Bijou to bring more parks to Hoboken
Developer Bijou proposes more Hoboken parks
When the folks at Hoboken City Hall can’t even screw in a light bulb, let alone make progress with parks in our fair city – you sometimes have to rely on private enterprises to pick up the slack. In this instance it’s top developer Larry Bijou of Bijou Properties.
Bijou owns the parcels of land at 700 Monroe Street, as well as the famed Pino site that the city was originally going to move the messy Municipal Garage to. The story on Hoboken411 put an end to that ridiculous idea that would have ruined that neighborhood.
What Bijou is looking to do is build a modest 14-unit building at 700 Monroe (along with a 90 spot automated garage) – however, he needs to transfer the zoning rights from the Pino site across the street in order for that to happen.
In exchange, he’d donate the Pino property to the city for the sole purpose of building a new park for residents to enjoy. Great out of the box thinking from a smart, savvy businessman with high standards for development – an example the city should learn from, that’s for sure.
Instead we have Dawn Zimmer – who said a SW Park was her first priority. Where are we seven years later? We have a better chance of a developer downtown providing open space before you see a blade of grass from the city. Par for the course these days!
Kudos to the guys at Bijou, who are certainly bettering Hoboken with their sensible developments such as the Garden Street Lofts, Edge Lofts, the upcoming 1415 Park Place and this park in the near future. Way to go!