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  • FBW will be Design Award recipient October 20, 2010 Pier A Park at Hoboken’s south waterfront. (October 20, 2010) In 1990, the Fund for a Better Waterfront (FBW) came out with a plan for the Hoboken waterfront. The plan called for a continuous waterfront park along the water’s edge. The key to successfully executing this concept was to extend Hoboken’s public street grid, thus allowing Sinatra ...
  • On April 14, City Council will hear FBW appeal of 19 variances granted by Zoning Board January 23, 2010 Stevens plan would add turning lanes and provide overly wide vehicular lanes that encourage speeding traffic. The latest Stevens Institute scheme also maintains Sinatra Drive as a speedway around Castle Point. (January 2010) The Hoboken Zoning Board has had a long history of usurping the authority of the City Council by granting numerous exceptions to the municipal zoning ...
  • Stevens seeks 15 variances and convoluted street plan September 16, 2009Stevens Institutes proposal for Fifth Street to zigzag through their property. (September 16, 2009) Stevens Institute’s latest waterfront garage proposal is fraught with problems. They are proposing to reroute a public street through their property so that it leads to the entrance of their parking garage. They are adding turning lanes and preserving an overly wide ...
  • Stevens proposes its ‘little plan’ for the waterfront April 15, 2009Stevens Institutes surface parking on prime waterfront land between Sinatra and Castle Point Park. (April 8, 2009) “Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will not themselves be realized.” So said famous architect and urban planner Daniel H. Burnham. His words aptly pertain to the latest waterfront scheme proposed ...
  • Stevens Offers Resolution to Parking Garage Saga November 9, 2007 Photograph of site viewed from Sinatra Park looking west shows plans for garage (superimposed on image) approved by Zoning Board. Babbio Center above right, (November 8, 2007) In a dramatic reversal, Stevens Institute of Technology publicly unveiled a revamped waterfront parking garage proposal at last night’s Hoboken City Council meeting. Instead of a bleak parking structure facing ...
  • The good news and the bad concerning Maxwell Place Park September 20, 2007 Fund for a Better Waterfront’s design for Maxwell House Park in 2001. September 19, 2007 Yesterday, Hoboken Mayor David Roberts cut the ribbon to officially open the waterfront park at Maxwell Place. What has been in the works since early 2001, prior to Roberts being elected Mayor, is now becoming a reality. The first phase of this ...
  • Appellate Court negates bulk of Stevens’ suit against FBW. FBW appealing to NJ Supreme Court asking for sanctions against Stevens. July 30, 2007Stevens excavation site in April 2002 making way for massive waterfront parking garage. Operation sent asbestos from serpentine rock into the air. (July 2007) Today, a three-judge panel of the Appellate Division of New Jersey Superior Court affirmed major portions of the trial court’s dismissal of claims by Stevens Institute of Technology that statements and actions by ...
  • Political turmoil and pay-to-play ordinances level the political playing field in Hoboken April 18, 2007 Team Roberts campaign headquarters at 231 Washington Street during the 2005 race for mayor and council-at-large. (April 2007) In 2005, Mayor David Roberts and his Council running mates raised $1.4 million to soundly defeat Carol Marsh and her team who came up with a fraction of that amount. After his re-election, Roberts enjoyed the support of all ...
  • Appellate Court judges who ruled on a landmark zoning case hear oral arguments in FBW vs. Hoboken Zoning Board March 23, 2006Massive parking garages on Hudson St. serve to deaden the streetscape and contradict Hoboken’s scale. Stevens’ proposed garage would have a similar impact on Hoboken’s waterfront. (March 2006) On May 17, 2005, Appellate Court Judges Howard Kestin and Steven Lefelt heard oral arguments in the case of Township of North Brunswick vs. North Brunswick Board of Adjustment. ...
  • State issues permit for WWII memorial that intrudes on public walkway; civic groups take case to Appellate Court October 4, 2005(October 4, 2005) On Monday, September 26th, walkway advocates filed a notice of appeal with the Appellate Court of New Jersey challenging the decision. The Veterans from American Legion Post 107 are upset by the ruling and are also threatening to appeal. On August 12, 2005, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) issued ...
