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June, 2016

Mayor Zimmer & Hoboken Officials Break Ground on Southwest Park

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Mayor Dawn Zimmer joined other Hoboken officials, dignitaries, and members of the public for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Southwest Park – a one acre park in southwest Hoboken designed to hold 200,000 gallons of stormwater runoff that will also serve as a model for green infrastructure resiliency parks in New Jersey. The property is currently a surface parking lot and is the first phase for a larger Southwest Park.

“The Southwest Park project will transform a parking lot into a green oasis for this thriving neighborhood and will be a model for building resiliency parks that help mitigate flooding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This park has been a goal of mine since 10 years ago when I was a stay-at-home mom advocating with my neighbors, and it is the reason why I got involved in government. I am thankful to all of the community advocates, the City Council, Hudson County, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust for their strong support of this project.”

The park will feature passive recreational space, a dog run, moveable cafe tables, a pop-up market zone, restrooms, multi-level seating for small performances, free public Wi-Fi, and a lawn with child-friendly interactive park features. It will also include green infrastructure (rain gardens, shade tree pits, porous pavers, a cistern for rainwater harvesting and reuse) and an underground detention system to reduce stormwater run-off and localized flooding.

“For over ten years, it’s been a labor of love to fight for the breaking ground on this park,” said Councilman At-Large David Mello. “Countless friends and neighbors have worked together to make this cutting edge open space a reality for our growing and ever evolving southwest neighborhood. I’m so happy for the whole community that this project is finally breaking ground, and was honored to have helped bring it to fruition.”

Park renderings, project updates, and additional information is available at www.hobokennj.gov/swpark.

“Hoboken’s Southwest Park plan is an outstanding example of an innovative, multi-benefit project,” said Jane Kenny, co-chair of Jersey Water Works, a cross-sector collaborative focused on transforming New Jersey’s aging and inadequate water infrastructure. “This park will not only help solve the problem of chronic flooding in the area, but will reduce sewage discharge into the Hudson River and transform a paved parking lot into a vital and healthy recreational green space serving one of the most densely populated communities in the country. All of us at Jersey Water Works applaud today’s groundbreaking, and are delighted to see this plan become a reality.”

Funding to purchase the property was provided from a $3 million Hudson County Open Space grant. Financing to construct the park is provided through a low-interest loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust.

Park Ave Bridge Rehabilitation Will Impact Traffic in North Hoboken During Summer

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Hudson County will begin the rehabilitation of the Park Avenue bridge between Hoboken and Weehawken on July 5th. An announcement from the County regarding the project, including traffic impacts, is included below.

The County has decided that during construction the Park Avenue Bridge will be configured as a one-way southbound road. As a result, the Willow Avenue Bridge will be the only northbound route out of Hoboken. Drivers should plan for significant traffic delays, consider alternate routes, adjust work hours or telecommute if possible, use public transportation, and provide extra travel time.  It is likely that this configuration will result in increased congestion when exiting Hoboken towards Weehawken, especially during the morning rush hour.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer has asked the County to consider changing the direction of the Park Avenue Bridge to northbound during at least the morning rush hour, however Hudson County did not agree to this change at the present time.  At her request, the County has agreed to a meeting next week to evaluate the traffic impact during the first few weeks of construction to determine if these changes can be considered in order to facilitate the efficient northbound flow of traffic.

Public input will be important to the traffic evaluation conducted by the County so Hoboken residents affected by the detour plan should provide their feedback to County Executive DeGise, Freeholder Romano, Mayor Zimmer, and 2nd Ward Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher.

County Executive DeGise: www.hudsoncountynj.org/online-directory/

Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano: aromano@hcnj.us

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s Chief of Staff: vchaudhuri@hobokennj.gov

Hoboken Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher: hoboken2nd@gmail.com

Announcement from Hudson County:

Park Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation Begins July 5th; Southbound Traffic Only Thru Sept. 13th

The Hudson County Roads Department will begin the rehabilitation of the Park Avenue Bridge connecting Hoboken and Weehawken near the entryway to the Lincoln Tunnel, on Tuesday, July 5th.

The bridge, which spans over Harbor Boulevard from 16th Street to 19th Street to connect Park Avenue in Hoboken to John F. Kennedy Boulevard in Weehawken, will undergo a complete concrete deck rehabilitation, replacement of its plug joints to its armored joints, curb improvements, painting work, and roadway striping.

