Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and the City of Hoboken invite residents to the first of several public engagement sessions on the resiliency park at 800 Monroe, officially launching the public planning process for the park's design. The engagement session will take place in the Hoboken High School cafeteria at 800 Clinton St. at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26.
The project team will use public input gathered through future surveys and meetings to incorporate feedback regarding the community's open space needs into the final design. The park will also include above and below-ground infrastructure to mitigate area flooding caused by heavy rainfall.
"Instead of a large residential building, residents in West Hoboken will soon have another beautiful resiliency park to enjoy," said Mayor Bhalla. "Not only will this park improve the quality of life for everyone and provide important outdoor amenities, but it will also be the latest step to add even more flood infrastructure to the park to tackle heavy rainfall flooding. It's yet the latest win-win for Hoboken, and I look forward to collaborating with the community to develop the park's features."
The City acquired the 1.43-acre property, slated for 186 residential units, for the purposes of a public park through the landmark three-way land swap Monarch Settlement with Ironstate Development. As part of the agreement, the City also secured approximately $550,000 in funding from the developer for the 800 Monroe design process. The City will also receive $15 million in community benefit contributions for the construction of the park and Green Circuit, which includes a protected bike lane, through a new redevelopment agreement for 930 Monroe St.
The park will become the City's fourth resiliency park following the Southwest Resiliency Park and its expansion, the 7th & Jackson Resiliency Park, and the Northwest Resiliency Park, currently under construction. Once completed, all four resiliency parks will detain more than 3 million gallons of stormwater during heavy rainfall events combined.
For more information on 800 Monroe Resiliency Park, go to hobokennj.gov/800monroe.