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City Council Seeks Additional Input on Neumann Leathers Plan Concepts

The City Council meeting on Wednesday, June 21st included a presentation, public comment, and Council discussion on various concepts for the Neumann Leathers Redevelopment Plan. The presentation slides can be viewed at: www.hobokennj.gov/docs/communitydev/Neumann-Leathers-Council-Presentation.pdf.

The Hoboken City Council Community Development South Subcommittee will be meeting next week to discuss the Neumann Leathers Redevelopment Plan and is requesting additional public comments and preferences on concept alternatives for the project.

Members of the public are invited to review the three concepts under consideration and provide their feedback to the members of the subcommittee. The subcommittee has requested that feedback be provided via email by Sunday, June 25th:

Community Development South Sub-committee
Councilman David Mello (chair): melloforhoboken@gmail.com
Councilman Ruben Ramos: councilmanramos4@gmail.com
Councilman James Doyle: jimdoylehoboken@gmail.com
Councilman Michael DeFusco: mdefusco@hobokennj.gov

The three concepts are:


“Official Submission – Revision 3” (Latest Official Submission to the City): This is the latest proposal officially submitted to the City by the property owner, as part of the formal application process to be designated redeveloper.  This option would position the residential portion of the development consistent with the adopted Redevelopment Plan and meets the goals of separating the residential and light industrial areas and providing public open space. This submission was prepared by the applicant to respond to the City’s concerns about preserving the existing historic Neumann Leathers buildings and is consistent with the major components of the Redevelopment Plan.

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“Residential East” (Not officially submitted to the City): This concept was recently prepared by the property owner’s architect (March 2017) to try to respond to residents’ concerns as to the location of the residential uses while also preserving the existing Neumann Leathers buildings. This option would include a separate, 18-story residential building within the commercial/light industrial building area. This option would also reduce the amount of public open space and would require redevelopment plan amendments.

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“Option C – Historic Building Preserved” (Not officially submitted to the City): This concept was most recently prepared by the property owner’s architect (June 2017) to try to respond to residents’ concerns as to the location of the residential uses, while also preserving the existing Neumann Leathers buildings. One residential building would be built to extend over the existing historic Neumann Leathers building, and a separate residential building would be constructed in the eastern portion of the site, so that it is mixed in with the existing commercial/light industrial buildings. This option would also reduce the amount of public open space and would require redevelopment plan amendments.

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“I thank all of the residents who came out to last night’s Council meeting and invite our community to provide additional feedback to the Council subcommittee as they continue this discussion and work to reach consensus on a path forward,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

City Seeks Community Input on Neumann Leathers Alternative Concepts

Next week’s City Council meeting will include a brief presentation on potential development options for the Neumann Leathers project.  The following provides an overview of the options under consideration. Members of the community are invited to review the options, attend the June 21st Council meeting, and voice their views.  The City Council will be asked to take a vote to express its views on a preferred option at the July 5th City Council meeting.  Based on this guidance, the City will then move forward with possibly amending the Redevelopment Plan, if needed, and then negotiating a redevelopment agreement. All of the possible alternatives included below have the same level of residential development, but reconfigure the development in different ways.

Background: The City Council passed the Neumann Leathers Redevelopment Plan in December 2015. The goals of the plan included preserving the historic buildings of Neumann Leathers, preserving the existing light manufacturing and arts businesses that are currently operating in Neumann Leathers, and creating new public spaces. Some residential density was included in the plan to achieve these goals. The plan authorized by the Council specifically separated residential from light industrial uses to prevent potential conflicts between new residents and the existing light industrial operations.

Mayor Zimmer is seeking to find consensus in order to move forward and negotiate a redevelopment agreement that can be supported by the community, the City Council and the property owner. The redevelopment agreement is negotiated based on the framework established by the approved plan, however, amendments to the plan can be considered.

While there was an extensive community process to finalize the approved plan, residents at 415 Newark Street next to the development have concerns about the location of the residential element of the plan. Seeking to address these concerns, the property owner’s architect met with some residents and showed them several concepts that shift some of the residential density to the east, away from their building. These concepts would also demolish significant Neumann Leathers buildings and eliminate some of the public open space required by the Redevelopment Plan.