The anticipated completion date of the project is September 13th, 2016. Throughout the rehabilitation, one side of the bridge will remain open allowing one lane of traffic to operate in one direction, while the other side of the bridge is under construction. Traffic will only be allowed southbound however on either side of the bridge.

The first stage of construction will close the east side of the bridge from July 5th through August 8th. The second stage will close the west side of the bridge from August 9th through September 13th.

A traffic detour plan will move cars diverted from the Bridge’s under-construction lane through local streets. Traffic control and traffic direction will be provided by the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department, and the Hoboken and Weehawken Police Departments, following specifications agreed to by County and municipal engineering officials and the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT).

Street closures will be controlled by order of the municipalities. Hoboken has ordered the following closures to direct traffic to Willow Avenue and away from Park Avenue:

– Park Ave at 13th north bound closed (rush hours only, 6am-10am & 4pm-7pm)
– Park Ave at 14th north bound closed
– Park Ave at 15th north bound closed
– Clinton Street between 15th and 16th street closed (rush hours only 6am-10am & 4pm-7pm)
– 16th Street from Grand Street to Willow Ave closed (only during rush hours 6am-10am & 4pm-7pm)

All construction work will be conducted in daytime, six days per week, from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

The contractor for the project is Sparwick Contracting, Inc., of Lafayette, NJ. The project cost is $1,062,067.00, funded by NJDOT.

Hoboken to Consider Project to Build 2-Acre Resiliency Park, Public Gymnasium & Affordable Housing

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Hoboken has an important opportunity to move forward with the 7th and Jackson project which will benefit the neighborhood and City by creating a new 2-acre resiliency park, a public gymnasium, and 42 units of affordable housing. At the July 6th City Council meeting, the Council will consider a series of resolutions, ordinances, and a Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) agreement to advance the project within the Northwest Redevelopment Area.

“This project is a tremendous opportunity to add much-needed open space, improve our flood resiliency, create a new indoor recreation facility, and expand affordable housing,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Working with the City Council Development Subcommittee members Chairman Mello, Councilman Doyle, Councilman Russo, and former Councilman Occhipinti, we negotiated an agreement with significant community benefits that we otherwise would not receive.”

Community Benefits
As part of the project, the developer will be required to acquire, remediate and construct two acres of public park space, which will help to alleviate the open space deficit in western Hoboken. It will include a 1 acre public park with an open grass area, public seating, and a children’s play area along with another 1 acre public plaza with step seating, passive lawn area, restrooms, and a large plaza area designed to accommodate vendors and seasonal markets. Improvements to 7th Street utilizing Belgian block-style accents and a tabled roadway will calm traffic and create visual continuity between the park and plaza. There will be more than 250,000 gallons of underground stormwater detention within the park and plaza to help address flooding issues in the area.

In addition, the developer will construct a 6,835 square foot multi-use public gymnasium that will accommodate the growing demand for recreation programs including basketball, soccer, yoga, and other fitness activities. Nearly 800 children on more than 50 basketball teams must currently share the gymnasium in the Multi-Service Center.

Finally, the project will include 42 on-site affordable housing units to be deed restricted for a minimum of 40 years. For the first time in any redevelopment agreement, the City is making sure that significant community benefits are provided before the development is finished by requiring that the public park and gymnasium be built first.

“Our committee is proud of the many community givebacks that we negotiated into this agreement; including 10% affordable housing, unprecedented water retention infrastructure to combat flooding, a contiguous park and public space that will stretch across two city blocks, and a much needed new gymnasium building capable of hosting many activities for the children of Hoboken,” said City Council Development Subcommittee Chairman David Mello. “Perhaps most importantly, the majority of these benefits will be built before the residential building that facilitated this project is occupied.”

“This project represents a great example of how the redevelopment process can and should work to benefit the community and foster sound development,” said Councilman-at-Large Jim Doyle.

“This is a redevelopment project that represents the needs of the City before all others,” said Third Ward Councilman Michael Russo. “With the community amenities that will be provided, the residents of the Third Ward will now have more than quadruple the amount of open space in our neighborhood. We took a hard line in our negotiations to ensure that we have provided one of the largest water detention systems in Hoboken to help to alleviate our city’s flooding. With the addition of this park and public gymnasium, we have ensured a tremendous increase in recreation opportunities for our children, and with the public plaza able to host outdoor movies, small musical concerts and even theater performances, this will become one of the most sought after neighborhoods in Hoboken.”

