Hoboken Garage contents strewn everywhere!
Public street still littered with filth
Even though they “rescinded” the Clinton Street designation for the Municipal Garage headache at this week’s city council meeting – the street is still being used as a “satellite” portion for city operations.
Dumpsters, street cleaners, signal and traffic, back-ho’s, and a garbage truck that one Hoboken411 reader said “the keys were left inside!” (I’m sure if the transit vehicle thief gets out on bail – he’ll know where to go next!)
By placing these dumpsters on paved surfaces, damage was certainly done to an already shoddy road. Additionally, “juice” from the garbage truck was so vile and toxic, they needed speedi-dri to soak it up. Yuck!
See other locations the city has decided to house their equipment after the jump!
Resident parking lost, City assets left unguarded
If you believed Mayor Dawn Zimmer when she said the city could seamlessly move its central garage operations up to 1714 Willow Avenue, here’s a wake-up call. Stuff that used to be at the Municipal Garage on Observer Highway has been scattered across Hoboken and Weehawken. The old facility took up an acre of land. The new one is a fraction of that size, so stuff is strewn everywhere. Here’s a look at where it is today.
Location #1 – the old Muni Garage!
Sure, Zimmer showed up for a late Friday afternoon “photo-op” to leave you with the false impression she made the deadline to vacate, but guess what? There’s still stuff left on the old site!
55-gallon drums of lord-knows-what remain inside the gates on a property Environmental Services Director Jennifer Wenson-Maier promised would be “broom-clean” by last Thursday. Seven city vehicles remain parked on the sidewalk around the garage, with five others parked just off the curb. These have signs like “Out of Service” and “No Brakes, Keeps Stalling” in their windows. It’s going to be hard to get them fixed a mile and a half away from the new garage! Take a look for yourself:
Location #2 – Clinton Street, with resident parking removed!
What’s that smell on Clinton Street north of 16th? Why, it’s Hoboken dumpsters and garbage trucks full of stinky trash! Zimmer had signs put up taking resident parking away so open containers of trash and tires, trucks, buses and heavy equipment can be stored on the street. Aside from the smell and loss of parking there is a question of SECURITY. The city now has open roll-off containers available to anyone who wants to drive up and dump whatever into them. There’s nobody up there watching these things! They used to be behind locked gates under the watchful eye of city employees. Now it’s out in the open with nobody around! Do you see where this is going?
Location #3 –Weehawken!
Contrary to the Mayor’s statements, Hoboken IS storing winter roadsalt, vehicles and equipment on land in Weehawken.
Some of our stuff is sitting where Gennaro’s nightclub used to be. This property is privately owned and there’s been no disclosure of any lease or legal agreement allowing Hoboken to stick salt and equipment there. Weehawken’s Zoning Board approved a high-rise building plan on the site, but the owners have yet to break ground. Also technically within Weehawken’s borders is most of the area under the Willow Avenue bridge where many Hoboken Vehicles are now parked. Again, these vehicles used to be safely behind a locked gate when not in use. Now they’re on a public street. In the last photo you can see the new Hoboken garage is in a neighborhood with residential development, with apartments on the same block.
Location #4 – Hoboken Police HQ
Containers have also been dropped onto the parking lot north of Hoboken Police Headquarters on Hudson Street. I’ll spare you photos of that, but you get the drift here: stuff is all over the place, and quite a bit of it is unsecured and unsupervised.
Hoboken411 will continue to bring you the facts about this debacle as it continues to unfold.