STATEMENT FROM MAYOR ZIMMER ON PLANNING BOARD’S DECISION TO DENY MONARCH PROJECT APPLICATION
On July 10, 2012, the Hoboken Planning Board voted to deny without prejudice Shipyard Associate’s application for the Monarch project, which involves the construction of two 10-story buildings on a pier in the Hudson River east of the Hudson Tea Building, despite a development agreement which included the construction of tennis courts and other pier amenities. The City filed a lawsuit in March, 2012 to compel Shipyard Associates to construct the previously-agreed upon amenities.
“I am very pleased with the Planning Board’s decision to deny the application for the Monarch project,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “The actions of our special counsel hired by the City to defend our community’s interests were critical to this decision. This is a temporary stop to the process depending on the outcome of our court case, so the fight to protect our waterfront is not over. However the turnout last night was proof that our community takes this issue very seriously, and I will continue to do everything in my power to protect the treasure of our City.”
As indicated in the letters from the City’s lawyers, Shipyard Associates has a right to re-file their application pending the outcome of the litigation.
The public documents provided below provide an overview of the City’s legal case to date and include the complaint filed by the City. The counterclaim by Shipyard Associates will be posted to the City website on Thursday, July 12. Letters of communication between the City and Planning Board’s lawyers requesting that the Planning Board application be dismissed as well as the response from Shipyard Associate’s lawyers are also included.
The City has also requested a hearing through the Office of Administrative Law of the DEP decision approving Shipyard’s permit application. To date, a decision has not been made as to whether a hearing will be granted.