Talking Ed Note: The latest bad news on the Monarch means the City of Hoboken is faced with the prospect of two towers on the northeast corner of town.
Hoboken is now left with two less than desirous appeals as its last bid hope to stop the Barry Brothers from screwing Hoboken after they reneged on fulfilling their obligation at this location for parking and tennis courts. The millions in profits they made with their cozy Shipyard deal are apparently not enough.
There's no point in blaming Hudson County Administrative Judge Peter Bariso as inferred here. He ruled under the law on the competing legal matters and he's highly respected. So what brought Hoboken to this sorry chapter?
The whole mechanism for this sad result came about with the decision by the Hoboken Planning Board to not hold an actual hearing on the matter. MSV had planned to attend that evening when the surprising word came the Planning Board assembled with a large group of Hoboken residents in attendance and the application was rejected with no hearing. This opened the door to legal challenges and the resulting decisions against Hoboken began tumbling like a wall of falling dominoes.
Ultimately Mayor Zimmer is accountable but she is not a lawyer. The mayor and/or the Hoboken Planning Board were given bad legal advice.
At this point, the prospects do not look good for stopping the Monarch.