July 13, 2017

Update on City Council Meeting: PSE&G Substation Resiliency Upgrades, Free Gigabit Public Wi-Fi & Rebuild by Design

Several significant items will be considered at the City Council meeting scheduled for this evening:

  1. PSE&G Substation Resiliency Upgrades – A resolution to approve a Redevelopment Agreement with PSE&G would advance a $170 million project to ensure that Hoboken has the most modern, resilient, and reliable energy distribution system into the future. The project will consolidate the Marshall Street and Madison Street substations into one station at the Madison Street site, would elevate the station to protect it from flooding, and make upgrades to improve the reliability of the distribution system.
  2. Free Gigabit Public Wi-Fi – Two resolutions on the agenda would award contracts to Intersection (a subsidiary of Google spinoff Sidewalk Labs) and Verizon, subject to final negotiation of terms, for the installation of digital kiosks as part of Hoboken’s Smart City Initiative. The kiosks would provide free phone and video calls, USB charging, wayfinding and local business and civic information, and free high-speed gigabit public Wi-Fi at no cost to the City.
  3. Rebuild by Design – A resolution to enter into an agreement with the NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA) would give the City of Hoboken a stronger voice and greater input in the process of protecting historic buildings and resources within Hoboken as the Rebuild by Design process continues. The DCA has invited Hoboken, Weehawken, and Jersey City to be signatories to the agreement.