Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Councilman Ravi Bhalla: Good news on parks, parking and Trader Joe's

From the desk of Councilman Ravi Bhalla:


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I am excited to share good news about what is happening locally in Hoboken. We have broken ground on new parks in western Hoboken, made historic progress in reducing flooding in Hoboken, and are getting ready to welcome the first Trader Joe’s neighborhood grocery store in Hoboken!

New Parks & New Parking Garage for Western Hoboken
The City is working successfully to double the size of the one acre Southwest Park currently under construction. I helped lead the successful fight to win City Council approval for negotiating a fair price to purchase the vacant property currently owned by Academy Bus, by eminent domain if needed. This larger park will contain storm-water detention to help prevent flooding, a dog run, and WiFi powered by solar power, among other highlights.  And progress continues on a planned large park in Northwest Hoboken to be located on the former BASF property.  The details of a temporary pop-up have been finalized and will be ready for use this summer!  Additionally, recognizing the pronounced need for more parking, the City is building a new municipal parking garage on 13th and Adams, right near the Park.  At this garage, there will be an option for valet parking and ground floor retail amenities for visitors to the park and surrounding neighborhood.

Flood Pumps Working as Envisioned
I am pleased to report that in recent storms, our newly-built H-5 11th Street flood pump worked as envisioned, providing relief from flooding to northwest residents. This pump complements the first one completed in 2011, which has reduced the flooding in southwest Hoboken.

When Mayor Dawn Zimmer was first elected to office, part of her platform was to reduce chronic flooding in Hoboken.  It’s truly a proud moment for the Mayor and many others that after years of hard work, we have seen measurable progress in achieving this goal.

Additional coastal flooding protection measures are central to Rebuild by Design, the City’s comprehensive flood protection plan   The plan is going to be paid for by a $230 million federal grant that Mayor Zimmer actively sought and successfully secured.  To protect Hoboken from future intense storms that are predicted because of climate change, the plan includes building flood protection barriers integrated into the urban landscape to resist coastal flooding, strengthening the electrical grid, and implementing green solutions, such as rain gardens and green roofs, in addition to more flood pumps.

Trader Joe’s To Open this Spring
Hoboken's first Trader Joe's neighborhood grocery store is scheduled to open in May, providing a quality supermarket for City residents.  The nearly 12,000 square foot grocery store will be located at 1350 Willow Avenue and will take up the first floor of the seven story Harlow apartment building.

It is truly an honor and a privilege to serve as one of your Council Members, and play a small role with so many others in continuing to make Hoboken even better every year.  If you every have any questions, want to provide feedback, or have a constituent service request, you can always reach me via email at councilmanbhalla@gmail.com or call me at 201-647-6090.

Sincerely,
Ravi S. Bhalla
Councilman-at-Large
City of Hoboken