Tower plans nixed at Union Dry Dock
High Rise Plan withdrawn
FYI – Larry Bijou, the managing partner of Bijou Properties has withdrawn their request to build this proposed development at the Union Dry Dock facility. Contributing to the decision was the “concern expressed by the community.”
In other words, thank you Hoboken411 readers for putting the Kibosh on yet another waterfront eye sore!
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Application filed for four 12-story riverfront towers
Just when you thought there was no more riverfront property to develop in Hoboken…
Developer Larry Bijou and his partners have filed an application to request the Hoboken Zoning Board of Adjustment grant a boatload of variances to build four 12-story towers on the site of Union Dry Dock (which ironically just received a lot of economic stimulus from the State – Hmmm)
Located southwest of Maxwell Place and Elysian Park on Sinatra Drive, this site is the last vestige of Hoboken’s working waterfront. The application seeks permission to build four residential towers with 148 apartments, a 192 space parking garage and 9,859 square feet of retail/commercial space. The plan includes a “Maritime Museum” space for an unspecified curator.
Big variances required for use and height
According to the Hoboken Zoning Code, the zone the Union Dry Dock property is in only allows Educational, Public Recreation, or Marine Facility uses. Bijou is asking for a use variance to allow a mixed-use development. Buildings in this zone are only allowed to rise as high as 35 feet, or 2.5 stories. Bijou wants variances to build 137 feet to the top of the elevator core, or 12 stories.
Bijou rejects the Marchetto-ization of Hoboken
The design of the towers by edgy NYC firm shop Architects includes a unique-to-Hoboken cantilevered effect to maximize the number of units. Bijou’s last project was the well-received Garden Street Lofts, and he’s known for building truly Green Leed-Certified projects. Bijou has a lot of good faith in town, but he’s clearly testing the limits with this plan. He most recently received variances to build a brand new high-rise where Park-on-Park is now located between 14th and 15th streets. The 1415 Park project was approved with the stipulation it will include space for a Charter School, but the waiting continues.
The “Hoboken Dry Docks” plan was filed a few weeks ago with the Zoning Board. There is a big backup of applications, so no word yet on when a hearing on this proposal will be held.
What do you think? Will the ship come in for this 4-tower proposal or will it sink before it makes port?
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