FBW’s planner, Craig Whitaker, teamed up with landscape architect John Imbiano to design a park that maximizes the amount of open space available to the public. FBW hired Andrew Strauss, formerly of the Trust for Public Land, to ensure the land transaction would qualify as a charitable contribution with the IRS. In the end, Hoboken Planning Board approval included a condition to donate the public park land to the City of Hoboken rather than to a land conservation trust.
When Maxwell Place Park opened in 2007, it was clear that the City had failed to hold the developers to the high design standards originally drafted by FBW’s team of professionals. Nevertheless, Hoboken gained a 5-acre public park and a critical link in Hoboken’s continuous waterfront park.