City: Let’s get a planner and ensure good development for the Terminal and Rail yards
City of Hoboken announces:
CITY RECOMMENDS PLANNER FOR
TERMINAL & RAIL YARDS HOBOKEN
At the next Council meeting on February 16, 2011, the City Council will consider a resolution to award a contract to Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC to conduct the redevelopment plan for Hoboken Terminal & Rail Yards.
needs balanced development that reflects the vision of our community and puts our needs first,” said Mayor Hoboken Dawn Zimmer. “That is why I have strongly advocated for selecting and paying for a planner ourselves, so there is no doubt about whose interests they represent. I am glad we are making real progress in that direction.”
Following a Request for Qualifications process initiated by Mayor Zimmer and led by Community Development Director Brandy Forbes, the firm was unanimously recommended by a review team composed of the City Council’s Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Subcommittee, the Community Development Director, a member of the Quality of Life Coalition, and a member of the Hoboken Rail Yards Task Force, a community group.
The City Council’s Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Subcommittee agreed to recommend awarding the contract to Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC to conduct the redevelopment plan for the Phase I scope of work for an amount not to exceed $77,000.00. While the entire NJ Transit redevelopment area is 52 acres in size, the first phase of the project encompasses a 1.8 acre portion along
Mayor Zimmer continues efforts to negotiate an agreement with NJ Transit to clarify that the City has authority over the redevelopment process for the entire 52-acre project. However, she repeated her previously stated view that in the absence of a signed agreement with NJ Transit ensuring that the City has final authority to approve or disapprove any proposed project for the 52-acre site, she adamantly opposes moving forward in a piecemeal manner.
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