  • People for Open Government takes Mayor and City to court for campaign contributions violating pay-to-play ordinance October 4, 2005(October 4, 2005) The powerful Hudson County Democratic Organization, chaired by State Senator Bernard Kenny, has provided $299,600. Another $64,000 has come in from the Election Fund of Senator Kenny. Local developers have contributed $162,600. The grand total collected by the two political committees paying for Hoboken Mayor David Roberts’ re-election campaign has now reached more ...
  • Appellate Court strikes down de facto rezoning in a case remarkably similar to FBW challenge of Board approvals for Stevens’ garage October 4, 2005(October 2005) In June 2005, the New Jersey Appellate Court upheld a challenge by the Township of North Brunswick to multiple variances for height, density and use granted by its own Zoning Board for a luxury apartment complex. The Court reversed the Zoning Board approvals stating, “The Board’s action . . . blatantly rejected the Township’s ...
  • Judge Velazquez will decide on Hoboken Zoning Board’s approval for 725-car waterfront parking garage. May 13, 2005Date: Friday, May 13, 2005 Time: 1:30 P.M. Place: The Brennan Court House, 583 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey The Fund for a Better Waterfront (FBW) and Stevens Institute of Technology are back in court again. On Friday, Superior Court Judge Hector Velazquez will listen to arguments from FBW’s attorney, Michael Garofalo, that the 18 variances ...
  • Court throws out final count of Stevens’ case against FBW. 1st Amendment right to engage in public debate preserved. February 15, 2005 FBW Board with family and friends celebrating court victory at Quays on Hoboken’s waterfront (February 15, 2005) Critics of real estate development breathed a sigh of relief on February 9, 2005 when New Jersey Superior Court Judge Frederick Theemling threw out the final count of a two-year old case against the nonprofit organization, Fund for a ...
  • Hoboken Mayor revokes promise of open space at 800 Jackson. Proposes high rise development up to 14th Street. February 15, 2005 Proposed development plan for 800 Jackson Street superimposed on photograph of site, showing view of Palisades cliffs completely blocked for the building’s 300 foot length. Mayor Roberts is sponsoring projects on west side that will benefit developers who are among his largest campaign donors (February 2005) Last spring, scores of demonstrators picketed Hoboken City Hall and later ...
  • Roberts and Kenny solicit major contributions from developers and city contractors as Hoboken voters head to polls on ‘pay-to-play’ October 29, 2004 ‘Political fund-raising and the peoples business all happen in the same meetings over the same table.’ — Gov. James McGreevey. (October 2004) On July 28, State Senator Bernard Kenny sent out an invitation to a reception at the Mayfair Farms in West Orange, New Jersey honoring Hoboken Mayor David Roberts. This event, benefiting the Hoboken Democratic Party, ...
  • FBW files suit in Court claiming de facto rezoning by Hoboken Zoning Board for Stevens garage October 14, 2004(October 2004) For the past three years, the Fund for a Better Waterfront (FBW), a local advocacy group, has locked horns with Stevens Institute of Technology over its waterfront development proposals and excavation of asbestos-containing rock on the campus. The conflict continued last week as FBW appealed the Hoboken Zoning Board’s approval of a massive 725-car ...
  • Jersey City waterfront critiqued in The New Yorker August 20, 2004 A parking garage, part of the Newport development, directly facing the Jersey City waterfront and Hudson River Waterfront Walkway. (August 20, 2004) The new Goldman Sachs tower on the Jersey City waterfront designed by Cesar Pelli caught the attention of architecture critic Paul Goldberger. In a July 30, 2004 The New Yorker article, Goldberger writes ...