“A plan that would demolish significant Neumann Leathers buildings is not an option that I could support, however, residents in the neighborhood have expressed concerns about the adopted redevelopment plan, and we want to get input from the community and Council to reach consensus on a preferred direction,” said Mayor Zimmer. “Based on the results of a City Council vote, the Administration will then work with the Council to possibly amend the plan and then negotiate a redevelopment agreement to move forward with the project.”

The following options all contain the same 230 units of residential development, but have different layouts to address various concerns (This 230 total includes workforce and affordable housing units).

  1. “Official Submission – Revision 3” (Latest Official Submission to the City): This is the latest proposal officially submitted to the City by the property owner, as part of the formal application process to be designated redeveloper.  This option would position the residential portion of the development consistent with the adopted Redevelopment Plan and meets the goals of separating the residential and light industrial areas and providing public open space. This submission was prepared by the applicant to respond to the City’s concerns about preserving the existing historic Neumann Leathers buildings and is consistent with the major components of the Redevelopment Plan.

  1. “Neighbor Meeting – Options A, B, C &D” (Not officially submitted to the City): For reference only, the following concepts are shown. These concepts were presented to the 415 Newark Street residents by the project architect and would involve demolishing significant portions of the existing historic Neumann Leathers buildings and shifting a portion of the residential use to the easterly portion of the site, so that it is mixed in with the commercial/light industrial uses. These concepts would demolish existing buildings, reduce the amount of provided public open space* and require redevelopment plan amendments. Out of concern for protecting the historic buildings, these concepts are not supported by Mayor Zimmer and her Administration.

  1. “Residential East” (Not officially submitted to the City): This concept was recently prepared by the property owner’s architect (March 2017) to try to respond to residents’ concerns as to the location of the residential uses while also preserving the existing Neumann Leathers buildings. This option would include a separate, 18-story residential building within the commercial/light industrial building area. This option would also reduce the amount of public open space* and would require redevelopment plan amendments.

  1. “Option C – Historic Building Preserved” (Not officially submitted to the City): This concept was most recently prepared by the property owner’s architect (June 2017) to try to respond to residents’ concerns as to the location of the residential uses, while also preserving the existing Neumann Leathers buildings. One residential building would be built to extend over the existing historic Neumann Leathers building, and a separate residential building would be constructed in the eastern portion of the site, so that it is mixed in with the existing commercial/light industrial buildings.  This option would also reduce the amount of public open space* and would require redevelopment plan amendments.

* The adopted Redevelopment Plan includes a requirement for 40,000 square feet of public open space for public plazas and outdoor markets to be developed as a “series of rooms.” All of the applicant’s development concepts that show a separate residential building in the easterly portion of the site, mixed in with the existing commercial/light industrial buildings, would reduce the amount of public open space by at least 5,000 square feet in order to accommodate the residential building. This concept would require a redevelopment plan amendment.

Each concept will be presented in greater detail at the June 21st Council meeting.

“I hope residents can attend the meeting to let us know their preferred views,” added Mayor Zimmer. “My Administration looks forward to moving ahead on the Neumann Leathers project further informed by the views of the community and the City Council.”

Update on Southwest Park Expansion & Redevelopment Plan

The Hoboken City Council will hold a public hearing and final vote to authorize an appraisal and offer amount of $3,975,000 for the acquisition of approximately an acre of Block 10 to expand the Southwest Park and to adopt the Southwest Redevelopment Plan at the June 7th Council meeting. At a special meeting on May 24th, the Council unanimously voted to introduce both measures. The Hoboken Planning Board reviewed the redevelopment plan and determined that it was consistent with the Hoboken Master Plan.

“The final approval of the Block 10 appraisal will be an important step so we can continue negotiations to acquire the property to expand the Southwest Park,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “The redevelopment plan allows for the possibility for an even further expansion of the resiliency park, but since the plan is voluntary, it is critical that we make this acquisition to ensure sufficient open space for our growing Southwest neighborhood.”

