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Update on Open Space Projects & Monday City Council Meeting

This message provides updates on three open space projects – the expansion of the Southwest Park, acquisition of the Union Dry Dock site for public purposes, and design of the Northwest Park. Two of the projects involve matters that will be considered at the upcoming Council meeting. Please note next week’s City Council meeting will take place on Monday, November 13th at 7:00pm.

Union Dry Dock

The City Council will consider an ordinance on second reading to authorize the use of eminent domain if necessary for the acquisition of the Union Dry Dock site. The City was just advised by NY Waterway that a subsidiary of NY Waterway had acquired Union Dry Dock for $11.5 million with the intention of using the property as a repair facility for its ferry fleet. NJ Transit advised the City today that it will be entering into an agreement with NY Waterway for the option to purchase the property. The authorization of eminent domain provides the City with the tools necessary to facilitate negotiations and does not mean that eminent domain will be implemented.

“Now more than ever, the City needs all the tools available to be in the strongest position to negotiate in the best interest of our residents,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Southwest Park

The City of Hoboken is seeking to acquire Block 10, Lots 1-7 and 30-36 for the expansion of the Southwest Resiliency Park for open space and stormwater management. The City’s first appraisal determined a value of $3.975 million, which the City Council previously approved as an offer price to the property owner. A second appraisal determined a value of $5.3 million. An ordinance to accept the second appraisal and authorize a new offer amount was approved on first reading by the City Council and will be considered for second reading at Monday’s Council meeting.

“This appraisal will enable the City to move forward with acquiring the property to create a larger Southwest Park separate from the redevelopment process,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Northwest Resiliency Park

Residents are invited to complete the online survey for the Northwest Resiliency Park at www.hobokennj.gov/nwparksurvey.

The project team will also host a public design charrette to work together with the community on design concepts for the park. The public charrette will be held on Thursday, November 30th, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm at the Wallace School Cafeteria, located at 1100 Willow Avenue.

Hoboken’s largest park will provide recreation and public space for our community. It will also be a fundamental part of Hoboken’s resiliency strategy by integrating green infrastructure and innovative stormwater management measures to mitigate flooding from rainfall events. In 2017, the City of Hoboken opened a temporary pop-up park at the site which will remain in place during the design process for the permanent park. The park is located between Adams Street, Madison Street, 12th Street, and 13th Street.

General Election to be Held Tuesday, November 7th


The General Election is on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017. Polls will be open from 6:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Municipal offices will be closed and street cleaning will be suspended. All other parking rules remain in effect.

Find your polling place: https://voter.njsvrs.com/PublicAccess/jsp/PollPlace/PollPlaceSearch.jsp

View a sample ballot: http://www.hudsoncountyclerk.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Hudson-Sample-General-Election-Hoboken-Form-5.pdf

For inquiries, complaints or problems, call the Board of Elections: 201-369-3435. For voting machine malfunctions or questions, call: 201-369-7794/7797/7799.

City Seeks to Make Offer for Land to Expand Southwest Park


The Hoboken City Council will be asked to authorize a higher offer for Block 10, a nearly 1-acre vacant property for the expansion of the Southwest Park. An ordinance to authorize the new offer will be on today’s agenda, Wednesday, November 1st, on first reading.

The proposed increased offer is based on a second appraisal of the property conducted by the City, which the City received yesterday afternoon. The appraisal will be reviewed in closed session with the City Council and made publicly available after the closed session. The City’s first appraisal determined a value of $3.975 million, which the City Council previously approved as an offer price. Following the initial offer, the City has been attempting to negotiate with Academy Bus, which owns the property. Academy Bus had committed to conducting its own appraisal by October 13th, but has failed to meet the agreed-upon deadline.

Two appraisals are required as part of the City’s application for low-interest funding from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust. Approval of the appraisal and the increased offer are a necessary step for the continuation of the negotiation process and ultimately for the expansion of the park. The park expansion will enhance the new Southwest Resiliency Park by facilitating the addition of important amenities including more active play space for children and adults and expansion of the neighborhood’s flood protection.

Annual Ragamuffin Parade & Costume Contest to be Held Tuesday, October 31st

The City of Hoboken annual Ragamuffin Parade and Costume Contest will be held on Tuesday, October 31st, 2017.