Community Invited to Groundbreaking Ceremony for Southwest Park


All members of the Hoboken community are invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Southwest Park – a one acre property designed with integrated flood resiliency features. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 11:00am at the site of the future Southwest Park, located at the corner of Jackson Street and Observer Highway.

“The creation of the Southwest Park is the reason I first ran for office, so this is an especially meaningful milestone for me, and I invite everyone to join us to celebrate,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This park will not only provide much-needed green space for the southwest neighborhood, but it will also serve as a first-of-its-kind model in the state for integrating green infrastructure into parks to reduce flooding. I want to thank Councilman Mello and all of my Southwest neighbors who played a crucial role since 2006 to bring the first phase of this park to reality.”

The park will feature passive recreational space, green infrastructure (rain gardens, shade tree pits, porous pavers, a cistern for rainwater harvesting and reuse) and an underground detention system to reduce stormwater run-off and localized flooding. It will also include a dog run, moveable cafe tables, a pop-up market zone, restrooms, multi-level seating for small performances, free public Wi-Fi, and a lawn with child-friendly interactive park features.

Police Investigating Fatal Hit-and-Run

At approximately 3:34am this morning a pedestrian was struck at the intersection of 6th Street and Willow Avenue, resulting in a fatality. The next of kin has been notified. The police are looking for a black Cadillac Escalade that fled the scene and ask anyone with information to call the Hoboken Police Department at 201-420-2131 and ask for Lt. Petrosino. The Hoboken Police Department is currently investigating along with the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office Fatal Crash Unit.

Hoboken & NHSA Officials Lower The Pumps For New H-5 Flood Pump Station

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Mayor Dawn Zimmer joined North Hudson Sewerage Authority (NHSA) Executive Director Dr. Richard J. Wolff and other City and NHSA officials for a ceremony to lower and secure the pumps for the H-5 wet weather pump station (WWPS) currently under construction.

The pump station, which is entirely underground and is designed to alleviate chronic flooding in northwest Hoboken between 9th Street and 13th Street, is a joint project between NHSA and the City of Hoboken.

“I am excited that this project is on track to be operational by the end of the summer as part of a comprehensive flood resiliency plan to protect Hoboken from all types of flooding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I thank North Hudson Sewerage Authority for their partnership on this project and the residents of Maxwell Place for their patience during the construction.”

The station will have two pumps, each with a capacity of 40 million gallons per day, for a total pumping capacity of 80 million gallons per day, if ever necessary. During intense rain events at high tide, the pumps will pump against the tide, preventing sewers from filling to capacity and overflowing onto streets.

The pumps are expected to be operational by August 2016. Final completion of the H-5 WWPS is expected for September or October.

The City of Hoboken is financing the bulk of the project, and NHSA is in charge of design and construction and will operate and maintain the pump station under a 99 year lease with Hoboken.

Parkmobile Partners with City of Hoboken to Bring Mobile Payments for Parking to the Entire City

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Coming Soon Parkmobile mobile app will allow customers to use their mobile devices to easily pay for parking–Supplements the use of credit cards or coins

Parkmobile, LLC and the City of Hoboken announced today a program that will soon allow customers to use their mobile phones to pay for parking at approximately 900 metered spaces throughout Hoboken. The service will be launched over the next month throughout the city. Customers can pay for parking with their cell phone using Parkmobile’s mobile applications for the iPhone, Android, Windows 7, and Blackberry smartphones.

To use the new Parkmobile system, customers register free at www.parkmobile.com. Once registered, they can use a mobile app, internet, or call toll free to pay for parking. After setting up their account, customers can immediately begin using the system with their registered mobile device. Enforcement officers will be able to see that a motorist has paid with Parkmobile using a wireless handheld device. Mobile app users may also choose to receive alerts and reminders 15 minutes prior to expiration of their parking session. Time limits on meters still apply and the app will not allow users to purchase more time than allotted by the meters.

“We look forward to launching pay by phone with Parkmobile to provide Hoboken residents and visitors with a new convenient parking option,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “If you decide to do some more shopping or stay for a movie after dinner, you will be able to add more time directly from your phone without going back to the meter.”

