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Southwest Traffic Circulation Improvement Plan

Last week, the City Council voted 9-0 on first reading on an ordinance to implement the Southwest Traffic Circulation plan. The plan would improve connectivity for vehicular traffic between Hoboken, Jersey City, and Union City, improve pedestrian safety in an area that is seeing more businesses, more residents, and soon, a new park, and result in a net increase in on-street parking spaces. A second reading of the ordinance will be held at the next Council meeting. Highlights of the plan, which based on Synchro and SimTraffic models of future traffic volumes is estimated to reduce traffic delays by more than 25 percent, include:

  • Opening up Jackson Street to two lanes by removing on-street parking and the bicycle lane.
  • Creating safe pedestrian access to the Southwest Park, businesses, and residences in the area while improving traffic flow by adding new traffic signals at Jackson Street at Observer Highway, Harrison Street at Observer Highway, and Madison Street at Observer Highway.
  • Fixing the gridlock at Monroe Street and Observer Highway that affects the entire southwest area. The three-way intersection of Monroe Street, Observer Highway, and Paterson Avenue requires longer traffic signal cycle lengths, creating significant traffic backups. By converting Paterson Avenue to one-way westbound between Monroe Street and Harrison Street, the intersection is simplified and allows for adding 20% more green time for Monroe Street and Observer Highway. This recommendation from the Hoboken-Jersey City Subregional Connectivity Study commissioned by Hudson County and funded by the NJTPA in 2011 was confirmed with traffic modeling by Hoboken’s engineer.
  • Opening Madison Street to create more options for entering Hoboken. The addition of a second turning lane on Madison Street between Newark Street and Observer Highway and allowing vehicles to go left, right, or straight from Madison Street by removing the existing bollards, will create a new option for entering Hoboken and greatly reduce vehicular volumes turning onto Jackson Street.
  • Converting the Jersey Avenue/Newark Street gateway into Hoboken from two to four lanes to improve circulation into and out of Hoboken, adding a dedicated right turn lane from Harrison Street onto Newark Street, and creating a second lane on Harrison Street for traffic turning east onto Observer Highway.
  • Optimizing the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail signal at the intersection of Paterson Avenue and Marshall Street to improve coordination with other southwest traffic signals and reduce delays caused by light rail crossings.
  • Adding parking along the south side of Paterson Avenue and west side of Jackson Street will help buffer the Southwest Park from traffic.

Hoboken Opens Waiting List For New Affordable Housing Units

The City of Hoboken is creating a housing waiting list for all future affordable rental units regulated by the City. Members of the public are invited to submit a preliminary application by visiting www.AffordableHomesNewJersey.com/Hoboken (Applicants without internet access may call 609-664-2769 X5). The deadline to submit applications for the random drawing to generate the affordable housing waiting list is May 8, 2017. Anyone who may be interested in current or future affordable housing units in Hoboken should apply by May 8th.

“Dozens of new affordable housing units under construction throughout our city will help to ensure that Hoboken remains a vibrant mixed income community,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We have created procedures to make sure that these affordable housing units are available to those who need it most through a fair and open process.”

This list will be used to lease units at: 600 Harrison Street (5 units), 1410 Grand Street (4 units), 721 Clinton Street (6 units), 7th Street and Jackson Street (42 units), and other future units. Some units will be available as early as Spring 2017, and others will be available in upcoming years depending on the construction schedule.

The City of Hoboken adopted an affordable housing ordinance that generally requires a 10 percent affordable housing set-aside for residential construction over 10 units when an increase in density is provided. The City also recently adopted the Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plan and a guidebook entitled “Administration of Affordable Units: Policies & Procedures Manual” to set forth the policies and procedures for placing eligible individuals and families into the City of Hoboken’s affordable units. The Affordable Housing Program will provide opportunities for both affordable units for rent and for sale.

In addition to the units required by the affordable housing ordinance, all redevelopment plans approved during the Zimmer administration, including Hoboken Yards, Neumann Leathers, and Western Edge, require that at least 10 percent of new residential units be affordable.

The first units that will become available are at 600 Harrison Street. Monthly rents for the units, not including utilities, are as follows:

1-Bedroom Low (1 available): $600
2-Bedroom Moderate (3 available): $903
3-Bedroom Moderate (1 available): $1,035

Even those who are not interested in these units should submit the preliminary application by May 8, 2017 to be considered for upcoming and future affordable housing rentals regulated by the City of Hoboken.

Rents for future units may be higher or lower based on income levels and number of bedrooms. The waiting list is only for rental units regulated by the City of Hoboken. There may be other affordable housing opportunities that must be applied for separately.

Additional information including income limits is available on www.AffordableHomesNewJersey.com/Hoboken.