To participate in the parade, meet on Washington Street between 13th Street and 14th Street. Setup for line of march begins at 3:15pm. The parade starts at 3:30pm.

The parade features local live music, floats, lots of great costumes and so much more. Wear your Halloween best!

A costume contest will begin at 4:00pm after the parade at the Little League Field, located at 5th Street and River Terrace. Prizes will be awarded in five age categories. Featuring your host and emcee Polka Dot.

Washington Street will be closed and NJ Transit buses will follow a detour during the parade.

Special thanks to our TITLE sponsor Litzky Public Relations for their very generous support

Thank you to all of our GOLD sponsors:
Bliss Spa Hoboken • Hoboken Aardvarcks • Inner Athlete • Johnny Rockets • McDonald’s • Medieval Times • My Gym Hoboken • Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts • Urban Jungle Play

Thank you to all of our SILVER Sponsors:
Aether Games Café • Asana Soul Practice • Delfino’s Pizzeria • Dozzino • Drum Den • Flo on Wheels • Guitar Bar • Hoboken Fit Squad • Just For Kids • Little City Books • Mario’s Pizza • Medicine Man Pharmacy • My One Dress • Preschool of Rock • Rita’s Ice • Urban Arts • Urban Coalhouse

Statement from Mayor Zimmer on Hudson River Rebuild by Design Project

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released $230 million in funding for the Rebuild by Design Hudson River project.

“Early this week we learned that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued formal approval for the State of New Jersey to use $230 million in funds to complete the design and construction of the Hudson River Rebuild by Design (RBD) project. This critical project will protect Hoboken and parts of Weehawken and Jersey City from rising sea levels and the impact of climate change.

This is a major milestone for the long-term resiliency of our City. Thanks to strong community support, Hoboken is now on track to work with the State of New Jersey, Weehawken, and Jersey City towards the final design of this project over approximately the next 18 months. These federal funds are dedicated specifically for the Hudson River RBD project and are no longer at risk of being repurposed by the federal government for any reason. Completion of this project is now in the hands of the State of New Jersey and Hoboken, Weehawken, and Jersey City. Going forward, it will be important to work closely with the community and the State to finalize the design so that it can be completed by the funding deadline of 2022, providing essential protection for residents, businesses, and critical facilities.

This Rebuild by Design competition that started in 2013 not only allowed design teams to develop innovative solutions that would otherwise have been ineligible for FEMA funding, but it also provided a framework so that all levels of government could work together in parallel towards a common goal, avoiding years of delays. The Hudson River Rebuild by Design project is a comprehensive approach to flooding that also builds upon several City initiatives. This includes our three resiliency parks built with green infrastructure to reduce flooding from heavy rain. The Northwest Resiliency Park is currently being designed to retain one million gallons of storm water. The 2-acre resiliency park at 7th and Jackson is currently under construction, and the recently-opened Southwest Resiliency Park is targeted for further expansion. In addition, the City has implemented other projects and strategies that integrate with the RBD water management strategy. This includes the construction of the second flood pump, built in partnership with North Hudson Sewerage Authority, the adoption of redevelopment plans requiring the use of green infrastructure in new development, and successfully incentivizing over 100,000 square feet of green roofs on existing buildings through our zoning code. We are also making our energy system more resilient from flooding and other disruptions by working with PSE&G to combine and elevate our substations, installing permanent elevated backup generators at critical facilities, and moving forward with an electric microgrid to ensure the lights stay on even if the central grid goes down.

Thank you so much to the Hoboken community, including the Community Advisory Group, the dedicated City of Hoboken resiliency and sustainability team, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Community Affairs, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Weehawken Mayor Turner, Jersey City Mayor Fulop, Executive Director Richard Wolff and the North Hudson Sewerage Authority, and all the partners who worked to reach consensus and advance this vital project. Thank you to Senator Menendez, Senator Booker, and Congressman Sires for your continued support of all of these resiliency projects.

This Sunday, as we recognize the 5-year anniversary of Sandy, we invite residents to stop by at the Hoboken Historical Museum from 2pm to 5pm to reflect and celebrate how far we have come since that devastating Superstorm Sandy struck our City five years ago.”

A flyover animation of the conceptual Rebuild by Design project, including a park as defense strategy at the Hoboken/Weehawken Cove waterfront can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JJGpmDdTT4.

