Monday, July 28, 2014

Western Edge to take another shot at redevelopment

City of Hoboken announces:

Western Edge Redevelopment Plan

Western-Edge

Public Meeting

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Multi Service Center conference room
124 Grand Street, Hoboken, NJ

Survey

Description & History

In 2006, pursuant to the NJ Local Redevelopment and Housing Law and per the direction of the Hoboken City Council, an investigation was prepared and a public hearing was held by the Planning Board, which recommended that the Western Edge study area qualified as an Area in Need of Redevelopment. Based on the findings of the report, adoption of the delineated Redevelopment Area boundaries was effectuated by the City Council in July 2007.
A draft redevelopment plan was prepared for the City in September 2008. The draft plan, however, was met with significant public resistance because it did not incorporate the residents’ concerns. Major criticisms of the plan included the excessive height of the buildings, inadequate amount and location of open space, and the lack of a cohesive plan for a community center. As a result, the draft plan was never adopted. A revised plan, prepared in September 2010, was presented to City Council, but also was not adopted due to concern with the types and square footage of uses proposed.
The City Council, as the redevelopment agency for the municipality, requested the preparation of a market analysis of the uses proposed in the September 2010 draft in order to address the public’s and City Council’s concerns. It was expected that the market analysis would assist the City in revising the Western Edge Redevelopment Plan to ensure the long term success of the development of this area. Although the market analysis was drafted in 2011, due to unanticipated circumstances at the time it was not finalized and the redevelopment plan was not revised.
The City is now in the process of revising and adopting a redevelopment plan for the Western Edge. The planning and engineering firm Maser Consulting was selected to prepare the redevelopment plan in late May 2014 and the consultant started work on the project in June 2014. A public meeting is scheduled for August 20, 2014.

Talking Ed Note: Several years ago, a plan to develop the Western Edge did not get off the ground after an economic study emerged and inertia took hold with the lack of public support. Now another effort is underway requesting public input in the survey link atop the official release. 
The Western Edge of Hoboken is one of three major area facing critical questions on how to move forward. The other two are the continuing discussions with NJ Transit downtown and the northwest, recently in the news where a private plan for a bowling and music entertainment center failed to obtain zoning board approval for a mixed use development with hundreds of residential units.