As you may have noticed, Hudson County has begun construction to repair the collapse on Sinatra Drive North. This work is expected to last several months. We are aware of noise and vibration concerns both to residents and nearby businesses, which unfortunately are unavoidable during this type of major construction. However we are sensitive to those concerns and are in regular discussions with the County so that disruptions due to construction are minimized or scheduled to be least disruptive.
Some residents have expressed concern about the structural integrity of their buildings. While it is our understanding based on information from engineers that the foundation of the buildings are independent of the roadway, we have asked for Applied to provide this information in writing, and we will forward this information when we receive it. Toll Brothers provided a letter from their engineer with regard to the Hudson Tea Building (Follow this link to view their letter: http://hobokennj.org/docs/waterfront/Toll-Brothers-Engineering-Memo.pdf).
I am very glad to report that at last night's City Council meeting, the Council unanimously agreed with my Administration's request for funding to conduct an underwater investigation with divers of our entire waterfront -- both public and private properties. I believe it is critical that our City engineer have firsthand information so that we can ensure the safety of our community. Divers have already inspected portions of the lower section of the waterfront, and as a result, we are reopening a small section south of Pier A that was previously closed as a precaution. Divers will begin inspecting the waterfront around the Hudson Tea Building shortly.
I thank the residents who attended the community meeting on Sunday, and we will also be holding an additional meeting on Monday, November 22nd. The location and time will be announced shortly on our website, or if you would like to sign up for updates from City Hall or you are unable to attend but have questions or concerns, you may email email@example.com.
Thank you for your patience and support as we work to keep our community safe.
Mayor Dawn Zimmer