  • Court throws out defamation claim in Stevens Institute’s lawsuit against FBW July 21, 2004 Excavation site in April 2002, where 35,000 tons of serpentine rock containing asbestos was blasted and carted away by Stevens. First Amendment right to engage in public debate upheld; but one count “of last resort” remains July 21, 2004 Yesterday, Judge Camille Kenny of New Jersey Superior Court dismissed the defamation count in a lawsuit brought by ...
  • Judge Camille Kenny considers the evidence in Stevens Institute v. FBW July 2, 2004Excavation site in April 2002, where 35,000 tons of serpentine rock containing asbestos was blasted and carted away by Stevens. (July 2004) On June 30, Judge Camille Kenny of New Jersey Superior Court heard oral arguments regarding a series of alleged defamatory statements in the case of Stevens Institute v. Hine. After 18 months of contentious litigation, ...
  • Waterfront group supports stop-work order June 23, 2004 JERSEY JOURNAL — by Michaelangelo Conte (June 23, 2004) HOBOKEN – Fund for a Better Waterfront officials are backing a city zoning official’s decision to “shut down” construction of a Stevens Institute of Technology construction project. “It is our position that zoning officer Joel Mestre’s determination was correct, and should be sustained,” stated the letter issued by ...
  • Master Plan or master sham? 800 Jackson Street high rise negates recommendations of planning experts March 25, 2004 (March 2004) For the past two years, the City of Hoboken, the Planning Board, the planning firm of Phillips Preiss Shapiro Associates and numerous consultants have engaged the community at large in an intensive effort to rewrite the City’s Master Plan. Hundreds of Hoboken residents attended a series of open public meetings to provide input for ...
  • Garage hearings tainted due to Stevens hiring brother of Zoning Board Chair February 27, 2004 Land use attorney Michael Garofalo has represented the Fund for a Better Waterfront in Stevens garage application before the Hoboken Zoning Board. (February 2004) In a January 30th news story, George Crimmins told the Jersey Journal that his year-long consulting job with Stevens Institute included work on the university’s 725-car waterfront parking garage. George Crimmins, ...
  • Stevens Institute of Technology blasts serpentine rock at Castle Point sending asbestos into air February 26, 2004 Since March 11, daily blasting has created a massive hole at Castle Point to make way for unapproved 800-car parking garage. April 9, 2002 — For the past four weeks, a contractor for Stevens Institute of Technology has blasted and excavated the serpentine rock that comprises part of Castle Point at Hoboken’s waterfront. A ...
  • Debunking Stevens PR February 26, 2004(February 26, 2004) From the beginning and with the knowledge that serpentine rock may contain trace elements of asbestos Stevens took the proper actions. April 15, 2002 e-mail from Roger T. Cole, Vice President of Facilities and Support Services for Stevens Institute of Technology. Fact: For the past three months, Stevens has known about the presence ...
  • International Monitor: A History of the Deadly Dust February 26, 2004The Multinational Monitor The following are excerpts from an interview with Barry Castleman that appeared in the September 2000 issue of Multinational Monitor. Mr. Castleman is the author of Asbestos: Medical and Legal Aspects, which is the standard reference for understanding the history of asbestos-caused diseases. (April 2002) MM: What are the health effects of exposure to asbestos? Castleman:The ...
  • Stevens Institute of Technology exposes community to air-borne asbestos but tells no one February 26, 2004Serpentine rock at excavation site south of Castle Point at the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology. April 22, 2002 (Earth Day) — Stevens Institute of Technology created a company that removes arsenic from drinking water in Bangladesh. They have initiated a study that explores the relationship between UV radiation and skin cancer. After the ...
  • Asbestos-rock from Stevens Institute of Technology dumped in Meadowlands February 26, 2004 Serpentine rock carted from Stevens Institute in Hoboken at the foot of Washington Avenue in Carlstadt, New Jersey. New Jersey Meadowlands Commission issues cease and desist order to Carlstadt property owner Empire, Lmt. (April 2002) On April 24, the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission ordered Empire, Lmt. to stop dumping and remove asbestos-containing rock at their property in ...
