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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 an online survey to provide their feedback on various design alternatives.
The survey will be open through Friday, October 3, 2014.
Members of the community are invited to the final public meeting for the Hoboken Cove Boathouse on Monday, September 22nd from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the community room in the Multi-Service Center located at 124 Grand Street.
At 7:00 p.m., Marvel Architects will give a presentation of the final design for the new boathouse to be located on Hoboken/Weehawken Cove at the north end of Hoboken’s waterfront.
The underlying goal of the boathouse is to provide water access and engagement through community non-motorized boating activities and educational events.
The City of Hoboken invites members of the community to the second public meeting for the Sinatra Drive redesign tonight, Monday, September 15, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street. The meeting will include a presentation of alternatives for the design of Sinatra Drive.
For those who are unable to attend, meeting materials will be available on the project website following the meeting: www.hobokennj.org/sinatradrive.
The City of Hoboken, in conjunction with Hoboken University Medical Center, will be providing free seasonal flu vaccines on a first come, first served basis for adult Hoboken residents on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 12pm to 6pm in Assumption Hall at Hoboken University Medical Center, 308 Willow Avenue. Proof of residency is required.
In conjunction with Walgreens, the City of Hoboken will also provide free flu vaccines to senior citizens on the following dates and times:
- Monday, September 22, 8:00am-10:30am, 400 1st Street
- Monday, September 22, 11:00am-1:00pm, 221 Jackson Street
- Monday, September 22, 2:00pm-4:00pm, 220 Adams Street
- Tuesday, September 23, 8:00am-10:30am, 76 Bloomfield Street
- Tuesday, September 23, 11:00am-1:00pm, 514 Madison Street
- Tuesday, September 23, 2:00pm-4:00pm, 311 13th Street
Free seasonal flu vaccines for senior citizens with Medicare (A & B) and/or New Jersey Medicaid will be given in the Community Room of each residential building. Please bring your Medicare or New Jersey Medicaid card with you as well as a valid photo ID on the day of the clinic. Pneumonia vaccines are also free with Medicare. Flu vaccines are also covered under Cigna medical, United Healthcare medical, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ medical and Aetna medical.
For more information, please contact the Hoboken Health Department at (201) 420-2375.
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