Monarch

Shipyard developers have sought to privatize an otherwise public waterfront that has benefited them immensely

The Monarch Towers proposed for this pier over the Hudson River at the Weehawken Cove would have privatized what should be an additional portion of a public waterfront. Nine years of costly litigation comes to an end providing yet another windfall gain for Shipyard Associates by Ron Hine | May [...]

Shipyard developers have sought to privatize an otherwise public waterfront that has benefited them immensely2020-05-21T09:54:43-04:00

Final legal dispute over Monarch Towers reaches the New Jersey Supreme Court

FBW | January 22, 2020 Standing from left to right: Justice Lee A. Solomon, Justice Anne M. Patterson, Justice Faustino J. Fernandez-Vina and Justice Walter F. Timpone. Sitting from left to right: Justice Jaynee LaVecchia, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and Justice Barry T. Albin. Today, the issue before the New Jersey [...]

Final legal dispute over Monarch Towers reaches the New Jersey Supreme Court2020-02-05T18:00:00-05:00

The New Jersey Supreme Court will rule on Monarch Towers dispute in response to FBW & City appeal

The Monarch Towers are proposed for this pier over the Hudson River at the Weehawken Cove making the project and its residents vulnerable to future storms. FBW | June 5, 2019 For the past eight years, the City of Hoboken, along with the Fund for a Better Waterfront (FBW) and the Hudson [...]

The New Jersey Supreme Court will rule on Monarch Towers dispute in response to FBW & City appeal2019-06-05T19:01:51-04:00

Hoboken denied authority to enforce flood ordinance for Monarch Towers

The Monarch Towers are proposed for this pier over the Hudson River at the Weehawken Cove making the project and its residents vulnerable to future storms. FBW | January 31, 2019 FBW and City appeal decision to New Jersey Supreme Court In a January 7, 2019 decision, a New Jersey Appellate Court panel [...]

Hoboken denied authority to enforce flood ordinance for Monarch Towers2019-02-06T23:15:33-05:00

Appellate Court ruling disregards well-established New Jersey land use case law

FBW | August 9, 2017 Dilapidated pier where Shipyard Associates have proposed to build the Monarch Towers. This space was designated for open space in the 1997 Planning Board approvals and developers agreement. February 26, 2018 Update: On Friday, February 16, 2018, FBW filed its brief to the New [...]

Appellate Court ruling disregards well-established New Jersey land use case law2018-10-24T19:48:07-04:00

Monarch Towers sparks legal arguments over automatic approvals, changed circumstances, etc.

FBW | March 1, 2017 On February 28, 2017, a three-judge Appellate Court panel in New Brunswick heard oral arguments in the six-year old legal battle over the Monarch Towers development proposed by the Shipyard Associates for a Hoboken pier. In 1997, the Hoboken Planning Board approved the 1160-unit Shipyard Planned Unit Development (PUD) [...]

Monarch Towers sparks legal arguments over automatic approvals, changed circumstances, etc.2018-10-23T02:54:07-04:00

Appellate Court will hear appeal of 3 Monarch Towers cases on Feb. 28

Monarch Towers decision appealed to New Jersey Supreme Court. On August 21, 2017, the Fund for a Better Waterfront, Hudson Tea Building Condo Association, Hoboken Planning Board and City of Hoboken petitioned the New Jersey Supreme Court to review the August 3, 2017 decision of the Appellate Court that upheld automatic approvals for the Monarch [...]

Appellate Court will hear appeal of 3 Monarch Towers cases on Feb. 282018-10-24T15:06:55-04:00

City settlement would shower tens of millions in benefits on Shipyard developers

Update: The Hoboken City Council at its Monday, November 14th meeting in City Hall voted unanimously to reject the Monarch settlement after a long line of speakers opposed the deal. FBW | November 2, 2016 The City of Hoboken is ready to sign an agreement that showers tens of millions of benefits on brothers [...]

