The City of Hoboken today announced that construction on short-term improvements to increase accessibility near the former Monarch property will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 21.
During the estimated two-month construction period, the City will install a paver walkway along the west side of the site to connect the existing waterfront walkway, remove the former fenced in trash area, upgrade site fencing, and remove existing debris. The City also plans to provide access to the Hudson River estuary at Weehawken Cove next to the site to allow for paddle sports and relocate the Harborside Park boathouse container to the former Monarch property.
“Hoboken is committed to upgrading our waterfront all the way from Pier A to Weehawken Cove, and I’m glad to share that these short-term improvements will further beautify our northern waterfront area,” said Mayor Bhalla. “We are able to take on these improvements thanks to our historic acquisition of the Monarch property two years ago, a possibility that seemed remote a decade ago. I look forward to working with the community to further revitalize our waterfront at the Monarch site and other areas in the months and years to come."
The City acquired the property, originally slated for two 11-storyresidentialtowers, for the purposes of public open space through the landmark three-way land swap Monarch Settlement with Ironstate Development in November 2021. That agreement, negotiated by the Bhalla administration, also included the City’s acquisition of 800 Monroe for the purpose of a public park.
Hoboken’s comprehensive waterfront upgrades include the following:
For more information on the project, go to https://www.hobokennj.gov/resources/former-monarch-site-improvements.
For weekly construction schedules, go to www.hobokennj.gov/construction.