12/10/2007 Update:

I just want to clarify (because I was lazy and didn’t want to create a new thread), that this hearing does not have anything specifically to do with NJ Transit’s plans to redevelop the Terminal and Rail Yard. That is a separate issue to be handled by a different planning firm. This hearing tonight is primarily for input to boost economic development in and around the Train Terminal area. A couple years ago Community Development Director Fred Bado applied for a state “Smart Growth” grant to create a “Downtown Transit Oriented Plan” for the area near the terminal. The grant was awarded for $60,000, and this fall the City Council awarded the contract to Heyer Gruel to create an economic development and “strategic merchandising plan.” The public meetings to fight for sane development on the rail yards will come later.

I’ll re-do this a bit later.

12/10/2007:

According to the City Website, tonight’s only meeting in the basement conference room is supposed to be Shade Tree Commission meeting (as I posted 5 minutes ago).

However, there’s an ad in the hardly-read newspapers that advertises a PUBLIC MEETING about the Train Terminal Re-development plan at the same time. The city obviously doesn’t want you to know about this. It’s not on their website as of now.

So here you go, and this will be bumped up again later in afternoon.

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See previous updates after the jump.

1/11/2007 Update:

The Planning Board meets tonight to vote on the designation of the New Jersey Transit rail yards as an “area in need of redevelopment.”

On January 2nd the board held a public hearing on the proposed redevelopment designation. The planner hired by the city explained why he felt the rail yards and train station qualifies as “areas in need of redevelopment” and answered questions from a skeptical public.

In October of 2005 NJ Transit named a development company called LCOR “Master Planner and Developer” for the 65 Acre Hoboken terminal Property.

http://www.njtransit.com/PageAction=PressReleaseTo&PRESS_RELEASE_ID=2032

Since that announcement there have only been rumors about what LCOR and NJ Transit has cooked up for Hoboken. There is great concern that Mayor David Roberts has given the unofficial green light to the construction of high-rise office and condo towers running from the train station straight up Observer Highway.

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Because of the Mayor’s track record on over-development, there is concern the designation of the NJ Transit site as an “area in need of redevelopment” will simply grease the wheels on LCOR’s plans to develop the site, which have yet to be released publicly.

The planning board did not vote on the designation after the public hearing last week because it wanted to review mounds of paperwork submitted by Leah Healey of HobokenParks.org. Ms. Healey received the documents from NJ Transit after filing an Open Public Records Act request for information about NJ Transit’s contracts with LCOR.

The Planning Board is expected to vote on the redevelopment designation at the meeting tonight, and then resume a public hearing on the proposed redevelopment designation for the “Western Edge Study Area.”

The meeting begins tonight at 7pm. Enter City Hall downstairs near the Newark Street entrance.

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11/27/2006:
We had mentioned earlier along with the Westside Redevelopment meeting, that the link on Hoboken’s City Website for more information regarding the Public Hearing involving the NJ Transit Train Terminal project was incorrect.

Well now the city fixed it, and below is the public notice. It’s next Tuesday, December 5th at 7pm.

Also available here: http://hobokennj.org/html/clerk/RedevHTSA.html
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED DESIGNATION OF VARIOUS PROPERTIES COMPRISING THE HOBOKEN TRAIN TERMINAL AND YARD AS AN AREA IN NEED OF REDEVELOPMENT PURSUANT TO N.J.S.A. § 40A:12A-6

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Planning Board of the City of Hoboken will conduct a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5, 2006, in the Conference Room of City Hall (ground floor), 94 Washington Street, Hoboken, New Jersey to determine whether all or part of the area known and designated on the Tax Map of the City of Hoboken as:Block 229, Lots 1 and 2, Block 139, Lots 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2, 3 and 4 is an area in need of redevelopment in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-6.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the proposed area is generally bounded by Henderson Street to the west, the Hoboken municipal boundary line with Jersey City and the Long Slip Canal to the south, the Hudson River to the east, and Hudson Place, Hudson Street and Observer Highway to the north.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that a map showing the boundaries of the proposed redevelopment area and the location of the various parcels of property included therein is on file with and may be inspected at the office of the City Clerk at the City Hall during business hours. A study of the proposed area by the planning firm of Phillips, Preiss, Shapiro Associates, Inc., will be available for inspection. All persons who are interested in or would be affected by a determination of the delineated area as a redevelopment area may participate in the public hearing.