Friday, January 24, 2014

Hudson County Superior Court green lights controversial Monarch Project

Mayor Zimmer and Council action against development on piers may impact decision

Yesterday development controversy hit the other side of the Mile Square City uptown with the report from the pro Old Guard rag, the Hudson Reporter.  The paper cheerily announced a court decision paving the way for building two towers uptown  known as the Monarch Project.

Originally part of Applied, the development firm called IronState won a ruling in Hudson Superior Court based on incongruity on the Planning Board.  Some of the details on how the Planning Board failed in its review process are not clear.

The Hudson Reporter, founded by the Barry family who have held major development influence and building over decades  had an inside track on the story and immediately went to publish news of the court decision before another possible legal problem looms with recent legislation from Mayor Zimmer was passed by the City Council last year.  

That legislation coordinated at the State level is designed so municipalities maintain control over pier development.

It's unclear with this breaking story if that legislation passed will be the final roadblock to either the demise of the Monarch Project or inert to the development breaking ground.

The proposed location of the Monarch Project towers was originally agreed for tennis courts and parking - with approvals for development by Applied under the direction of the Barry family.

Talking Ed Note: Just another example of how developers will run over the will of the community and even the local governing bodies if given the chance.

The Monarch Project came to light when local residents became concerned and reached out to Councilwoman Beth Mason and City Hall.  Mason ignored the communication while the mayor's office began the fight bringing Hoboken to another development battle where it stands today.


The BoE announces:

Every year, public school districts across the country go through an annual January-to-
March process of preparing budgets for the next fiscal year. In many communities, the
school district is often one of the larger financial enterprises and its budget is the focus of
much community scrutiny and debate as districts seek to strike the right balance between
the needs of the schools and the concerns of taxpayers. Hoboken is such a community.
This year, the Hoboken Board of Education will hold a community forum on Tuesday,
January 28, at 7 pm in the Hoboken Junior Senior High School auditorium. 

Although the budget itself is still being developed by the school administrators and will not be formally
presented to the school board and the public until March, the district invites the Hoboken
community to attend this first-time-ever forum to learn more about the process,
understand the many regulations under which the budget is constructed, get up to speed
on the latest state laws as they apply to public school funding and budgets, get a feel for
some of the challenges facing the district in the coming year, and hear answers to a
variety of frequently asked questions about our district public schools and where the
money is being spent.

In the meantime, community members can begin to participate in the budget process by
sending an email to Questions and comments will
be incorporated into Tuesday evening’s presentation.