  • Geologist testifies that drilling and blasting of serpentine rock at Stevens created public health peril February 26, 2004Experts who examined samples from the excavation site at Stevens Institute found high levels of asbestos in the serpentine rock and in the dust resulting from drilling and blasting. (February 2004) On January 15, 2003, Stevens Institute filed a defamation lawsuit against the Fund for a Better Waterfront. The university has described this litigation as an ...
  • 1600 Park developer lobbies Hoboken City Council for favored treatment February 20, 2004 The Sky Club, another Sandford Weiss project, under construction. This 17-story building is exceeding zoning height limits by 11 stories. Photo Credit: Ira Landgarten. (February 2004) PoliticsNJ.com has put Kay LiCausi, President of KL Strategies, on a list of elite political consultants entitled, “New Jersey’s Best Hired Guns.” “Kay LiCausi hasn’t just survived the rough-and-tumble of Hudson ...
  • 1600 Park Avenue Shrinks to Eight Stories February 18, 2004(March 2000) What began as two 24 story towers dropped to 22 then 18 and now 8 stories. Area residents packed two meetings regarding 1600 Park Avenue in January, first a developer-sponsored presentation on January 10 and then a Zoning Board hearing on January 18. The Mayor of Hoboken, Anthony Russo took notice and by February ...
  • Roof garden withers at first hearing for 725-car waterfront garage January 27, 2004 Massive, exposed parking garages on Hudson Street serve to deaden the streetscape and contradict Hoboken’s scale and character. (January 2004) On October 28th, the Hoboken Zoning Board heard, for the first time, testimony presented on behalf of Stevens Institute of Technology in its application for a massive 725-car parking garage at Hoboken’s waterfront. At the hearing, Stevens’ ...
  • Stevens pushes forward with plans for mega-garage on Hoboken’s waterfront October 27, 2003 Rendering of four-story, 386-foot long garage proposed by Stevens Institute for Hoboken’s waterfront. (October 2003) Stevens Institute of Technology presented its plans for a massive waterfront parking garage to the Hoboken Zoning Board on Tuesday evening, October 28. Before a standing room only crowd, the Zoning Board heard two expert witnesses testify for Stevens, an architect and ...
  • Developers pay to play at Hoboken City Hall by writing big checks May 13, 2003 Mayor David Roberts who ran two years ago on a reform platform now relies heavily on contributions from real estate developers to fuel his political campaigns. (May 2003) On election day May 8, 2001, City Councilman David Roberts ousted Mayor Anthony Russo from office by promising to reform City Hall. A major theme of the Roberts’ campaign ...
  • Stevens Institute attempts to silence FBW through frivolous defamation lawsuit February 26, 2003 Excavation site in April 2002, where 35,000 tons of serpentine rock containing asbestos was blasted and carted away by Stevens. Attorneys defending nonprofit organization say legal action is unprecedented attack by university on First Amendment right of free speech (February 2003) Today the Fund for a Better Waterfront and its team of attorneys called upon Stevens Institute to ...
  • Stevens Tech files suit against critics February 24, 2003Jersey Journal By Michaelangelo ConteJournal staff writer HOBOKEN – Stevens Institute of Technology has filed a defamation suit against the Fund for a Better Waterfront, saying two of its officers “maliciously published statements with knowledge of their falsity and with reckless disregard of the truth.” The FBW has called Stevens’ suit “baseless” and said it would ...
  • Is Stevens unauthorized garage construction unstoppable? Zoning Board to decide on February 12 February 7, 2003Concrete for roof of parking deck now being poured despite the fact that the Hoboken Planning Board never granted approval for this garage. (February 2003) On March 11, 2002, Stevens Institute of Technology began excavating over 35,000 tons of serpentine rock at Castle Point to make way for a 725-car parking garage. Five weeks later, Ron Hine ...
  • Stevens’ campus master plan has new firm advocating same old projects January 27, 2003 Stevens’ proposed soccer field and running track at the Union Dry Dock site will cover several acres of the Hudson River with decking and pilings. (January 2003) At the end of last year, Stevens Institute of Technology announced with great fanfare that it had hired the Philadelphia firm of Wallace Roberts and Todd to develop its “new” ...
