Maxwell Place Pier update
Old news resurfaces at Washington Times…
Blame iPhones and other technology, because some folks have attention spans two minutes long.
The Washington Times “picked up” on the facts that Hoboken411 had well over three years ago (in the Maxwell Place Archives) – that Toll Brothers DID NOT have to fully pay for the waterfront amenities at Maxwell Place, because of Federal Grant monies they received.
I guess “taxpayers footing the bill” is hot news these days, regardless of how long you already knew about it…
The newest section of Hoboken’s waterfront opens tomorrow, Saturday, June 27th at 11:00am.
Will this be the last ribbon-cutting?
“Maxwell Place Park, a five-acre waterfront open space, will open to the public with an official ceremony officiated by Mayor David Roberts and project principals at 11 am, Saturday, June 27th.
“This park was made possible by a public-private partnership and illustrates Hoboken’s commitment to the creation of open, public space along our majestic waterfront,” said Mayor Roberts. “This park is a key element to our promise to create nearly 20 new acres of public parks and recreational facilities.”
The two-acre final phase includes the waterfront walkway and a 570 foot pier. Previous phases have included open lawns, a toddler and pre-teen play area, a boat house and sand beach and two dog runs.
Maxwell Place Park is a result of a developer agreement between the City and project builder, Toll Brothers, to construct a public park and walkway on the site of the former Maxwell House Coffee plant.
Toll Brothers deeded the waterfront parcel to the City for use as open, public space. The waterfront walkway, which links existing sections to the north and south, was funded through federal DOT grants secured by U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and U.S. Rep. Albio Sires.
Both Menendez and Sires have been committed to the goal of a continuous public walkway from Bayonne to Edgewater along the Hudson River.”
See original “sneak peek” photo after the jump…
[Continuing the ORIGINAL Hoboken411 “Photo of the Day” series…]
Hoboken Photo of the Day – 6/3/2009
Despite the numerous “No Trespassing” signs peppered along the chain-link fence surrounding the new pier at Maxwell Place – many residents interpreted the many unimpeded openings to the pier as “Now Open for Business,” (including me and the Hoboken411 mascot Oscar!)
A few people I spoke with agreed… perhaps the pier isn’t done yet, but the general consensus was “too much concrete” and “that’s it?”
Regardless, I’m happy this new pier is essentially ready for business – as Hoboken’s “Premier” waterfront location gets better by the month!
PS – if you have images collecting dust on your camera or hard drive – send them in for eventual inclusion on Hoboken411! Please state how you’d like to be credited in your email, and a description – if desired!!