City settlement would shower tens of millions in benefits on Shipyard developers2018-10-23T03:00:35-04:00

Settlement proposed to end 5-year legal battle over Monarch Towers & 800 Monroe

 FBW | September 21, 2016 During closed sessions at the last two Hoboken City Council meetings, attorney Joe Maraziti of Maraziti Falcon briefed the Council about settlement talks that have been underway between the City and developers Michael and David Barry. The developers have proposed to withdraw their proposal to build the controversial Monarch [...]

Settlement proposed to end 5-year legal battle over Monarch Towers & 800 Monroe2018-10-23T14:40:37-04:00

Did NJDEP ignore its own coastal zone regs in granting permit? Appellate Court to decide

12-1-2016 Update: Oral arguments will be heard by Appellate Court Part G Room 1114, Veterans Courthouse, 11th Floor, 50 West Market Street, Newark, NJ on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 9:30 am before Judges Yannotti, Fasciale and Gilson. By Ron Hine | FBW | May 17, 2016 In December 2011, the New Jersey Department [...]

Did NJDEP ignore its own coastal zone regs in granting permit? Appellate Court to decide2018-10-24T15:16:15-04:00

“Rapacious developer” must defend breached contract in Appellate Court

 FBW | October 17, 2015 In 1997, the Hoboken Planning Board granted site plan approval for the 1160-unit Shipyard project. The site plan and Board resolution included the provision for open space on the final development parcel, Block G. A Developer’s Agreement between the Shipyard Associates, the City and Planning Board also [...]

“Rapacious developer” must defend breached contract in Appellate Court2018-10-23T14:43:22-04:00

Monarch Towers litigation grinds on as public opposition persists

 FBW | June 17, 2015 The Hoboken Planning Board denied their application as did the Hudson County Planning Board. The City of Hoboken filed suit to force the developers to honor their earlier agreement to provide open space at this pier. The City of Hoboken amended its flood ordinance effectively prohibiting residential buildings on [...]

Monarch Towers litigation grinds on as public opposition persists2018-10-24T15:05:46-04:00

Federal judge grants FBW opportunity to help defend Hoboken’s flood ordinances

UPDATE: On February 10, 2015, United States Magistrate Judge Mark Falk issued an order allowing the Hudson Tea Buildings Condominium Association to intervene in Shipyard Assocs. v. City of Hoboken. The parties to this case are currently conducting discovery. The developers of the Monarch towers project, proposed over a pier in the Hudson River, have [...]

Federal judge grants FBW opportunity to help defend Hoboken’s flood ordinances2018-10-24T15:17:15-04:00

Judge grants automatic approval for controversial Monarch Towers

 FBW | January 24, 2014 Superior Court Judge Nesle A. Rodriguez ruled yesterday that the Shipyard Associates application to build the Monarch project, two high-rise towers on a Hoboken pier, is automatically approved. The judge based her decision on the Hoboken Planning Board’s failure to hold a hearing on the merits of the case [...]

Judge grants automatic approval for controversial Monarch Towers2018-10-24T15:21:10-04:00

Monarch Towers described as classic case of bait and switch; motion for summary judgment filed

June 21 update: Judge Patrick Arre denied the motion for summary judgment filed by City of Hoboken and other plaintiffs on Friday, June 21 at the William J. Brennan Court House in Jersey City, New Jersey. The court ruling means that the Hoboken Planning Board must now hold hearings and rule on the Monarch [...]

Monarch Towers described as classic case of bait and switch; motion for summary judgment filed2018-10-23T14:50:57-04:00

Shipyard’s plan to privatize pier

In 1996, the Hoboken Planning Board approved the Shipyard Associates’ planned unit development (PUD) for 1160 units at Hoboken’s north waterfront. This massive project is fully built, but apparently 1160 units are not enough for developers Michael and David Barry. The Barry brothers now want to add two 11-story towers at the pier at [...]

Shipyard’s plan to privatize pier2018-10-23T14:53:49-04:00