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September, 2017

Port Authority Warns of Severe Congestion and Issues Gridlock Alert at Holland Tunnel This Week Due to Lane Closures on Nearby NJ Route 139 After Ramp Fire

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey issued the following press release today:

Motorists strongly urged to use mass transit and consider alternate routes; PATH rail to add extra trains during peak hours on all lines

Drivers who typically commute through the Holland Tunnel are urged to use mass transit –particularly during the morning and evening rush hours — due to fire damage to the nearby Route 139 ramp in Jersey City that is maintained by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

The extensive structural damage to the ramp has resulted in closures to three of five lanes nearly back to the tunnel, with the 60-percent capacity reduction expected to cause significant delays for westbound traffic in Jersey City and Hoboken. Lower Manhattan also can expect backups on local streets accessing the tunnel entrance to New Jersey, particularly if one of the tunnel’s two westbound lanes must be closed if gridlock occurs on the New Jersey side.

Drivers should use mass transit, consider alternate work hours or telecommute if possible since other crossing like the Lincoln Tunnel may face delays due to the diverted traffic.

The Port Authority and NJ DOT have activated their Offices of Emergency Management to continuously monitor the situation and streamline communications with other state and local officials. Agency officials are working on traffic management plans to lessen potential congestion impacts and will coordinate implementation with counterparts at NJ DOT, NJ Transit, New Jersey State Police, Jersey City, Hoboken and Manhattan, New York City officials, as well as New York Waterways ferry service.

PATH rail is poised to add two extra trains hourly during the morning and evening rush hours on each of its three lines: Newark to World Trade Center, Hoboken to World Trade Center and Journal Square to 33rd Street starting Monday morning.

Travelers to Newark Liberty International Airport are encouraged to use NJ Transit rail service from New York Penn Station to access the Newark AirTrain to the airport’s terminals.

Along with urging drivers to use mass transit options and seeking ways to increase rail, bus and ferry capacity, the Port Authority is taking other significant steps to help its state and local partners alleviate the anticipated problems. Ongoing construction work on the Bayonne Bridge, for example, has been suspended to help ease regional traffic.

“The Port Authority is urging travelers to use mass transit and consider alternate work hours and telecommuting to help minimize the anticipated gridlock at the Holland Tunnel until repairs are made to New Jersey’s nearby Route 139 ramp,’’ said Diannae Ehler, the Port Authority’s Director of Tunnels, Bridges & Terminals. “The agency will assist our transportation partners to help minimize congestion around the tunnel, and we have offered engineering help if needed to evaluate and speed repairs on the state’s ramp.”

Agency, state and local officials are conferring on opening a third lane before the Monday morning rush along the Holland Tunnel’s westbound exit lanes if feasible, while also adding additional police officers, closing certain side roads and adjusting traffic light patterns to help move traffic more efficiently.

On average, more than 2,600 vehicles per rush hour and 46,000 vehicles daily travel from Manhattan to New Jersey via the Holland Tunnel.

Port Authority Police are currently staffing intersections to optimize and balance traffic flow on both westbound 14th street and the local north/south roadways. This presence will be maintained through the weekend, with needs reassessed for the start of Monday’s weekday travel patterns.

The Port Authority’s Engineering Department has offered the support of staff and its resources to assess the extent of ramp damage and assist with implementation of a repair strategy.

For the most up-to-date traffic and transit information, please see use the following links:

www.panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels/holland-tunnel

www.panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels/lincoln-tunnel

www.panynj.gov/PATH

www.panynj.gov/bus-terminals/port-authority-bus-terminal

http://nj.gov/transportation/

www.njtransit.com 

NY Waterway has morning and evening rush-hour service between Port Liberty and Liberty Harbor in Jersey City and Manhattan. Both terminals are accessible from the New Jersey Turnpike and have parking.

Ferry terminals at Paulus Hook and Harborside in Jersey City and the Hoboken Rail/Ferry Terminal all are served but the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail.

Visit nywaterway.com for complete information or call 1-800-53-FERRY.

12th Street Closure and Detour Begins Monday, October 2nd for PSE&G Work


Due to ongoing construction related to the PSE&G Madison Street Substation Project, the block of 12th Street between Madison Street and Jefferson Street will be closed to traffic for approximately three weeks beginning on Monday, October 2nd. In order to provide access to properties on Jefferson Street south of 12th Street, the block of 12th Street between Adams Street and Jefferson Street will be temporarily reversed from east-bound to west-bound during the street closure.

