Hoboken Planning Board denies Monarch development application
Jul 10, 2012 | 4397 views | 2 2 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Attendees discuss the results of the night's brief hearing while filing out of the Wallace School Gym.
Attendees discuss the results of the night's brief hearing while filing out of the Wallace School Gym.
HOBOKEN -- The city planning board denied the Monarch at Shipyard Project after a recommendation from its attorney, Ronald Morgan, on Tuesday night. The application was denied without prejudice before a hearing even took place in a crowded Wallace School Gym Tuesday, July 10 at 7 p.m. This allows the developer to submit their application to the board in the future, following a court decision.

"We have a very unusual situation," said Morgan, adding that since the previous approvals of the project in 1997, the developer made several amendments, including a change of scope from 11-stories to 10-stories.

Morgan said that due to a lawsuit between the city and developer regarding a dispute on the terms of the project, it is "premature" for the city's planning board to hold a hearing.

"For me, the fundamental issue is [that] the court has to resolve this developer's agreement before the Planning Board considers this application," said Morgan. "This is a very unusual circumstance."

Ironstate Development seeks to erect two 10-story residential buildings just east of the Hudson Tea Building near the waterfront. The Hoboken City Council and Mayor Dawn Zimmer have all opposed the project.

The project received the go-ahead from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, but the city has vowed to appeal the DEP's decision in the lawsuit.

The Hudson County Planning Board voted against the project in February. The developer will likely have to revise the proposal and go back to the county to gain their approval, sources said. -Stephen LaMarca
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July 11, 2012

It is my understanding that the sons of convicted felon Joe Barry/Applied are behind the Ironstate Development LLC name.

The fight to protect Hoboken's waterfront continues.
July 11, 2012
Westy, it's a bad project, plain and simple and the developers want to ignore a previous commitment.

Focus on that and let go of all the other baggage. The room was filled with people of all political persuations who were able to do that.