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February, 2016

Southwest Area Redevelopment Plan Community Meeting to be Held March 10th

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All members of the Hoboken community are invited to the first public meeting regarding the Redevelopment Plan for the Southwest Rehabilitation Area. The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 10th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street. The meeting will be open house format and residents can come by at any time to view materials and provide feedback.

Suez Water Responding to Water Leak on Bloomfield Street

Suez Water is responding to a water leak on the 900 block of Bloomfield Street. Residents on the block will be without water service until repairs are complete.

Registration Open for Art in the Park 2017

Art in the Park 2017

Mayor Dawn Zimmer,

and the City of Hoboken 

present

Art in the Park is a 6 week creative arts program
for toddlers ages 1 to 4 years old.
There are eight 6 week sessions. Sessions take place on different days, in different parks, at different times.

Online Registration begins March 1, 2017
www.hobokennj.org/register

Choose either Pier A or Elysian Park
• Early Morning: 
9am to 10:30am or
• Mid-Morning: 
11am to 12:30pm

Elysian Park, located at Hudson St. bet. 10th & 11th Sts.
Mondays: June 19, 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31
Tuesdays: June 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25 & Aug. 1st
Thursdays: June 22, 29; July 13, 20, 27 & Aug. 3rd

Pier A Park, located at 1st St. & Sinatra Drive
Wednesdays: June 21, 28; July 12, 19, 26 & Aug. 2nd

 

Cost per 6 week session is $25. 
Each session will accept 70 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 location will be announced.

For more information contact 201-420-2207.

Special thanks to Hoboken Family 
Alliance
for their additional & continued support

Public Meeting to be Held for Veterans Housing & American Legion Flood Protection Project

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The City of Hoboken invites residents to a community meeting scheduled for February 29, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the American Legion Post 107 located at 308 Second Street. The purpose of the meeting is to gather community feedback on a proposed development on the American Legion site that would create housing space for homeless veterans and protect the American Legion from future flooding by moving their operations to the second floor. The American Legion, in partnership with Monarch Housing, Hoboken Shelter, and the City of Hoboken, was awarded six housing vouchers for homeless veterans in 2015. The Hoboken Shelter is committed to providing support services to homeless veterans through their supportive housing program. Mayor Dawn Zimmer and County Executive Thomas DeGise have signed on to the Mayors Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness issued by First Lady Michelle Obama in 2014.

The American Legion is preparing the application to be heard at an upcoming Zoning Board hearing.

Community Invited to Hoboken Police Department’s First “Coffee With a Cop”

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The Hoboken Police Department invites the community to the first “coffee with a cop” meeting on Wednesday, February 24th from 8:30am to 10:00am at Anthony David’s, located at 953 Bloomfield 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 Tory Pasculli, Lieutenant John Orrico, Sergeant Jason Falco, and Officer Mike Aviles along with Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Councilman Peter Cunningham. Residents are invited to discuss any law enforcement or policing issues at the local, regional or national level. The Hoboken Police Department will provide coffee and pastries.

Hoboken Announces CDBG Funding Opportunities for Community Groups

The City of Hoboken will accept applications for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program for 2016-2017 to provide funding to eligible programs and projects sponsored by public agencies or not-for-profit organizations. The City encourages local community groups who provide quantifiable benefits to the low and moderate income population to apply. The CDBG funding is provided through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The City of Hoboken’s Public Service Funding amount allocated through the CDBG Program is currently anticipated to be $164,422.50, which can be granted to organizations providing services including, but not limited to child care, after school programs, health care, family planning, and assistance to the homeless. The City’s Public Facility Funding, also through the CDBG Program, is anticipated to be approximately $800,000 which can be allocated for capital improvements benefiting the low to moderate income population.

Applications are due by 4:00PM on April 1, 2016. Funds will become available for the selected applications on July 1, 2016. Since the funding source is limited, this is a competitive application process. The review criteria and eligibility requirements are noted in the application.

The City of Hoboken’s CDBG Program Goals are consistent with its adopted 2015-2019 five-Year Consolidated Plan as well as the National Objectives defined by HUD. The City is hosting a community meeting on March 3, 2016 at 6:30pm at the Multi-Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street, to collect input and identify needs relevant to low and moderate income residents within the 2016-2017 program year. An online survey is also available at: www.hobokennj.org/cdbgsurvey.

Interested applicants can request an application from Christopher Brown, Principal Planner through the City of Hoboken Department of Community Development via email at cbrown@hobokennj.gov or in person during business hours (9 am – 4 pm) at the Hoboken Planning and Zoning Office, 94 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Hoboken, NJ 07030. All questions should be directed via email to Mr. Brown, Principal Planner, or phone during business hours at 201-239-6642.

