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The latest on the resistance to the Monarch Project from HobokenRPW

Hoboken Residents for a Public Waterfront announce:
1) Hoboken MAYOR DAWN ZIMMER invited all members of our group to attend her STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS on Wednesday evening, January 25, 2012 at 7pm.  The address will be made in DeBaun Auditorium in the Edwin A. Stevens Hall on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology.  The main entrance to use is on 5th Street across from Stevens Park, while the handicapped accessible entrance is located in the rear of the building on River Street.  The Mayor has stressed how important it is to defeat the Monarch project (http://hudsonreporter.com/view/full_story/17245976/article-Zimmer-reports-on-quality-of-life-issues?instance=hoboken_letters_story_left_column) and we hope to hear a good deal about her plan in Wednesday evening’s speech.
2) The HUDSON COUNTY PLANNING BOARD will hold a special meeting in the next 30 days to handle the overflow of concerned citizens who signed up at the first meeting to speak out against the project (http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2012/01/hudson_county_planning_board_t_1.html).  Kevin Coakley, legal counsel representing Shipyard Associates, attempted to silence our protest by arguing residents of the Hudson Tea buildings could not make public comments because the condo association’s legal counsel had already spoken.  The Board quickly denied Mr. Coakley’s request and decided a special meeting would be needed to hear the overwhelming negative public outcry.  We will keep you updated when we know when this meeting will be held.  The more vocal public support we receive the better.
3) The HOBOKEN PLANNING BOARD has notified us the Monarch project will be on the agenda for their meeting on Tuesday evening, March 6, 2012 at 7pm.  The Hoboken Planning Board is our greatest opportunity to defeat this project.  WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!  We must ensure the room is filled and overflowing into the hallway with residents opposing the project.  11 years ago this same developer withdrew his application to develop the uptown piers after a strong showing of opposition from local citizens (http://betterwaterfront.org/?p=1022).  It has been communicated to our group numerous times by many public officials that a strong showing of opposition at public hearings is imperative to defeating this project.  Please plan to attend this meeting.
Regards,
Hoboken Residents for a Public Waterfront
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