Hoboken Residents Asked To Fill Out Southwest “Pop-Up Park” Survey

Hoboken Residents Invited To Fill Out Southwest “Pop-Up Park” Survey

Below are updates on the Southwest Resiliency Park “pop-up park” options and community survey, traffic circulation improvements in Southwest Hoboken and virtual community meeting on Wednesday, and quality of life and construction updates for this week:

Southwest Resiliency Park “pop-up park” options

Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and Councilman Ruben Ramos encourage residents to provide input into the proposed amenities for the Southwest “temporary pop-up park”, which the City aims to construct by this summer. The City has proposed two options for the temporary pop-up park on Block 10, with amenities including a playground, pickleball courts, a basketball court, shade and tables, community garden, programmable space, and more. The temporary pop-up park will remain while the City begins the design and eventual construction of the permanent Southwest Resiliency Park.

Residents who would like to provide input into the temporary pop-up park amenities who were not able to attend last week’s community meeting are invited to fill out the following survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc3vD9AgsTyk41b9be5NBuZn-gQ92LfwrA9yEFr-dwrSjyj9w/viewform

To view last week’s virtual community meeting on the proposed temporary pop-up park designs, click here: https://www.facebook.com/107840642570023/videos/320428989465666

Earlier this month, Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and Councilman Ruben Ramos announced an agreement with Academy Bus to acquire an additional acre of land to double the size of the current Southwest Resiliency Park. Hoboken will acquire “Block 10” for $11 million from Academy, which sits adjacent to the current Southwest Resiliency Park. The City will finance the acquisition utilizing various grants and the Hoboken Open Space Trust Fund, with no impact on the 2021 municipal budget.

Southwest Hoboken traffic circulation improvements

Mayor Bhalla invites residents to a virtual community meeting Wednesday April 28 at 7:00 pm to discuss planned improvements to traffic circulation routes in Southwest Hoboken. The Bhalla administration has collaborated with Hudson County, with the support of the City Council, on planned circulation changes to Paterson Avenue, Marshall Street, and two blocks of 2nd Street between Marshall Street and Jackson Street.

Members of the public can view the meeting streamed live via the City of Hoboken Facebook and YouTube pages, or participate via the Zoom webinar (instructions below).

If you cannot attend this meeting, please submit your written comments directly to Ryan Sharp, Director of Transportation and Parking, via email at rsharp@hobokennj.gov or mail at City Hall, 94 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030.

Register for this webinar/community meeting:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8YylVIv2TTeBtBfa16zUSw

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Quality of life updates and construction schedule

The City of Hoboken is continuing with a number of quality of life projects this week. Below are construction updates on the 5-acre Northwest Resiliency Park, flood mitigation projects including a new flood pump, lawn maintenance in parks, and utility maintenance by PSEG and SUEZ. Schedules may change pending weather conditions.

To see a map of active road closures in Hoboken, visit https://streets.populus.ai/hoboken/closures

Northwest Resiliency Park

Construction continues on the 5-acre Northwest Resiliency Park, which will be New Jersey’s largest resiliency park. The park will have above and below ground infrastructure to withhold up to 2 million gallons of rainwater to help mitigate local flooding. The contractor will undertake the following activities this week between 8:00am and 4:00pm, subject to weather conditions:

  • Construct stormwater management basins throughout the site and stormwater management devices on local streets behind construction fencing.
  • Construct building foundations.
    Install water main at 12th Street.

The City uses a combination of low interest and interest-free loans, principal forgiveness for the resiliency features, and grant money to save over $19 million over the life of the project. The Northwest Resiliency Park also utilizes the Open Space Trust Fund to pay for the construction costs of the Northwest Park, and is not utilizing any funding from the 2020 municipal budget.

More information about the Northwest Resiliency Park construction is available at www.hobokennj.gov/nwpark

New pumping station and flood mitigation projects with North Hudson Sewerage Authority

To reduce Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) into the Hudson River and mitigate flooding events in Northwest Hoboken, the North Hudson Sewerage Authority (NHSA), in partnership with the City of Hoboken, is constructing a pumping station and a two-story electrical and mechanical building on the Northwest Resiliency Park (NWRP) site. This, along with associated sewer infrastructure in and around the site, is designed to reduce CSO events in the H6/H7 sewershed in Northwest Hoboken. The project also includes the installation of two advanced hydrodynamic separators, an inlet gravity sewer connection and a portion of a stormwater discharge force main connection to the limits of the resiliency park site.

