

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Mayor Dawn Zimmer is appointing Captain Edelmiro “Eddie” Garcia as Hoboken’s Provisional Chief of Police effective July 1, 2014. He is currently the Hoboken Police Division’s most senior captain, having served as captain since 1995. Hoboken’s current Police Chief Anthony Falco is retiring on June 30, 2014.

“I thank Chief Falco for his many years of service and dedication to our community and wish him a happy retirement,” said Mayor Zimmer. “During his time as Police Chief, crime in Hoboken has reached and remained at historic lows. I thank Captain Garcia for stepping up and taking on this new role as our Police Department undergoes this important transition.”

On June 2, 2014, numerous captains and lieutenants took the civil service Police Chief test. The test results are expected in several months. Following an interview process, Mayor Zimmer will appoint a permanent Police Chief in the coming months.

Hoboken Regional Flood Protection Proposal Wins Rebuild by Design Competition

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$230 Million Awarded for Comprehensive Urban Flood Protection Strategy

A comprehensive water management project that will protect Hoboken, Weehawken and northern Jersey City has won $230 million of federal funding as part of the Rebuild by Design resiliency competition. This unprecedented level of funding will enable Hoboken and its neighbors to finally solve the flooding problem that has plagued the region for so long.

“I have been advocating for a comprehensive solution to Hoboken’s flooding problems since I first ran for City Council in 2007,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This project will implement a water management strategy that will comprehensively protect all of our residents, businesses, and the critical assets we share like the PATH, transit stations, and hospital. One of the elements of the plan will use parks as flood protection, creating more open space for our residents to enjoy.”

The comprehensive strategy was developed by an international team of experts led by the firm OMA. The proposal titled “Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge: a Comprehensive Urban Water Strategy” employs a multi-pronged approach to address Hoboken’s historic flooding challenges. Details of the proposal can be found at www.rebuildbydesign.org/project/oma-final-proposal.

Hoboken Parking Master Plan Public Meeting To Be Held June 11


Last year, the City of Hoboken hired Arup, a nationally recognized planning firm, to analyze and evaluate the City’s parking situation and prepare a city-wide parking master plan. The master plan will include recommendations for new parking facilities and a review of and recommendations regarding all parking policies, procedures, and signage.

All members of the Hoboken community are invited to a public meeting to provide input on the plan. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the conference room of the Multi-Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street. The meeting will be open house format with a presentation at 7:00pm.

An online survey to solicit additional feedback will also be posted to the City website following the meeting.

Public Invited to 3rd Community Meeting for Southwest Park

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Final Conceptual Design to be Presented at Public Meeting

All members of the Hoboken community are invited to the third public meeting on the first phase of a Southwest Park. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 4th at 7:00pm in the conference room on the first floor of the Multi Service Center, 124 Grand Street.

Based on community feedback developed from the two prior community meetings and an online survey, the planner hired by the City has developed a final conceptual plan for the first phase of a Southwest Park. The plan for the park also includes stormwater management infrastructure.

“We thank everyone who participated in the community meetings and the over 500 residents who provided feedback through the online survey,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I look forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting and hope to work with the Council and community to build this park as quickly as possible.”

City of Hoboken Invites Community to 3rd Annual Irish Cultural Festival

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The City of Hoboken invites all residents and visitors to the 3rd Annual Irish Cultural Festival on Saturday, June 7th from noon to 6pm at Sinatra Park, located on the Hoboken waterfront near 4th Street. The event is free and features Irish music, food, beer, vendors, dance, sports, and other activities for all ages.

Participants interested in competing in the Irish soda bread competition should contact Geri Fallo at gfallo@hobokennj.gov or 201-420-2207.

The festival will feature musical performances by McLean Avenue Band and local favorites Gold n Brown. There will be dance performances by the Garden Street Irish Step Dancers and Emerald Fire and Kerri Smith Academy of Irish Dance.

At noon, the City will celebrate the completion of the reconstruction of Sinatra Field with a friendly “Irish” vs. “Italian” soccer match, and the Hoboken Guards Hurling Club will put Ireland’s 3000-year-old pastime—the world’s fastest, most skilled field sport—on display during an inter-squad exhibition match for area residents to enjoy.