Related Documents
View the plan to expand the Southwest Park through direct acquisition: www.hobokennj.gov/docs/parks/SW-Park-Expansion.pdf

View the Southwest Hoboken Redevelopment Plan:  www.hobokennj.gov/docs/communitydev/Draft-Southwest-Hoboken-Redevelopment-Plan-5-24-17.pdf

View the Southwest Hoboken Redevelopment Plan Presentation: www.hobokennj.gov/docs/council/5.24.17.Southwest.Hoboken.Redevelopment.Plan.Presentation.pdf

Update on Budget, Newark St Plan, Southwest Traffic Plan & Farmers Market

Municipal Budget Includes 1.25% Tax Cut
On Wednesday, May 17, the Hoboken City Council unanimously adopted the 2017 municipal budget which includes a 1.25% reduction in the municipal tax rate.

“I am proud that for the 7th year in a row, we have held the line on our municipal taxes while dramatically improving our credit rating and making investments in our infrastructure including open space, water mains, flood resiliency, energy, and roads,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Thank you to Business Administrator Stephen Marks, Finance Director Linda Landolfi and the entire finance team, and the City Council for working together on this budget.”

Newark Street Safety Improvement Project
The City Council also adopted the Newark Street safety improvement plan (View the plan: www.hobokennj.gov/newarkstreet/). In addition to the adopted plan, the City will be incorporating an All-Way Stop Sign at the corner of Newark Street and Grand Street, following a determination by Hudson County that a stop sign is warranted at the intersection.

Construction to Begin for New Signal for Southwest Traffic Plan
Starting on Monday, May 22nd, construction is expected to begin on the new traffic signal at Jackson Street and Observer Highway, one of the elements of the Southwest Traffic Improvement Plan (View the plan: www.hobokennj.gov/swcirculationplan/). Construction will take place Monday through Friday from approximately 9am to 3:30pm. Traffic will be maintained the majority of the time with the exception of lane closures necessary during 1 to 2 hour periods during approximately 3 days. Police will be on hand to direct traffic during closures and pedestrian detours will be provided.

New Farmers Market Location
This year the “Uptown” Thursday market and “Downtown” Tuesday market will join forces for the weekly Tuesday Hoboken Farmers Market located centrally at Church Square Park on Garden Street between 4th Street and 5th Street. The market will be open on Tuesdays from 2pm to 8pm from June 6th to November 21st. This year’s vendor will include Union Hill Farms, Melick’s Town Farm, Circle Brook Organic Farms, Pickle-icious, Dr. Pickle, Gina’s Bakery, JC Fish Stand, Naturalvert, Gourmet Fruits and Nuts, and Hoboken Farms.

The City has also been in discussions with NJ Transit and LCOR to activate Warrington Plaza with a temporary market. The City has provided LCOR with an agreement to activate the plaza, however LCOR has not yet been able to secure the necessary approvals from NJ Transit. LCOR is pursuing open the market in the summer of 2018 (View the letter from LCOR: www.hobokennj.gov/docs/communitydev/Letter-LCOR-Warrington-Plaza.pdf).

Hoboken Introduces Southwest Redevelopment Plan & Seeks to Acquire Land to Expand Southwest Park


The City of Hoboken is introducing the Southwest Hoboken Redevelopment Plan which envisions a vibrant mixed use urban neighborhood to live, work, and play centered around an expanded Southwest Park. The plan builds on existing uses such as industrial arts, art galleries, and co-working space, creates an environment with more open space and retail amenities, establishes a walkable neighborhood that is safer for all modes of transportation, and preserves and creates jobs. On a parallel track, the City will continue its efforts to acquire through direct purchase nearly an additional acre of property to expand the Southwest Park that is currently under construction.

At a special City Council meeting to be held on Wednesday, May 24 at 7:30pm following the Memorial Day parade, the Council will vote on introducing the Southwest Redevelopment Plan and on authorizing an offer to be made for acquisition of Block 10, Lots 1-7, 30-36 based on an appraisal of the property.

