Westside Park Endangered Again!

1/11/2007 Reminder:

This public hearing resumes tonight at City Hall at 7pm. The Planning Board meets downstairs near the Newark Street entrance.

12/13/2006 Update:


Westside Park – High Rise threatens open space


payoffsm - Westside Park Endangered Again!On January 11, 2007 at 7pm, the Planning Board will continue a public hearing to designate eight blocks (11 acres) of the west side a “redevelopment area.” A copy of the study that is the subject of these hearings is on the City’s web site called “Western Edge Study Area”. A large portion of the property the City is trying to declare a redevelopment area is identified in the Hoboken Master Plan for park.

If the 11 acres is designated a redevelopment area, the City will be allowed to condemn the property and go behind closed doors to negotiate with a developer. We have every reason to believe that the City will try to revive its prior deal with Tarragon /URSA (NW Green). You may remember that was the deal where the open space was on top of buildings and the buildings were 12 stories!!! Sound familiar?

Public Hearing TODAY, November 20, 2006 – Please attend!

Click the map to see the city’s PDF.

In their usual fashion the City is holding a very important hearing right before Thanksgiving hoping no one will notice. You may recall that Hoboken Parks Organization beat back a prior redevelopment deal (NW Green) struck between the City and Tarragon / URSA for this same area. That deal attempted to build high rises on six acres of park land identified in the Master Plan.

Before you stuff the turkey, please come defend the parks! Here is the info on the hearing:

westmasterplanmaptiny - Westside Park Endangered Again!The Planning Board of the City of Hoboken will conduct a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 20, 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 92, Lots 1.1, 1.2, 1.11 and 1.12,
Block 93, Lots 1 through 32,
Block 97, Lots 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.2, 6.3 and 7 through 22.2,
Block 101, Lot 1.1,
Block 105, Lot 1.1,
Block 106, Lots 1 through 32,
Block 111, Lots 2 through 14.1, and
Block 112, Lots 1 through 32, which is generally located along the western edge of the City between Ninth Street and Fourteenth Street, is an area in need of redevelopment in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-6. The proposed area is compromised of eight blocks (in whole or in part) located immediately south of the Fourteenth Street viaduct and running along or near the City’s western boundary as follows: Beginning at the intersection of the viaduct and the western boundary, then east to Jefferson Street, then southward one block to Thirteenth Street, then west to Madison Street, then south to Twelfth Street, then west to Monroe Street, then south to Ninth Street, then west to the City’s boundary with Union City, then northerly along said boundary to the point of beginning.


The City website also lists a “public” hearing for the train terminal and yard, yet the link for the “public” hearing has been wrong since it went up last week. Where is it? When?

trainstationincorrect - Westside Park Endangered Again!

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Friday, December 29, 2006 10:20 am

Just walked past the park the corner of Madison and Third and it was being torn up. Anyone know what the plan is for it?

Red Haven
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Thursday, December 14, 2006 1:53 pm

[quote comment=”6332″]doesn’t the link being wrong for a week and this nasty habit of throwing ‘surprise’ meetings constitute a pattern of deceitful practice by Hoboken’s current administration?[/quote]

emarche — Deceitful, yes. Illegal, probably not. The standards are pretty low around here.

krewedetat — The Northwest does have a parks organization… it’s HobokenParks.org who have been figting against the Ursa/Tarragon plan for high-rises in this very zone. They are spending a ton of money fighting High-Rise Roberts and Ursa/Tarragon in court. They need and deserve all of our support in this fight. Without HobokenParks.org the city never would have moved forward to purchase 1600 Park Avenue.

Of course, since purchasing the property Roberts has done nothing to actually develop it into a park. It will be on posters for years as “coming soon,” just like Pier C park. You are more likely to see Frank Sinatra playing frisbee at Pier A than you are to see Pier C built with Roberts in charge.

Thursday, December 14, 2006 12:52 pm

Given the backroom deal that Water Music pulled that netted them 12 stories, things do not look good here. The Southwest is lucky to have an organized community group fighting for open space; we need the same here — this area was earmarked for active recreational space (like playing fields) when the Master Plan was drafted. But then again, this administration routinely ignores the recommendations of the Master Plan, not to mention the needs of the community for some light and air.

Monday, November 20, 2006 10:58 am

A public notice in the November 13th Jersey Journal stated that the Hoboken Planning Board will be considering the proposed designation of the Hoboken train terminal and yard as an area in need of redevelopment at a meeting to be held on December 5th at 7pm.

My understanding is that NJ Transit can pretty much do as it pleases without need for input or approval from City Hall. I’m not quite sure what the city’s intentions are here.

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