Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Fund For a Better Waterfront Update on the Monarch Project

Here is an update from the Fund For a Better Waterfront on the Monarch Project ....

Board hearing for Monarch pier project postponed (yet again) 
(May 1, 2012) Originally scheduled for March, then April and most recently May 1, the new hearing date for the high-rise towers proposed for a pier at the Shipyard project is now slated for Tuesday night, June 5. On February 17, 2012, Hoboken's planner Eileen Banyra submitted her report to  the Hoboken Planning Board with a long list of items that needed to be addressed by the developers, including the need to apply for variances. For the past two months, the developers have failed to respond to Banyra's report other than to claim that no variances are required. The Fund for a Better Waterfront (FBW) and the Tea Building Condo Association have retained a planner who will testify on their behalf and their lawyers are gearing up for the June hearing.  

On May 23, County Board of Freeholders to hear Monarch appeal
On February 22, the Hudson County Planning Board stunned the Monarch developers with a 6 to 2 "no" vote, rejecting their application. A long list of speakers, mostly from the adjacent Tea Building, testified in opposition to the project. For the past 20 years, FBW has opposed private development on Hoboken piers due to the fact that it would destroy the City's opportunity to create a continuous public park for the entire length of Hoboken's waterfront. 
On March 29, the Barrys filed their appeal of the County Planning Board decision. The Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders will be making a determination as to whether or not to uphold the decision of its Planning Board. This special meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 23 at 6 p.m. at 567 Pavonia Avenue in Jersey City.
Also on appeal by the City, FBW and Tea Building, is the State Departmental of Environmental Protection's granting of a waterfront permit for this project. The City has also filed suit against the developers for failing to abide by a developer's agreement from 1997 to create open space and tennis courts on this same pier as per the Hoboken Planning Board approvals and state permit at that time.  

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