Signed HUD Authority to Use Grant Funds: www.hobokennj.gov/docs/RBD-Hudson-River-AUGF.pdf.

Hudson Bike Share Announces Expansion of Program to Five More Cities

This fall, Hudson Bike Share, the public bike share program operating in Hoboken, will add 260 new bikes and 35 new stations throughout Guttenberg, North Bergen, Weehawken, Bayonne and West New York. The program is growing from its initial 250 bikes and 29 stations at launch to 560 bikes and over 65 stations across six cities.

The managing partner of the program, P3 Global Management – a subsidiary of European Parking & Smart Mobility leader EYSA -, announced this week that it will begin the expansion this fall.

“We are extremely excited to start the expansion of our bike share program in Hudson County” said Carlos Pujol, CEO of P3 Global Management. “A New Jersey program, conceived to serve the needs of local Hudson County residents, has logged over 300,000 rides since its inception in 2015. The program is now expanding to Guttenberg, North Bergen, Weehawken, Bayonne and West New York, thereby connecting the Hudson water front and effectively enabling short intercity commutes as well as leisure rides. One membership, multiple cities. We’re excited to provide this service for the people of Hudson County, and appreciate their support. We look forward to bringing additional bikes and stations in the year ahead.”

With a focus on innovation, P3GM funds and project manages leading edge technology implementations such as bike sharing programs, LED lighting and sensory applications, WI-FI networks, smart parking optimization, interactive way finding kiosks, electric charging stations, and other sustainability solutions improving the quality of life and economic opportunities for cities in the United States and abroad.

Hudson Bike Share continues to grow not only on the map but in rides and membership as well. The program will celebrate its second anniversary this month, and this summer saw the highest ridership rates to date with over 20,000 members. On August 2nd of this year, the program had its highest daily ridership with 894 rides.

“With over 300,000 trips and 20,000 registered users, we are thrilled with the success of Hudson Bike Share in Hoboken and look forward to its expansion into a six-city program,” said Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “As the program nearly doubles in size to 560 bikes, it will become one of the largest bike share systems in the country and will provide the residents and visitors of our region with a healthy, environmentally-friendly way to commute, run errands, or exercise.”

The program partners with NextBike, a bike share company that operates in over 125 cities in 25 countries around the globe. NextBike manages the ground operations and provides the equipment and technology for the system.

“Hudson Bike Share has become an integral part of the Hoboken mobility ecosystem, and NextBike is thrilled to be transforming it into a regional system with our partners” said NextBike’s North America Business Operations Manager, Krysia Solheim. “We look forward to finding new ways to engage more residents and continuing to empower people from all different backgrounds to move in a healthy, affordable, quick, and environmentally responsible manner.”

Users can register online or download the NextBike app. The cost of the program is $95 per year or $12.95 a month and includes unlimited 45-minute trips. Riders can also choose a pay-as-you-go option for $2 per 30-minute ride. Hoboken Housing Authority residents and Section 8 voucher recipients are eligible for free memberships. The expansion of the program will allow access to more Hudson County residents while providing a strong and reliable service for users of all types.

“We are excited to help increase mobility and connectivity for the residents of West New York,” said Mayor Felix E. Roque, M.D. “From reducing traffic congestion to promoting a healthy lifestyle in an easy, inexpensive way, the benefits of partnering with Hudson Bikeshare are enormous and the expansion into North Hudson shows demand is there. We are proud to offer an environmentally friendly and convenient alternative for our residents to move around Town.”

Hudson Bike Share remains committed to the continued expansion of the program, and plans to further the expansion beyond Bayonne, Guttenberg, North Bergen, Weehawken, and West New York in 2018.

“We’re partnered with several Mayoral administrations, City Council members and business leaders across Hudson County to create a single bike share system that members can use in any of the participating municipalities with further expansion coming spring 2018” said James F. Murphy, Vice President of Business Development, and Community Relations for P3 Global Management

Riders can use a smart phone or key card to unlock bicycles at any of the stations in the system. Once rented, the user will be given a code to unlock the bike, and begin their 30 or 45-minute ride. The highlight of the system is the ability to park the bikes temporarily, as well as the ability for users to end their trip at a station that is already full. This feature, which is lacking in prior-generation bike sharing models, allows users to make stops mid-trip and eliminates the frustration of arriving at an already full station.

