Mayor Bhalla Releases Letter to State Officials on Rebuild By Design Proposals

Hoboken, NJ - Thursday, May 24th, 2018
Mayor Ravinder S. Bhalla released today a letter he has sent to the Commissioners of the State Department of the Environment and Department of Transportation regarding the Rebuild By Design flood resistance barrier options that are being considered by the State. These protection options will help protect Hoboken and run east-to-west from the Hudson River to Marin Boulevard. A copy of the letter can be found here.
While Mayor Bhalla’s position underscores the Administration’s primary interest in completing the Rebuild by Design project to protect Hoboken from the growing impacts of climate change, a southern alignment for this project that accommodates the development contemplated by the Hoboken Yard Redevelopment Plan is, without any doubt, of tremendous economic benefit to both Hoboken and the State of New Jersey. The contemplated development would activate a sorely underutilized asset of NJTRANSIT and transform the property, from the second floor of the Hoboken Terminal all the way along the redevelopment area, into a world-class transit oriented development. This project has the potential to be an international model for responsible private-public partnership and development that strengthens our mass transit infrastructure while providing multi-million dollar job economic benefits to a cash-strapped state transit agency.


Accordingly, an alignment that both preserves this historic economic development opportunity for New Jersey while also protecting Hoboken and State assets from the growing threat of climate change, creates a win-win for everyone and should be vigorously pursued by the State of New Jersey.

Hoboken has already invested significant time and financial resources in adopting the Hoboken Yard Redevelopment Plan in 2014 to make this vision a reality for our city. The Bhalla Administration remains committed to this vision and remains ready and willing to work with all stakeholders to identify a solution that advances all legitimate interests.

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