Proposed new part of Hoboken Shipyard Development to be addressed in county’s December Planning Board meeting

HOBOKEN – The proposed addition to the uptown Shipyard Development in Hoboken will be presented to the County Planning Board on Dec. 14, rather than the planned hearing for Monday night, according to a representative from the county. The item was tabled from the agenda until next month.
Hoboken Councilwoman Beth Mason, who represents the northeast area of Hoboken where the two 11-story buildings are being proposed, sent out an email to supporters on Monday asking them to voice their displeasure with the proposed development at the county meeting.
The plan must also be approved by the Hoboken Planning Board, according to officials.
The proposed development will be built on an inland pier. The area was designated in the Hoboken Master Plan as an area for open space, but has not yet been zoned that way.
The property is privately owned by Ironstate Development. Michael Barry, the president of the Ironstate, said in early October that their proposal will comply with all of the city’s open space requirements, and that his company will do what it can to minimize interruptions to the lives of the people in the neighborhood.
The Hoboken City Council voted 8-0-1 on a non-binding resolution opposing the development in October. The meeting was packed with residents from the Hudson Tea Building, who feared their views of Manhattan would be partially blocked.
The proposed development has received opposition from several city officials, including Mayor Dawn Zimmer. However, in October, Barry said he hoped there would be more communications.
“It’s not fair for the city to say ‘We envision your privately owned land for a park’ without any negotiations,” Barry said in an earlier story.
To read more about the proposed development, see our prior coverage by clicking HERE. — Ray Smith

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