Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Councilman Mike DeFusco: 'Let's use Lackawanna Terminal now'

From the desk of Councilman Mike DeFusco:


Councilman DeFusco proposes interim use at 109-year-old Hoboken Terminal 

Hoboken Councilman Mike DeFusco will introduce an ordinance to expedite temporary usable space at the historic Lackawanna Terminal. 

“The redevelopment process takes a significant amount of time and I don’t want our historic terminal to sit underutilized, potentially for decades, when we can make the building productive now,” said DeFusco.  “On the terminal’s second floor, there’s a sprawling area where artist galleries and a European-style market can flourish; and, just outside, a blighted parking lot where food kiosks and green space could naturally coexist.”
Retail, art galleries, and sidewalk kiosks are all permitted under the approved 2015 redevelopment plan and the councilman’s ordinance aims to expedite these uses, on a temporary and conditional basis, while redevelopment planning continues.

“Having such a grand, centrally located, building sit underutilized as the legalities of the development process carry on is of no benefit to our community,” according to DeFusco.  “We need to make it easy for business to thrive in downtown Hoboken and I believe with City Council support, our terminal can be the next Chelsea Market or Reading Terminal Market.”

Built in 1907, Lackawanna Terminal is the second largest transit hub in New Jersey and is owned and operated by New Jersey Transit.  The proposed ordinance is being fleshed out in Council’s southern development subcommittee and will be introduced to the full council in late spring. 
For more information: Mike4Hoboken@yahoo.com


First Ward Councilman Mike Defusco seen here being sworn-in last January proposes the underutilized Lackawanna Terminal be used now, offering a temporary plan.