Public meeting on Hoboken’s ‘Western Edge’

City of Hoboken announces:

Hoboken residents are invited to attend a public meeting to discuss the Western Edge Redevelopment Plan on Tuesday, September 14th from 7pm to 9pm at the Jubilee Center601 Jackson Street.
“Too often in the past, redevelopment has been based only on what developers wanted rather than reflecting the community’s vision,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “By making public input a priority, we are enhancing the City’s negotiating advantage and providing greater control over the redevelopment process.”
In July, 2007, the City Council declared the Western Edge region an Area in Need of Redevelopment. Following three public meetings to identify community concerns, a draft redevelopment plan was prepared in September 2008. That plan met significant public resistance because it did not incorporate the community’s concerns, and the City Council subsequently tabled the ordinance to approve the plan.
The City has since prepared a revised plan which incorporates the community feedback from past public meetings. The plan will be made available to the public prior to the September 14th meeting so residents can review it in advance and present their constructive comments and suggestions at the meeting. After the meeting, the City will further adjust the plan as needed based on additional community feedback.
Additionally, in order to help residents better understand the redevelopment process prior to the Western Edge Redevelopment Plan meeting, the City is hosting a “Redevelopment 101” seminar on August 31 from 7pm to 9pm at the Multi Service Center.
The Western Edge Redevelopment Area is bounded by the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and the Palisades to the west; 9th Street and a residential area to the south, Monroe StreetMadison Street and Jefferson Street and neighboring commercial and residential areas to the east; and 14th Street, the 14th Street Viaduct and an industrial area to the north.
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