Community Development News

Hoboken Nears Final Agreement For 2 Acre Resiliency Park at 7th St & Jackson St

Monroe Center Concept Plan
As early as June 1st, the Hoboken City Council will consider voting on a redevelopment agreement, amended redevelopment plan, and financial agreement for a PILOT related to a Bijou Properties project at 7th Street and Jackson Street within the Northwest Redevelopment Area. The project will include the creation of 2 acres of public open space with more than 250,000 gallons of underground stormwater detention and infiltration as well as a multi-use public gymnasium.

“This project will bring two acres of much-needed open space to western Hoboken while making our city more resilient to flooding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “The outdoor amphitheater and plaza for events and seasonal markets will create a vibrant gathering space that will also support the artists and small businesses in the adjacent Monroe Center.”

The Administration and City Council Community Development Subcommittee have worked closely together to negotiate a project that is financially feasible while providing several public amenities. The public benefits from the project including land acquisition and remediation, flood prevention infrastructure, and construction of the public park/plaza and gymnasium with stormwater system are valued at over $26 million. The agreement requires that the remediation and development of the public park area south of 7th Street and construction of the gymnasium be completed first.

Elements of the project include:

  • Construction and conveyance of amenities to the City of Hoboken for recreation and open space, including:
    • Approximately 1 acre public park consisting of an open grass area in the manner of a “Quadrangle” on a college campus; public seating area; and children’s play area, including age appropriate play equipment set on a rubberized safety surface with modern fencing;
    • Approximately 1 acre public plaza including step seating, with a tilted lawn panel for relaxing and passive gatherings, and a large plaza area designed to accommodate vendors and seasonal markets;
    • A 6,835 square foot multi-use public gymnasium with a classic field house design;
  • Significant stormwater detention under the public park and plaza areas to help address the flooding issues in the area;
  • Improvements to 7th Street utilizing Belgian block-style accents and a tabled roadway to create visual continuity between the properties to the north and south of the street, to encourage vehicle calming in the area, and enhance the sense of community that is intended;
  • Extensive soil and groundwater remediation;
  • Construction of a mixed-use residential and commercial structure; ranging heights of structure with a maximum of 14 stories and a maximum 60 ft. base;
    • 424 rental residential units, including 42 (i.e. 10%) on-site affordable housing units to be deed restricted for a minimum 40 year period;
    • Between 23,700 and 33,000 sq. ft. of retail space;
    • 415 on-site parking spaces for residential, commercial and transient uses
    • 75 parking spaces to be made available on a shared-parking, non-reserved basis for use by tenants of Monroe Center

Additional project documents are available on the City website:

Notice of Public Comment: City of Hoboken Draft CDBG 2016 Annual Action Plan

In order to maintain its eligibility to administer Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for housing and community development, the City of Hoboken must prepare an Annual Action Plan and submit it to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Annual Action Plan describes the City’s proposed use of $1,096,150.00 in CDBG funding to address the priority needs and objectives as stated in the City of Hoboken’s 2015-2019 Five-Year Consolidated Action Plan.

The DRAFT 2016 Annual Action Plan is now available for public review and comment. A copy of the DRAFT 2016 Annual Action Plan is available through the City’s website at, can be requested by email (, or by calling 201-239-6642 (no voicemail). A DRAFT copy will also be available through the Hoboken City Clerk’s Office. This public comment period will begin on Friday, April 9, 2016 and extend through Monday, May 9, 2016. Comments should be mailed to: Department of Community Development, Attention: Christopher Brown, 94 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030 or e-mailed to Comments must be received or postmarked by Monday, May 9, 2016 at 4:00PM.

Hoboken Introduces Plan to Rehabilitate Neumann Leathers Building & Preserve Artists

Neumann Leathers
The City of Hoboken has completed the draft Neumann Leathers Redevelopment Plan, which seeks to preserve and rehabilitate the existing Neumann Leathers industrial complex and protect and enhance the existing artist community. In addition, the plan would create new retail spaces and affordable housing, add public open spaces, reduce localized flooding, and extend the street grid at Grand Street.

“Just a few years ago, this historic property faced the threat of demolition and the artist community within it lived in fear of an uncertain future,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This plan would restore an important part of our industrial past, protect the artists and industrial uses that enrich our community, and create a vibrant mixed-use block with street level retail and plazas activated by artists and musicians.”

The plan, which is being released to the public and City Council and is being shared informally with the Planning Board, can be downloaded at: The plan will be introduced for first reading at the City Council meeting on November 4th.

