Monday, December 14, 2015

5 plans for consideration in Rebuild by Design project for Hudson River

Hoboken is seeking public input on five proposed concept plans as part of the major infrastructure effort for the Mile Square City, Jersey City and Weehawken in the Rebuild by Design's Hudson River project.

The effort is of major importance and public feedback is sought. Here's the meetings set for this week for a first hand look and discussion with your neighbors:

1) Drop-in session #1: Monday, December 14, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Hoboken Historical Museum (1301 Hudson Street)

2) Drop-in session #2: Tuesday, December 15, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: St. Lawrence Church (22 Hackensack Avenue, Weehawken)

3) Drop-in session #3: Thursday, December 17, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Hoboken Housing Authority (221 Jackson Street)

Five plans are up for consideration for public feedback with the objective seeking to offset future scenarios as seen here after Hurrican Sandy. 


From the NJ DEP website:

The proposed project takes a multi-faceted approach intended to address flooding from both major storm surges and high tides as well as from heavy rainfall events. The Proposed Project will occur throughout the City of Hoboken, and will extend into Weehawken and Jersey City, with the following approximate boundaries: the Hudson River to the east; Baldwin Avenue (in Weehawken) to the north; the Palisades to the west; and 18th Street, Washington Boulevard and 14th Street (in Jersey City) to the south. 
The project’s comprehensive approach to resilience consists of four integrated components:
  1. Resist:  a combination of  hard infrastructure (such as bulkheads, floodwalls and seawalls) and soft landscaping features (such as berms and/or levees which could be used as parks) that act as barriers along the coast during exceptionally high tide and/or storm surge events;
  2. Delay: policy recommendations, guidelines and urban green infrastructure to slow stormwater runoff;
  3. Store: green and grey infrastructure improvements, such as bioretention basins, swales, and green roofs, that slow down and capture stormwater, and which will complement the efforts of the City of Hoboken’s existing Green Infrastructure Strategic Plan; and
  4. Discharge: enhancements to Hoboken’s existing stormwater management system, including the identification and upgrading of existing stormwater/sewer lines, outfalls and pumping stations. 

Details of the five proposals are available here: