Mayor silent about flooding
“mayor” Zimmer silent (concerns from biz owners)
They contacted the “mayor,” but got no response. (i.e., the official “press release proofreaders” were probably off – so nothing can happen until it goes through the “committee of political correctness” and “CYA” departments- and probably the over-paid lawyers too. Just sayin’…)
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Hoboken business owners at wits end with flooding
“Dear “mayor” Zimmer, My name is John Franklin, I am writing to you today from Hudson River Crossfit located in the center of Hoboken on 7th and Clinton Streets.
Hoboken has been a great home for my business, and I would love to stay here as long as I possibly can.
With that being said, I am writing to you today in regards to the serious flood control issue we are experiencing. I am sure that we are not the first to express our concerns. It seems that every time we experience any type of heavy rain, 30 minutes or 3 days long, our facility floods.
The floods that we experience are not coming through leaks from the doors and windows, the water is actually coming up through the shower drains and toilets, after the sewer system in Hoboken backs up. In the short 10 months that we have been open, this has happened several times already, and like I mentioned before, most of the storms were not very heavy, nor did they last very long.
In addition, due to Hoboken’s elevation and infrastructure we are at a very high risk of flooding. This has caused us to be rejected coverage by every private flood insurance company we have applied to (11 and counting). As of now, the only flood insurance available to us is National, which has an extremely high premium (above $6000) for a space that houses stainless steel barbells, and weights made from recycled tires. Since a $6,400 premium is out of reach, we are basically finished if a major storm comes through. This is not an optimistic feeling to have as a business owner.
What is being done to improve Hoboken infrastructure in case of severe storm? Is there any type of contingency plan the city has for the drainage issues we are experiencing? What are some options we have to keep this from affecting our business? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Owner, Hudson River Crossfit”
I feel for John.
Businesses should not be so “vulnerable” like this. Either full disclosure needs to be mandated by both the city “government,” as well as ALL Realtors that facilitate the sale or rental of ALL properties in Hoboken.
But I’m sure there will be some “feel good” press release, or at the very least an “explanatory” apology and some pie in the sky promise that better things are coming (i.e., green roofs, underground bathtubs, or making Hoboken into the world’s largest water bong?)
My personal opinion is – that development has been allowed where development is not a sound idea. At the very least (like I said before) all people occupying property should be under the “at your own risk” disclaimer. We’ve mentioned before that part of Hoboken is actually a flood plain. The only way to solve that is to LEVEL existing properties – RAISE THE EARTH – and re-build. Not gonna happen by a long-shot (unless 3 Hurricane Sandy-like storms come within a 2 week time span…)