Thursday, October 8, 2015

Councilman Tim Occhipinti announces progress on added open space

The Tim Occhipinti campaign for City Council announces:




Friends and Neighbors,

Several years ago we came together advocating to Mayor Zimmer and the City Council to turn the vacant lots at 1st and Jackson Street into new open space in our neighborhood. At that time we submitted a petition with over 400 resident's signatures at a Council meeting.

For the last several years I have been advocating to Mayor Zimmer and my council colleagues to acquire these vacant properties. At times our idea met resistance; however, I never stopped advocating for new open space as this is a major quality of life issue for our neighborhood. Through the years, I continued the conversation with Mayor Zimmer and my council colleagues continually pushing for these properties.

Today, I'm excited to report the city has negotiated a twenty-year easement agreement with the property owner creating new open space in our neighborhood! The city also has an option to purchase the property at market rate plus $1. 

Last night, the Council voted on this agreement by passing the first reading of an ordinance.

I urge you to come out and voice your support for this twenty-year easement agreement as the Council will need to pass the agreement on second reading at our next meeting on Wednesday, October 21 at 7pm at City Hall.

In the near future the city will begin a public planning process to program this open space. Perhaps a new community garden is just what the neighborhood needs.

I'd like to thank Mayor Zimmer, Corporation Counsel Alysia Proko, and my council colleagues for working together to bring us new open space in the 4th Ward! 
  
Vacant Lots at 1st & Jackson Street to become Open Space

As part of the negotiated agreement, the property owner is required to demolish the vacant burned-out building within six months. We are requesting that an aesthetically pleasing fence be constructed surrounding the property.
Vacant Burned-Out Building

I respectfully ask for your continued support and that you vote on Tuesday, Nov. 3 to re-elect me as your 4th Ward council representative. 
I would like the opportunity to finish what I have started. Hoboken is my home, and all of my neighbors in the 4th Ward are my family.

 
Best, 
Tim Occhipinti
4th Ward Councilman