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Hoboken Announces Tenant Advocate Office Hours

The City of Hoboken is announcing office hours for a tenant advocate for any Hoboken resident seeking advice on housing matters. Andrew Sobel, Esq. will be available during office hours, by appointment, between the hours of 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm on Thursday, August 17th and 31st, September 14th and 28th, October 12th and 26th, November 9th and 23rd, and December 14th and 28th, 2017.

Any Hoboken resident wishing to attend the office hours must email (mwright@sobelhan.com) or call (973-874-5545) Mr. Sobel’s office in advance and provide a description of the issue to be discussed in order to schedule an appointment.

The location for the open office hours will be the basement conference room in City Hall at 94 Washington Street.

Save the Date: North End Redevelopment Plan Community Meeting to be Held September 28th


The City of Hoboken will host the first community workshop as part of the community planning process for the North End Redevelopment Plan on September 28, 2017 at 7:00pm. The location for the meeting has not yet been determined and will be announced prior to the meeting date.

In December 2013 the City Council declared the North End Area in the City of Hoboken as an Area in Need of Rehabilitation. The area is generally north of the 14th Street viaduct between Park Avenue and the palisades and is bounded to the north by the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail tracks.

The City of Hoboken is now in the process of developing a redevelopment plan for the North End in order to determine land uses, development patterns, transportation and transit solutions, and flood mitigation appropriate for the area.

As the first step of the community planning process, an online survey was issued in March, 2017 to provide public feedback on the vision for the North End. The survey results can be viewed at: http://hobokennj.gov/content/wp-content/uploads/North-End-Survey-Results-Memo.pdf.

Hoboken Police Department to Host “Coffee With a Cop” Meeting


The Hoboken Police Department invites the community to the next “coffee with a cop” meeting on Friday, August 18th from 8:00am to 9:30am at Black Rail Coffee, located at 9th Street and Jackson Street.

Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together – over coffee – to discuss issues, learn more about each other, and strengthen community ties.

In attendance at the meeting will be Chief Ken Ferrante, Captain Dan LoBue, Lieutenant John Orrico, Sergeant Bob Fulton, and Officer Dave Montanez, along with Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Councilman Michael Russo.

Residents are invited to discuss any law enforcement or policing issues at the local, regional or national level in an informal setting. The Hoboken Police Department will provide coffee and pastries.

Message from Mayor Zimmer Regarding Plans to Continue Fighting Monarch Litigation Despite Today’s Court Setback

Today the NJ Appellate Division unfortunately decided in favor of  the Shipyard Developer, ruling against the City regarding the Monarch Shipyard development agreement and the City and County Planning Board’s actions.

Despite this setback, I am directing our legal team to continue the legal battle by requesting certification from the Supreme Court to hear this matter.

Now that this decision has been made, the case regarding the City’s flood prevention ordinance will move forward beginning at the Superior Court level. This legislation, approved by the City Council after Superstorm Sandy, prohibits residential development on the garden/ground level in all flood zones in our City and generally prohibits residential and commercial development on our City’s waterfront. This legislation was unanimously approved by the City Council in 2013 to protect the public safety of future residents and to protect our public safety team which would have to respond in a dangerous situation when another superstorm hits Hoboken.  Shipyard’s litigation claims that this legislation should not apply to their proposed waterfront development project.

Making rescues on a pier in the middle of another superstorm will be dangerous for the first responders and the residents of the buildings, and the City will fight for our right to protect lives as we face the impact of climate change. Science shows that Hoboken is unfortunately at risk of another Sandy-like storm given the impact of climate change and rising sea levels.

This flood prevention ordinance legal case is at the beginning stage, as the Superior Court judge determined that the other legal decisions needed to be made before the flood prevention ordinance could be heard. Given the track record of the other cases, it could take a long time for this matter to make its way through the court system. Our legal team is actively preparing to vigilantly defend this case.