“Like every other neighborhood, the residents of Southwest Hoboken deserve a decent-sized park as soon as possible, which is why we are trying to directly purchase a second parcel of land that is not connected to or dependent on redevelopment,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “After the direct acquisition of the southern portion of Block 10 takes place and the voluntary implementation of the redevelopment plan is completed, Southwest Hoboken will have a 3.5-acre park similar in size to Church Square Park with retail and other amenities, creating a vibrant neighborhood. The residential density in the plan is no greater than a typical Hoboken neighborhood, especially given the concerns about traffic circulation in the southwest. I thank the Council Community Development Sub-committee Chair David Mello and all of the members of the committee for their hard work creating this plan.”

Permitted uses in the redevelopment plan include low-density mixed-use (4 stories residential over ground floor retail), specialized hotel and co-working office space, urban manufacturing/industrial, indoor recreation, microbreweries, neighborhood commercial/retail, and artist studios and galleries. The plan requires that 10% of the total residential units be affordable housing units. The redevelopment plan provides for overlay zoning and is a voluntary plan for all property owners.

“This is a plan that will enable this vital Hoboken and regional neighborhood to move forward in its evolution; encouraging appropriate land uses for the area while simultaneously allowing for much-needed open space expansions, road improvements, and other infrastructure enhancements,” said Councilman David Mello, Chair of the City Council Community Development Sub-committee.

The City is seeking to directly acquire the southern portion of Block 10 (0.8 acres) to expand the Southwest Park. The redevelopment plan would also allow for the further expansion of the Southwest Park to include the northern portion of Block 10 and the former Marshall Street right of way. This park expansion would be required if residential development were proposed by the property owner of the planned park expansion area.

“I welcome this development in the southwest part of Hoboken,” said 4th Ward Councilman Ruben Ramos. “In order for our city to continue be the vibrant city that we are, we need to create dynamic neighborhoods for residents that are walkable, have open space and retail/commercial components that can turn the Southwest portion of Hoboken into a destination for everyone to enjoy. When you bring all stakeholders together and truly make the community a part of the process, the end result is a plan for a vibrant and sustainable development of the area.”

On May 24th, the City Council will consider an ordinance on first reading to introduce the Redevelopment Plan along with a resolution to send the plan to the Planning Board for review. If the plan is introduced, the Planning Board would then review the plan for consistency with the Master Plan and at the May 31st meeting may adopt a Resolution stating the Board’s determination. The City Council could then hold a public hearing and second reading at the June 7th Council meeting for final adoption of the plan.

View the Southwest Hoboken Redevelopment Plan: www.hobokennj.gov/docs/communitydev/Draft-Southwest-Hoboken-Redevelopment-Plan-5-16-17.pdf

View the Southwest Hoboken Redevelopment Plan Presentation (5/24/17)

Links to Other Related Documents
Southwest Traffic Improvement Plan: www.hobokennj.gov/swcirculationplan
Southwest Park plan: www.hobokennj.gov/swpark
Plan to expand the Southwest Park through direct acquisition: www.hobokennj.gov/docs/parks/SW-Park-Expansion.pdf

Mayor Zimmer Cuts Ribbon On New Elevators For Senior Building


Mayor Dawn Zimmer joined Hoboken Housing Authority Executive Director Marc Recko and other dignitaries to cut the ribbon on the new elevators at the Fox Hill Gardens, a building for seniors and disabled residents. The City of Hoboken allocated $386,250 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds towards modernizing the two elevators in the building.

Also in attendance at the ceremony were Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro, 5th Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham, 2nd Ward Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher, Hoboken Housing Authority Commissioner Hovie Forman, City of Hoboken Principal Planner Chris Brown, and residents of Fox Hill.

“I thank our Planner Chris Brown who managed this project and Housing Authority Executive Director Marc Recko for working with us to help ensure that our seniors have a safe and reliable way to get to their apartments,” said Mayor Zimmer. “We worked hard to more than double the CDBG funds we receive to support our low and moderate income population, and I am thankful that Congress has rejected plans to slash this much-needed program.”

