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Hudson County Freeholders to Hold Special Meeting in Hoboken Tonight to Consider Appeal of Monarch Project Application Denial


The Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders will hold a special meeting at 6:00pm on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 to vote on whether or not to uphold the Hudson County Planning Board’s denial of Shipyard’s application for the Monarch project. The Hudson County Planning Board’s denial was based on the effects of the proposed project on traffic and pedestrian safety along an abutting county roadway (Sinatra Drive). The Hearing will be limited to those issues. The meeting will take place in the cafeteria of the Wallace School, located at 1100 Willow Avenue. The meeting is open to the public, and concerned members of the community may attend and voice their opinions.

City of Hoboken Introduces New Hoboken Yard Redevelopment Plan

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The City of Hoboken is introducing a final draft for the Hoboken Yard Redevelopment Plan which will be considered on first reading by the City Council at their next meeting on November 5, 2014. If approved by the Council, the plan would then be reviewed by the Planning Board. The Planning Board would provide a recommendation to the City Council, which would then hold a final vote to consider adopting the Plan.

The City’s revised Plan calls for a baseline 2.176 million square foot mixed use project with an additional 125,000 square feet of commercial space permitted if the commercial space is architecturally creative and designed to LEED Gold standard. Two-thirds of the overall plan is for office space and one-quarter for residential space, with the remainder for retail space. The plan would create a true mixed-use project that will significantly diversify the local economy, support local businesses, and revitalize the Hoboken Terminal area and Observer Highway area – an essential gateway to Hoboken.

“This plan represents the results of an extensive City Council and community process to find consensus,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “It is my hope that all of the parties will objectively evaluate this project and move forward in the best interests of our State and our City.”

Hoboken Yards Redevelopment Plan & Washington Street Redesign to be Presented at Special City Council Meeting


The Hoboken City Council will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 7:30pm for the presentation of the Hoboken Yards Redevelopment Plan and the Washington Street redesign conceptual plan. No action will be taken by the Council at the meeting.

Following an extensive community-driven design process that included multiple public meetings and stakeholder groups, the City conducted an updated economic analysis and incorporated post-Sandy flood mitigation measures as well as feedback from the community and the City Council in creating the revisions to the City of Hoboken’s proposed Redevelopment Plan.

In 2012, the City of Hoboken created a draft plan with 2 million square feet of development. The plan being introduced is a revision to that plan and calls for up to 2.3 million square feet of development with LEED Gold incentives.

“There’s been a lot of discussion about this plan over the years,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “In 2008, a prior Administration and NJ Transit proposed a 9 million square foot project featuring a 70-story tower. I strongly opposed that project because it was wrong for Hoboken. Our current proposal is an example of the kind of balanced, smart development that the people of Hoboken both want and deserve.”

Hoboken Takes The People’s Choice Award for a Great Downtown


The New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NJ) has named Hoboken a winner in the 2014 People’s Choice Awards for Great Downtowns in New Jersey. A panel of planning professionals had selected the contestants from nominations submitted by the public in July, and the competition was determined by the 11,421 online ballots cast by the public over the past five weeks. Hoboken competed against Downtown Morristown, Historic Downtown Jersey City and Montclair Center to receive the top honors in Northern New Jersey.

“Hoboken is a great place to live, work, learn, and visit, and we’re honored to be voted the best downtown in Northern New Jersey,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We thank everyone who voted for Hoboken and invite visitors to shop, dine, stroll our parks, explore our preserved historic architecture, and see why our vibrant community is the fastest growing city in the state.”

Update on Monarch Lawsuit & County Freeholder Meeting


The City of Hoboken is continuing to oppose, through a variety of means, Shipyard Associate’s attempts to develop residential buildings on a waterfront pier, known as the Monarch project, in place of promised recreation amenities. In particular, the City is highly concerned about public safety issues associated with waterfront pier development from the well-documented flood hazard threats posed by major storm events such as Superstorm Sandy.

The City of Hoboken is legally challenging the Monarch project on several fronts:

1. The City is appealing to the appellate court the decision by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to approve a permit for the Monarch project.

2. The City is appealing the Superior Court’s decision regarding the Hoboken Planning Board, which rejected Shipyard’s application to amend a prior Development Agreement until all legal issues were resolved.

3. The City is fighting a lawsuit in federal court filed by Shipyard challenging the City’s flood hazard protection ordinance which bans the development of commercial and residential development on waterfront piers.

Community Invited to Final Public Meeting for Hoboken Cove Boathouse

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Members of the community are invited to the final public meeting for the Hoboken Cove Boathouse on Monday, September 22nd from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the community room in the Multi-Service Center located at 124 Grand Street.

At 7:00 p.m., Marvel Architects will give a presentation of the final design for the new boathouse to be located on Hoboken/Weehawken Cove at the north end of Hoboken’s waterfront.

The underlying goal of the boathouse is to provide water access and engagement through community non-motorized boating activities and educational events.

Free Rain Barrels Available for Hoboken Residents – Workshop on Saturday, August 2nd

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The City of Hoboken will host its second Rain Barrel Installation Workshop on Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 11:00am to 12:30pm and will be providing a free rain barrel to the first 25 Hoboken residents who register and participate. To sign up, visit www.hobokennj.org/greenteam/rainbarrel.

Rain barrels can be used to capture stormwater runoff that otherwise would have gone directly into the sewer system. The stored water can later be used for gardening or other uses. Every gallon of water kept out of the sewer system through green roofs, rain barrels, street trees, rain gardens, porous pavers, and other green infrastructure helps to reduce flooding.

The workshop, which will provide information on maintaining a rain barrel, including keeping it free of mosquitoes, is open to all Hoboken residents interested in installing a rain barrel on their property. Participants will retrofit a 55 gallon recycled food grade plastic drum into a fully functional rain barrel and will receive a free rain barrel at the conclusion of the workshop.

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.

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.

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.