The scale of Hoboken’s edges are already out of scale with the rest of Hoboken. That ship has sailed. 16 stories, 20 stories, 24 stories – who really cares? The edges, especially in the south, especially near the PATH, are tall.
On the other hand, what better use for height? It’s commercial. The old “build residential for the ratables” was BS, but commercial construction will pay far more in taxes than it costs. Fixing sewers, building parks, continuing building our schools, fixing our roads…all that requires money. I’m happy to pay my share, but I’d rather that share be smaller.
No. We don’t need another hotel. Ordinary folks in Hoboken don’t have many family or friends who stay in the expensive hotel we already have and they likely won’t stay in this one. This will be filled with tourists. Well off tourists, not the drunken crowd who comes in for the bar scene. Another boost to the town economy.
Traffic is always a concern, but these are folks visiting NYC. Maybe a few will drive in and park a car, but not during rush hour, not in/out every day. Far better than an office building or even residential in that regard.
So bring it on.