The plan would require the preservation and adaptive reuse of the historic buildings, using site characteristics such as the smoke stack, cobbled drives, exposed steel, oversized doorways and loading portals as design elements to help integrate the architecture of the past and present. The industrial arts, fine arts, artisan and industrial uses will be protected and encouraged to thrive. Existing industrial rent levels would be maintained to retain the current tenants. The cost for the renovations and maintained rent levels will be offset and balanced by new construction of a mix of uses, including residential, commercial, retail, and parking. The preservation and expansion of small scale industrial uses is consistent with recommendations in a recently-completed report on Small Scale Manufacturing in Hoboken which can be downloaded at:

Community Invited to Public Scoping Meeting for $230,000,000 Flood Protection Project

OMA Strategy DiagramDraft Scoping Document for Environmental Impact Statement Available for Review

All members of the community are invited to attend a public scoping meeting for the Rebuild by Design Hudson River project (Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge) which will be held on September 24, 2015 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Hoboken Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street. The meeting will be an opportunity for the public to provide input on the project scope and priorities.

“Community involvement and participation in this early part of the process, where we set the scope for the project, is so important,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Besides being a legally-necessary step towards using these federal funds, the decisions we make today will set the direction for the project and greatly impact the flood resiliency plan that is finalized and implemented in the years ahead.”

The State of New Jersey was awarded $230 million in federal funds through the Rebuild by Design competition to plan, design, and construct the Hudson River (Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge) project designed to protect Hoboken, Weehawken, and northern Jersey City from flooding.

The project team, which is led by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), is currently performing a feasibility study and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The feasibility study is an analysis of the ability to complete a project successfully, taking into account legal, economic, technological, scheduling and other factors. The EIS is a document prepared to describe the effects for proposed activities on the natural and physical environment and the relationship of people with that environment. The public meeting is an opportunity to comment on the Scoping document currently being written for the Environmental Impact Statement.

Hoboken Moves to Acquire 6 Acre Property for City’s Largest Park

‘Resiliency Park’ Would Hold at Least 1 Million Gallons of Stormwater to Alleviate Flooding

The City of Hoboken is moving forward to acquire a 6-acre undeveloped property in northwest Hoboken for use as a large “resiliency park” with at least 1 million gallons of integrated flood mitigation capacity. A portion of the property would also be designed with a municipal parking garage, potentially with rooftop recreation or other public amenities. The property is currently owned by BASF (previously Henkel/Cognis), and the project is one of three “resiliency parks” planned as part of the Rebuild by Design flood resiliency plan.

“This six-acre property is the City’s last remaining option for acquiring such a large amount of contiguous land for open space, and it would provide Hoboken with a unique opportunity to address three of our most pressing challenges – flooding, open space, and parking,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Creating Hoboken’s largest park – the same size as Pier A – would provide much-needed open space in western Hoboken, take pressure off our other overcrowded parks, and complement our flood resiliency strategy by being designed to hold at least 1 million gallons of stormwater runoff. It would also add parking capacity by creating Hoboken’s first municipal garage in northwest Hoboken.”

The Hoboken City Council previously authorized the use of eminent domain to acquire the BASF property for open space and authorized the City’s application for low-interest funding from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust (NJEIT) for acquisition of the property. NJEIT loans provide 0% interest on 75% of the loan amount, market rate interest on the remainder, and 19% principal forgiveness.

At the upcoming Council meeting on Wednesday, September 2nd, the City Council will be asked to vote on three separate measures to 1) authorize the use of eminent domain to acquire the northern parcel of the property for a parking garage 2) authorize a $1.6 million Hoboken Parking Utility bond for land acquisition and engineering costs for detailed design of a parking structure, and 3) authorize a $16.7 million bond ordinance to acquire the larger portion of the BASF property for open space, park design and engineering costs, and for construction costs of the Southwest Park. NJEIT would purchase the bond to provide the low-interest loan to the City.

Update on Southwest Park
Construction of Hoboken’s Southwest Park, which is also designed to hold over 200,000 gallons of stormwater runoff, is scheduled to begin this fall. An archeological review of the site needed to be completed prior to construction. The City Council previously authorized applying for a low-interest loan from the NJEIT for design and construction of the park. The final conceptual plan is available at

Update on 7th Street & Jackson Street Park and Plaza
The Hoboken community is invited to a public meeting hosted by the City Council Community Development Subcomittee to discuss a proposed finalized redevelopment project at 7th Street and Jackson Street adjacent to the Monroe Center as part of the Northwest Redevelopment Area. The project proposes approximately 2 acres of public parks and open space, a municipal gymnasium, advanced stormwater detention to assist in flood mitigation efforts as part of the City’s comprehensive Rebuild by Design plan, and mixed use residential and retail components along the western portion of the site, next to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line. The meeting will take place on Monday, August 31, 2015 at the Jubilee Center, located at 601 Jackson Street and will begin at 7:00pm with a presentation of the project followed by a question and answer period.