Previously, the original 1950’s-era elevators in Fox Hill were regularly out of order and required expensive repairs. Cuts in federal funding made it difficult for the Hoboken Housing Authority to perform the necessary maintenance.

The CDBG funds are allocated to community groups and organizations benefiting low to moderate income populations. Hoboken’s CDBG funding more than doubled in recent years to over $1 million (an increase of more than $500,000) as a result of the City’s population exceeding 50,000 in the latest census and the City choosing to self-administer CDBG funds, which were previously administered by Hudson County. As a result of the increase in funding, the City has been able to fund significant capital projects including the elevators at Fox Hill. Previously, the City allocated $330,000 in CDBG funds for improvements to the Hoboken Shelter.

Hoboken Opens Waiting List For New Affordable Housing Units

The City of Hoboken is creating a housing waiting list for all future affordable rental units regulated by the City. Members of the public are invited to submit a preliminary application by visiting www.AffordableHomesNewJersey.com/Hoboken (Applicants without internet access may call 609-664-2769 X5). The deadline to submit applications for the random drawing to generate the affordable housing waiting list is May 8, 2017. Anyone who may be interested in current or future affordable housing units in Hoboken should apply by May 8th.

“Dozens of new affordable housing units under construction throughout our city will help to ensure that Hoboken remains a vibrant mixed income community,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We have created procedures to make sure that these affordable housing units are available to those who need it most through a fair and open process.”

This list will be used to lease units at: 600 Harrison Street (5 units), 1410 Grand Street (4 units), 721 Clinton Street (6 units), 7th Street and Jackson Street (42 units), and other future units. Some units will be available as early as Spring 2017, and others will be available in upcoming years depending on the construction schedule.

The City of Hoboken adopted an affordable housing ordinance that generally requires a 10 percent affordable housing set-aside for residential construction over 10 units when an increase in density is provided. The City also recently adopted the Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plan and a guidebook entitled “Administration of Affordable Units: Policies & Procedures Manual” to set forth the policies and procedures for placing eligible individuals and families into the City of Hoboken’s affordable units. The Affordable Housing Program will provide opportunities for both affordable units for rent and for sale.

In addition to the units required by the affordable housing ordinance, all redevelopment plans approved during the Zimmer administration, including Hoboken Yards, Neumann Leathers, and Western Edge, require that at least 10 percent of new residential units be affordable.

The first units that will become available are at 600 Harrison Street. Monthly rents for the units, not including utilities, are as follows:

1-Bedroom Low (1 available): $600
2-Bedroom Moderate (3 available): $903
3-Bedroom Moderate (1 available): $1,035

Even those who are not interested in these units should submit the preliminary application by May 8, 2017 to be considered for upcoming and future affordable housing rentals regulated by the City of Hoboken.

Rents for future units may be higher or lower based on income levels and number of bedrooms. The waiting list is only for rental units regulated by the City of Hoboken. There may be other affordable housing opportunities that must be applied for separately.

Additional information including income limits is available on www.AffordableHomesNewJersey.com/Hoboken.

Hoboken Introduces Post Office Redevelopment Plan for New Hotel & Improved Waterfront Connectivity


The City of Hoboken is introducing a redevelopment plan for the Hoboken Post Office Rehabilitation Area that includes a new hotel and improvements to waterfront access and connectivity. The plan, which will be introduced at the City Council meeting on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, would redevelop the underutilized parking lot behind the Post Office as a hotel with unique architecture while preserving the Hoboken Post Office as an important landmark. It would also require the redesign and reconstruction of Newark Street with wide sidewalks and streetscape features to improve connectivity to the waterfront and would activate the block of Sinatra Drive between Newark Street and First Street.

“I thank Council President Giattino and Redevelopment Committee Chair Councilman Cunningham for advocating for this project and working very hard to address some of my initial concerns,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “With the W Hotel often fully booked, there is a clear need for more hotel space for our families, friends, and everyone who visits Hoboken. This world-class hotel would improve pedestrian and bicycle connectivity to our waterfront, replace an eyesore with a vibrant, active streetscape with public amenities, and also provide much-needed meeting and event space for our community.”

