Mayor Dawn Zimmer delivered her fifth State of the City address

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Mayor Dawn Zimmer delivered her fifth State of the City address on February 10, 2015 at the DeBaun Auditorium on the campus of the Stevens Institute of Technology.  An organized plan for improvement is in full effect, and it’s good to know the voices of our community are being heard. Some highlights of the address included:

  • Hoboken has 3,500 affordable housing units, the highest number per capita among similarly-sized cities in New Jersey, and the city will gain up to 900 jobs with the relocation of Pearson Education to Waterfront Corporate Center III
  • Flood Resiliency – City Hall will become a model for stormwater mitigation, with rain gardens, permeable sidewalks, and cisterns that can retain the stormwater from a 6-hour-long, 100-year storm
  • Hoboken Cove Boathouse – Conceptual design completed with public input; goal to build as first phase of ‘park as defense’ against flooding
  • Hoboken Terminal and Yards – The Mayor noted the opportunity presented by the redevelopment plan approved by the City Council in December
  • Parking – New meters to be installed citywide in first phase of Comprehensive Parking Plan; time can be added directly from a phone
  • Public Transit – The Mayor spoke of the importance of public transit infrastructure to Hoboken, and noted the successful effort to table overnight PATH service cuts proposed by Governors Christie and Cuomo
  • Rebuild by Design – Planning, feasibility, and design work underway for $230M Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge coastal defense strategy
  • Shade Tree Commission – 50 residents now care for street trees planted in front of their homes, and more will be planted in the Spring
  • Southwest Park – Groundbreaking later this year on one-acre park that will provide much-needed public space for southwest Hoboken, and help reduce flooding with rain gardens, permeable pavers, and underground detention chambers that can hold up to 250,000 gallons of stormwater
  • Streets & Intersections – 50 blocks to be resurfaced; 11 intersections to be improved with curb extensions that reduce pedestrian crossing distances and house rain gardens to capture stormwater; utility replacement work underway throughout the city, including on Washington Street, which is a precursor to a complete streets redesign unveiled last fall
  • Newark Street – Block east of Washington to be converted from asphalt to cobblestone; intersection improvements with curb extensions; public plaza with chairs, tables, and trees at Washington Street
  • Observer Boulevard – Reconstruction in Spring will convert it “from a dangerous high speed thruway into a safer street with shorter crossing distances and a two-way protected bike lane from Marin Boulevard to Hoboken Terminal”

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