“Parkmobile is honored to partner with a city that is a progressive city,” said Jon Ziglar, CEO of Parkmobile. “We are thrilled to partner with the City of Hoboken to offer this technology, which enhances the parking experience by eliminating the need to swipe a card or feed coins to a meter. Parkmobile looks forward to working with Hoboken over the coming weeks to offer drivers a more robust means of parking.”

Parkmobile is in use in communities throughout the region including Newark, Union City, West New York, Bloomfield, Montclair, Summit, Chatham, Ridgewood, Glen Rock, New Brunswick, and other major cities including Pittsburgh and Washington, DC. In February, New York City DOT awarded a contract to Parkmobile to allow mobile payment at all metered spaces across all five boroughs.

With the most widely used mobile parking solution in the country and 5 million people using Parkmobile’s services over 30 million times per year, Parkmobile is excited to make a difference leveraging our large network of users. Parkmobile’s mobile payment solution is an added payment option and is intended to complement existing parking payment options. All existing forms of payment (credit and debit cards, coins, and bills) are still valid for meter use.

About Parkmobile
Parkmobile, LLC is the leading provider for on-demand and prepaid mobile payments for on- and off-street parking and mobility related services. The Parkmobile network is available in more than 2,000 locations, including 35 of the top 100 cities in the U.S. It is the most widely used mobile parking solution in the country with over 5 million people using Parkmobile’s services over 30 million times per year. Parkmobile’s services include on-street parking, off-street parking deck, airport and event reservations and municipal parking permit solutions. Parkmobile serves over 20 airports as well as provides reserved parking solutions for private operators, the Super Bowl, the College Football Championship Series, Fenway Park, FedEx Field and Nationwide Arena, to name a few. For more information, visit us at www.parkmobile.com, on Twitter @Parkmobile, or facebook.com/Parkmobile.

Special Meeting of the City Council – June 20, 7:30pm

A Special Council Meeting will take place on June 20th at 7:30pm in the City
Council Chambers. Click here to view the meeting notice.

Mayor Zimmer, Hoboken Officials & Business Owners Inaugurate New Plaza

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Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer was joined by Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano, Council President Jen Giattino, other members of the City Council, and local business owners to cut the ribbon to inaugurate Hoboken’s new Newark Street plaza.

“Streets make up the vast majority of our public space, and this project reclaims a portion of the street to create a dynamic public space for residents and visitors to enjoy,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This project builds upon Hoboken’s reputation as one of the most walk-friendly cities in the country by creating safer intersections, wider sidewalks, and new gathering space. The new plaza will be a great place to relax, read a book, or enjoy an outdoor lunch from the many great nearby food options.”

The plaza is part of a safety redesign of Newark Street between Washington Street and Hudson Street. The new plaza includes street trees, bistro tables and chairs, and Adirondack chairs and creates a new public space at the busy corner of Newark Street and Washington Street.

“Hoboken’s unique vitality and livability is tied to a great extent to its outstanding streetscape,” said Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise. “That is why we were so pleased to work in partnership to add this new plaza to Newark Street, which is actually a county road right in the heart of downtown Hoboken.”

Other project features include:

• A widened sidewalk on the south side of the street to accommodate more than 3,000 pedestrians during peak periods.
• Curb bumpouts at corners to improve pedestrian safety by extending the sidewalk, reducing pedestrian crossing distances, and improving intersection visibility.
• Restoration of the historic Belgian block roadway to emphasize the street’s historic character and naturally calm traffic.

Funding for the project was secured by Senator Robert Menendez through a $240,000 federal appropriation and through $118,000 grant from the NJ DOT through the Transportation Enhancement Program. The project was managed by Hudson County and designed in collaboration with the City of Hoboken.

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Mayor Zimmer Welcomes Brian Aloia As New Corporation Counsel

Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced today that her Administration has hired Brian J. Aloia to serve as Corporation Counsel for the City of Hoboken. Mr. Aloia is the principal of Aloia Law Firm and served as Township Attorney and Director of the Law Department at Bloomfield Township from 2007 through 2016. He previously also served as attorney at the Essex County Department of Public Safety and as a partner with Weiner Lesniak.

“With the addition of Brian as our new Corporation Counsel along with Alysia Proko as First Assistant, I think we have a terrific legal team to represent the interests of Hoboken,” said Mayor Zimmer.

Mr. Aloia received his Juris Doctorate from Quinnipiac University School of Law (1996) and a Bachelor of Science from The University of Scranton (1992). He is admitted to the New Jersey State Bar, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the New York Bar.