North End Redevelopment Plan amendments proposed

The plan's second and final reading is scheduled for the next virtual council meeting March 3

On March 3, the Hoboken City Council will vote on the final reading of the North End Redevelopment Plan after the council reintroduced the plan with a myriad of amendments on Feb. 17.

The plan reimagines 30 acres of Hoboken’s primarily industrial northwest and sets the permitted uses and development standards for the North End Rehabilitation Area roughly bounded by the 14th Street Viaduct to the south, Park Avenue to the east, 17th Street to the north, and the Palisades Cliffs to the west. The Hudson Bergen Light Rail line runs along the western and northern edges.

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The plan includes a proposal for a new Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station, public open space to connect to a city-wide green circuit, a mix of new commercial and residential uses, a minimum 10 percent affordable housing set aside, a pedestrian-oriented retail corridor along 15th Street, a pedestrian promenade along Clinton Street, and the raising of streets to accommodate underground flood infrastructure.

It includes guidelines for establishing a multi-modal circulation network, including integrated bike lanes, shared parking, new parks and open space, sustainable land use and development, and new public infrastructure.

Building heights would range from five to 10 stories. A minimum of roughly 1,134 units could come to the area, with the majority of buildings being mixed-use with ground-floor commercial space.

This does not include allowances for increased height to roughly 12 stories if developers offer certain givebacks such as increasing the affordable housings set aside from 10 to 15 percent.

Amendments introduced

While the plan is primarily the same as originally introduced during the Jan. 27 meeting of the council, over a dozen substantive changes were proposed.

They include allowing places of worship and public facilities as a permitted use for developments within the plan area, and the requirement that all utilities will be buried underground.

According to a memo from Community Development Director Chris Brown and Supervising Planner Jessica Giorgianni, to further incentivize affordable housing, the plan now includes workforce housing, such as those built for artists and industrial arts professionals, and allows for affordable housing beyond the 10 percent on-site requirement to be built off-site if negotiated as part of a redevelopment agreement.

The plan includes revised renderings for 15th Street to include a two-way bike lane along its northern side, and clarified that the street should be widened between Park and Willow avenues.

To improve pedestrian safety, the plan now requires that developers within certain sub-districts incorporate Vision Zero strategies to eliminate vehicle-pedestrian incidents on Park and Willow Avenues, including traffic-calming measures like reducing the cartway of Willow Street, curb extensions, and other safety features.

The plan now stipulates that the city can consider further reducing required parking ratios in cases where developers identify existing available parking to satisfy site needs, employ Transportation Demand Management strategies that reduce the need for single-occupancy car use, provide a Payment in Lieu of Parking, or provide a contribution to public transit.

According to Council President Ruben Ramos, the plan’s second and final reading is scheduled for the next regular virtual Hoboken City Council meeting on Wednesday, March 3 at 7 p.m.

To view the reintroduced North End Redevelopment Plan go to http://hobokennj.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=4&ID=6325

For updates on this and other stories check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Marilyn Baer can be reached at Marilynb@hudsonreporter.com.

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