Hoboken releases Union Dry Dock poll results

HOBOKEN — The city of Hoboken received 2,447 responses to an online survey regarding the future use of the former Union Dry Dock property on the northern waterfront. UDD was purchased by NY Waterway last year as a ferry maintenance and repair facility, but the city wants to acquire the property for public use.
“The people of Hoboken have spoken loud and clear: we overwhelmingly oppose industrial uses and want to complete our waterfront as public open space,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla in an email to the community. “Our community’s decades-old vision for a continuous, public waterfront park is as strong as ever, and my administration will do everything it can to make it a reality.”
Based on this public feedback, the city will continue the process of acquisition of the Union Dry Dock site by initiating good faith discussions with the property owner.
According to the alert, 91.5 percent of the 2,404 respondents said they believe the UDD property should remain a priority for the city to complete a publicly accessible waterfront park system.
It also states that of the 2,447 respondents to the question “what is your preferred use for the Union Dry Dock Property,” 73.8 percent of people said they wanted “a public open space and waterfront walkway with no industrial uses. This option would be paid for by the City of Hoboken at a potential acquisition, design, and construction cost of tens of millions of dollars. Funding sources may include the Hoboken Open Space Trust Fund, County Open Space Trust Fund, and NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust low-interest loans, among other sources.”
13.5 percent of respondents said they wanted “A ferry maintenance and refueling facility with a public open space on top of a ferry maintenance facility, with an inland walkway next to Sinatra Drive. This option would be paid for mostly or complete by NY Waterway.” 8.1 percent of respondents said they wanted “A ferry maintenance and refueling facility with pocket parks at the north and south ends of the property, with an inland walkway next to Sinatra Drive. This option would be paid for mostly or complete by NY Waterway.”