Hoboken public hearing on Western Edge redevelopment plan set for next month

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All members of the Hoboken community are invited to a public meeting to provide input on the creation of a Redevelopment Plan for the Western Edge. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the conference room of the Multi-Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

According to the city’s official website, the Western Edge of Hoboken – which stretches from about 9th Street to the 14th Street Viaduct was designated as an area in need of redevelopment by the planning board.

The City council then approved the parameters of the redevelopment area in July 2007.

A plan was presented to the public in September 2008, but was generally panned by city residents due to large height variances for buildings and poor distribution of open space, among other concerns.

The council decided to try again in September 2010, but the plan again did not receive approval as questions surrounded the “square footage of the uses proposed.”

A market analysis was prepared in late 2010 and drafted in early 2011, but never saw the light of day since the draft was not finalized for undisclosed reasons.

Maser Consulting, a planning and consulting firm based in Red Bank, recently took over the project in late May and formally began work last month.

The community is also invited to complete an online survey to provide input. The link to the survey is available on the Hoboken website at www.hobokennj.org/westernedge.

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