SW Parks: Save Block 11

5/20/2008 Update:

Zoning Board Hearing Postponed

Tonight the Zoning Board of Adjustment was expected to hear the application of a developer seeking several variances to build a 10 story high-rise on Block 11 — the site of the north end of the proposed Southwest Park. Due to a very heavy workload and a long line of developers looking for variances, the application will not be heard tonight, and has instead been tentatively rescheduled for Tuesday, June 17th. In the meantime, neighbors and concerned citizens have formed a group to specifically raise money to hire attorneys and planners to fight this high-rise application. More information on the group in this message below from the Hoboken Southwest Parks Coalition:

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“HSPC fully supports the work of the new SAVE BLOCK 11 group of concerned citizens who have joined together to fight proposed high-rise variances for buildings on land designated for parks. This group was formed on Tuesday April 22nd at the home of Jim Vance and Joan Abel, where several dozen neighbors of Block 11 came together to fight for the Southwest Park proposed in the Hoboken Master Plan, and further outlined in SW6: a Greener, Greater Hoboken. HSPC will continue to work with SAVE BLOCK 11 to stop the domino effect of variance grants for more high-rise buildings where planners have called for parks. To get involved in SAVE BLOCK 11, contact SaveBlock11@gmail.com, or visit SaveBlock11.com.”

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4/22/2008:

Have a snack and beverage tonight while preserving the future of OUR city!

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Save Block 11

hobokenspc-411-gif.gifThe Hoboken Southwest Parks Coalition will be holding a “Save Block 11 Meeting!” tonight, Tuesday, April 22nd, at 7:30pm at 107 Monroe St. HSPC is looking for local Hoboken residents who have an interest in preventing Block 11 from being converted to mid-rise condos.

Beverages and food will be provided. HSPC asks people to let them know if they’ll attend, by RSVP’ing- saveblock11@gmail.com.

“Developers are again moving forward with Zoning Board applications to build high-rise condos where the Master Plan calls for a southwest park.

One developer wants to build a 10-story high rise on Block 11, the triangle block south of Sky Club and west of Harrison Court. Hoboken Southwest Parks Coalition is against this plan to build on a key parcel noted in the Master Plan and SW6 as an ideal location for a future park. If approved, the high-rise will start a domino effect of variance grants for more high-rise buildings where planners have called for parks. This greatly affects your property values and quality of life.

The time to fight for your park is NOW!”

4th Ward Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer asks the same, emailing constituents (as well as other concerned residents) to attend the Save Block 11 meeting:

dawn-zimmer-headshot.jpg“Community members are meeting to discuss the variance sought by the property owner of Block 11, located across from the Sky Club. This variance would permit a 10-story building, eight residential stories and two stories housing a branch of the Hoboken Historical Museum. My position is that, in general, height or density variances should not be granted on properties identified in the Master Plan as potential park space. Since Zoning Board decisions can be appealed to the City Council, I cannot directly advocate before the Zoning Board, but I urge everyone who can to meet with your neighbors and help make sure the community’s voice is heard. “

And let us know how the snacks were!

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73 Comments on "SW Parks: Save Block 11"


bradykp
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bradykp
8 years 5 months ago

[quote comment=”79517″]bradykp, under NJ Municipal Land Use Law, every variance is independent and granted based on the circumstances of that specific application.[/quote]

can you please direct me to where it actually says that, and show me examples? because every time i see applications for variances, they always point to other exceptions that occurred in the past.

krewedetat
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krewedetat
8 years 5 months ago

[quote comment=”79498″]Let’s keep the focus on the main point – a developer bought a piece of land designated to become parkland by Hoboken’s Master Plan. He now wants to change the Master Plan so he can build a hi-rise condo. And he’s bringing in a legal team to make that happen.

What’s the point of a “Master” Plan if it can be altered?
What does that say about anyone who challenges the integrity of a document that starts with the word ‘master’ – meaning ‘chief,’ ‘presiding.’
Who protects the integrity and purpose of the Master Deed if not our City officials and Zoning Board representatives?

Why do we have a Master Deed when there seems to be nothing Master about it?

This is the focus of the issue – the integrity of the Master Plan.

Does anyone else see that? This needs to be our focus if we want this town and our quality of life preserved, as the Master Plan was designed to ensure.[/quote]

You are absoutely correct. The problem is that until the legislative body enacts legislation to re-zone areas according to the Master Plan recommendations, they will remain toothless “guidelines”. It is very easy to get a zoning variance in this town, and that means getting an exception to the law. You point out correctly that bringing in a legal team can pretty much guarrantee an exception to the Master Plan recommendations.

Journey
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Journey
8 years 5 months ago

[quote comment=”79517″]bradykp, under NJ Municipal Land Use Law, every variance is independent and granted based on the circumstances of that specific application.[/quote]

Facts, the law, and how things really work once you factor in greed and corruption, make what other are saying much more realistic.

Sure the law says each one is independent, that will not stop a developer from crying like a spoiled child to the zoning board, “…but you gave Timmy a the exact same variance I’m asking for, its not fair to say no to me… You played favorite with them, if you don’t give it to me too, your on the take…”

Or what ever logic they could dream up.

Foster
Member
8 years 5 months ago

[quote comment=”79517″]bradykp, under NJ Municipal Land Use Law, every variance is independent and granted based on the circumstances of that specific application.[/quote]
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OMG, I actually shot coffee out my nose reading that one. Thanks, that was funny.

How long have you lived in NJ?

Even if that were true. The circumstances of that specific application changes if a building in the lot across the steet gets a major varience.

homeworld
Member
8 years 5 months ago

bradykp, under NJ Municipal Land Use Law, every variance is independent and granted based on the circumstances of that specific application.

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