Mayor Zimmer requests eminent domain authority against Academy Bus

Mayor Dawn Zimmer announces:

Hi Smarty Jones & MSV readers,

It has been a top priority for me to ensure that all Hoboken residents are a short walk to a park.  We have just acquired six acres to build Hoboken’s largest park in Northwest Hoboken and reached an agreement for two acres of parkland at 7th and Jackson.  Now I write to ask for the community’s help to ensure that Southwest Hoboken also has at least a two-acre park to enjoy like every other neighborhood.  

Last week, I talked about the importance of a large park in Southwest Hoboken to FIOS 1 News.  Take a quick look:

The one acre Southwest Park is currently under construction and we are trying to acquire the second acre for a fair price to Hoboken residents and taxpayers. We purchased the first acre for $4.5 million, but the property owner for the second acre, who has left the property vacant for years, is demanding $13 million or high density development.  In order to negotiate a fair price, I need the Council to authorize the use of eminent domain.  The parkland acquisitions in Northwest and Southwest Hoboken would not have been possible without eminent domain as a negotiating tool.  Without this authorization the expansion of the Southest Park is unlikely to happen.

Please come to the City Council meeting at City Hall (94 Washington St)  this Wednesday at 7:00 pm to speak during the public portion at the beginning of the meeting, as well as the council meeting on Wednesday, February 1 at 7:00 pm.  A larger park in Southwest Hoboken is important to our community and we need to prioritize residents over developers. 
As I mentioned in the FIOS interview, some of the features in the Southwest Park include a much needed dog park, WiFi powered by solar power and storm water detention to help prevent flooding. 
I hope to see everyone at Jack’s Cabin (61 Jackson Street) this Wednesday after the public portion of the Council meeting as we work together to ensure a decent sized park for the Southwest neighborhood as soon as possible.
Many thanks to all the residents who have already taken the time to speak with me about this!

Thank you,
Dawn Zimmer

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