Hoboken Housing Redevelopment Plan
Plans for revitalizing Hoboken Housing Projects recognized
The Hoboken Housing Authority and Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects and Planners have been selected as a recipient of the New Jersey Future 2011 Smart Growth Award in honor of the Hoboken Housing Authority Vision 20/20 Plan.
The Vision 20/20 Plan highlights the housing agency’s potential and opportunity for transformation and sustainability. The completion of the NJ Transit Hudson Bergen Light Rail combined with the development of luxury housing nearby creates an ideal environment for a full transformation of the public housing complex. Instead of an isolationist view for the Housing Authority, public housing would become a part of the greater Hoboken community. The plan combines a vibrant and healthy neighborhood with pedestrian-friendly retail, civic, recreational and educational uses that would provide our residents with opportunities for growth and a higher overall standard of living.
“The Vision 20/20 Plan demonstrates the limitless possibilities for public housing residents,” said Carmelo Garcia, executive director, Hoboken Housing Authority. “We are offering our residents a design that allows for social upward migration. This has been a dream that we can make a reality.”
“Our partnership with the Hoboken Housing Authority has created a plan which is designed to blend Hoboken’s public housing into the look and feel of the community eliminating the stigma often associated with public housing,” said Dean Marchetto founding principal, Marchetto Higgins Stieve.
Other organizations being honored include: Bailey Corner, Pilesgrove/Woodstown, for Creative Inter-Municipal Affordable Housing; Bayshore Recycling Complex, Woodbridge, for Innovative Industrial Sustainability; Byram Village Center, Byram, for New Town Center Plan; The Cracker Factory, Trenton, for Historic District Redevelopment; Duke Farms, Hillsborough, for Environmental Stewardship and Education; Firehouse Apartments, Madison, for Inclusionary Infill Redevelopment; James G. Gilbert, for the Cary Edwards Leadership Award.
The 2011 Smart Growth Awards will be held Thursday, June 9, from 5:30 to 8pm at the Newark Club, One Newark Center, 22nd Floor, Newark. The ceremony will also feature a retrospective of some of the 60-plus projects and teams that won awards in each of the previous years. New Jersey Natural Gas and Tyco are supporting the event as 10th anniversary sponsors.