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HOBOKEN, NJ | Hoboken Yard Redevelopment (1.3 mil-sqft)

Lawsuit Looks to Derail Changes to Hoboken Yard Redevelopment Plan



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A plan that could allow three new developments to rise near Hoboken’s train station is being challenged in court by two holding companies that have recently initiated a lot of litigation.

On May 11, a fresh lawsuit was filed in Hudson County Court over amendments that were enacted earlier this year to the Hoboken Yard Redevelopment Plan. Naming the city and its council as defendants, the plaintiffs’ case claims that the latest plan is too vague and fails to “sufficiently indicate the proposed land uses and building requirements.”

Plans to revitalize several parcels owned by NJ Transit near Hoboken Terminal have been in the works for decades, with the most recent version envisioning 1.3 million square feet of development split between a trio of commercial buildings along Observer Highway. Passed by the council in February, the scheme would allow different building heights depending on the findings of feasibility studies.

Those stipulations are at the heart of the legal challenge and the property known as Site 2 under the plan is cited throughout the lawsuit. The redevelopment proposes a 330-foot office building at the property that is “subject to a financial feasibility study to be conducted by the City to determine if the property can be developed as commercial or mixed-use residential.”

But according to the lawsuit, the amended plan “does not set forth the proposed building requirements in the event Site 2 is developed for residential use.” The complaint also takes issue with other ambiguities in the plan, as it allegedly “does not describe the process by which Hudson Place would be utilized by or otherwise conveyed to NJ Transit in connection with the Hoboken Yard Redevelopment.”

“Moreover, whereas the 2014 Plan had a very detailed stepback regulation framework tailored to each development site, the proposed amendments only specified stepback requirements for Site 2,” the complaint says.

The end result of the amended plan, according to the case, is that it “merely sets forth the potential land uses in the Hoboken Yard Redevelopment Area, and expressly indicates that the land uses may change depending on the outcome of future studies.”

The complaint suggests that the city acknowledges the fluid nature of the plan, as it cites comments made by city planner Jessica Giorgianni during a January 22 meeting. “Significantly, Ms. Giorgianni made clear that the size and nature of the redevelopment was subject to the outcome of future studies, as Ms. Giorgianni presented four scenarios of the redevelopment. “
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Fuckin NIMBYS at it:

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A public meeting on the Hoboken Yard Redevelopment Plan has many residents and commuters alike roiled due to parking, traffic, and environmental concerns, though they were assured that the plan is in its infancy and won't move forward any time soon.

As expected, a massive project like this will draw the anti-growth vultures.
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I hope the state uses its sovereign powers and banishes Hoboken's little process here. These lands are far too important to the region and economic healthy of New Jersey than allowing one community to decide its fate.
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There were once much bigger plans here.
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There were once much bigger plans here.
I know.



It kinda had a Hudson Yard's vibe.
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^ jinkees!!!

how did that one get by me?

the new plan is a relative limp bizkit.
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Its a good opportunity. Would be a shame if they under developed it. These yards have always been ripe potential for the area. Good transit, central location.
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I hope the state uses its sovereign powers and banishes Hoboken's little process here. These lands are far too important to the region and economic healthy of New Jersey than allowing one community to decide its fate.
Exactly. This is a critical regional site, and needs to be developed by the state, or the Port Authority, not some small, parochial, ultra-NIMBY town.

It should be the Hudson Yards of NJ.
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