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14-Story Mixed Use Building Proposed for Western Hoboken

Two public meetings will be held this week for proposal that would provide 1 acre of land and a public gymnasium to the city.

There will be two public meetings this week to discuss the proposal to construct a 14-story residential and retail building in western Hoboken in exchange for 1 acre of property for park space and a public gymnasium for the city.

The city is considering a proposal from Bijou Properties to continue the redevelopment of the Monroe Center site and the Pino property near the corner of 7th and Jackson streets.

"The location of the building was selected to create a gateway and provide access to and expand upon the future courtyard that is required to be built behind the Monroe Center," according to a city statement.

A public meeting will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday and 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Jubilee Center at 601 Jackson St.

The Planning Board previously approved 75 residential units, ground-floor retail space and no parking spaces at the Monroe Center Phase V site at the northwest corner of 7th and Monroe streets, according to a city statement.

The permitted zoning for the Pino site would allow for a four-story residential property for a total of 68 units and 63 parking spaces.

Bijou Properties has proposed to condense development onto a portion of those two sites in exchange for providing 1 acre of land and a public gymnasium to the city.

The development would also provide nine affordable housing units. However, the proposal calls for a taller building—14 stories high—on the north end of the Pino property with a total of 181 residential units, 120 parking spaces and retail space on the ground level.
demosthenes May 12, 2014 at 02:29 PM
I live in that part of town and share your frustration about the flooding though I don't see how having an empty lot instead of a building will help solve the problem. Anyway you can't just not let people build on their property without buying it from them (constructive taking/eminent domain). That's a lawsuit I wouldn't want to have to defend. Property owners have the right to build whatever is zoned. Unless I misread the story, those properties were already zoned to allow the property owner to build 143 units with 63 parking spaces so the city couldn't do anything to prevent that from being built. It sounds like instead of getting those buildings and nothing in return the City is permitting 38 extra units and getting 57 more parking spots, 9 affordable units, a 1 acre park and a public gym. If anything, that sounds too good to be true. And do you really think it would make sense (or be legal) to punish future residents by denying them parking permits available to all other residents based on a choice made by someone else? That's also a lawsuit I wouldn't want to defend. If the problem you're trying to solve is the need to vent frustration then yes - problem solved. If the problems you're trying to solve are parking and flooding we might need some other solutions.
cassandra May 12, 2014 at 05:14 PM
As I pointed out above, the politicians or their mouthpieces will always come up with a reason to build -more ratables, lower taxes, a park - the list is long. The current administration has total control of all municipal function, mayoralty, boards and commissions. What ever happens it is their decision.
Pops May 12, 2014 at 05:55 PM
@Cassandra, your pointing the finger at the administration seems off base, considering how the old guard always accuse Mayor Zimmer of being "anti-development". And, um, didn't she stand up against the mighty Rockefeller Group over development in the north end of town?
cassandra May 12, 2014 at 09:10 PM
Not pointing fingers at anyone. Simply stating that the current administration controls all the levers of power. It can change zoning, approve or disapprove any plans under review, create and modify ordinances. It has the power to significantly reduce development in Hoboken if it chooses to do so. One possible exception is the NJ Transit development over which the state holds considerable power. As far as I am concerned, Hoboken has been overdeveloped, has become overcrowded and has become an extension of New York. It is no longer a small charming town. I guess many people call that progress. I do not.
Hi May 13, 2014 at 08:35 PM
Monroe Center after a decade of delays is starting to live up to it's promise as the cultural heart of Hoboken.. This plan is way better for the area and the City in general.

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