For the past two years, the City of Hoboken has invested $275,000 and countless hours of staff time to revise its outdated Master Plan. Dozens of residents have contributed their time to this effort, as well, free of charge. Mayor Roberts voiced his unwavering support for the Master Plan throughout its development.
So why has the City started to sabotage the Master Plan, even before it has been approved? In the Master Plan draft, the "Underbridge Economic Development Zone" maintains the existing uses for the far northern section of Hoboken: commercial, retail and light industry. But at the last City Council meeting, the Council voted for a measure that will make possible a change in the zoning to accommodate the 1600 Park Avenue residential project despite the provisions of the Master Plan and the obvious need for a different use of that space.
This is an affront to Hoboken. It contracts the professional work that had been conducted to plan our future. Does a new Master Plan mean anything? Does the Mayor support it, or doesn't he? Does the voice of the people count, or not?
The Mayor and Council should put a stop to the plans for 1600 Park Avenue residences.
Todd R. Clear