Councilman Peter Cunningham: Looking at the present and ahead for Hoboken
From the desk of Councilman Peter Cunningham:
Dear friends, family and neighbors,
Happy holidays to all.
Before I layout our significant accomplishments, and near term endeavors, let’s give thanks to our good health and good tidings. For those families and individuals in need, we have wonderful nonprofit organizations in Hoboken and Hudson County that can help you help them bring joy and important essentials this time of the year – such as the Hoboken Homeless Shelter, the Jubilee Center, Boys and Girls Club and Hudson County CASA. It only take a couple of dollars to make a difference
Lot’s of great things happened in Hoboken this year, and many of them were started years ago and finally came to conclusion.
Westside Flood Pump H-5 came online this fall, and was really put to the test late November. During the “super moon” and a significant rain event, the pump kept the streets around Shoprite and beyond free of flood waters. Quotes from the neighborhood like “its a great relief” and its “important for our community” make you really feel good about effective government working for the people.
In my last missive back in October, I announced our long protracted negotiations with BASF resulted in an agreement to acquire over 6 acres mostly for parkland in northwest Hoboken. It will provide for additional flood mitigation and a parking facility to serve this growing part of Hoboken. This week, Mayor Zimmer signed the deal with a closing scheduled before the end of the year. Stay tuned in January as we expect to start the park planning process. Please read about additional details here.
Lastly after years of planning and political gamesmanship, Washington Street will finally get paved. The process will take time as all the water mains will be replaced first. In the end, we will have a first class main street like none other with flood mitigation and safety features (bump outs and pedestrian countdown signals), and loading zones and bike lanes. The project plan and additional details can be found here.
That’s it for now. As always, please advise if you have any questions, and please forward to your neighbors and friends.