  • Year and a half of Maxwell House hearings could end on Dec. 23 December 17, 2002 The former Maxwell House Coffee plant, a 14 acre site proposed for a 1.4 million square foot development. (December 2002) For the past seventeen months, the application for the 1.4 million square foot Maxwell House development project, has followed a tortured path through the Hoboken Planning Board hearing process. Attorney James Segreto, representing objectors to this project, ...
  • Hoboken waterfront featured in Philadelphia Inquirer article December 17, 2002 The walkway at Pier A Park in Hoboken designed by landscape architects Henry Arnold and Cassandra Wilday. (December 2002) Inga Saffron, the architectural critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer has been writing about a troubled waterfront development project at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia. Penn’s Landing, over the past twenty years, has gone through four different plans and four ...
  • Final Vote on South Waterfront November 27, 2002(November 2002) Monday, December 2 at 7 pm — Special Meeting/Public Workshop of City Council — Hoboken City Council Chambers Monday, December 4 at 7 pm — Hoboken City Council — FINAL VOTE On November 18, a packed City Council Chambers caused the Council to table an ordinance to amend the South Waterfront Redevelopment Plan. The final vote ...
  • Mayor Roberts ups development limits at Hoboken’s south waterfront November 15, 2002 Applied Companies/Starwood Heller, developers of 333 River Street at Block C, have been designated to build an 160 foot high-rise hotel at the northern portion of Block B. (November 2002) At the November 6, 2002 City Council caucus, the administration of Mayor David Roberts unveiled for the first time a revised proposal for Block B at Hoboken’s ...
  • Stevens Institute’s house of cards for Maxwell House collapses October 29, 2002 Rendering of Stevens Institute’s proposal for Maxwell House created by Demetri Sarantitis of the Team for Environmental Architecture. (October 2002) Was it just a pipe dream? For the past year, Stevens Institute has touted its elaborate plans for the former Maxwell House Coffee plant, 14 acres at Hoboken’s north waterfront. Stevens promised to establish a technology/science magnet ...
  • Stevens seeking Planning Board approval for parking garage under construction for past six months September 27, 2002 Contractors for Stevens Institute are now pouring the concrete walls, supporting columns and ramps for the four-story parking garage, not yet approved by the Planning Board. (September 2002) On Thursday, September 12 at 7 p.m. at Hoboken City Hall, Stevens Institute of Technology will present their “concept” plan for a 725 car parking garage facing Sinatra Park ...
  • Was illegal permit granted to Stevens Institute for parking garage? City of Hoboken to decide July 27, 2002 Since March 11, four months of excavation for a Stevens’ parking garage has been completed but the Planning Board has issued no approvals for this project. (July 2002) The Hoboken Zoning Ordinance requires that the Planning Board grant site plan approval for parking facilities of 50 cars or more. Flaunting this requirement, Stevens Institute of Technology submitted ...
  • Actinolite asbestos, a potent carcinogen, identified in serpentine rock from Stevens Institute May 26, 2002With no dumping allowed in the Meadowlands, serpentine rock accumulates at Castle Point in Hoboken, uncovered. (May 2002) On April 24, 2002, after learning that an estimated 30,000 cubic yards of rock dumped in the Meadowlands contained asbestos, the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission ordered an end to the dumping and demanded its removal. Subsequently, NJMC hired an ...
  • Complex land transaction to create Maxwell House Park at risk March 6, 2002 Fund for a Better Waterfront’s design for Maxwell House Park. (March 2002) Potentially, Maxwell House Park could be the jewel in the crown of Hoboken’s string of waterfront parks. In a unique land conservation arrangement orchestrated by the Fund for a Better Waterfront (FBW), the owners of the former Maxwell House Coffee plant have offered to donate ...