It is estimated that the plan would create more than 100 permanent jobs and generate over $1 million annually in real estate taxes in addition to hotel taxes on a site that is currently exempt from taxes.

“This project will bring tremendous benefits to the neighborhood, create jobs in Hoboken, and generate significant real estate and hotel taxes that will help to keep our taxes stable,” said Council President Jennifer Giattino. “I want to especially thank City planner Jessica Giorgianni who has done an amazing job on this plan.”

The Hoboken 2004 Master Plan encourages hotels in the area near Hoboken Terminal to “provide a needed service for residents, businesses, and visitors.”

“As Council Subcommittee Chair, my projects have always strongly supported diversifying our tax base from residential towards more commercial, and this project does just that,” said Councilman Peter Cunningham. “I am confident we have met these challenges which will result in a win-win for Hoboken and its local businesses and residents.”

Setback requirements for the hotel, which must use high quality design materials and architecture, are designed to narrow the building to maximize light, air, and open space and minimize shadows on Pier A Park. The implementation of the plan would terminate the existing easement with the Post Office which provides angled parking for Post Office vehicles along Newark Street where there currently is no sidewalk. All Post Office and hotel loading activities would be moved to First Street and take place inside of a building and the hotel would be required to have lease agreements with private parking garages.

The Post Office Redevelopment Plan is available online at: www.hobokennj.gov/docs/communitydev/Post-Office-Redev-Plan-2017-03-27.pdf

 

Mayor Zimmer & Officials Break Ground on 7th & Jackson Resiliency Park

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Today Mayor Dawn Zimmer joined other elected officials, dignitaries, and members of the community to celebrate the groundbreaking of a 2-acre park and public gymnasium as part of the 700 Jackson Street development project.

“This park will bring much-needed open space to a growing mixed-use, transit-oriented neighborhood and will build upon our flood resiliency strategy,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I thank the City Council, Bijou Properties, Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation, and members of the community who worked together to make this possible.”

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“700 Jackson is reaching for new heights as a transit-oriented, smart growth community,” said Larry Bijou, Managing Partner of Bijou Properties. “Kudos to the City of Hoboken in helping to bring this modern development to fruition.”

“We are fortunate to have partnered with Mayor Zimmer and the City of Hoboken to create new community space, and look forward to more New Jersey development projects on behalf of Intercontinental’s union and public pension investors,” Peter Palandjian, Chairman and CEO of Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation.

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By incorporating green infrastructure and underground detention systems to capture more than 450,000 gallons of stormwater runoff, the resiliency park is designed to help address flooding issues. It is the second of three resiliency parks planned for western Hoboken, in addition to the Southwest Park which is under construction and the Northwest Park, which is in the planning stage.

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Approximately 1 acre of the park will consist of an open grass area with public seating and a children’s play area. An additional 1 acre public plaza will feature step seating with a tilted lawn panel for relaxing and passive gatherings and a large plaza area designed to accommodate vendors and seasonal markets. Finally, the plan will feature a 6,835 square foot multi-use public gymnasium with a classic field house design.

The project will also include approximately 30,000 square feet of retail space, an on-site parking garage, and 424 residential units, including 42 units of affordable housing.

Community Invited to 7th & Jackson Park Groundbreaking Ceremony


All members of the Hoboken community are invited to the groundbreaking ceremony for the new 2-acre park, plaza, and gymnasium as part of the 700 Jackson Street development project. The event will take place on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 11:00am at 700 Jackson Street.

The park will be Hoboken’s second “resiliency park,” designed with green infrastructure and more than 250,000 gallons of underground stormwater detention and infiltration to help address flooding issues.

Approximately 1 acre of the park will consist of an open grass area with public seating and a children’s play area. An additional 1 acre public plaza will feature step seating with a tilted lawn panel for relaxing and passive gatherings and a large plaza area designed to accommodate vendors and seasonal markets. Finally, the plan will feature a 6,835 square foot multi-use public gymnasium with  a classic field house design.

The project will also include approximately 30,000 square feet of retail space, an on-site parking garage, and 424 residential units, including 42 units of affordable housing.