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  • Word on the {Washington} Street: Community Clean Up, Tax Breaks, and More Hoboken + JC News

    What. A. Week. While Stella filled our newsfeeds with pre and post blizzard updates, lots of other exciting things happened around town this week as well. We’ve got the full round-up in our latest edition of Word on the {Washington} Street: your one-stop-shop for everything news in Hoboken.

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    Spring Fling Community Clean Up Seeks Volunteers

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    The City of Hoboken Shade Tree Commission and Green Team will celebrate Earth Month in April by hosting Hoboken Spring Fling, a community-wide day of service dedicated to cleaning up Hoboken’s parks and public spaces. The event will offer Hoboken residents, businesses, and community groups the opportunity to work together on a “hands-on,” high-visibility service project. The event will be held on Saturday, April 29th from 10:00AM-2:00PM where volunteers will meet at the gazebo in Church Square Park and then work on cleanup projects throughout the City. Projects may include removing debris from a park, roadway, walkway, school, or other public property, planting or landscaping a public area, and painting benches or other public amenities. You can sign up a team or as an individual at www.hobokennj.gov/springfling.

    First Baptist Church to Become Condos

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    The First Baptist Church building, located at 903 Bloomfield Street, will soon be reconstructed to house six condos. According to an article on Jersey Digs, the church ran services as recently as 2013 and was then sold to an investor who intended to turn it into condos. The majority of the structure will be restored but the “conversion will see the removal of the building’s current roof in favor of a new Mansard-style one that’s shorter but wider, adding a fifth floor to the structure that will be topped with gray-colored zinc.” There will be two 2-bedroom units, two 3-bedroom units, and two 4-bedroom units.

    Tax Breaks for Hoboken Residents

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    If the 2017 Hoboken City budget is approved, Hoboken Residents would see a tax break this year {woo!}. According to Hoboken Patchthe year’s proposed budget includes a 1.25% reduction in the municipal tax.  While the municipal tax would lower, it’s possible that residents could face tax increases for local school and county taxes. To read the full proposed budget, click here

    Jersey City Getting New Police Stations

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    According to a recent article on NJ.com, Jersey City will be getting a new police station. The new station will replace the 126-year-old police precinct on Seventh Street. Mayor Fulop also announced that Jersey City Heights would be getting a new station as well. While the JC Heights building will be paid for by taxpayer money, the new Downtown station will be built by the development group that is redoing the old Emerson Radio factory.

    Hoboken Provides Parking During Blizzard, and Tows Snow Routes

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    In a series of announcements leading up to Winter Storm Stella, The City of Hoboken announced that municipal lots would be available at a reduced cost for residents with a valid Hoboken permit to park their cars. They also opened up the lot on 12th and Madison at no charge for anyone who wouldn’t need access to their car until Friday. The City also announced that they would be towing cars along snow routes starting Monday evening, which according to an article on Fox 5 NY, they started doing after 9:00PM.

    Historic Downtown Farmer’s Market Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

    Jersey City’s Historic Downtown Special Improvement District has officially announced plans for a fun-filled celebration to commemorate the Farmers Market’s 10th Anniversary. On May 1st, 2017, festivities will kick off with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony by Mayor Steven Fulop at 3pm on the Grove Street Path Plaza. Visitors to the market will have the opportunity to take a selfie on a real tractor from Stony Hill Farms while Dancing Tony of The Rockit-Docket will DJ. Patrons can enjoy a special cake from Jersey City Sweets or some locally made beer and wines. The Farmer’s Market started in 2007 with only a small amount of vendors and has grown to more than 25 vendors over the last 10 years. It is open on Mondays & Thursdays from May through December. By visiting the Historic Downtown Farmer’s Market, customers directly support local famers as well as businesses and community members. For more information on the Historic Downtown Farmer’s Market click here

    Mayor Zimmer Asks That Pier A Construction Move Forward  

    At a recent City Council meeting, Mayor Zimmer made a statement regarding the need to repair the substructure of Pier A. In her statement, she relayed that Pier A was constructed by the Port Authority and that due to possible construction issues, repairs need to be made to over 1,000 steel pilings that hold up the pier. Mayor Zimmer went on to discuss that funding “for the maintenance of Pier A and the waterfront are provided by an account established by a 1994 agreement between the Port Authority and the City… That account now receives $1 million annually from the developers as part of the obligation of the developers to ‘give back’ to the community in exchange for the development rights that were provided in Hoboken.” Despite the fact that over the years money has been put into the account but not spent, there is still disagreement on how to fund the repairs. Mayor Zimmer stated the the Port Authority representative “on the Board has failed to attend multiple meetings and failed to participate in many meetings when present.  This action has caused a stalemate so that the Board has not been able to come to a final decision on the funding of the repairs.” Mayor Zimmer asked the City Council to support the resolutions to fund and begin repairs to Pier A so that it is fully repaired and can be used by residents, visitors, and businesses in the community. She stated she’ll continue to work to get the Port Authority to agree to pay for the repairs.

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    That’s the latest Word on Wash! Have any news tips? Email kate@hobokengirl.com


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    Kate Lombardo is Hoboken Girl’s Marketing and Events Manager. She joined the HG team in February of 2015 and loves keeping readers up to date on news and things to do in Hoboken. Kate lives uptown with her husband and can often be found shopping her way through Hoboken’s boutiques or taste-testing her way through the mile square’s amazing restaurants. She’s a local yoga teacher who loves helping people live the healthiest and happiest version of their lives. Check her out on Instagram @katelombardoyoga.


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