Community: Community Invited to Flood Protection Plan Public Meeting
** International Design Firms’ Strategy to Protect Hoboken a Finalist in Regional Resiliency Design Competition **
The Hoboken community is invited to a public meeting to learn more about a strategy to protect Hoboken from flooding. The meeting will take place on Thursday, January 23rd at 7:00pm at the Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street. Refreshments will be served.
“Through this design competition, we have a unique opportunity to protect Hoboken from flooding with the help of federal funding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “It’s important for our community to understand this project and provide their feedback. Ultimately, support from the community will enhance Hoboken’s chances for winning the competition and receiving federal funding to help protect us from flooding.”
The public meetings are a part of the Rebuild by Design competition, an initiative of President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The City of Hoboken is working with a multi-disciplinary team of experts to develop a comprehensive strategy to protect the community from all kinds of flooding. Led by architects and urban designers, OMA, and Director Shohei Shigematsu, the team brings together the water management and engineering expertise of Royal HaskoningDHV, the landscape and land-use planning experience of Balmori and the economic understanding of HR&A. The public meeting is a chance for our community to speak directly with these experts and learn more about this initiative.
Rebuild by Design is an unprecedented regional design competition with a goal of rebuilding areas affected by Hurricane Sandy to be more resilient, sustainable, and livable. The competition also represents a policy innovation by committing to set aside HUD Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funding specifically to incentivize implementation of winning projects and proposals. More information on the competition is available at www.rebuildbydesign.org.
OMA’s design proposal titled “Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge: a Comprehensive Strategy for Hoboken” employs a multi-pronged approach to address Hoboken’s historic flooding challenge and increasing threats from rising seas and stronger storms. The comprehensive strategy uses both hard infrastructure and soft landscape for coastal defense (resist), recommends policies to enable the urban fabric to slow down water (delay), and includes a green circuit to trap water (store) and water pumps to support drainage (discharge).
The proposal has advanced to the third round of the competition as one of 10 finalists. Winning projects that demonstrate community support will be implemented with federal disaster recovery funds and private funding. Finalists will be selected in March 2014.
Residents are invited to learn more about the project and add their comments at www.rebuildbydesign.org/project/comprehensive-strategy.