Willow Terrace Eyesore!

11/13/2009:

What is that thing?

Now that elections are finally over – I can finally cover this situation in Hoboken (you know, while we often say “the mile square” city – it’s still over 35 million square feet – and a bit tough for one guy to handle…)

Anyway, over the past few weeks, Hoboken411 has received countless emails about this “modern” Real Estate development on Willow Terrace across from the A&P Supermarket. Almost all readers were a bit taken back at the “out of character” look of the building, and how in the world it was even allowed – citing “historic preservation” and all that nonsense.

However, one particular reader was more concerned with the complete apathy nearby residents had – essentially allowing this eyesore of a project to be built in front of their eyes.

Resident dropped ball – didn’t care enough

“Most people tend to think that someone else will solve their problems, in this case that ugly home on Willow Terrace. Neighbors know fully well that WT is outside of the city’s historic districts, and not under the jurisdiction of the Preservation Committee. The ZBA made the call on this project, and aren’t held under the law to maintain consistency with more traditional design.

The owners who live within 200 feet had the sole responsibility to speak out regarding this project. They all received certified legal notices about the Zoning application, and could have protested the application during the hearing. Even if just half the neighbors showed up, it wouldn’t have been approved in it’s current form.

Even if they were late to the game, they still had a chance to appeal the board’s decision – but they chose instead to complain and bitch about it after the fact. After all, it is easier, right?

So if your readers try blaming the city for this mess, tell them to re-direct their anger towards those that could have easily prevented it!”

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76 Comments on "Willow Terrace Eyesore!"

dunotar
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dunotar

It would seem that the ZBA was asleep at the till on this one – it’s their purview, not the historic commission’s.

Local zoning requires structures to be built of a HUGE percentage of masonry – not wood. Another example of more variances for the well-connected bestowed by the ill-informed and uneducated.

Good urban architecture is all about context and this can be used as a textbook example in architectural school of what not to do in a tiny village. These townhouses don’t exist in a vacuum. This is a royal FU design statement to the neighborhood and the city from an architect (& his client)with huge egos and apparent connections to the code officials as referenced in post # 67. Expect to see more of it.

a_siren
Member
I am a WT resident, and I too thought this was another example of a FU design statement to the neighborhood. Ah well. And no, not all neighbors within 200 feet got notice. I did not. My understanding is the architect and the client here are one and the same. I haven’t met him yet though. There are some beautiful houses on WT, and there are some that need work. Every street in Hoboken has places that need work. All in all WT has been a wonderful place to live. The neighbors are typically friendly, keep an eye out for each other, and the ambience is charming. Also, the location couldn’t be more convenient to the A&P and to the 126 bus on Willow/Clinton. In response to dunotar who said: It would seem that the ZBA was asleep at the till on this one – it’s their purview, not the historic commission’s. Local zoning requires structures to be built of a HUGE percentage of masonry – not wood. Another example of more variances for the well-connected bestowed by the ill-informed and uneducated. Good urban architecture is all about context and this can be used as a textbook example in architectural school of what not to do in a tiny village. These townhouses don’t exist in a vacuum. This is a royal FU design statement to the neighborhood and the city from an architect (& his client)with huge egos and apparent connections to the code officials as referenced in post #… Read more »
lady411
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lady411

To call it an eyesore is extreme. It would be much more of a travesty if it were finished like the hundreds of other developments in Hoboken. I understand that some close minded people fear the unknown, but open your mind. Modern art/architecture is often criticised, but it is the bold artists and designers that push the envelope who change perception and advance culture.

HoboDev
Member
HoboDev

Historic District-NOT, most of those places look terrible, sometimes history should not be repeated! It’s there and it’s much better than the original derelict that stood there.

DavidsSling
Member
DavidsSling

The issue is this is a historical section – they must get approval from the Historic Preservation Commission – this is the second modern building that was allowed and I am sure neither of them went through proper procedure because they do not fit in with the character of Willow Terrace. But Hoboken does not follow the law

I like the building -just not there

homeworld
Member

Unfortunately this area is located in the Central Hoboken
Historic District, an area only deemed an “Eligible Historic District,” therefore not under the jurisdiction of the Historic Preservation Commission.

The Historic Preservation Commission is only for the Southern Hoboken Historic District and specific buildings outside of that District.

In response to DavidsSling who said:
The issue is this is a historical section – they must get approval from the Historic Preservation Commission – this is the second modern building that was allowed and I am sure neither of them went through proper procedure because they do not fit in with the character of Willow Terrace. But Hoboken does not follow the law

I like the building -just not there

plywood
Member
plywood

Aw, c’mon, in Hoboken they shoot people just to watch’em die.

yourbrainondrugs
Member
yourbrainondrugs

Be fair that hasnt happened since 2008..

In response to plywood who said:
Aw, c’mon, in Hoboken they shoot people just to watch’em die.

plywood
Member
plywood

Oh that’s right that last guy pulled through, but he’ll never play the violin again

In response to yourbrainondrugs who said:
Be fair that hasnt happened since 2008..

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