Guest RonHine@aol.com Posted January 30, 2006 Report Share Posted January 30, 2006 Story #2 from Garden State EnviroNews 990710 WEEHAWKEN CIVIC GROUP FAULTS WATERFRONT PROPOSAL Date: 9 Jul 1999 From: RonHine@aol.com July 9, 1999 The Friends of the Weehawken Waterfront have condemned a new project proposed by developer Carl Goldberg of Roseland Properties. According to the group's spokesperson, Doug Harmon, "This new scheme is excessive, blocking views to the Hudson River, adding to our traffic woes and thwarting our goal of a continuous public waterfront." The Friends of the Weehawken Waterfront reviewed this new plan with the assistance of professional urban planners. On Thursday, June 10, Goldberg unveiled his ambitious waterfront proposal for 3.9 million square feet of development covering 92.4 acres of the land along the Hudson River. This project, designed by architect, Laura Staines of the Martin Architectural Group, would consist of 1,643 residential units and a massive commercial center surrounding a new ferry terminal and a station of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit System. Seven of the buildings are 10 to 12 stories tall. Harmon explained that views to the Hudson River are highly cherished by Weehawken Residents, most of whom live atop the palisades and regularly walk along Boulevard East with its spectacular views of the river and New York City skyline. "The proposed towers are in violation of the state coastal zone management regulations which protect views to the river," according to Harmon. An administrative law judge recently upheld these regulations in another case further south in Weehawken overlooking the Lincoln Harbor project where Hartz Mountain Industries has unsuccessfully sought to build two 16 story towers. Much of the Roseland project will keep the river's edge private, according to the Friends of Weehawken Waterfront. Harmon said, "much of the Roseland project is typical of projects already built along the Hudson River where the water's edge is, in effect, private. This is the result of poor planning where no clear demarcation has been made between what is supposed to be a public waterfront and the adjacent private development." The Friends of the Weehawken Waterfront point to the West New York project, a private enclave, also developed by Roseland, as an example of a waterfront that does not feel public. Daily traffic backups along Port Imperial Boulevard during rush hour are a harbinger of things to come, say the Friends of the Weehawken Waterfront. According to Harmon, "the Townships of West New York and Weehawken have promulgated waterfront development without a clear idea of how to move traffic in and out of this site." There are only three access points to the 200 acres of Weehawken-West New York waterfront: Pershing Road which climbs to Boulevard East, Baldwin Avenue at the south and Port Imperial Boulevard at the north which merges with River Road. Robert Kotch, the Chairman of the Friends of the Weehawken Waterfront, noted that Goldberg's new plan showed a marked improvement from what had originally been proposed. "The developer has been listening to the complaints of those of us who live in Weehawken. The new plan has been changed for the better but nevertheless, is seriously flawed." The Weehawken Planning Board approved phase one of this development on January 5, 1999. The Friends of the Weehawken Waterfront, represented by attorney James Segreto, has challenged this approval in court, arguing that the Board was illegally constituted. Phase one consists of 58 townhouses, a 12-story, 300-unit high-rise, a 4-story condominium and the conversion of an old industrial warehouse to a catering hall, office facility and health club. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Robert Kotch 212-219-8500 Chairman Friends of the Weehawken Waterfront www.weehawkenwaterfront.com Doug Harmon 201-863-3523 Friends of the Weehawken Waterfront http://www.gsenet.org/library/11gsn/1999/gs90710-.2.html Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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