The critical schedule of public events on the Monarch Project

Updates from Hoboken Residents for a Public Waterfront 

We need you to attend and speak out against the Monarch:

Hoboken Planning Board
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 – 7:00PM
Downstairs conference room of City Hall – enter on Newark Street
The Monarch project has been officially scheduled for the March 6th Hoboken Planning Board meeting at 7:00PM and WE NEED YOUR ATTENDANCE.  This planning board could be our best venue to stop this project in its tracks.  The Hoboken Planning Board had to reschedule a recent meeting for the Southwest Hoboken Redevelopment project because the number of residents who attended broke fire safety codes.  That kind of showing speaks volumes to elected officials.  It has been communicated to our group numerous times by public officials that a strong showing of opposition at public hearings is very important in our effort to defeat this project.  Eleven years ago this same developer withdrew his application to develop the uptown piers after a strong showing of opposition from local citizens.  We need to pack the room on March 6th!
Hudson County Planning Board
Monarch Project Special Meeting
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 – 6:30PM
Freeholders Chambers – 3rd Floor
567 Pavonia Ave. Jersey City, NJ 07306
(one block from the Journal Square PATH station)
The Hudson County Planning Board tabled the Monarch project at their last meeting to ensure all members of the public have a chance to speak.  They have scheduled a special meeting for February 22nd at 6:30 PM.  The County Planning Board focuses on traffic and drainage implications on its county roads.  It is important to show our opposition and to point out holes in the developer’s application.  For example, the traffic report submitted by the developer was completed while Sinatra Drive was closed due to the latest roadway collapse.  How can you get an accurate traffic count on a road that is closed to traffic?  For the record, this is the third time that roadway has collapsed since the Shipyard project began.  Kevin Coakley, legal counsel hired by Shipyard Associates, argued the Sinatra Drive collapse has no connection with the Monarch application.  Miraculously, since the first county meeting, construction resumed full force and the road has been re-opened.  Shipyard Associates did not seem to care about that repair work until they could use it as leverage with the county for approval.  These are the abuses we are looking to fight against.  Helpful areas for residents to speak out against are how crowded the uptown Hoboken area already is before we add three more buildings to Hudson Tea and two more buildings to Maxwell.  You can speak about your wait time for public transportation, over crowding on buses and the ferry, lack of parking, inability to travel across town for errands, etc.  Any area where you believe this project will degrade public welfare in Hoboken is open for discussion.  PLEASE COME JOIN US.
Hoboken Residents for a Public Waterfront
@HobokenRPW on Twitter

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