THREE DESIGN ALTERNATIVES ANNOUNCED FOR REBUILD BY DESIGN PROJECT
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection today announced the three build alternatives – one waterfront alignment and two inland alignments - that are moving forward for further evaluation as part of the Rebuild by Design Hudson River “Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge” project.
“With $230 million in federal grants awarded through the Rebuild by Design competition, we have a historic opportunity to address our flooding problem,” said Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “The threat from coastal flooding is very real – New Jersey is hit by a major hurricane every five to six years, and we have had several close calls in the past few months. I look forward to working together with the community to find a solution that protects us from coastal flooding in a way that preserves access to our waterfront and integrates with our urban fabric. Let’s put our creative power together and follow the lead of the Dutch to show that flood protection does not have to come from an ugly wall. Flood protection could come from a landscaped park, boathouse, sidewalk cafe seating, vertical garden or planter, playground, dog park, and more. The final design will depend on our community’s design ideas and preferences.”
“This multi-year process has progressed very well, with strong community input and great ideas that have helped shape the plan,” said Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner. “Now it is time to reach consensus and make decisions before we miss federal deadlines or we will run the risk of losing the funding for this important project.”
Project materials for the three build alternatives can be found on the NJDEP Rebuild by Design website at: http://rbd-hudsonriver.nj.gov. The three alternatives will also be presented at a community meeting on Thursday, February 18 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Wallace School gymnasium, located at 1100 Willow Avenue.
Alternative 1 is a waterfront alignment that is included as an option in order to explore a full range of alternatives as a requirement of the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). The alternative provides the greatest level of risk reduction, is anticipated to have the highest cost and complexity to construct, and has the most impact on existing waterfront views and access. It extends from Weehawken Cove to just south of Maxwell Place Park and along Sinatra Drive from 4th Street to 1st Street, along with two possible alignment options along Observer Highway.
Alternatives 2 and 3 are inland alignments. Compared to the waterfront alignment, both alternatives are anticipated to be less costly to construct, do not impact waterfront views and access. Both alternatives provide a high level of risk reduction, however some buildings do not receive the benefits of coastal storm surge protection. On the northern end of Hoboken, both proceed through Weehawken Cove to the corner of 15th Street and Garden Street. Alternative 2 proceeds east along 15th Street to Washington Street. Alternative 3 proceeds south along Garden Street for approximately half of a block then proceeds east along an alley between 14th Street and 15th Street to Washington Street. Both alignments then continue south along Washington Street and gradually taper off between 13th Street and 14th Street. In southern Hoboken, both alternatives will include two alignment options along Observer Highway.