Friday, October 20, 2017

How the Monarch decision came down on Hoboken

There's been some discussion and disagreement on the events leading to the disastrous outcome on the Monarch in Hoboken.

As part of the official record on the events leading to the outcome, here's what Mayor Zimmer said at the time from a story on NJ.com.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer today expressed agreement with Tuesday's decision by the Planning Board  denying the Monarch at Shipyard project.
At the meeting, the Hoboken Planning Board Attorney Ronald Morgan recommended the Planning Board deny the Monarch application due to ongoing litigation regarding the original 1997 developer’s agreement with the city.
“I am very pleased with the Planning Board’s decision to deny the application for the Monarch project,” said Zimmer in a release. “The actions of our special counsel hired by the city to defend our community’s interests were critical to this decision.”
From the NJ.com story:

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer today expressed agreement with Tuesday's decision by the Planning Board  denying the Monarch at Shipyard project.
At the meeting, the Hoboken Planning Board Attorney Ronald Morgan recommended the Planning Board deny the Monarch application due to ongoing litigation regarding the original 1997 developer’s agreement with the city.
“I am very pleased with the Planning Board’s decision to deny the application for the Monarch project,” said Zimmer in a release. “The actions of our special counsel hired by the city to defend our community’s interests were critical to this decision.”
Shipyard Associates is proposing to build two 10-story condo towers on a pier east of the Hudson Tea Building.
Talking Ed Note: As the Monarch appears to be inflicted on Hoboken, this can't be counted as one of the wins for the City.
According to one reliable source, Mayor Zimmer played a key role in the Planning Board, selecting its members and choosing the attorney.
The vote not to hold the hearing was 6-0. The quick statement by Mayor Zimmer after the vote suggests she played a key role in the outcome all along.