February 20, 2019

Residents invited to North End Redevelopment Plan community meeting

Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla invites members of the public to a community meeting regarding the preparation of a redevelopment plan for the North End Rehabilitation Area. (Note the meeting time and location has been updated to 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 14 at 7:00 pm at Wallace Elementary School, 1100 willow Avenue).

The purpose of the meeting is to solicit feedback from the community in order to create a North End Redevelopment Plan, which will establish the development standards for an area of approximately 30 acres in Northwest Hoboken.

“Hoboken has an incredible opportunity to transform our North End into an inviting attraction for our residents and visitors,” said Mayor Bhalla. “Working with the Council, we will ensure that the final planned development fits in with the urban fabric of our community.  This includes limiting the amount of residential development and building height, while creating an urban destination that attracts start-up businesses and prioritizes innovative uses such as urban manufacturing and technology.  I look forward to residents providing their feedback at the upcoming meeting.”

At the community meeting, residents will be able to provide input on what should be incorporated into a comprehensive plan for the North End area, including the creation of parks and public amenities, flood mitigation techniques, and development of a potential light rail station.  The Plan will integrate various other planning efforts being undertaken including Rebuild by Design, the Northwest Resiliency Park, Vision Zero, and the Hoboken Complete Streets Design Guide.

The North End Area is located in the northwestern corner of the City and consists of approximately 30 acres bounded by the 14th Street viaduct to the south, Park Avenue to the east, 17th Street to the north and the Palisades Cliffs to the west; the Hudson Bergen Light Rail line runs along the western and northern boundaries.

In December of 2013, the City Council declared the 30.17 acres that encompasses the North End Area as an Area in Need of Rehabilitation pursuant to the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law of the State of New Jersey (LRHL). That designation presents an opportunity to develop a Redevelopment Plan that will allow Hoboken to:

• Maintain and grow a diversified tax base
• Significantly upgrade its aging municipal and educational structures
• Create and support a vibrant local economy, including adding innovation uses to Hoboken
• Identify and reserve locations for future public transportation expansion
• Optimize peak period traffic and flow
• Incorporate resiliency infrastructure to protect the City from the devastation of flooding
• Ensure sufficient open space and recreation and
• Including more affordable housing in any housing that may be included in the plan

For more information on the Hoboken North End Redevelopment Plan, visit the project website at https://northendredev-cityofhoboken.opendata.arcgis.com