Hoboken Zoning Board denies six-story building with affordable housing, charity group

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HOBOKEN — Late last month, the Hoboken Zoning Board of Adjustment denied an application that would have created a six-story mixed use building at 1417 Adams St.
The building would have included 27 one-bedroom units, 17 two-bedroom units, 10 three-bedroom units and three studios. Six units in the building would have been affordable housing.
The building would have also included roughly 13,000 square feet of commercial space including 3,000 square feet for Big Brothers, Big Sisters, the nonprofit organization.
The property, designed by Minervini Vandermark, would have been developed by Advance Realty, which just opened the Harlow at 14th Street and Willow Avenue. The latter building includes a Trader Joe’s set to open this Friday.
The proposed Adams Street project required several zoning variances including variances for height, lot coverage, parking, roof and yard setbacks, and development of a non-conforming lot.
1417 Adams St. is in an I-1 Industrial zone which lists office buildings, research laboratories, warehouses and related office buildings, essential utility and public services, and wireless telecommunications towers as permitted uses but not residential mixed use properties which required the developers to seek a D-1 variance.
“I guess my conclusion is that the applicant has failed to meet the burden of proof, in particular, no special reasons have been established to justify the D-1 use variance, and there is a legal standard for that,” said Chairman James Aibel, according to the meeting’s transcripts.
“Our city fathers and city leaders have not acted,” he added. “It has been several years. They have not acted on rezoning this area. I think that says to me that we should not be rezoning this matter on an applicant’s desire, but we should be rezoning it based on the will of the people, and the people have said through their elected officials that this area is not ready to be rezoned or changed until there is further exploration.”
The seven member board voted 6-1 to deny the application.