Hoboken Introduces Post Office Redevelopment Plan for New Hotel & Improved Waterfront Connectivity


The City of Hoboken is introducing a redevelopment plan for the Hoboken Post Office Rehabilitation Area that includes a new hotel and improvements to waterfront access and connectivity. The plan, which will be introduced at the City Council meeting on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, would redevelop the underutilized parking lot behind the Post Office as a hotel with unique architecture while preserving the Hoboken Post Office as an important landmark. It would also require the redesign and reconstruction of Newark Street with wide sidewalks and streetscape features to improve connectivity to the waterfront and would activate the block of Sinatra Drive between Newark Street and First Street.

“I thank Council President Giattino and Redevelopment Committee Chair Councilman Cunningham for advocating for this project and working very hard to address some of my initial concerns,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “With the W Hotel often fully booked, there is a clear need for more hotel space for our families, friends, and everyone who visits Hoboken. This world-class hotel would improve pedestrian and bicycle connectivity to our waterfront, replace an eyesore with a vibrant, active streetscape with public amenities, and also provide much-needed meeting and event space for our community.”

It is estimated that the plan would create more than 100 permanent jobs and generate over $1 million annually in real estate taxes in addition to hotel taxes on a site that is currently exempt from taxes.

“This project will bring tremendous benefits to the neighborhood, create jobs in Hoboken, and generate significant real estate and hotel taxes that will help to keep our taxes stable,” said Council President Jennifer Giattino. “I want to especially thank City planner Jessica Giorgianni who has done an amazing job on this plan.”

The Hoboken 2004 Master Plan encourages hotels in the area near Hoboken Terminal to “provide a needed service for residents, businesses, and visitors.”

“As Council Subcommittee Chair, my projects have always strongly supported diversifying our tax base from residential towards more commercial, and this project does just that,” said Councilman Peter Cunningham. “I am confident we have met these challenges which will result in a win-win for Hoboken and its local businesses and residents.”

Setback requirements for the hotel, which must use high quality design materials and architecture, are designed to narrow the building to maximize light, air, and open space and minimize shadows on Pier A Park. The implementation of the plan would terminate the existing easement with the Post Office which provides angled parking for Post Office vehicles along Newark Street where there currently is no sidewalk. All Post Office and hotel loading activities would be moved to First Street and take place inside of a building and the hotel would be required to have lease agreements with private parking garages.

The Post Office Redevelopment Plan is available online at: www.hobokennj.gov/docs/communitydev/Post-Office-Redev-Plan-2017-03-27.pdf

 

Art in the Park Registration to Open March 1st

Online registration for Art in the Park will be open on March 1, 2017 at www.hobokennj.gov/register.

Art in the Park is a 6 week creative arts program for toddlers ages 4 and under. Join us for songs, story time, sensory play, and an art project, all in the shade of your local park.

There are eight 6 week sessions which take place on different days, in different parks, at different times. Choose either early morning (9am to 10:30am) or mid-morning (11am to 12:30pm) sessions:

Elysian Park on Mondays: June 19, 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31
Elysian Park on Tuesdays: June 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1
Pier A on Wednesdays: June 21, 28; July 12, 19, 26, Aug 2
Elysian Park on Thursdays: June 22, 29, July 13, 20, 27, Aug 3

Cost per 6 week session is $25.
Each session will accept 60 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 date will be announced.

For more information contact 201-420-2207 or gfallo@hobokennj.gov.

Community Meeting to be Held for Newark Street Corridor Improvement Project

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Mayor Dawn Zimmer invites all members of the community to a meeting to discuss proposed safety improvements to Newark Street between Willow Avenue and Jefferson Street. The meeting will take place on Thursday, February 16 at 7:00pm at the Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street.

“Newark Street is a gateway corridor into Hoboken and one of the most heavily trafficked streets in our city,” said Mayor Zimmer. “Through this project, we have a chance to make the engineering changes necessary to make Newark Street safer for everyone.”

Challenges along the corridor include the roadway geometry with poor sight lines, wide pedestrian crossings, and high speed turns, frequent illegal parking on sidewalks by buses and trucks, limited pedestrian crossings, lack of bike facilities, and limited permeable surface.

Hoboken Police Department to Hold 5th “Coffee With a Cop” Meeting


The Hoboken Police Department invites the community to the fifth “coffee with a cop” meeting on Monday, February 6th from 8:30am to 10:00am at Black Rail Coffee, located at 9th Street and Jackson 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 Scott Hochstadter, Detective Sergeant Jonathan Mecka, and Officer Charles Kucz, along with Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Councilman Michael Russo.

Residents are invited to discuss any law enforcement or policing issues at the local, regional or national level in an informal setting. The Hoboken Police Department will provide coffee and pastries.

