The Hoboken City Council unanimously approved the first reading of the Neumann Leathers Redevelopment Plan, which means it will now be reviewed at the next planning board meeting.
David Glynn Roberts, a senior associate for Red Bank’s Maser Consulting – who is also working on the city’s Western Edge Redevelopment Plan – first gave some background on the project.
The project was first introduced last month.
The addresses involved with the project are 300 Observer Highway, 301 Newark St. and 307 Newark St. (the parking lot).
Roberts also spoke about the importance of preserving the integrity of the building.
Additionally, the council was introduced to a framework plan, which includes a shopping plaza, that would connect Willow and Newark Avenues for pedestrians.
Roberts further stated that the goal is to not only keep the costs of renovations reasonable, but to also keep rent costs down.
Although 1st Ward Councilwoman Theresa Castellano came up short at the polls on Tuesday, she still attended last night’s meeting and commended the Neumann Leathers building residents for fighting for improvements (the historic building is located in the 1st Ward).
The resolution passed by a unanimously vote of 8-0, Ward 4 Councilman Tim Occhipinti absent, now leaving the planning board to review the project at their November 10 meeting.