The Hoboken Planning Board meeting to review the Monarch at the Shipyard application has been re-scheduled for the final time. This last re-scheduling secured a special meeting and a large enough venue to hold all the residents opposed to this project. The meeting is now scheduled for 7pm on Thursday, June 14, 2012 in the Wallace School gymnasium at 1100 Willow Avenue. This special Planning Board meeting will only have the Monarch project on the docket. It is incredibly important that you come out and show your displeasure with the overdevelopment of our neighborhood. This remains the most important meeting in our fight and gives us the opportunity to be heard by our local city officials. As a reminder, Applied Development made a commitment (and signed a Developer's Agreement) to the city of Hoboken in 1997 to put in much needed public space as part of the city’s approval for their original residential project. Now that all 1,160 residential units are complete and occupied, Shipyard Associates has come back and is trying to amend the original application with the goal to residentially develop this last plot of land rather than provide the promised open space. They should not be able to get away with this.
In other good news, counsel for the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders decided to not hear Shipyard's appeal of the Hudson County Planning Board's rejection of their application. Instead, she stated the Freeholders will simply uphold the Planning Board's rejection. We believe Shipyard Associates will ultimately bring this action to the courts to decide, but this is another victory for our group.
Please let us know if you have any questions and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday, June 14th at 7pm.
--Hoboken Residents for a Public Waterfront
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