Dear 2nd Ward and Hoboken Neighbors –
Tonight (11/14) at the City Council Meeting at 7pm at 94 Washington St., there is an important vote on a potential settlement for the two litigations that the City has been involved in relating to the proposed Monarch project and the proposed 800 Monroe project. I will not be voting nor participating in deliberations or public discussions concerning the settlement at the meeting because I am conflicted.
I urge all of you to read up on the settlement agreement (it is not that long) and attend the Monday meeting and / or send an email to the City Council and the Mayor expressing your views. I have listed at the bottom of this note all of their emails. Given the complexity of the agreement, the decision is not certain. Here are various links to City announcements and the settlement agreement:
- Settlement Agreement - http://www.hobokennj.gov/docs/corpcounsel/Settlement-Agreement-Hoboken-Shipyard.pdf
- Original Announcement - http://hobokennj.gov/2016/10/hoboken-shipyard-reach-proposed-settlement/
- Letter from Mayor - http://hobokennj.gov/2016/11/open-letter-from-mayor-zimmer-to-residents-regarding-proposed-monarch-settlement-agreement/
Effectively the settlement would conclude litigation on each site, would result in the City getting the land on the waterfront that would be then used only for public open space, some additional affordable housing units, and in exchange Applied would get additional density and other accommodations at their site at 8th and Monroe.
As you may know, I wear many hats. I am your neighbor and a resident of the 2nd Ward. I have led the public opposition to the Monarch project. I am on the Board of the Hudson Tea Buildings Condominium Association which is actually party to all five complaints in the litigation concerning Monarch. And most recently I was elected by what I think are many of you to be your representative on Hoboken’s City Council. However, in this instance the hat that creates either the most tangible conflict is that of being a homeowner in the Hudson Tea, on the 2nd floor, facing east. And with this hat, comes the possibility of receiving financial benefit from the outcome of this settlement, and thus the conflict. Although I always thought that I had a conflict, I did not contemplate a situation like this. I always thought any settlement relating to Monarch would be where the outcome would have the same unanimous support that we saw in the beginning of our community fight and would represent a community-wide alignment of interests. Not one like this where the interests of residents across the city are not as perfectly aligned. Although I know that this is not about me, and is 100% about all of you, no one is more frustrated than I am to be effectively censured on an issue that has significant importance to all members of our community.
I wish I could say more, but I can’t. So it is important that you do.
This email is going to people in all areas of Hoboken so whether you support the Agreement, are opposed to the Agreement, have suggestions on a better solution – whatever you think, please let our Council and our Mayor know. They need to hear from the public on this. Your voice will always matter most on local matters.
Hoboken 2nd Ward City Councilwoman
Engage. Inform. Advocate.
"More Voices are Better"
Mayor Dawn Zimmer email@example.com
At Large (all Hoboken) Councilman Ravi Bhalla: firstname.lastname@example.org;
At Large (all Hoboken) Councilman Dave Mello: email@example.com;
At Large (all Hoboken) Councilman Jim Doyle: firstname.lastname@example.org;
1st Ward (south east) Councilman Mike DeFusco: email@example.com;
2nd Ward (north east) Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher: firstname.lastname@example.org;
3rd Ward (center west) Councilman Mike Russo: email@example.com;
4th Ward (south west) Councilman Ruben Ramos: firstname.lastname@example.org;
5th Ward (north west) Councilman Peter Cunningham: email@example.com;
6th Ward (center east) Councilwoman and Council President Jen Giattino: firstname.lastname@example.org;