Community Meeting for 7th St & Jackson St Project on August 31, 2015

The Hoboken community is invited to a public meeting hosted by the City Council Community Development Subcomittee to discuss a proposed finalized redevelopment project at 7th Street and Jackson Street adjacent to the Monroe Center as part of the Northwest Redevelopment Area. The project proposes approximately 2 acres of public parks and open space, a municipal gymnasium, advanced stormwater detention to assist in flood mitigation efforts as part of the City’s comprehensive Rebuild by Design plan, and mixed use residential and retail components along the western portion of the site, next to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line. The meeting will take place on Monday, August 31, 2015 at the Jubilee Center, located at 601 Jackson Street and will begin at 7:00pm with a presentation of the project followed by a question and answer period.

The Community Development Subcommittee is chaired by Councilman David Mello and includes Councilmembers James Doyle, Tim Occhipinti, and Michael Russo.

Community Invited to Submit Input On Southwest Redevelopment Plan Through Online Survey


Members of the community are invited to visit to complete an online survey for the Southwest Redevelopment Plan.

The Southwest Redevelopment Plan Area consists of 17.64 acres in Southwest Hoboken and is bounded, roughly, by Paterson Avenue and Observer Highway on the north and the Jersey City boundary on the west and south. This portion of Hoboken was designated an Area in Need of Rehabilitation in 2012 and the City is in the process of developing a redevelopment plan for the area. The redevelopment plan will address the various land uses, appropriate density and height of buildings and opportunities to encourage neighborhood goods and services. Finally, the plan will also strive to increase public parks and open spaces.

Public Meeting to Be Held for Western Edge Redevelopment Plan

The general public is invited to a community meeting regarding the Western Edge Redevelopment Plan on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7:00pm at the Jubilee Center at 601 Jackson Street in Hoboken.

Maser, the City’s planner, has prepared the Redevelopment Plan for the Western Edge Redevelopment Area with input from Mayor Zimmer and the Hoboken City Council North Subcommittee and is seeking additional input from the community. The Western Edge was designated as an Area in Need of Redevelopment by the City of Hoboken in 2007. The area consists of approximately 11.15 acres on four separate properties located in the western portion of the City of Hoboken at the foot of the Palisades.

The Western Edge Redevelopment Plan provides a framework for the redevelopment of a number of properties in the northwestern portion of the City in proximity to the Ninth Street Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Station. It sets forth standards and guidelines for land use and design, circulation and parking, and open space and recreation. The Redevelopment Plan incorporates flood management strategies outlined in the Rebuild by Design “Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge” plan.

At the community meeting on May 21st, there will be a presentation and an opportunity for attendees to ask questions of the City’s professionals regarding the Redevelopment Plan. Click here to view the draft plan (revised to include educational uses).

Public Hearing for CDBG 5 Year Action Plan (Online Survey)

The City of Hoboken Department of Community Development will conduct a public hearing regarding its 5-Year Consolidated Action Plan for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The public comment session will gather public input on the content of the Consolidated Action Plan, which will direct funds for public service activities in-line with HUD CDBG rules and regulations for a five (5) year period.

Members of the community are invited to complete an online survey to provide their feedback. The survey will be available until March 18, 2015.

Public service activities include, but are not limited to:
· Child Care
· Youth Services
· Health Care
· Job Training / Job Creation
· Literacy program
· Recreation programs
· Education Programs
· Public Safety Services (Crime Prevention)
· Services for Senior Citizens
· Services for Homeless Persons
· Drug Abuse Counseling and Treatment
· Qualified Veteran Services
· Welfare (as defined by HUD)
· Code Enforcement Services

The public hearing is scheduled for Monday, March 2, 2015 from 6:30PM-8:30PM at the Hoboken Multi-Service Center, 124 Grand Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030. Public input will inform the City’s anticipated 5-Year Consolidated Action Plan, which the City intends to submit to HUD for review and acceptance in May of 2015.

Persons requiring special accommodations to participate in the public hearing may call Department of Community Development Principal Planner Christopher Brown at 201-239-6642 or email at

City of Hoboken Explores Creating Regional Performing Arts Center

The City of Hoboken will be evaluating the feasibility of creating a large performing arts center near Hoboken Terminal. If the idea has community support and is deemed to be economically feasible, the City will include the construction of the center in the negotiation of the Redevelopment Agreement with the designated redeveloper of the property owned by New Jersey Transit.

“With almost unparalleled access to mass transit, southeast Hoboken could be the ideal place for a regional performing arts center for music, theater, dance, and more,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Along with the resurgence of the Monroe Arts Center, the preservation of Neumann Leathers through a proposed Rehabilitation Plan, and the construction of Mile Square Theatre’s new facility next to the Viaduct, the Hoboken community is demonstrating its commitment to artists and the arts.”