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Draft Environmental Impact Statement Issued for Hudson River Rebuild by Design Project

Friday, Feb 24, 2017

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The N.J. Department of Environmental Protection announced the availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and a public hearing for the Rebuild by Design Hudson River: Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge Project. The DEIS describes the purpose and need for the project, the alternatives considered, the NEPA Preferred Alternative, anticipated environmental impacts, project benefits, and potential mitigation measures.

The Preferred Alternative recommended through the DEIS is Alternative 3, an inland alignment that uses an existing alleyway in northern Hoboken and does not impact existing waterfront access or views. The design process for the project is expected to continue in the summer of 2017 for 18 to 24 months with construction expected to begin in 2019.

“I thank everyone who has participated throughout this process” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I invite our community to attend the public hearing and remain involved as we continue through the design process in the months ahead to make sure that we protect our city for the long term.”

Electronic copies of the DEIS are available at www.rbd-hudsonriver.nj.gov and CDs and paper copies are available for review during regular business hours at Hoboken City Hall (94 Washington Street), Hoboken Library (500 Park Avenue), and Hoboken Housing Authority (400 Harrison Street), in addition to locations in Weehawken and Jersey City.

A 45 day public comment period begins on February 24 and ends on April 10. A public hearing will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at DeBaun Auditorium at 24 5th Street in Hoboken to provide an opportunity for public comments.

Comments can be submitted using any of the following methods:

  1. Email: rbd_hudsonriver@dep.nj.gov
  2. Online to the NJDEP website at rbd-hudsonriver.
  3. Mail: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) c/o Dennis Reinknecht, Program Manager, Bureau of Flood Resilience, 501 East State Street, Mail Code 501-01A, P.O. Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625-0420.
  4. Hand delivery: Same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
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Art in the Park Registration to Open March 1st

Thursday, Feb 23, 2017

Online registration for Art in the Park will be open on March 1, 2017 at www.hobokennj.gov/register.

Art in the Park is a 6 week creative arts program for toddlers ages 4 and under. Join us for songs, story time, sensory play, and an art project, all in the shade of your local park.

There are eight 6 week sessions which take place on different days, in different parks, at different times. Choose either early morning (9am to 10:30am) or mid-morning (11am to 12:30pm) sessions:

Elysian Park on Mondays: June 19, 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31
Elysian Park on Tuesdays: June 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1
Pier A on Wednesdays: June 21, 28; July 12, 19, 26, Aug 2
Elysian Park on Thursdays: June 22, 29, July 13, 20, 27, Aug 3

Cost per 6 week session is $25.
Each session will accept 60 children.
Child must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
Dress child in messy clothes as clay or paints may stain clothes.

In case of rain, rain date will be announced.

For more information contact 201-420-2207 or gfallo@hobokennj.gov.

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Hoboken Property Owners Invited to Request Street Tree Planting

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017


In preparation for the Spring 2017 tree planting, the City of Hoboken’s Shade Tree Commission is seeking property owners who would like a tree planted in the sidewalk adjacent to their building and who will agree to care for and water the tree. Qualifying property owners can have a street tree planted in exchange for a suggested $100 contribution towards planting costs and a pledge to keep the tree well-watered.

The City planted has planted hundreds of street trees through the program in the last few years.

Property owners who would like a tree planted in a sidewalk tree well in front of their home should complete the online request form at www.hobokennj.gov/boards/stc/treerequest. Requests will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to available funding.

Each location requested will be surveyed by a professional from the Department of Environmental Services to ensure there are no conflicts with the surrounding infrastructure and that the site is a suitable one for a tree to grow and thrive.

Requests can be made for existing empty tree beds as well as paved sidewalk locations. If a tree well does not exist, one will be opened. Trees will not be planted on private property; only in sidewalk tree wells.

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Residents Invited to Community Workshop for PSE&G Madison Street Substation Resiliency & Façade Improvement Project

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017

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The City of Hoboken and PSE&G will hold a community workshop regarding improvements to the Madison Street electrical substation. The meeting will be held on Thursday, February 23 at 7:00pm at the Jubilee Center, 601 Jackson Street.

PSE&G is proposing to make improvements to harden their infrastructure in Hoboken to protect it from power outages caused by flooding. The project involves consolidating and combining the Marshall Street Substation into a single expanded Madison Street Substation, decommissioning the existing Marshall Street Substation, and raising the elevation of the expanded Madison Street Substation.

PSE&G has also agreed to work with the City to create a design that integrates with the urban fabric of the city. The station is currently surrounded by a chain-link fence. PSE&G has retained an architect and will be gathering community input to develop the façade design.

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