Once this portion of the project is complete, the roadway will be reopened and traffic will revert to the normal eastbound direction.

A detour map and additional project information is available at www.pseg.com/hoboken.

Three Ways to Help With the Puerto Rico Relief Effort

The City of Hoboken encourages residents interested in assisting with the Puerto Rico relief effort to consider the guidance issued by FEMA. In particular, cash donations to trusted organizations is the most effective way to support the recovery effort.

The New Jersey For Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fund is a new state-wide initiative sponsored and spearheaded by leaders of New Jersey’s half-million-strong Puerto Rican community to rally behind our friends and family on the island who are suffering so terribly in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The partnership with the State of New Jersey, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico, and others, was created to get the people of Puerto Rico the aid they so desperately need as fast as possible. For more information and to donate online, visit http://nj4pr.org.

Those who wish to donate goods are encouraged to do so in coordination with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD).  NVOAD’s website states: “Do not send or bring unsolicited donations.” To offer a donation as an individual or on behalf of a company, please use the form at: https://www.nvoad.org/howtohelp/donate/.

Puerto Rico asks that volunteers not self-deploy, as unexpected arrival in affected communities creates an additional burden for first responders. Volunteer registration for Puerto Rico can be conducted online at: https://prvoad.communityos.org/cms/irma.

The full announcement from FEMA is included below:

https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/09/27/three-ways-help-after-hurricane-maria

Three Ways To Help After Hurricane Maria

WASHINGTON – In the wake of a disaster, Americans have always come together with compassion and courage to ask how they can help survivors.  For Hurricane Maria, there are three ways that the public can leverage the expertise and experience of non-profit, faith- and community-based organizations and private sector partners to most effectively and efficiently help provide support for survivors in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and ensure that an individual contribution – whether financial donation or personal volunteerism – is carried out responsibly.

The fastest way to help – cash is best

The most effective means to support recovery of communities affected by Hurricane Maria is to donate money to trusted voluntary-, faith- and community-based charitable organizations. This gives these organizations the ability to purchase what survivors need right now. In addition, when these organizations purchase goods or services locally, they pump money back into the local and regional economy, helping businesses recover faster.

The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) list trusted organizations receiving donations, many of which are already coordinating relief and response efforts in the Caribbean.  To make a cash donation directly to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, visit www.unitedforpuertorico.com.  You may also make financial donations to a National VOAD member organization (https://www.nvoad.org/voad-members/) to help voluntary or charitable organizations continue to provide services to Hurricane Maria survivors.

Donating Goods

It is important to remember unsolicited donated goods (e.g., clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs) require voluntary agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.

To responsibly donate goods, the NVOAD website has information on non-profit organizations accepting or registering individual and corporate in-kind donations here (https://www.nvoad.org/howtohelp/donate/).

Volunteering

Anyone seeking an opportunity to get involved in response and recovery operations underway is encouraged to volunteer with local and nationally known organizations. A list of volunteer websites is available at www.nvoad.org.

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands ask that volunteers not self-deploy, as unexpected arrival in affected communities creates an additional burden for first responders. Volunteer registration for Hurricane Maria can be conducted here (https://prvoad.communityos.org/cms/irma) for Puerto Rico and here (https://usvivoad.communityos.org/cms/irma) for the U.S. Virgin Islands.

To register as an affiliated volunteer with a voluntary or charitable organization, visit the National VOAD (https://www.nvoad.org/voad-members/) for a list of partners active in disaster. Alternatively, you may register to volunteer here (https://voad.communityos.org/disaster-volunteer-registration?tab=269) for partner organizations to reach out to you.

Patience is paramount, and the need for volunteers endures. Recovery activities associated with Hurricane Maria will require volunteer engagement for many months and years to come, and the help of many will be required.

Residents Invited to “A Day Without Water” October 12 & Green Infrastructure Volunteer Day October 14

The cities of Hoboken and Jersey City have come together to bring awareness to the value of water and pledge our shared commitment to improving infrastructure and prioritizing ways to sustain our communities for generations to come.

October 12 across the nation is Imagine a Day without Water. Residents are invited to participate in events throughout the day that appreciate the value of water and discuss current initiatives to ensure the resilience and sustainability of our water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure. Events include:

  • Imagine A Day Without Coffee Kick-Off At Choc-O-Pain French Bakery & Cafe
  • Green Infrastructure Tour of Jersey City and Hoboken City Halls and Hoboken Southwest Park
  • Boonton Reservoir Tour
  • Waterfront Cleanup
  • Catch Basin Cleanout Demonstration
  • Imagine a Day Without Beer closeout event at Departed Soles Brewing Company
  • Movie Screening of “A Place Ocean”

Prior registration is required and space is limited. For full event details and to register, please visit www.hobokennj.gov/valuewater. Contact Jennifer Gonzalez at jgonzalez@hobokennj.gov and Jasmine Wade at jwade@jcnj.org with any questions. For more information on Imagine a Day without Water, visit www.imagineadaywithoutwater.org.

