Community Development News

Hoboken Cove Boathouse Survey

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


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.

Rebuild by Design Community Meeting 
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.

Mayor Zimmer Highlights Flood Prevention Opportunity & Invites Community to Public Meeting

OMA Strategy Diagram
Mayor Dawn Zimmer urged the Hoboken community to learn about the Rebuild by Design competition – an opportunity to protect the City of Hoboken from flooding – and to participate in an upcoming community meeting on the project.

“Hoboken has an excellent opportunity to protect our City from all types of flooding through the Rebuild by Design competition,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “In addition to Sandy, we face flooding challenges every year, and the cost of flood insurance is a major concern for residents and businesses. A comprehensive flood protection strategy being developed as part of this competition would not only physically protect all Hoboken residents and businesses, but also financially protect us from soaring flood insurance costs while providing valuable civic benefits. This integrated water management strategy would add a layer of protection for Hoboken Terminal, our electrical substations, hospital, flood pump, and sewage treatment plant. The winning design proposals will be chosen by the end of April, and since strong support from Hobokenites will help our chances to win the competition, I urge the entire community to learn more about this important proposal and provide your input.”

Hoboken Opens New Section of Hudson River Waterfront Walkway

Waterfront Walkway Opening

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer was joined this afternoon by Stevens Institute of Technology President Nariman Farvardin, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Freeholder Anthony L. Romano, and members of the community to cut the ribbon to open a portion of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway. The walkway between Sinatra Park and Castle Point Park includes a section completed by the Stevens Institute of Technology and a rebuilt section of walkway around Sinatra Field.

“With the opening of this walkway, Hoboken now has a continuous waterfront multiuse path from the Jersey City border to our skate park at Castle Point for our active community to enjoy,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Thanks to decades of work by committed activists, our waterfront is already the envy of the state. I look forward during the next few months to working with the community to redesign central Sinatra Drive into a safe and attractive destination for everyone to enjoy.”

Public Invited to 2nd Community Meeting For Southwest Park

All members of the Hoboken community are invited to the second public meeting to provide input on the planning of the first phase of a Southwest Park. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 28 at 7:00pm at the Multi Service Center, 124 Grant Street.

Four design concepts, developed based on input from the first community meeting and an online survey, will be presented for feedback from the community. The meeting will include a presentation regarding stormwater management.

Based on community input, a third public meeting will be held at a later date to present an updated design concept.

Community Invited to Flood Protection Plan Public Meeting

OMA Strategy Diagram

International Design Firms’ Strategy to Protect Hoboken a Finalist in Regional Resiliency Design Competition 

The Hoboken community is invited to a public meeting to learn more about a strategy to protect Hoboken from flooding. The meeting will take place on Thursday, January 23rd at 7:00pm at the Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street. Refreshments will be served.

“Through this design competition, we have a unique opportunity to protect Hoboken from flooding with the help of federal funding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “It’s important for our community to understand this project and provide their feedback. Ultimately, support from the community will enhance Hoboken’s chances for winning the competition and receiving federal funding to help protect us from flooding.”

The public meetings are a part of the Rebuild by Design competition, an initiative of President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The City of Hoboken is working with a multi-disciplinary team of experts to develop a comprehensive strategy to protect the community from all kinds of flooding. Led by architects and urban designers, OMA, and Director Shohei Shigematsu, the team brings together the water management and engineering expertise of Royal HaskoningDHV, the landscape and land-use planning experience of Balmori and the economic understanding of HR&A. The public meeting is a chance for our community to speak directly with these experts and learn more about this initiative.

On Sandy Anniversary, Hoboken Marks Progress Toward a More Resilient Future


Hoboken Cove park and natural landscape for coastal defense and recreation. Concept by OMA team, Rebuild by Design competition (

One year after Superstorm Sandy flooded nearly 80% of Hoboken and left more than 90% without power, the City is making progress towards implementing a comprehensive Resiliency and Readiness Plan based on a “layers of protection” approach to protect the community from future storms and disasters.

“We’ve made significant progress towards physically and financially protecting Hoboken, but we still have a long way to go,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Flood pumps and green infrastructure are key parts of our comprehensive plan, but they alone can’t stop a storm surge or protect us from skyrocketing flood insurance costs. Through a combination of grants, low-interest loans, bonding, public-private partnerships, and the redevelopment process, we will make Hoboken a more resilient city.”

City of Hoboken Acquires Property for Southwest Park

Southwest Park - Block 12

The City of Hoboken has acquired a nearly one acre property as the first major installment of a new Southwest Park.

“I fought for a long time for a Southwest Park, and I’m excited to announce that we now own an acre of property for the first part of a larger park that we will expand through the redevelopment process,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I look forward to immediately kicking off the planning process so we can design and build the first phase of this much-deserved park that reflects the community’s vision for this neighborhood. I thank County Executive DeGise, Freeholder Romano, and the Hudson County Freeholders for their funding support of this project.”

Planners Recognize South Hoboken Waterfront as a Great Place in New Jersey


The City of Hoboken’s South Hoboken Waterfront has been named a Great Place in New Jersey for 2013 by the American Planning Association-New Jersey Chapter (APA-NJ). Launched last year, Great Places in New Jersey recognizes unique and exemplary downtowns, streets, neighborhoods and public spaces – four essential components of exceptional communities. The South Hoboken Waterfront is honored in the Great Public Space category. 

Planning Board Public Hearing on Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance

The City of Hoboken has introduced an update to Chapter 104: Flood Damage Prevention of the city’s municipal code. The purpose of this chapter is to promote the public health, safety, and general welfare, and minimize public and private losses due to flood conditions in areas of special flood hazard. This chapter provides specific guidelines for elevation, construction and design standards to help achieve these goals.

The chapter will be reviewed by the Hoboken Planning Board at a public hearing on October 1, 2013 at 7:00p.m. in the basement conference room of City Hall. Any interested party is invited to attend that hearing; there will be a public portion for comment.

A copy of the Ordinance is available for review on the City web site or in the Planning Board Office (2nd floor) and in the Zoning Office (basement) of City Hall.