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Hoboken Yards Redevelopment Plan & Washington Street Redesign to be Presented at Special City Council Meeting


The Hoboken City Council will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 7:30pm for the presentation of the Hoboken Yards Redevelopment Plan and the Washington Street redesign conceptual plan. No action will be taken by the Council at the meeting.

Following an extensive community-driven design process that included multiple public meetings and stakeholder groups, the City conducted an updated economic analysis and incorporated post-Sandy flood mitigation measures as well as feedback from the community and the City Council in creating the revisions to the City of Hoboken’s proposed Redevelopment Plan.

In 2012, the City of Hoboken created a draft plan with 2 million square feet of development. The plan being introduced is a revision to that plan and calls for up to 2.3 million square feet of development with LEED Gold incentives.

“There’s been a lot of discussion about this plan over the years,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “In 2008, a prior Administration and NJ Transit proposed a 9 million square foot project featuring a 70-story tower. I strongly opposed that project because it was wrong for Hoboken. Our current proposal is an example of the kind of balanced, smart development that the people of Hoboken both want and deserve.” Read the rest of this entry »

Sinatra Drive Online Survey Extended until October 15

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The deadline to complete the online survey to collect public input on various design alternatives for Sinatra drive has been extended from October 3 until October 15, 2014. There has been a tremendous response from the community and the City wants to ensure that all stakeholders that have an interest in this project have the opportunity to provide their feedback as part of the public process.

On Monday, September 15, 2014, the 2nd public workshop was held as part of developing a community vision for the redesign of Sinatra Drive. Members of the community are invited to visit www.hobokennj.org/sinatradrive to review project materials and complete the online survey to provide their feedback on various design alternatives.

Hoboken Public Library Newsletter for October

The latest Hoboken Public Library newsletter is now available.

Household Hazardous Waste Event – Sunday, Oct 5, 9am-1pm


Hudson County Improvement Authority’s Fall Household Hazardous Waste Event will take place on Sunday, October 5 from 9am to 1pm at the Hoboken Municipal Garage, located on Willow Avenue & Observer Highway.

Hazardous wastes are items found in our homes, garages and outdoor sheds that are dangerous to our environment and cannot be disposed of in our everyday trash. For example, pesticides and solvents are dangerous substances that when inhaled or consumed can be life threatening. That is why the HCIA runs its semi-annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program to help residents rid their homes of these materials. Read the rest of this entry »

Hoboken City Hall Hosting “Plastic Storm” Modern Art Sculpture


Hoboken’s historic City Hall is the temporary home of modern art designed to raise environmental awareness. “Plastic Storm,” created by Austin-based artist George Sabra, is a 14-feet-high storm funnel made of reclaimed plastic bottles, cups, jars, and caps collected in Austin which represents the massive “storm” of plastic waste generated by humans on a daily basis. “Peace Makers” are four human form sculptures made of discarded dead tree branches found in Boston. Read the rest of this entry »

Hoboken Takes The People’s Choice Award for a Great Downtown


The New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NJ) has named Hoboken a winner in the 2014 People’s Choice Awards for Great Downtowns in New Jersey. A panel of planning professionals had selected the contestants from nominations submitted by the public in July, and the competition was determined by the 11,421 online ballots cast by the public over the past five weeks. Hoboken competed against Downtown Morristown, Historic Downtown Jersey City and Montclair Center to receive the top honors in Northern New Jersey.

“Hoboken is a great place to live, work, learn, and visit, and we’re honored to be voted the best downtown in Northern New Jersey,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We thank everyone who voted for Hoboken and invite visitors to shop, dine, stroll our parks, explore our preserved historic architecture, and see why our vibrant community is the fastest growing city in the state.” Read the rest of this entry »

Hoboken Seeks Public Input for Bike Share Program Locations

 

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The City of Hoboken and Township of Weehawken are planning to launch the first phase of a bike share program with 300 bicycles by late fall of 2014. The program will include 230 bicycles in Hoboken and 70 bicycles in Weehawken. The manufacturer, NextBike, is providing the financing for the 300 bicycles.

“We are trying to make it easier for everyone to get around Hoboken, both with a car and without a car, and by offering bike sharing in every neighborhood, we are expanding transportation options for residents to get to the PATH, ferries, buses and travel throughout Hoboken more easily,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This next-generation bike share technology costs a fraction of traditional systems, so it can support more bikes in more neighborhoods in a financially self-sufficient way without tax dollars. We look forward to input from the community and the Council on our proposed locations so that our city-wide bike share system can be implemented this year.”

Members of the community are invited to view a map of preliminary proposed locations for the approximately 20 bike share stations in Hoboken and to provide their input by Wednesday, October 8, 2014 on suggested locations by placing pins on an online map by visiting https://openplans.org/hoboken/bikeshare. Most bike share stations would be located in the 25 foot clear zone at corners where parking is prohibited, which would also improve visibility and pedestrian safety at intersections throughout the City.

Hoboken Introduces Final Washington Street Redesign Plan

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Bird’s-Eye View Rendering of Washington Street (Downtown)

The City of Hoboken has completed a conceptual design for the “complete street” redesign of Washington Street. The design was presented at the final public meeting on September 23, 2014.

“I thank the community for providing their input on this important project through public meetings, focus groups, and surveys,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This plan builds on our award-winning main street by improving pedestrian safety and traffic flow, enhancing mobility for all users, and supporting local businesses. Now that we have community consensus, I look forward to working with the City Council and hope they will fully support this important project so it can be completed as quickly as possible.”

Complete streets are roadways designed for safe, attractive, and comfortable travel by users of all ages and abilities. The City’s plan proposes upgrading Washington Street with safety improvements and enhancements to get around safely on foot, bicycle, car, or public transportation. By providing safe and equitable travel for everyone—including children, families, older adults, and people with disabilities—complete streets stimulate active, healthy behavior, reduce automotive traffic and pollution, encourage more foot traffic to businesses, and enhance interaction on Hoboken’s vital main street. Read the rest of this entry »

Community Invited to Washington Street Redesign Final Public Meeting

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The City of Hoboken invites members of the community to the final public meeting for the Washington Street redesign on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street. The meeting will include a presentation of the final design concept for the redesign of Washington Street. 

For those who are unable to attend, meeting materials will be available on the project website following the meeting: www.hobokennj.org/washingtonstreet.

Update on Monarch Lawsuit & County Freeholder Meeting


The City of Hoboken is continuing to oppose, through a variety of means, Shipyard Associate’s attempts to develop residential buildings on a waterfront pier, known as the Monarch project, in place of promised recreation amenities. In particular, the City is highly concerned about public safety issues associated with waterfront pier development from the well-documented flood hazard threats posed by major storm events such as Superstorm Sandy.

The City of Hoboken is legally challenging the Monarch project on several fronts:

1. The City is appealing to the appellate court the decision by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to approve a permit for the Monarch project.

2. The City is appealing the Superior Court’s decision regarding the Hoboken Planning Board, which rejected Shipyard’s application to amend a prior Development Agreement until all legal issues were resolved.

3. The City is fighting a lawsuit in federal court filed by Shipyard challenging the City’s flood hazard protection ordinance which bans the development of commercial and residential development on waterfront piers. Read the rest of this entry »

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