October 14 will be a Hoboken Green Infrastructure Volunteer Day. Residents are invited to participate in volunteer events to build and maintain green infrastructure and public spaces. Events include:

  • Rain garden Build at the Hoboken Housing Authority
  • Community Garden Cleanup at the 3rd and Jackson Community Garden
  • Bioswale Planting along 1st Street and Rain Garden Planting at City Hall

Prior registration is required and space is limited. For full event details and to register, please visit www.hobokennj.gov/givolunteer. Contact Kelly Diaz at volunteer1@hobokennj.gov and Sam Rosenthal at volunteer2@hobokennj.gov with any questions.

Mayor Zimmer Seeks to Acquire Union Dry Dock Property for Waterfront Park


Based on discussions and written communications with Union Dry Dock, Mayor Dawn Zimmer has determined that it is important to expeditiously move ahead with the tools necessary to acquire the Union Dry Dock property for open space. The City was recently able to meet with the property owner of Union Dry Dock. Following the meeting, Union Dry Dock sent a letter advising the City that it is not legally able to even discuss a sale of the property to the City of Hoboken at this time.

As a result, the City Council will be asked to authorize the use of eminent domain for the acquisition of Union Dry Dock at next week’s City Council meeting. The authorization simply provides the City with the tools necessary to facilitate negotiations and does not mean that eminent domain will be implemented. However, without this authorization, the City has no ability to even begin negotiations given the position taken by Union Dry Dock.

“In my experience with acquiring Block 12 for the Southwest Park and the 6-acre BASF property in Northwest Hoboken, it is not possible to acquire property without the City Council’s authorization for eminent domain,” said Mayor Zimmer. “Given recent new factors that have come to light, it is important to move forward with this process at this time to expand our City’s waterfront parks.”

The letter from Union Dry Dock can be viewed at: www.hobokennj.gov/docs/Union-Dry-Dock-Maraziti-9-22-17.pdf.

City of Hoboken Auctioning Abandoned Bicycles


The City of Hoboken is auctioning off abandoned bicycles via www.govdeals.com starting September 25th and ending October 13th. To view photos and descriptions of bicycles and to place a bid, visit: https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.AdvSearchResultsNew&agency=2678

The bicycles being auctioned do not match descriptions in police reports for stolen bicycles.

City of Hoboken to Host Public Workshop on Comprehensive Master Plan Update

The City of Hoboken will host the first public workshop as part of its Master Plan Reexamination process on Tuesday, October 10th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Multi-Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street.  All interested residents, business owners, property owners, and other interested parties are invited to share their ideas about how Hoboken should grow and what assets the City should protect over the next 10 years.

The City of Hoboken Planning Board is now “reexamining” the 2004 Hoboken Master Plan, which will result in the preparation of a 2018 Master Plan Reexamination Report.  The Master Plan serves as the guiding document for Hoboken’s land-use decisions, such as zoning and capital improvements.  It documents community-established principles, guidelines, and strategies for the orderly and balanced future economic, social, physical, environmental and fiscal development of the City.

Municipalities in New Jersey are required to go through a process of reexamining their Master Plans at least every 10 years; however, it is good practice to conduct a reexamination process whenever there is a need to document, or plan for, major changes in a community.  The City of Hoboken last prepared a Master Plan Reexamination Report in 2010, and much has changed since that time.  The economic picture is very different, with Hoboken having emerged from the Great Recession with a strong housing market and a robust development pipeline. The City’s development landscape continues to evolve as new development and redevelopment projects are planned and built.  At the same time, the City has made significant investments in new parks, infrastructure, and other quality-of-life amenities. In addition, the impacts of Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and other flooding events have stressed the importance of planning for a future that is resilient.

The 2018 Master Plan Reexamination will look to address how Hoboken can maintain its character as a historic, close-knit urban community, while simultaneously being able to accommodate the anticipated growth in and around the City as demand increases for parks and recreation, infrastructure, schools and daycare, affordable housing, and an effective multi-modal transportation system. The Reexamination will also look at strategies to become a “Smarter City” in order to make better informed decisions, develop appropriate policy, better allocate City resources, and improve Hoboken’s long-term livability, workability and sustainability.

