Start spreading the Garden Street Mews!
Ugly fence replaced with metal posts at 14th & Garden
For years, the entrance of 14th & Garden was blocked off by a rickety chain link fence. Last week, workers replaced it with permanent steel bollards encased in concrete.
This is the beginning of what will eventually be Garden Street Mews, a pedestrian mall complete with retail stores and more.
Garden Street Mews gets first phase approval in Hoboken
Many residents are wondering what the deal is with Garden Street uptown between 14th & 15th Streets. They see a smooth road (and parking spots), and wonder if it’ll even become a working road.
Well, for one thing – if you look at this Hoboken411 post from two years ago – you can see that this stretch of road was never really an official street. But rather just the loading dock entrance to what is now the Garden Street Lofts.
(See plans, renderings and current photos above)
Pedestrian Plaza coming instead
Developer / Architect Dean Marchetto wanted to transform this area into a welcoming pedestrian mall, complete with trees and benches. He received approval for “Phase 1” of this project earlier this month.
Phase 1 consists of the southern portion of this stretch (about the distance from 14th Street to the beginning of the walkways behind both buildings).
Phase 2 has not been submitted for approval yet – but will incorporate the space between Garden Street Lofts and the CVS/NYSC building – as well as the northern portion of this street.
The second phase also revolves around the renovation of the 1415 Park Avenue Garage (currently Park on Park – and the former home of United States Testing years ago). It will supposedly have additional ground-level retail spaces to complement the pedestrian piazza. Figure that next phase is likely a couple years out.
Do you prefer a pedestrian mall? Or is a working roadway better?