Willow Terrace Eyesore!
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!”