Statement From Mayor Zimmer on Southwest Park Expansion

Hoboken, NJ - Thursday, January 19th, 2017


Yesterday evening the Hoboken City Council voted 8-0-1 on first reading for an ordinance to authorize the use of eminent domain to acquire Block 10, a vacant property in Southwest Hoboken, for the expansion of the Southwest Park. The second reading and public hearing on the ordinance will take place at the Council meeting on Wednesday, February 1st.

“Thank you to all Hoboken residents who took the time to come to the City Council meeting last night to support giving the City the tools it needs to negotiate a fair price for the long-promised expansion of the Southwest Park,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Thank you also to the eight City Council members who voted yes on first reading of the ordinance. I hope that Councilman DeFusco, who voted ‘present,’ will after reviewing the materials provided to him, join his colleagues in providing unanimous Council support on the second reading at the Wednesday, February 1st Council meeting. I encourage residents to come out again to the February 1st meeting to voice their support for eminent domain as a negotiating tool as well as for the Green Acres grant application for the purchase of Block 10.”

View the memo from Mayor Zimmer to the City Council on the Southwest Park expansion and funding strategies, Southwest traffic circulation plan, and Newark Street safety improvements:

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