Southwest Area Rehabilitation Area
On January 19, 2006 Hoboken City Council authorized the Planning Board (Resolution #06-264) to undertake a preliminary investigation and conduct a public hearing in order to determine whether or not the area of the City known as the “Southwest Area” fulfilled the criteria for declaration as an “area in need of redevelopment” pursuant to the statutory requirements found in the New Jersey Local Redevelopment and Housing Law (LRHL codified at N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-1 et seq.). The Planning Board conducted such an investigation and, on June 6, 2006, held a public hearing and determined that the Southwest Area that was studied did constitute an area in need of redevelopment. On June 21, 2006, the City Council designated the study area as an area in need of redevelopment.
Subsequent to the designation of the area in need of redevelopment, a complaint alleging procedural violations during the Planning Board hearing prevailed in Superior Court, and the City was required to hold new public hearings on the study area. In June of 2007, the 2006 study was updated, and the Planning Board began undertaking the process of public hearings. However, that process was halted and there has been no recommendation from the Planning Board to City Council designating the Southwest study area an area in need of redevelopment.
On October 21, 2009, City Council renewed its authorization of the Planning Board to undertake a preliminary investigation and conduct a public hearing in order to determine whether or not the area of the City known as the “Southwest Area” fulfilled the criteria for declaration as an area in need of redevelopment. This resolution expanded the study area to include additional properties (tax block 11) which were not included in the 2006 authorization.
On October 20, 2010, City Council passed a resolution that modified the extent of the lands subject to the Planning Board’s evaluation. This modification removed tax blocks 7 and 8, which have both been redeveloped with high-rise residential condominiums, from the study area.
Clarke Caton Hintz was retained by the City of Hoboken to conduct this study in order to determine whether the properties within the study area met the statutory requirements for designation as an Area in Need of Redevelopment pursuant to the New Jersey Local Redevelopment and Housing Law . The study determined that only some properties in the area met the criteria, but did note that all of the properties met the criteria for Area in Need of Rehabilitation. The Planning Board was conducting the required public hearings on such in early 2012.
At the May 16, 2012 City Council meeting a resolution was adopted to rescind prior resolutions regarding a study of an Area in Need of Redevelopment and directed the City Clerk to transmit to the Planning Board a copy of a resolution to designate the said area as an Area in Need of Rehabilitation for the Planning Board to review and provide its recommendation to the City Council.
The Planning Board considered the City Council resolution that was forwarded to them at their regularly scheduled meeting on June 5, 2012, and adopted a Planning Board resolution with recommendations to the City Council regarding the rehabilitation designation of the said properties in the southwest area of the City. The City Council adopted the Southwest as an Area in Need of Rehabilitation on June 20, 2012.
Since this area soon thereafter was significantly impacted by flooding during Super Storm Sandy, the City was able to obtain Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funding for preparation of a Redevelopment Plan for the Southwest Rehabilitation Area. In 2014 the City authorized the planning and engineering firm Maser Consulting to prepare the Redevelopment Plan for this portion of Hoboken. That planning process is currently underway.