In addition, NHSA will also build a stormwater collection gravity trunk sewer pipeline and appurtenances along 13th Street from Adams Street to Madison Street, and a stormwater force main sewer pipeline and appurtenances along a portion of 13th street from Jefferson Street to Adams Street. Outside of the Northwest Resiliency Park site, the work will include excavation and demolition of existing pipe and structures; and installation of piles and new sewer pipe and precast structures in the roadway of 13th Street between Adams Street and Madison Street.

The following construction activities and traffic management are anticipated this week between 8:00am and 4:30pm.

Work Activities

  • Continue excavation of test pits, sawcutting of roadway, and placement of temporary asphalt along 13th Street between Adams Street and Madison Street, at the intersections of 13th Street and Madison St, and at the intersection of Adams Street and 13th Street for future stormwater forcemain and gravity sewer.
  • Continue installation of helical piles on 13th Street between Madison Street and Adams Street, on Madison Street at the intersection of 13th Street, and on Adams Street at the intersection with 13th Street.
  • Continue installation of steel beams for pre-treatment area and pump station support of excavation.
  • Excavation of the pre-treatment area and pump station soil and hauling away for disposal.
  • Continue construction dewatering and operation of treatment facilities located within the parking lot at the intersection of 13th Street and Jefferson Street.

Traffic Management

  • Periodic closure of 13th Street between Adams Street and Madison Street between the hours of 8:00am – 4:30pm. The road will be reopened at night and over the weekend when no work is occurring. Jefferson Street intersection with 13th Street will also be included in this closure.
  • Periodic closure of 13th Street and Adams Street intersection during the day between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm.
  • Periodic lane shifts and/or lane closures on Madison Street at the 13th Street intersection.  Hoboken Police will assist with traffic flow at this intersection for any lane closures.
  • No parking will be permitted within this area during closures.
  • Although pedestrian traffic will not be allowed during working hours, the Contractor will provide for safe pedestrian traffic when the work is shut down for the overnight.

Tree Pruning and Hazardous Tree Removal in Parks

In partnership with the Hoboken Shade Tree Commission, the City of Hoboken has established an arboriculture program to mitigate tree hazards for the safety of park users as well as promote long term health of the urban tree canopy in City parks. A certified arborist provided recommendations for priority tree pruning and removal in City parks. These recommendations were reviewed by the City’s landscape architect TEND and Shade Tree Commission.

Almstead Tree Care will be removing stumps in Church Square and Elysian Parks on Thursday 4/29 from 8:00am – 4:00pm. The fence in the playground at Elysian Park must be removed temporarily to access a tree stump. It will be removed on Tuesday 4/27 and will be replaced on Thursday 4/29. Temporary fencing will be installed during these few days.

Lawn Maintenance in Parks

The City of Hoboken is implementing an organic lawn care program at Church Square Park and  Elysian Park, in partnership with the Friends of Elysian Park. The focus is on improving lawns by building soil health and increasing coverage of resilient grass species. Newly seeded lawn areas at Church Square Park, Elysian Park, and Harborside Park will remain fenced off for several weeks while the seed mix germinates and new grass begins to grow. Please obey park signage to stay out of newly seeded lawn areas.

PSE&G Madison Street Substation Project

The PSE&G Madison Street Substation Project is a multi-million dollar capital improvement that will upgrade the electric distribution system to make it more reliable and resilient in the wake of severe weather. This work includes constructing a new, elevated substation featuring state-of-the-art, 69,000-volt (69kV) gas insulated switchgear to serve and benefit Hoboken businesses and residents.

For 4-6 weeks beginning on April 5, there will be 24hr No Parking on both sides of Monroe Street between 11th Street and 12th Street, shifting the travel lane to west side of the street. A southbound travel lane will be maintained, and construction traffic is being directed to travel to the site via 15th Street and Madison Street.

Please call the Project Hotline with any concerns at 1-800-901-5035. More information about the Madison Street Substation Project is available at https://www.psegtransmission.com/reliability-projects/69kv-initiative/town/hoboken#:~:text=Project%20Overview,the%20wake%20of%20severe%20weather.

SUEZ Routine Water Infrastructure Maintenance and Outage Alerts

To see if SUEZ is working in your area and if your service may be affected, please enter your address into the SUEZ Water Advisory Map, please check the “Outage & Alerts Map” at: https://www.mysuezwater.com/water-in-my-area/water-alerts-map/New%2520Jersey

The protection of each construction site, workers, and the general public are of the utmost priority. Contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, and suppliers are following CDC guidelines and employer policies for COVID-19 protection.