With the understanding that it would be a challenge for the City to prevail in this litigation, last year my Administration put forward a proposed settlement that would stop the Monarch project and give the City ownership of the pier in exchange for settlement of development litigation at 800 Monroe. I want to make clear that based on strong community feedback and the City Council’s unanimous decision last year to reject the proposed settlement, my Administration is not willing to consider a settlement that would link the two development cases and force a neighborhood in western Hoboken to take on more development. I fully recognize that a settlement that adds density to the western side of the city would not be fair.

The City won the 800 Monroe development case at the Superior Court and is continuing to fight that case in the Appellate court.

Hoboken Opens Northwest Pop-Up Park and Municipal Parking Lot


The City of Hoboken has opened the Northwest Pop-Up Park located at 12th Street and Adams Street and a new, temporary 90-space municipal parking lot located at 1301 Jefferson Street.

“The opening of this park is a milestone moment for Hoboken,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “My vision has always been for every Hoboken resident to be within a short walk to a park, and this new park adds much needed open space to western Hoboken. We followed a very strategic approach to achieve this goal that began with the acquisition of Block 12 for the Southwest Park and using all tools necessary, including the authorization for eminent domain.”

Park amenities include tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, a playground, spray water feature, bocce ball court, bouldering and rock climbing wall, a running/walking course with fitness stations, a community garden, shade structures, BBQ grills, and picnic tables, life-size checkers/chess and surface games, shade trees, Adirondack and lounge chairs, water fountain, and programmable event/fitness space. The park will remain open daily from 8 am to dusk.

“Long-term, the property will become a 5.4-acre ‘resiliency park’ that will also play an important role in protecting Hoboken from flooding by incorporating green infrastructure and at least 1 million gallons of underground stormwater detention,” explained Mayor Zimmer.

Along with Hoboken’s largest park, the project will also include the construction of a new parking garage, which could incorporate community amenities such as urban farming, recreation facilities, innovation space, and ground floor retail. The park and garage will be designed as one project to ensure an integrated design that meets the needs of the community.

For now, the temporary parking lot at 1301 Jefferson Street is available for monthly parking at a rate of $195 per month. Spaces will also be set aside for discounted “park-and-work” daily debit parking for business owners and employees at a flat rate of $5 for any 12 hour period. The City created the park-and-work daily debit option for businesses as a less expensive alternative to feeding the meter (which is illegal) that also preserves valuable on-street parking for customers. The parking lot uses license plate recognition technology that will automatically open and close the gate for registered vehicles. Registered business employees will automatically be charged $5 upon entering the lot. The lot will be unattended and unregistered vehicles will not have access. To apply for access to the parking lot, complete the application at https://hoboken.seamlessdocs.com/f/1301jefferson.

The community design process is expected to begin this fall and will take 18 to 24 months. A temporary pop-up park and parking lot have been opened in order to make use of the property during the expected 2-year planning, engineering, and permitting process. An additional portion of the property is being used as a staging area by the City’s contractor for the Washington Street water main upgrade project.

Mayor Zimmer Announces Resiliency & Sustainability Team

Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced today that she has appointed Caleb Stratton as Chief Resiliency Officer and Jennifer Gonzalez as Chief Sustainability Officer. As co-leaders of the City’s Resiliency and Sustainability efforts, they will work with an inter-departmental team including Business Administrator Stephen Marks, Directors Brandy Forbes and Leo Pellegrini, Zoning Officer and Floodplain Manager Ann Holtzman, Transportation Principal Planner Ryan Sharp, and Community Development Principal Planner Chris Brown.

“Resiliency and Sustainability go hand-in-hand,” said Mayor Zimmer. “A sustainable and resilient Hoboken will be an environmentally, socially, and economically healthy community that allows future generations of residents to meet and exceed our quality of life.”

