City Council Meeting tonight 9/20/2006
Yet another round of big bucks borrowing is on the agenda for the Hoboken City council tonight, along with more on the proposed Movie Theater and the New York Dolls.
10 MILLION DOLLAR BOND ISSUE
Mayor David Roberts is asking the council to approve yet another Bond Issue, this time for 10 million dollars.
The Ordinance says the money will “Provide for the Acquisition of and Improvements to Various Parcels of Land and Other Related Expenses.” It does not specify what those parcels would be, or what they would be used for. That will likely be explained at the meeting.
PURCHASE OF LAND
The Mayor is also asking the Council to authorize him to “Enter into negotiations and actually purchase land known as 730-732 Grand Street and 727-733 Adams Street.” The ordinance says the purchase price is “not to exceed 4 million dollars.”
The Federal Government owns the property, and is looking to sell it after spending 35 million dollars to clean it up. It’s the site of a former Mercury Vapor lighting factory which was converted to condos, and then demolished.
Now that the site is clean, and Hoboken real estate is hot, the Feds want to auction it off to recoup some of their losses. Roberts wants to build a “centralized public safety facility” for the Police and Fire departments on the site. 3rd Ward Councilman Michael Russo has been promoting another plan, which would include senior housing and assisted living.
Russo suggests building a central command center in one of the less developed areas of town, such as the Northwest or Southwest areas. For one thing, the land would be cheaper there.
Building a central police facility elsewhere would give Roberts the green light to upzone the current Police Station on Hudson Street before selling it off to a developer to help fill future budget gaps.
MOVIE THEATRE ORDINANCE
Roberts also put an ordinance on the agenda to grease the wheels for his developer buddies at Ursa/Tarragon to build a movie theater next to new condos in the Northwest Redevelopment Zone. The ordinance would amend the redevelopment plan to remove the requirement that Ursa be forced to provide one parking space per four movie theater seats. Instead they will be allowed to build the theater with no parking whatsoever. This saves them big bucks.
The theater is to be built on the end of a block facing the 14th Street Viaduct. Neighborhood opposition is building to the plan, which would likely attract youths and teens from elsewhere to hang out in this up-and-coming residential area. That’s not what the new residents signed on for.
The building will likely take 100 percent lot coverage and be up to 60 feet (six stories) tall, according to the ordinance. If approved on first reading tonight, public hearings will be held on the borrowing and theater ordinances at the next meeting.
NEW YORK DOLLS
The Council will also award a contract in the amount of $12,000 to the New York Dolls, who will perform at the Hoboken Arts and Music Festival. Who are the New York Dolls, you ask?
They are a cross-dressing 70’s underground punk band best known for lead singer David Johansen.
For those who don’t even know Johansen, he is perhaps best known as “Buster Poindexter” (Hot Hot Hot!), or perhaps the taxi driver in the Bill Murray movie “Scrooged.”
Caucus begins at 6pm, with the meeting underway at 7pm.