  • Stevens’ proposals negate Hoboken’s opportunity for continuous waterfront park March 6, 2002Stevens’ rendering of their proposed Harbor Estuary Center makes the building appear transparent. (March 10, 2002) Hoboken is now tantalizingly close to creating a truly public waterfront. The city has nearly completed a continuous park running the entire one-mile stretch of the Hudson River from the Hoboken Train Terminal to the Weehawken Cove. Only three sites remain ...
  • Hoboken developer Joe Barry targeted by federal investigators September 10, 2001(September 2001) When real estate developer Joe Barry sat in the car of his political friend, County Executive Robert Janiszewski, he was not aware that their conversation was being recorded. At the end of last year, FBI agents had ensnared Janiszewski in a sting operation, causing him to help collect evidence in what appears to be ...
  • Roots over the River June 9, 2001 Award-winning Pier A Park. (June 2001) Ten years ago, Pier A at Hoboken’s south waterfront was slated for a 1.1 million square foot, 33-story office complex to be built over the Hudson River. Today it is a five-acre award-winning public park that people flock to on a warm summer day. The June 2001 issue of Landscape Architecture ...
  • Court Victory for Neighborhood Groups Fighting Millennium Towers March 25, 2001(March 2001) Mayor Schundler’s effort to put the controversial 43-story Millennium Towers project on a fast track came to an abrupt halt yesterday. Superior Court Judge Jose Fuentes vacated the Jersey City Planning Board’s actions that permitted the approvals for this oversized 551-unit project on the Hoboken-Jersey City border. Judge Fuentes determined that six out of ...
  • Victory for Hoboken Campaign to Stop Pier Development March 1, 2001The Shipyard Associates officially withdrew their proposal to build 120 luxury residential units on the North Pier in a letter dated December 19, 2000. The developer’s attorney, Ira Karasick, sent this letter to the Hoboken Planning Board citing concerns of Planning Board members and the community as contributing to their decision. The withdrawal of this ...
  • Hoboken Residents Petition City to Stop Pier Development December 6, 2000(September 2000) On Tuesday, September 5, Hoboken residents jammed into the ground floor conference room at City Hall to protest Applied Companies’ application to build 120 townhouses on a pier at Hoboken’s north waterfront. The following evening, Elizabeth Markevitch presented the Hoboken City Council with 2500 signatures of Hoboken residents urging the City to take action ...
  • Community Groups Submit Petitions for Referendum Vote on Millennium Tower’s Tax Abatements October 25, 2000(October 2000) Let the voters of Jersey City decide. This is what leaders of a referendum petition drive say concerning a Jersey City ordinance granting tax abatements to the developers of the controversial Millennium Towers 41-story high-rise. On October 3, Bob DuVal, of the Sgt. Anthony Neigborhood Association and Vito Brunetti, of the Riverview Neighborhood Association ...
  • FBW Waterfront Plan Featured in ‘Designing New Jersey’ October 9, 2000Model of Fund for a Better Waterfront plan for the Hoboken waterfront. (October 2000) Many of the features of the plan created by the Fund for a Better Waterfront (FBW) in 1990 are now being realized along Hoboken’s waterfront. The New Jersey Office of State Planning, in its recently published a book entitled Designing New Jersey, ...
  • City of Hoboken and Civic Groups Mount Legal Challenge to Millennium Towers Project August 25, 2000(August 2000) The City of Hoboken has filed suit against its neighboring municipality, the City of Jersey City, its Planning Board and Redevelopment Agency for approving the controversial $150 million, twin 43-story Millennium Towers project. Two civic organizations, the Coalition for a Better Waterfront and the Riverview Neighborhood Association, in a separate action, have also filed ...
  • Hoboken Shipyard Ups the Ante by 120 Units Over the Hudson River July 10, 2000(July 2000) Developer Joseph Barry won approval for the largest development in Hoboken consisting of 1160 units of luxury residential housing and 63,200 square feet of commercial development in 1996. This massive project consists of a series of monolithic, block-long buildings, 13 stories tall, sitting atop 3 and 4 story parking garages. As of June, 2000, ...
