The Hoboken City Council unanimously passed a resolution that heeded the recommendation of the planning board to move forward with the Neumann Leathers Rehabilitation Plan.Â
Councilman-at-Large James Doyle was the first to express his approval on the recommendation calling it â€œhelpful, they were accepted by the public, there were none that changed the enthusiasm which we saw here at our last meeting.â€
Hoboken Community Development Director Brandy Forbes explained the recommendations to city council and the attending public.
A few of these recommendations included:
– rent will be determined through a financial analysis but will not exceed the regional market rate based on use and unit size
– a new complete street standards and design standards
– the Grand Street extension could be considered for use for pedestrians and bicycles
The redevelopment plan would include 210 units with 10 percent affordable housing, as well as a bonus space for workforce units.
During the public comment portion of the meeting two residents shared their concerns on the size and height of the building.
â€œWhether its 11 or 14 stories, itâ€™s going to obstruct the light and I understand that. Itâ€™s how much light during the day?â€ stated Hoboken resident Jenny Ko.
Another resident questioned the bonus workforce aspect of the plan..
â€œWhat will happen on the development of the bottom floor? There is a bonus area for workforce units, which will add 20 feet, plus another 10 feet – I think as a whole for the people that are here we are not really asking you to limit the number of units.”
What we are asking is to somehow cap and donâ€™t make the initial 20 plus 10 feet nebulous.â€
The second reading of the ordinance will be at the December 16 council meeting.