March, 2012

Update on Jackson Street Fire-Damaged Property

On Friday, March 30th, the City of Hoboken will begin the process of remediation and partial demolition of the property that suffered significant fire damage at 1st Street and Jackson Street.

Previously, the City hired engineers to examine the structure and assess the extent of the damage. Engineers determined that while the second floor suffered major damage and needed to be demolished, the first floor is structurally sound and does not require demolition. The City ordered the property owner to conduct the required demolition work, however the property owner failed to complete the work during the allotted time. The City was prepared to step in, conduct the demolition, and place a lien against the property for the cost of all work. “No Parking” signs were placed in the area to provide for a safe pedestrian path around the property and to allow space for staging demolition equipment. However the property owner has been challenging the City in court and has delayed the ability of the City to conduct this work. Finally, on Thursday, March 29th, the court re-affirmed the City’s ability to conduct the demolition in the absence of the property owner completing the work, and the City will be proceeding with the planned demolition work.

Mayor Zimmer Announces New Administration Leadership Team

Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced the hiring of Quentin Wiest as Business Administrator and Stephen Marks as Assistant Business Administrator.

“I am very excited about this team and the strong backgrounds they bring,” said Mayor Zimmer. “They will be a great asset to the City of Hoboken.”

Mr. Wiest has served as Business Administrator of the Borough of Closter, Executive Director of the Bergen County Improvement Authority, Director of Public Works for Bergen County, and Mayor of Ridgewood. He brings extensive finance, construction and facilities management experience.

Mr. Marks was most recently the Planning Director for the Hudson County Division of Planning and has broad project management experience from nearly 20 years in County government. He is a licensed professional planner, member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and certified LEED Green Associate. Along with assisting the Business Administrator, Mr. Marks will manage several important projects including acquisition of land for new parks, the $2 million grant for converting Observer Highway into “Observer Boulevard,” and waterfront repairs at Pier A, among other projects.

City-Wide Playground Improvements Begin

Jefferson Street Park

New playground equipment and safety surfacing is being installed at three Hoboken parks. Construction is currently in progress at Jefferson Street Park and Jackson Street Park. Work is scheduled to begin next week at Legion Park on Willow Avenue. Parks will be temporarily closed while construction is in progress. The scheduled completion date is April 15, however the City and contractor are working aggressively, including working on weekends, to complete construction sooner.

An April Fool’s Day Concert

Pianist Pamela Ross & Cellist Adrian Daurov/Cellist present “An April Fool’s Day concert of “pop” sical music, and we’re not kidding!” featuring works by “Bach/Hamlisch/Beethoven/Hamlisch/Brahms/Hamlisch/Shostakovich/Hamlisch/, did we say Hamlisch?” at the Hudson School, 601 Park Ave, Hoboken, NJ 07030 on Sunday, April 1, 2012 (Times: 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM). General Admission: FREE- but reservations are suggested, as space is limited. For Information and Reservations: Contact by phone or email: Evelyn Bonilla (973) 943-7396 or evelyn.bonilla26@gmail.

City of Hoboken Promotes Two Police Superior Officers

Pictured [left to right]: City Clerk James Farina, Police Chief Anthony Falco, Police Sergeant Steven Aguiar, Police Lieutenant John T. Orrico, Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Public Safety Director Jon Tooke

Police Sergeant John T. Orrico was promoted to the rank of Police Lieutenant and Police Officer Steven Aguiar was promoted to the rank of Police Sergeant at a ceremony in City Hall this afternoon. Congratulations to Lieutenant Orrico and Sergeant Aguiar and their families on their well-deserved promotions.

Hoboken Public Library Newsletter for March

The Hoboken Public Library newsletter for February is now available. Click here to view the newsletter.

Washington Street Re-Opened To Traffic

Washington Street has been re-opened to traffic between 2nd and 4th Streets. While demolition work on 300 Washington Street continues, 3rd Street between Washington Street and Bloomfield Street will remain closed to traffic.

All NJ TRANSIT bus service for Washington Street in Hoboken (bus routes 22, 89 & 126) will be restored for Friday morning’s commute.

Hoboken Green Fair Scheduled for Earth Day Weekend

Green Team invites vendors to participate

The City of Hoboken will host a Green Fair on Saturday April 21, 2012 from 11am to 5pm at Pier A Park along the Hoboken waterfront. The fair is being organized by the City of Hoboken Green Team, which is composed of members of the City Administration and the community.

The Green Fair is intended to introduce sustainable lifestyle choices to the community, raise awareness regarding environmental concerns, and demonstrate how consumers can reduce their impact on the earth by selecting sustainable, eco-friendly products and services, reducing energy consumption, conserving water and limiting their dependence on fossil fuels.

The fair will feature live music and organic food vendors.

City of Hoboken Files Lawsuit Against Monarch Waterfront Development Project

City also appeals Department of Environmental Protection Permit

The City of Hoboken today filed suit in the Superior Court of New Jersey to compel Shipyard Associates to construct three tennis courts, a tennis pavilion, a waterfront walkway and parking on a pier in the Hudson River east of the Hudson Tea Building. Shipyard Associates recently presented a plan for the “Monarch at Shipyard” to build two eleven story buildings on the pier, despite a development agreement which included the tennis courts and other pier amenities.

“In the past, developers have often made promises of givebacks to our City that have not been delivered,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “My Administration is committed to making the necessary investment in legal costs when agreements are reached and to fully enforce the promises made to our City.”

Mayor Zimmer’s Office Hours Rescheduled
Mayor Zimmer’s office hours originally scheduled for this evening will be rescheduled. The next scheduled office hours are Wednesday, April 4 from 5pm to 7pm in her office on the second floor of City Hall, 94 Washington Street. No appointment is necessary.