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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.

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.”

Public Invited to Neumann Leathers Redevelopment Plan Community Workshop

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Over the next several months, Maser Consulting will be working with the City of Hoboken to prepare a redevelopment plan for an area in Hoboken commonly referred to as the Neumann Leathers site. This area includes the properties that are in southwest Hoboken along Willow Avenue between Observer Highway and Newark Street, as well as the right of way.

The public is invited to a community workshop on Tuesday, May 20th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the conference room in the Multi-Service Center located at 124 Grand Street.

Public Invited to Two Meetings for Proposed Park Space at Pino Site Property

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The City of Hoboken is considering a proposal from Bijou Properties that would provide 1 acre of property for park space and a public gymnasium in Western Hoboken as part of an agreement to continue the redevelopment of the Monroe Center site and the Pino property. The site is near the corner of 7th Street and Jackson Street. The location of the building was selected to create a gateway and provide access to and expand upon the future courtyard that is required to be built behind the Monroe Center.

Two public meetings will be held at the Jubilee Center, located at 601 Jackson Street on Thursday, May 15 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm and Saturday, May 17 from 10am to noon.

Community Invited to Public Meeting for Hoboken Cove Boathouse


Over the next several months, Marvel Architects will be working with the City of Hoboken and the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse Group to develop a program and schematic design for a new boathouse to be located on Hoboken/Weehawken Cove at the north end of Hoboken’s waterfront. The public is invited to participate in this design process.

The underlying goal of the boathouse is to provide water access and engagement through community non-motorized boating activities and educational events. The next step is to get the public’s input on the program of spaces required to support this goal and better define the activities that the boathouse should be designed to support.

Please join us for a community workshop on Monday, May 12th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the community room in the Multi-Service Center located at 124 Grand Street.

We look forward to working with the community to create a new recreational and educational amenity on Hoboken’s waterfront.

Hoboken Cove Boathouse Survey

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Marvel Architects will be working with the City of Hoboken and the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse Group to develop a program and design for a new boathouse to be located at Hoboken/Weehawken Cove at the north end of Hoboken’s waterfront. The community is invited to complete an online survey to provide an understanding of how the waterfront is currently being used and what the public would like to see at the boathouse.

The underlying goal of the boathouse is to provide water access and engagement through community non-motorized boating activities. The next step is to define the program of spaces required to support this goal and better define the activities that the boathouse should be designed to support. The City will also be holding community meetings this spring to refine the design.

Community Invited to Hoboken State of the City Address & 2nd Flood Prevention Public Meeting

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Mayor Dawn Zimmer invites all members of the community to attend her fourth State of the City address and the second community meeting to discuss a strategy for protecting Hoboken from flooding as part of the Rebuild by Design competition.

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Mayor Dawn Zimmer will join representatives from OMA, the firm leading an interdisciplinary team of experts on the Hoboken flood prevention proposal as part of the Rebuild by Design competition. The meeting will be held on March 11, 2014 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the Hoboken Terminal waiting room, located at 1 Hudson Place. The competition is a unique opportunity to implement solutions to protect Hoboken from flooding, and demonstration of community support is an important factor in the competition.