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Residents Invited to 5-Year Sandy Anniversary Event

Friday, Oct 20, 2017

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.

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City of Hoboken Launches Northwest Resiliency Park Planning Process

Thursday, Oct 19, 2017


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.

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

Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017

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.

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

Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017


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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