Hudson Bike Share is supported by Suez Water, Carepoint Health, Investors Bank and Keller Williams Realty.

For more information please visit HudsonBikeShare.com

 

Residents Invited to 5-Year Sandy Anniversary Event

The City of Hoboken and the Hoboken Historical Museum invite residents and visitors to an open-house event to come together as a community to reflect on Superstorm Sandy and the 5-year anniversary. The event will take place on Sunday, October 29th from 2pm to 5pm at the Hoboken Historical Museum, located at 1301 Hudson Street.

Residents and visitors are invited to view Sandy-related materials, sign the museum’s 5-year anniversary reflection book, and enjoy hot beverages and desserts together. The Turquoise Cup, a pottery craft studio from the Monroe Center that recently fully reopened after being hard-hit by Superstorm Sandy, will also be providing children and adults with the opportunity to create their own pottery artwork.

City of Hoboken Launches Northwest Resiliency Park Planning Process


The City of Hoboken is kicking off the planning process for the Northwest Resiliency Park with a project website, online survey, listening sessions, and public design charrette. The project website can be viewed at www.hobokennj.gov/nwpark.

Public Survey
The Hoboken community is invited to complete the online survey for the project at www.hobokennj.gov/nwparksurvey.

Listening Sessions
The project team will host a series of listening sessions in Hoboken parks to learn more about the community’s ideas for the Northwest Resiliency Park:

Saturday, October 21, 2017

  • 11am – 3pm: Harvest Festival, Pier A

Saturday, November 4, 2017

  • 9am – 11am: Mama Johnson Field, Sinatra Park, 1600 Park, and Garden Street Farmer’s Market
  • 12pm – 3pm: Youth City Challenge, Northwest Pop-Up Park

Public Design Charrette
The team will also host a public design charrette to work together with the community on design concepts for the park. The public charrette will be held on Thursday, November 30th, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm at the Wallace School Cafeteria, located at 1100 Willow Avenue.

About the Northwest Resiliency Park
Hoboken’s largest park will provide recreation and public space for our community. It will also be a fundamental part of Hoboken’s resiliency strategy by integrating green infrastructure and innovative stormwater management measures to mitigate flooding from rainfall events.

In 2016, the City of Hoboken acquired 6 acres in Northwest Hoboken to transform a former industrial site into the city’s largest public park. Initially envisioned in the 2004 Master Plan, the Northwest Resiliency Park is a key feature of the City’s comprehensive water management strategy for making Hoboken more resilient to flooding, storms, and sea level rise.

In 2017, the City of Hoboken opened a temporary pop-up park at the site which will remain in place during the design process for the permanent park. The park is located between Adams Street, Madison Street, 12th Street, and 13th Street.

The Northwest Resiliency Park will build upon the City’s ongoing efforts to integrate resiliency into park projects, such as the Southwest Park and 7th & Jackson Park.

Public Hearing to Be Held for City’s Application for Financing of Southwest Park Expansion

The City of Hoboken has applied to the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program (NJEIFP) for a low interest loan to acquire Certain Real Property identified in the official City Tax Map as Block 10, Lots 1-7 and 30-36 for the construction/expansion of Southwest Resiliency Park (Block 10) for open space preservation, stormwater management and floodwater management.

The City will conduct the public hearing to solicit input from the public on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Hoboken City Hall, 2nd Floor Mezzanine located at 94 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Hoboken, N.J. 07030.

Upon acquisition, the City will go through a full public planning process to develop design plans, specifications and estimates. It is anticipated that the parkspace will feature a mix of active and passive recreational space, green infrastructure (rain gardens, shade tree pits, porous pavers, cistern(s) for rainwater harvesting and reuse) and an underground detention system to reduce stormwater run-off and localized flooding.

The real estate appraisal value has been determined to be approximately $3,975,000. The City’s low interest loan application to the NJEIFP will also include approximately $607,000.00 for planning, engineering and permitting as well as $318,000.00 for NJDEP administrative fees and contingency.

Copies of the environmental planning document, real estate appraisal, and site survey may be viewed on the City’s website or in the Office of the Business Administrator, located in City Hall, 94 Washington Street, Hoboken, N.J. Written comments may also be submitted to: Christopher Brown, Principal Planner, City of Hoboken, 94 Washington Street, Hoboken, N.J. 07030, or by email to cbrown@hobokennj.gov.