Three Design Alternatives Announced for Rebuild by Design Project


The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection today announced the three build alternatives – one waterfront alignment and two inland alignments – that are moving forward for further evaluation as part of the Rebuild by Design Hudson River “Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge” project.

“With $230 million in federal grants awarded through the Rebuild by Design competition, we have a historic opportunity to address our flooding problem,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “The threat from coastal flooding is very real – New Jersey is hit by a major hurricane every five to six years, and we have had several close calls in the past few months. I look forward to working together with the community to find a solution that protects us from coastal flooding in a way that preserves access to our waterfront and integrates with our urban fabric. Let’s put our creative power together and follow the lead of the Dutch to show that flood protection does not have to come from an ugly wall. Flood protection could come from a landscaped park, boathouse, sidewalk cafe seating, vertical garden or planter, playground, dog park, and more. The final design will depend on our community’s design ideas and preferences.”

“This multi-year process has progressed very well, with strong community input and great ideas that have helped shape the plan,” said Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner. “Now it is time to reach consensus and make decisions before we miss federal deadlines or we will run the risk of losing the funding for this important project.”

Project materials for the three build alternatives can be found on the NJDEP Rebuild by Design website at: http://rbd-hudsonriver.nj.gov. The three alternatives will also be presented at a community meeting on Thursday, February 18 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Wallace School gymnasium, located at 1100 Willow Avenue.

Alternative 1 is a waterfront alignment that is included as an option in order to explore a full range of alternatives as a requirement of the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). The alternative provides the greatest level of risk reduction, is anticipated to have the highest cost and complexity to construct, and has the most impact on existing waterfront views and access. It extends from Weehawken Cove to just south of Maxwell Place Park and along Sinatra Drive from 4th Street to 1st Street, along with two possible alignment options along Observer Highway.

Alternatives 2 and 3 are inland alignments. Compared to the waterfront alignment, both alternatives are anticipated to be less costly to construct, do not impact waterfront views and access. Both alternatives provide a high level of risk reduction, however some buildings do not receive the benefits of coastal storm surge protection. On the northern end of Hoboken, both proceed through Weehawken Cove to the corner of 15th Street and Garden Street. Alternative 2 proceeds east along 15th Street to Washington Street. Alternative 3 proceeds south along Garden Street for approximately half of a block then proceeds east along an alley between 14th Street and 15th Street to Washington Street. Both alignments then continue south along Washington Street and gradually taper off between 13th Street and 14th Street. In southern Hoboken, both alternatives will include two alignment options along Observer Highway.

How to Help the Victims of the Washington Street Fire

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A fire that began at 505 Washington Street shortly after 10pm last night spread to 507 Washington Street and was under control by 2am. While no residents were hurt, 14 firefighters were treated for minor injuries from frostbite, slip and falls, and smoke inhalation.

“Thank you to the entire Hoboken Fire Department, along with the Police Department, Office of Emergency Management, Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Environmental Services, Parking Utility, and Community Emergency Response Team for keeping everyone safe under extremely difficult and frigid conditions,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Thank you to the Jersey City Fire Department, North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue, and the Teaneck Fire Department for providing mutual aid and to the Stevens Police Department and Hudson County Sheriffs Office for patrolling our city while the Hoboken Police Department was at the fire scene. Thank you also to the Hoboken Daily News at 500 Washington Street for the generous hospitality and for providing a place for our first responders to stay warm. Thank you to Mamoun’s and East LA for providing shelter and a warm place for victims and first responders.”

While all residents were evacuated safely, the buildings and contents of 505 and 507 Washington Street suffered severe damage from fire and water. The Catholic Community of Saints Peter and Paul is coordinating a fundraising effort for the fire victims. Donations can be made online by visiting: https://spphoboken.com/contents/social_justice/hoboken-fire-fundraiser.php.

Saints Peter and Paul is also organizing a fundraiser. Details will be announced shortly.

Wind Chill Advisory in Effect; Warming Center to Open at Wallace School Friday 7pm through noon on Sunday

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory from Saturday at 4pm until noon on Sunday.

The Wallace School (1100 Willow Ave) will be open as a warming center from Friday, February 12 at 7:00pm until Sunday, February 14 at noon.

The Red Cross offers tips for preventing water pipes inside homes from freezing and bursting and for thawing frozen pipes: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm/preventing-thawing-frozen-pipes.

Water Service Temporarily Disrupted on 700 Block of Grand Street for Repairs

Starting at approximately 8am, water service will be temporarily disrupted for customers on Grand Street between 7th Street and 8th Street while Suez Water crews work to repair a broken main.