Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Western Edge - Public Meeting - Tell Hoboken what kind of development you want....

Donna Antonucci and Western Edge Hoboken Real Estate


Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Multi Service Center conference room
124 Grand Street, Hoboken, NJ



In 2006, pursuant to the NJ Local Redevelopment and Housing Law and per the direction of the Hoboken City Council, an investigation was prepared and a public hearing was held by the Planning Board, which recommended that the Western Edge study area qualified as an Area in Need of Redevelopment. Based on the findings of the report, adoption of the delineated Redevelopment Area boundaries was effectuated by the City Council in July 2007.
A draft redevelopment plan was prepared for the City in September 2008. The draft plan, however, was met with significant public resistance because it did not incorporate the residents’ concerns. Major criticisms of the plan included the excessive height of the buildings, inadequate amount and location of open space, and the lack of a cohesive plan for a community center. As a result, the draft plan was never adopted. A revised plan, prepared in September 2010, was presented to City Council, but also was not adopted due to concern with the types and square footage of uses proposed.
The City Council, as the redevelopment agency for the municipality, requested the preparation of a market analysis of the uses proposed in the September 2010 draft in order to address the public’s and City Council’s concerns. It was expected that the market analysis would assist the City in revising the Western Edge Redevelopment Plan to ensure the long term success of the development of this area. Although the market analysis was drafted in 2011, due to unanticipated circumstances at the time it was not finalized and the redevelopment plan was not revised.
The City is now in the process of revising and adopting a redevelopment plan for the Western Edge. The planning and engineering firm Maser Consulting was selected to prepare the redevelopment plan in late May 2014 and the consultant started work on the project in June 2014. A public meeting is scheduled for August 20, 2014.