N.J. Board of Public Utilities Joins Hoboken and DOE to Highlight Feasibility Study for Proposed Hoboken Microgrid


BPU Providing $157,000 in Funding for Hoboken Microgrid Feasibility Study

Today, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (Board) President Richard S. Mroz was joined by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Rima Oueid, U.S. Department of Energy, to highlight the Board’s approval of Hoboken’s application for funding to conduct a Town Center Distributed Energy Resource microgrid feasibility study. The Board is providing approximately $157,000 in funding for Hoboken’s feasibility study, which should be completed in approximately one year.

“As the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, we recall that Hoboken was one of the towns particularly hard hit by the storm,” said President Mroz. “Hoboken’s wide-ranging proposal is unique amongst the other proposed microgrids that the Board recently approved for feasibility study funding in that Hoboken’s microgrid plan considers many types of vital services and critical facilities, such as a grocery store and pharmacies that residents may need during a major outage.”

The City of Hoboken filed an application for a Feasibility Study to examine the potential of connecting multiple critical facilities that include Hoboken Fire Company 3, Police Headquarter, City Hall, the Hoboken Homeless Shelter, St. Matthews Church, as well as St. Peter and Paul Church, Kings Grocery, municipal garages B, D & G, multiple senior housing facilities, the YMCA, two local pharmacies, three Hoboken Housing Authority Properties (Andrew Jackson Gardens, Harrison Gardens, Adams and Monroe Gardens), and pump stations.

“Thank you to President Mroz and the Board of Public Utilities for approving our microgrid feasibility study and providing us with the funding necessary to move this project forward,” said Mayor Zimmer. “A Town Center microgrid will alleviate some of the serious issues we had as a

result of Superstorm Sandy, create a platform for more renewable energy, and help meet peak power needs of the traditional grid. We are fully committed to a more energy-resilient future and are already installing the conduit for a future microgrid backbone as part of our Washington Street project.”

Hoboken’s feasibility study will evaluate most commercially-viable technologies, including but not limited to Distributive Energy Resource, energy storage systems, solar, combined heat and power (“CHP”), thermal loops, and biodiesel fueled generators.

“DOE hopes Hoboken is successful in implementing electricity resilience to protect their critical infrastructure and communities,” said Rima Oueid, Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy. “This could potentially serve as a model for others. The projects for this event are an extension of DOE’s collaboration with NJ through the Hurricane Sandy Taskforce. The DOE Microgrid Program, within the Office of Electricity, is interested in continuing its collaboration with NJBPU to further advance the 13 NJ microgrid feasibility studies into the next phase.”

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the Christie Administration made it a priority to improve energy resiliency and the emergency preparedness and response of the utility companies. The 2015 Energy Master Plan Update (EMP) contained a new section on hardening and improving utility infrastructure resiliency which supports the establishment of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) such as microgrids to improve the grid’s resiliency and reliability in the event of a major emergency.

The EMP Update also directed the Board to continue its work with the utility companies, local, state and federal governments, and other strategic partners to identify, design and implement Town Center microgrids to power critical facilities and services across the state.

Microgrids are mini grids powered by onsite distributed generation that provide electric, heat and cooling to critical facilities such as a hospital, public safety headquarters, town halls, school, and other buildings that can serve as emergency shelters during a crisis, which are located in a small geographic area. These smaller grids, operating on their own, “islanded” from the main power grid, can separate and protect themselves from any problems with the main grid and keep vital services in place.

The Board established a Town Center Microgrid Feasibility Study program to fund all 13 applications at a total cost of $2,052,480. The program was developed to provide incentives for local and state government agencies to study the feasibility of Town Center DER microgrids.

The Board approved funding for applications submitted by: Atlantic City, Camden County, Cape May County MUA, Galloway Township, Highland Park, Hoboken, Hudson County, Middletown Township, Montclair Township, Neptune Township, Paterson, Woodbridge Township, and the State of New Jersey Department of Treasury with the partners Mercer County, Mercer County Improvement Authority, and Trenton.

Information regarding the board’s approval of the 13 applications for feasibility studies is below: www.state.nj.us/bpu/newsroom/announcements/pdf/20170630_MicrogridFeasibilityStudies.pdf

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