- Design Principles
- FBW Plans
- Urban Design
- Judge grants automatic approval for controversial Monarch Towers
- Shipyard attempts to reverse Planning Board
- FBW files motion to intervene
- Two strikes on the Monarch towers
- Freeholders counsel rejects Monarch appeal
- City sues Monarch developers for breach of contract
- County Planning Board stuns Monarch developers
- Can the waterfront walkway be a “street”?
- Shipyard’s Plan to Privatize Pier
- FBW challenges state approval
- DEP flouts its permit to restore pier
- Hoboken’s successful “Main Street” began with 1804 plan
- Defining the key to Hoboken’s success as a thriving urban community
- Hoboken’s South Waterfront designated one of NJ’s Great Public Spaces by NJ-APA
- Hoboken’s original plan and first parks established in 1804
- Hoboken vs. Jersey City waterfront
- Hoboken waterfront featured in Philadelphia Inquirer
- Roots over the River
- Where is the vision for Hoboken’s central waterfront?
- Yankee ferry evicted from Hoboken’s pier
- Will Hoboken Shipyard’s Pier 13 bring bad luck for public access?
- NJ Transit responds to pressure from Mayor, FBW and others; abandons plans to buy dry dock
- Ferry repair, fueling station and bus parking for Union Dry Dock site?
- City Council ordinance key to completing plan for Hoboken’s central waterfront
- Dutch-led team: Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge – a comprehensive strategy for Hoboken
- $10s of millions in pipeline for Hoboken flood mitigation; can City manage it?
- Zimmer announces flood-mitigation strategy
- Considering proposals to stem the tides by Canute, Bloomberg, and Zimmer
- Six months later, relief comes to NJ businesses
- The Dutch Dialogues: A model for Hoboken
- 12-Point Plan in preparation for the next Sandy
- The morning after Sandy: Hoboken’s waterfront parks
- Are we devising flood remedies based on a 1,000 year storm?
- Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force selects professional teams to design solutions
- Developing a Plan
- The Long Slip Canal and protecting Hoboken from the next surge
- Utilizing polders as flood mitigation measure
- A serious conversation about Sandy
- The Big Uneasy
- Post-Sandy: After repairing the damage, then what?
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We believe that successful waterfronts begin with sound planning, time-tested urban design and an understanding that the water’s edge belongs to the public.
A Legacy Issue
In October, the City of Hoboken sent out a request for proposals for “Sinatra Drive Visioning and Conceptual Design Plan.” The point system the administration used for selecting the one proposal out of the eleven submitted reveals a flawed process. The team selected should be the one that best defines the vision and design concept for what Hoboken’s central waterfront could be. The Kimley-Horn proposal is severely limited in scope, focusing on fixing Sinatra Drive and ignoring a myriad of other issues that a sound plan needs to address. Read article..
Undaunted by the threat of future flooding, on February 25, 2014, the Shipyard developers, brothers David and Michael Barry, filed suit in an attempt to overturn Hoboken’s newly amended flood damage and zoning ordinances. The complaint was filed in United States District Court in Newark, New Jersey. Since the Shipyard Associates first proposed to build these residential towers on a pier as part of the Shipyard development at Hoboken’s north waterfront, the project has been steeped in controversy and subject to various appeals and lawsuits. Read more.
Recent controversies swirling over the Christie administration’s involvement in pushing a mega-development in Hoboken have focused attention on one of the last frontiers for redevelopment in this mile-square city. The North End Redevelopment Area is a 19-block portion of town that has been zoned for industrial use and is one of the few neighborhoods that has been largely untouched by Hoboken’s development boom. Read More.
A Sea Change in Hoboken Politics
On January 18, in a MSNBC interview, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer accused New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s administration of holding hostage millions of dollars in Sandy flood mitigation funds unless she green-lighted a two million square foot office development at the north end of town. Zimmer said that top officials in the Christie cabinet told her that the project was “very important to the governor” and if she worked for its approval, “the money would start flowing to you.”. Read story..
Opposition to high rise towers
In 2008, the Rockefeller Group bought up a three-block area in north Hoboken, one of the few portions of town as yet undeveloped. They had big plans: a two million square foot project centered around a 40-story office tower that would be Hoboken’s tallest building. The project is now mired in controversy. Prior proposals for high rise towers in Hoboken have been bitterly opposed by residents. The City has slated the area for redevelopment but has yet to adopt a plan. Read more.
Must Watch Video
The Fund for a Better Waterfront has launched its new video featuring FBW planner/architect Craig Whitaker talking about the essential elements of urban design and planning that laid the foundation for the success of Hoboken’s south waterfront. In 1990, FBW hired Mr. Whitaker to develop a plan for the Hoboken waterfront and has worked closely with him since that time. Mr. Whitaker is the principal of Craig Whitaker Architects based in New York City. More info.