  • Jersey City Approves Windfall Gain for Millennium Towers Developer June 25, 2000(June 2000) United Diversified, LLC, has succeeded in gaining approvals for his $150 million, 43-story Millennium Towers project in Jersey City. The many controversities surrounding the project did not deter the City of Jersey City from providing an extraordinary economic windfall for United Diversified through amendments to the Jersey Avenue Redevelopment Plan and plans for a ...
  • Roseland Developers Break Off Negotiations with Friends of Weehawken Waterfront May 31, 2000(May 2000) Friends of the Weehawken Waterfront are organizing a rally to protest the resumption of Planning Board hearings on the proposed Port Imperial South project, one of the largest waterfront developments along the Hudson River. Real estate developer Roseland Properties broke off talks ten days ago with the Friends of the Weehawken Waterfront after six ...
  • Planning Board Ignores Public Outcry, Approves Towers May 18, 2000(May 2000) On Tuesday, May 9, the Jersey City Planning Board approved amendments to the Jersey Avenue Redevelopment Plan that will increase the building height limit on the site owned by United Diversified, LLC, of Bayonne from 110 to 440 feet. The tumultuous hearing pitted residents of Jersey City and Hoboken who have been waging a ...
  • Planning Board to Decide Millennium Tower Height Increase from 110 to 475 Feet May 5, 2000(May 2000) The Millennium Towers project, consisting of two 43-story towers proposed for the Jersey Avenue Redevelopment Area, will go before the Jersey City Planning Board this Tuesday evening, May 9 at 6:00 p.m. Community organizations from Jersey City Heights to Hoboken have vowed to fight this 475-foot project that exceeds current height restrictions by 365 ...
  • Talks Between Developer and Community Group Could End 18-Month Battle Over Weehawken Waterfront April 12, 2000(April 2000) Real estate developer Roseland Properties and citizen group Friends of the Weehawken Waterfront (FWW) have entered into settlement negotiations to resolve their year-long legal battle over the future of the proposed Port Imperial South project, one of the largest waterfront developments along the Hudson River. Just weeks after public hearings ground to a halt due ...
  • Hudson River Developers Rake In Corporate Welfare March 29, 2000Developers of prime waterfront real estate along the Hudson River have exerted their political influence to bring in huge subsidies from the government. The "gold coast" takes on a new meaning with the millions of dollars in federal and state money going to benefit private owners building on some of the most valuable land ...
  • Six Months of Hearings on Port Imperial South Could be Voided by Conflict of Planning Board Chairman March 29, 2000Fifteen hearings have been held since they began on October 14, 1999. There has been over 50 hours of testimony by eight expert witnesses. Now that he is nearly finished presenting his case, developer Carl Goldberg of Roseland Properties may be forced to start over. Weehawken Planning Board attorney Thomas Dunn ruled that the ...
  • McMullen Sells Devils, Abandoning Plans for Hoboken Arena March 29, 2000(March 2000) On March 16, John J. McMullen sold his team, the New Jersey Devils, to a Yankee-Nets’ affiliate for $175 million, nearly six times the $30,000 he paid for the franchise in 1982. As he took the money, a bitter McMullen railed against Governor Whitman for refusing to grant him the air rights over the ...
  • Millennium Towers: How High Can They Go? March 28, 2000(March 2000) The Schundler administration is supporting an effort by United Diversified of Bayonne to build Jersey City’s own version of the twin towers, a pair of 43-story spires containing 551 units. The towers would rise 475 feet in the air along the New Jersey Transit train tracks several blocks west of the Hoboken Terminal. This ...
  • A New Brew for Maxwell House March 20, 2000(March 2000) On Monday, March 20, developers Danny Gans and George Vallone publicly unveiled their plans for “Maxwell Haus,” a 950 unit, $300 million complex that preserves several of bauhaus style buildings at the former coffee plant along the Hoboken waterfront. Planner Jane Thompson of Thompson Design Group in Boston who assisted with the presentation, designed ...