The team is advancing resiliency and sustainability initiatives in 9 priority areas. Highlighted projects include:

  • Urban Coastal Flooding: $230 million federally-funded Rebuild by Design comprehensive flood mitigation plan
  • Rainfall Flooding: $90 million investment to date by the City and other partners in stormwater management projects, including a second flood pump, 3 resiliency parks capable of storing more than 1.5 million gallons of stormwater, the City Hall green infrastructure project, and 19 bioswales on Washington Street and First Street; and a summer green jobs training program for youth and low-income residents to maintain green infrastructure
  • Energy and Communications: $300 million for the elevation and hardening of PSE&G electrical substations; a parallel electrical microgrid for critical facilities; elevated backup generators at critical first responder facilities; Smart City kiosks with free public wifi to create a resilient communications network; and the Hoboken Solar Challenge (hobokensolar.org)
  • Drinking Water: $12 million investment in water infrastructure upgrades on Washington Street and priority areas citywide; and $31 million in additional capital investments to upgrade the drinking water system through a proposed renegotiated water service contract
  • Transportation & Parking: Incorporation of green streets (rain gardens, bioswales, porous paving, etc) and complete streets (pedestrian, bicycle, and transit improvements)  principles as part of roadway resurfacing projects to encourage walking and bicycling; improved Hop shuttle service; city-wide car sharing and bicycle sharing programs
  • Land Use & Green Building Design: More than 100,000 square feet of new green roofs in 2 years due to zoning incentives; requirements for LEED construction and other low-impact development practices in all redevelopment plans; and Resilient Buildings Design Guidelines that provide flood protection guidance to property owners
  • Natural Resources: 11 acres of new open space; expansion of tree planting and maintenance program including volunteer cleanup efforts in City parks; 34 new community garden plots and more planned
  • Waste Management: 58 BigBelly solar compacting trash and recycling bins; residential composting program, communitycompostco.com; and planning a commercial composting pilot program
  • Hazard Mitigation and Emergency Management: Ongoing updates to the Emergency Operations Plan, Hazard Mitigation Plan, Continuity of Operations Plan and day to day coordination with Hoboken Police, Fire, and Office of Emergency Management

Mayor Zimmer invites residents to Northwest “Pop-Up” Park Grand Opening

Mayor Dawn Zimmer invites members of the public to the grand opening of the Northwest “pop-up” Park on Monday, July 31 beginning at 3 pm. The grand opening includes activities for children, free fitness classes for adults, a performance by Garden Street School of the Performing Arts, and food trucks.

“I’m thrilled to open our pop-up park and provide this additional recreation space for our community,” said Mayor Zimmer. “The park includes fun amenities for residents of all ages to enjoy while we begin the planning process for the permanent park. I invite everyone to join us to celebrate at Monday’s grand opening.”

Late last year, the City of Hoboken acquired the former 6.1 acre BASF property in northwest Hoboken for use as a “resiliency park” that will provide open space and help to address flooding from heavy rain. The pop-up park is a temporary public space at this location that includes basketball, tennis, and bocce ball courts, a community garden, playground, rock climbing wall, spray feature, shaded picnic areas, seating areas, track with fitness equipment, and more.

The pop-up park will have a soft opening to the public starting Tuesday, July 25 and will remain open daily from 8 am to dusk. The park will remain in operation until construction begins on the permanent “resiliency park.” The planning process for the permanent 5.4 acre park, which would be the city’s largest park, is anticipated to start later this year.

Activities for Children:

3:10pm: Oakie Dokie Clown – magic, balloon animals, circus comedy, parachute dancing and more

3:50pm: Garden St. School of Performing Arts

4:30pm: Songs for Seeds: A Rockin’ Kids’ Music Class (Winner of Little Hoboken Awards and New York Magazine-Best Music Class!)

Fitness classes

5:00pm: Jane DO – “Train Jane” – a total body workout that fuses classical dance and traditional athletic conditioning. Strength training is coupled with high and low impact cardio elements and HIIT to promote long, lean musculature.

5:40pm: BodySoul and Pole – Pole Fitness demo, a full body workout with resistance and cardio training

6:30pm: Club Pilates Hoboken will hold an express mat class

Food trucks will be along Madison Street next to the pop-up park including Falafull, Thai Elephant, Thai’m Ice Cream and Boöza organic ice cream.

