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This afternoon Hoboken shared two, preliminary concept designs for the Court Street Historic Rehabilitation Project, which aims to upgrade Court Street while maintaining its historic character. To gather public feedback on the preliminary designs, the City also launched an online survey today at https://hobokennj.gov/courtstreetsurvey and will host a virtual community meeting on Wednesday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m.

Court Street runs north-south just east of Washington Street, beginning in the city’s southeastern corner of the First Ward.  It is mostly a narrow, cobblestoned “alley way,” wide enough for cars to travel with many back entrances to Washington Street stores and numerous residential properties.  The street has always had a certain charm.


“This project will go a long way to ensure Court Street’s historic character is preserved, while providing important upgrades to a road that is in need of infrastructure repairs,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla.  “I invite residents to provide their input into these two proposals, so we can finalize a concept design and move forward on Court Street’s rehabilitation in the months ahead.”

“Through collaborative community planning, we are creating an amazing path for Court Street,” said First Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco.  “As someone who passionately advocated for its historic preservation, I couldn’t be prouder of our efforts. We’re blending the past and present, preserving Court Street’s rich history while enhancing the pedestrian experience. Together, we’re creating a vibrant future where Court Street embodies our shared vision and proudly celebrates its heritage.”

According to a city press release, the project consultant team created the two concepts utilizing community feedback collected through an online survey, public meeting, and stakeholder meetings as well as on-site surveys of the area. The two concepts both maintain the historic nature of the street by re-using existing historic stones known as “setts”, as well as two-way circulation, and provide for improved drainage through the center of the roadway.

Concept One includes a continuous 4-foot-wide concrete landing and apron on both sides of the street that will improve ADA access and create a symmetrical look.

Concept Two aims to reset setts up to the building lines but includes 3-foot-wide concrete landings and aprons at existing garages and doorways which are required by the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code. The second concept will also require the City to harvest additional setts from another location while the first concept is not expected to require additional setts.

To take the online survey, go to https://hobokennj.gov/courtstreetsurvey. The survey is scheduled to close on June 15 at 6 p.m.

To register for the virtual community meeting on June 14, at 6:30 p.m., go to http://hobokennj.gov/courtstreetmeeting.

Court Street was constructed in the late 1800s, and most of the seven blocks remain in their original condition, necessitating improvements proposed in the plan.

For more information on the Court Street Historic Rehabilitation Project, go to www.hobokennj.gov/courtstreetproject.