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.

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6 Comments on "Hoboken Housing Redevelopment Plan"

4th Ward Guardian
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4th Ward Guardian

So who’s writing the 700 million dollar check to make this happen? My guess is nobody. I hope the HHA didn’t spend good money paying Dean Marchetto to draw this up. He doesn’t work cheap and I doubt he did it pro bono. Elevators in the projects don’t work and locks are broken, but the HHA is spending money on a pipe dream. No doubt there are some good ideas here, but it’s never getting built. Too bad.

camel2
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camel2

Definite pipe dream, more like a publicity stunt.[quote comment=”207211″]So who’s writing the 700 million dollar check to make this happen? My guess is nobody. I hope the HHA didn’t spend good money paying Dean Marchetto to draw this up. He doesn’t work cheap and I doubt he did it pro bono. Elevators in the projects don’t work and locks are broken, but the HHA is spending money on a pipe dream. No doubt there are some good ideas here, but it’s never getting built. Too bad.[/quote]

bradski
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bradski

This will never see the light of day. Not even after the year 2020.

YipYap
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Ho Humm – Gearing up for HUD approvals with an award, almost and astrotuf campaign. Is is stamped with a green thumb LEED certified as well? What are the chances this project will even be completed? I gather they are applying for FHA funding and HUD Grants because only taxpayer financed projects would be willing to take on such a risky development?

Here is an recent interesting Washington Post investigation into Developer shenanigans.

washingtonpost.com/investigations/a...ed/2011/03/14/AFWelh3G_story_1.html

HomeTeam
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HomeTeam

“social upward migration” sounds like Hudson County code for “Move ’em all out. Throw tons of money at our buddies to build this thing that will be 3-400x over budget. Move a few of ’em back in and then charge market rates for the units where people didn’t return.”

jonsie
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jonsie

Looks nice and all, but where would you put the families displaced during construction?

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