Community Development News
Mayor Dawn Zimmer was joined by officials from North Hudson Sewerage Authority and United Water today to announce major initiatives to upgrade Hoboken’s infrastructure and address flooding, water distribution, and power resiliency.
Mayor Zimmer announced a partnership with North Hudson Sewerage Authority (NHSA) to build Hoboken’s second wet weather flood pump in order to further alleviate Hoboken’s 200 year flooding problem. The City and NHSA will work together to apply for a low interest $9 million loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust. The City would pay for and own the pump, while NHSA has agreed to pay for the engineering, permitting, loan application preparation, and operations and maintenance, a contribution estimated at nearly $5 million over 20 years. The pump, with a capacity of 50 million gallons per day, would further alleviate flooding in Western Hoboken.
The City of Hoboken has settled litigation with URSA regarding a dispute over whether the developer provided all of the benefits to which the City was entitled under a Redevelopment Plan approved in 2000. Because of the dispute, the City would not provide Certificate of Completeness to the developer.
As a result of the settlement, the City of Hoboken will become the owner of Block 102, lots 1-8 and 25-32 – an approximately one acre property in Northwest Hoboken. The property is located north of 11th Street between Madison Street and Monroe Street, immediately south of the PSE&G Madison Street Substation. URSA will be responsible for the environmental cleanup of the site and will also make a payment of $1.5 million to the City.
The City of Hoboken has retained the services of Natural Systems Utilities, Chartier Sustainability Group and Rutgers University (aka the Project Team) to prepare a Green Buildings and Environmental Sustainability Plan Element of the current Master Plan.
Sustainability strives to enhance environmental, economic and social well-being without degrading current or future resources. A Green Buildings and Environmental Sustainability Plan Element explores long-term and short-term goals to improve a City’s quality of life, resiliency during emergencies, and to operate a City more cost effectively.
This survey is the first step in preparing a Sustainability Plan for the City of Hoboken, as it will develop a baseline assessment of needs and priorities within the community.
State-of-the-Art, 500,000 SF Sustainable Office and Retail Building to be Anchored by Pearson, the World’s Leading Learning Company
The development of a new, state-of-the-art office and retail building that will generate significant economic growth and bring the world’s leading learning company to Hoboken, N.J., began today with a groundbreaking for Waterfront Corporate Center III, located on the final site within the city’s 26-acre waterfront, mixed-use master plan neighborhood.
The City of Hoboken has introduced a Redevelopment Plan for the Hoboken Terminal and Rail Yards area, property which is owned by NJ Transit.
“For the first time, the City of Hoboken is introducing a plan for this area that would enhance the character of our community, rather than destroy it,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We don’t want to transform our City, we want to build on what is already great about it – our rich history, restaurants and cafes, arts community, waterfront, walkability, and access to transit. This is an opportunity to revitalize our transit terminal and southern gateway and create new public spaces with a financially viable plan consistent with the vision of our Master Plan.”
The City of Hoboken has advertised a bid for the construction of the first phase of 1600 Park and Hoboken Cove. The work will involve the construction of a multi-use field with lighting as well as bleachers and leaning rails along the Park Avenue service road. In addition, the park will feature a rest room, dog run, sliding hill, picnic benches, trees and bike racks. The conceptual master plan for the full park development is available at www.hobokennj.org/1600park.
On July 10, 2012, the Hoboken Planning Board voted to deny without prejudice Shipyard Associate’s application for the Monarch project, which involves the construction of two 10-story buildings on a pier in the Hudson River east of the Hudson Tea Building, despite a development agreement which included the construction of tennis courts and other pier amenities. The City filed a lawsuit in March, 2012 to compel Shipyard Associates to construct the previously-agreed upon amenities.
In a memo to the City Council, Mayor Dawn Zimmer provides an update on a variety of important topics including Sinatra Park, Pier A Park, the 9/11 Memorial, and more. Click here to download the full memo. The text of the memo is also included below.
In a memo to the City Council, Mayor Dawn Zimmer provides an update on a variety of important topics including land acquisition for park space, NJ Transit redevelopment, 1600 Park, flooding, and more. Click here to download the full memo. The text of the memo is also included below.
The waterfront walkway connecting Hoboken and Weehawken is now open. The new walkway segment is the product of years of work to complete a key “gap site” in the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway. The Hudson County Division of Planning has overseen its construction. The project cost $3.2 million to complete. TOMCO Construction, of Wharton, NJ carried out the work. Funding was provided primarily through a U.S. Department of Transportation “Transportation, Community and System Preservation” Program Grant (TCSP). Additional funding of $515,000 came from the Hudson County Open Space Trust.