The basic requirements for a Master Plan Reexamination are set by New Jersey Statute within the “Municipal Land Use Law” (MLUL).  The City has retained the consulting firm BFJ Planning to assist the Hoboken Planning Board in preparation of the 2018 Master Plan Reexamination Report.  As part of this effort, the Planning Board will also update the Land Use Plan Element of the Master Plan, which will set the stage for future changes to the City’s Zoning Code.

Maximizing citizen participation is an essential part of the 2018 Master Plan Reexamination Report. There will be numerous opportunities for public input, including community workshops, an online survey, various focus group meetings, and interviews with key stakeholders.  The City encourages all residents and stakeholders to attend the public workshop and make their voices heard. For further information, visit www.hobokennj.gov/masterplan.

Hoboken Opens Southwest Park – New Jersey’s First Resiliency Park


Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, and other elected officials joined together this morning to officially open the Southwest Park, located between Jackson Street, Harrison Street, Observer Highway, and Paterson Avenue. The nearly one-acre park is designed with integrated green infrastructure to hold approximately 200,000 gallons of stormwater runoff to reduce localized flooding.

“This is a great day for Hoboken, and I invite residents to come out and enjoy our newest park,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Not only will the Southwest Park provide much-needed open space for the growing southwest neighborhood, but as the first-of-its-kind resiliency park in the state, it will serve as a model for New Jersey and beyond. This project was a team effort that began with a vision from advocates more than a decade ago. I thank the City Council for their continuous support of this project, North Hudson Sewerage Authority for partnering with us to design this park so that it reduces flooding, Hudson County for providing open space funding, the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust for providing low-interest financing, and all of the advocates, planners, contractors, and professional staff that worked tirelessly to make this park a reality. I invite residents to join us next Wednesday for a community event to celebrate the opening of the park.”

The park features 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 includes a dog run, moveable cafe tables and chairs, a pop-up market zone, a restroom, multi-level seating for small performances, a solar-powered mobile device charging station, and a lawn (temporarily closed to allow grass to grow). The park will also feature public wi-fi, which is currently being installed.

A community celebration event for the park will take place on Wednesday, September 27th from 4:30pm to 7:30pm.  The family-friendly event will include activities for children and adults. For children, it will feature entertainment by Ron Albanese (AKA Polka Dot), balloon animals, face painting, and more. The event will also include music, food trucks and vendors, free food samples, neighborhood businesses, free fitness activities from local gyms, and more.

Hoboken Community Invited to Southwest Park Opening Celebration


All members of the community are invited to celebrate the opening of Hoboken’s Southwest Park at an event on Wednesday, September 27th from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. The park is located between Observer Highway, Paterson Avenue, Harrison Street, and Jackson Street.

The family-friendly event will include activities for children and adults. For children, it will feature entertainment by Ron Albanese (AKA Polka Dot), balloon animals, and more. The event will also include music, food trucks and vendors, free food samples, neighborhood businesses, free fitness activities from local gyms, and more.

The park will officially open with a brief ceremonial ribbon cutting on Friday, September 22nd at 11:00am, which is also open to the public.

The park features 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 includes a dog run, moveable cafe tables and chairs, a pop-up market zone, a restroom, multi-level seating for small performances, and a lawn (temporarily closed to allow grass to grow). The park will also feature public wi-fi, which is currently being installed.

Reminder & Time Change: North End Redevelopment Plan Community Meeting to be Held September 28th

The City of Hoboken will host the first community workshop as part of the community planning process for the North End Redevelopment Plan on September 28, 2017 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the Wallace School gymnasium, located at 1100 Willow Avenue. Please note that the start time for the meeting has changed from 7:00pm to 7:30pm due to a conflict with Back to School Night, which ends at 7:00pm.

In December 2013 the City Council declared the North End Area in the City of Hoboken as an Area in Need of Rehabilitation. The area is generally north of the 14th Street viaduct between Park Avenue and the palisades and is bounded to the north by the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail tracks.

The City of Hoboken is now in the process of developing a redevelopment plan for the North End in order to determine land uses, development patterns, transportation and transit solutions, and flood mitigation appropriate for the area.

As the first step of the community planning process, an online survey was issued in March, 2017 to provide public feedback on the vision for the North End. The survey results can be viewed at: http://hobokennj.gov/content/wp-content/uploads/North-End-Survey-Results-Memo.pdf.