Mayor Zimmer & Officials Break Ground on 7th & Jackson Resiliency Park

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Today Mayor Dawn Zimmer joined other elected officials, dignitaries, and members of the community to celebrate the groundbreaking of a 2-acre park and public gymnasium as part of the 700 Jackson Street development project.

“This park will bring much-needed open space to a growing mixed-use, transit-oriented neighborhood and will build upon our flood resiliency strategy,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I thank the City Council, Bijou Properties, Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation, and members of the community who worked together to make this possible.”

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“700 Jackson is reaching for new heights as a transit-oriented, smart growth community,” said Larry Bijou, Managing Partner of Bijou Properties. “Kudos to the City of Hoboken in helping to bring this modern development to fruition.”

“We are fortunate to have partnered with Mayor Zimmer and the City of Hoboken to create new community space, and look forward to more New Jersey development projects on behalf of Intercontinental’s union and public pension investors,” Peter Palandjian, Chairman and CEO of Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation.

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By incorporating green infrastructure and underground detention systems to capture more than 450,000 gallons of stormwater runoff, the resiliency park is designed to help address flooding issues. It is the second of three resiliency parks planned for western Hoboken, in addition to the Southwest Park which is under construction and the Northwest Park, which is in the planning stage.

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Approximately 1 acre of the park will consist of an open grass area with public seating and a children’s play area. An additional 1 acre public plaza will feature step seating with a tilted lawn panel for relaxing and passive gatherings and a large plaza area designed to accommodate vendors and seasonal markets. Finally, the plan will feature a 6,835 square foot multi-use public gymnasium with a classic field house design.

The project will also include approximately 30,000 square feet of retail space, an on-site parking garage, and 424 residential units, including 42 units of affordable housing.

Community Invited to 7th & Jackson Park Groundbreaking Ceremony


All members of the Hoboken community are invited to the groundbreaking ceremony for the new 2-acre park, plaza, and gymnasium as part of the 700 Jackson Street development project. The event will take place on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 11:00am at 700 Jackson Street.

The park will be Hoboken’s second “resiliency park,” designed with green infrastructure and more than 250,000 gallons of underground stormwater detention and infiltration to help address flooding issues.

Approximately 1 acre of the park will consist of an open grass area with public seating and a children’s play area. An additional 1 acre public plaza will feature step seating with a tilted lawn panel for relaxing and passive gatherings and a large plaza area designed to accommodate vendors and seasonal markets. Finally, the plan will feature a 6,835 square foot multi-use public gymnasium with  a classic field house design.

The project will also include approximately 30,000 square feet of retail space, an on-site parking garage, and 424 residential units, including 42 units of affordable housing.

Hoboken Offers Free Parking for Holiday Shoppers

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To encourage local shopping this holiday season, the City of Hoboken is offering up to 4 hours of free garage parking in municipal garages B (28 2nd St), D (215 Hudson St), and Midtown (371 4th St) from December 22nd through December 25th and on Saturday, December 31st and Sunday, January 1st for visitors who come to Hoboken to shop or dine. Parking meters are free on Sundays.

“Skip the mall and shop local this year,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “It’s easy to get to Hoboken by public transportation, and if you’re driving, we are offering free parking in our garages for holiday shoppers in addition to three convenient valet parking locations.”

To receive up to 4 hours of free garage parking, visitors must present to the parking attendant receipts totaling at least $25 on food and/or retail purchases from any Hoboken business(es) that same day. Any time beyond 4 hours will be charged at the regular rate.

As another convenient parking option, valet parking is available year-round for a flat rate of $15 on Fridays (5pm-3am), Saturdays (11am-3am), and Sundays (11am-8pm) at three locations: 1) River Street & Newark Street, 2) 3rd Street & Washington Street, and 3) 5th Street & Sinatra Drive.

Additional parking information for visitors is available at http://enjoyhoboken.com/plan-your-trip/where-to-park/.

Mayor Zimmer Signs Contract to Acquire BASF Property for Hoboken’s Largest Park

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On Tuesday, December 6th, Mayor Dawn Zimmer signed the contract to acquire the 6-acre BASF property in northwest Hoboken.
The property will be used to create what will become Hoboken’s largest park – a 5-acre “resiliency park” with a 1 million gallon underground stormwater detention system. The project is being planned in partnership with North Hudson Sewerage Authority which will separate the combined sewer system in the area surrounding new park and divert stormwater runoff to the new detention system. Often, the combined sewer system is overwhelmed during heavy rain events, resulting in backups into streets and private property. By keeping stormwater out of the combined sewer system, the project will further reduce localized flooding. The project will also include western Hoboken’s first municipal parking garage on the northernmost lot.

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