Hoboken Police and Stevens Police to Host Annual Night Out Against Crime Event in Church Square Park


On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, The Hoboken Police Department and Stevens Police Department will be hosting “National Night Out in Hoboken.” National Night Out, also known as “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” is an annual, nationwide event that allows the community workers to give back to their community. The annual event will take place in Hoboken’s centrally located Church Square Park (4th St & Garden St), where a large slate of family and youth-oriented activities is scheduled to take place from 5pm until 9pm.

The Hoboken Police Department’s new Emergency Services Truck will be on display and Disney princesses will be making a visit to take pictures with everyone in attendance. The event will include bounce houses, water slides, and other entertainment for children, a photo booth, free food, and giveaways throughout the night. The Callahans Hot Dog truck which will be giving out hot dogs and Birch Restaurant will be giving out free milkshakes. Giveaways include baseball tickets, gift cards, and autographed sports memorabilia. Free child car seat inspections will be conducted from inside the parking lot of the A J Demarest School (158 4th Street). People of all ages are encouraged to attend.

National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

In addition to the participation of various police agencies, several local businesses will be out in full support of this night out against crime.

The National Night Out event is celebrated by over 37 million participants and over 16,000 communities across the United States.

For further information or to set up a table or make a donation for the event please contact Sergeant Melissa Gigante at gigantem@hobokenpd.org or visit our website, www.Hobokenpd.com.

The HPD and SPD hope you can come out and help us fight against crime!

Hoboken Awarded $451,000 Grant for Newark Street Safety Improvement Project

The City of Hoboken has been awarded a $451,000 Transportation Alternatives Program grant for the Newark Street safety improvement project.

In addition to a new All-Way Stop sign recently installed at Grand Street, the project includes curb extensions at corners to reduce pedestrian crossing distances and vehicle turning speeds and enhance visibility at conflict points, the addition of loading zones to accommodate deliveries, additional crosswalks including a mid-block crosswalk with a pedestrian refuge island between Jefferson Street and Adams Street, a physically separated eastbound bike lane along the south side of the street, and Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB) signs to enhance the frequency of drivers stopping for pedestrians at crosswalks.

Thank you to the NJDOT and the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and all of the residents and community groups who wrote letters of support for the grant application.

The full concept plan can be viewed at: http://www.hobokennj.gov/docs/transportation/Newark-Street-Concept-Plan.pdf.

Mayor Zimmer Announces New Suez Water Agreement With Over $40 Million Benefit to Hoboken

Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced that her Administration and Suez Water have agreed on the terms of a renegotiated water service contract that would provide more than $31 million in infrastructure investments and a total of over $40 million in benefits to the City of Hoboken through 2034. The agreement requires City Council approval.

“Our aging water system is in need of expensive capital upgrades, yet the $350,000 provided annually by our existing water agreement from 1994 is not even enough for emergency repairs,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I am thrilled that our proposed agreement would provide on average over $1.8 million per year for capital investments. The City has already begun the process to invest $12 million in water main improvements, and this agreement will allow us to make the investments we need to modernize our water system.”

In addition to the investment capital for water main upgrades, the renegotiated agreement will forgive $10 million owed by the City to Suez under the terms of the existing agreement for excess repair and bulk water costs. The agreement would extend the contract from 2024 to 2034.

If the new agreement is not approved, the City will remain under the terms of the existing agreement, which ends in 2024. Under those terms, Suez will be required to make only $350,000 per year in emergency repairs for the next 7 years, while the City of Hoboken would continue to be responsible for all repair costs over $350,000 annually. The City would receive no funds for the needed modernization of the water main system. In addition, the City would be responsible for the approximately $10 million that would be forgiven in the renegotiated agreement for excess bulk water and repair costs.

A memorandum of understanding agreement is expected to be presented to the City Council for its approval at the August 2nd City Council meeting.

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