During yesterday’s City Council meeting on March 3rd, the City Council voted to adopt the North End redevelopment plan that will expand the commercial and residential real estate, add a light rail station, and more. The proposal was approved on second reading by the Hoboken City Council by an 8-0-1 vote, with Councilman Mike DeFusco abstaining from voting. Read on to learn what we know about the redevelopment plans slated for Hoboken’s North End neighborhood.
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What The Redevelopment Will Entail
The City of Hoboken announced on January 13th the Redevelopment Plan for the North End that is comprised of over two dozen acres. The project includes creating a Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station at 15th Street, a public open space to connect to a City-wide green circuit, a mix of new commercial and residential uses that includes affordable housing, and a pedestrian-oriented retail corridor along 15th Street. The streets will be raised to accommodate underground flooding issues, according to the reports as well.
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What Locals Requested
The City Council asked for feedback from residents on what they thought about the redevelopment plan, and residents answered. According to the press release, the plan was amended to include a protected bike lane on 15th Street, a requirement for the linear park in the plan to be open 24 hours a day without barriers to access, incorporation of Vision Zero improvements on Park Avenue, and Willow Avenues within the North End, greater pedestrian connectivity between Hoboken and Weehawken, a requirement that utilities be built underground, and more.
The full, amended North End Redevelopment Plan adopted by the City Council can be found on the project website here.
Currently, the North End is comprised of the Mile Square Theater, Pilsener Haus Biergarten, bwè cafe, Litte City Books, Carpe Diem, the Gravity Vault, Hudson Table, Bow Tie Cinemas, San Giuseppe, Bum Pilates, a basketball court, a small playground, and more. The Northwest Resiliency Park is also slated to open up in the near future, as construction has been underway. But from the looks of the Redevelopment Plan that is being unveiled, there is a lot more to come.
The press release from the City also stated, “The plan was developed in a manner to allow Hoboken to permit development in a manner that does not adversely impact neighboring municipalities, ensuring that buildings do not exceed the height of the Palisades Cliffs.”
What Councilmembers Are Saying
“I’m pleased that the revitalization of Hoboken’s industrial North End took a major step forward thanks to the adoption of the redevelopment plan last night,” said Mayor Bhalla via the press release. “My administration is committed to preserving the right balance of residential and commercial development that maintains the charm and character of our City, while also prioritizing critical community benefits such as a new light rail station at 15th Street, public open space, building on our city-wide green circuit, greater affordable housing options, and more. I thank the City Council for their support and look forward to moving this plan forward with the continued input of the public.”
“I look forward to a North End that includes new businesses, commercial corridors, without overdevelopment that would threaten the charm and character of our City,” said Councilwoman Jen Giattino.
“The North End Redevelopment Plan represents an important step forward in the transformation of Hoboken’s industrial northwest into a holistic part of our present-day community,” said Councilman Phil Cohen.