Uptown Garbage Dump Improved…
An update to a Hoboken quality of life story from this past summer…
Garbage now more contained
One resident was particularly upset with an unsightly garbage staging area outside The Sovereign Building uptown back in June. However, some improvements have been made to this spot to hide the unattractive pile of refuse until it finds a permanent home. Hey – you can’t knock that they at least tried!
SEE PREVIOUS UPDATES AFTER THE JUMP…
6/23/2009 Update 2:
Ann Holtzman, who is often involved with community issues and local politics sent me this email earlier today:
“I just spoke with Environmental Services Director, James Ronga. He confirmed that this is in fact a temporary set up that will be relocated inside the building that is currently under construction (The Berkshire). Inspectors from the department have been in contact with Applied since last week.
Applied has agreed to construct some sort of cover to enclose the area and keep the gates closed except when active loading is taking place. They also agreed to sanitize the area regularly to alleviate the smell.”
Dumping in action…
As a little follow up to bmacqueens comment #32 about the trash compactors crushing the garbage – then being hauled outside…
This seems to be the procedure for all Applied buildings uptown. You know that permanently garbage-stained area near the Starbucks? Same thing! Massive double-body bag sized loads of excess consumerism!
I just wonder how places like 333 River Street were able to keep it all inside nicely, and Applied has to do it all out in the open?
See original reader complaint below…
Hoboken411 reader Tiffanie is a bit miffed by the nauseating smell emanating from this unsightly heap of garbage near the Hudson Tea Building.
“I am a resident of the Hudson Tea building and want to bring awareness to a problem that is causing a lot of grief for the tenants of HTB as well as residents and visitors to Hoboken. About two months ago the Applied Companies erected a temporary garbage dump on their lot, just east of the Hudson Tea Building, and north of their Sovereign building. This garbage dump used to be on the lot that is currently under construction (just west of the Sovereign building).
The main issue is one of access – the dump directly abutts the public access sidewalk that connects the waterfront walkway adjacent to the HTB with the waterfront walkway next to the Sovereign. At best, when the gates are closed (which is not very often), access is available, albeit with an incredibly offensive garbage smell. When the gates are open (which is most of the time), access is blocked – handicap access therefore completely not available – and the public access sidewalk is littered with garbage ranging from overflowing piles of garbage bags to broken glass and other items.
We have raised this with the HTB building management who has reached out to Applied and has only been told (a) that it is temporary – will be moved back to the completed building when it is finished (in 18 months) and (b) that the reason the garbage dump abutts to the sidewalk is that the garbage collectors cannot tread on private property. Regarding (b) – this is a problem which Applied has clearly decided to transfer from themselves to the residents and guests of Hoboken. Additionally, given the dump itself sits on private property, the garbage collectors already have to tread on private property having to go into the dump to get the garbage.
All sounds (and smells) kind of fishy.
Additionally, we have been told – although unsure of the source – that the town has approved Applied doing this. Which seems crazy given the property is not zoned for this.
Please let me know if you have any thoughts or questions. Would be great to get some coverage of this. In parallel, we are sending emails to Beth Mason, the councilwoman for the 2nd ward.”
Another picture from Tiffanie…