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February 2, 2020
Working to complete a contiguous public park along the Hudson River and promote development that meets the highest standards of urban design.
WEEHAWKEN COVE
Multiple lawsuits challenge new ordinance for Lincoln Harbor as developer resubmits proposal for high-rise towers
Hartz Mountain has been developing the 50-acre Lincoln Harbor project at the south Weehawken waterfront since the 1980s. Now they are suing the Township of Weehawken over last October’s denial of its application to build two 18-story towers on the Weehawken Cove and last December’s approval of an amended Lincoln Harbor redevelopment ordinance. Concurrently, Hartz has resubmitted a development application for the towers at the Cove scheduled to come before the Weehawken Planning Board on February 4.
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ORAL ARGUMENTS PRESENTED
Final legal dispute over Monarch Towers reaches the New Jersey Supreme Court

On January 22, the issue before the New Jersey Supreme Court focused on a municipality’s right to enforce local ordinances to protect the public’s health and safety adopted after a lower court, in an extraordinary move, granted automatic approval for two high-rise towers to be built on a Hoboken pier. Attorneys representing the City of Hoboken, FBW and the New Jersey League of Municipalities argued that the amended flood and corresponding zoning ordinances were enforceable against this project because building over the Hudson River put people in harm’s way and thus required the municipality to implement the necessary safeguards.

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STATE OF THE CITY
Mayor Bhalla provides Union Dry Dock update in his State of the City address

Excerpt from Mayor's January 27 address: "Speaking of parkland, I would be remiss if I didn’t reiterate my administration’s unwavering commitment to securing Union Dry Dock to create a waterfront park. While you may not have heard many updates recently, rest assured that we are making real progress behind the scenes with both New York Waterway and the Governor’s office. I’m optimistic that we will finally see a positive ending this year that preserves Union Dry Dock for public, open space." Photo of Mayor Bhalla taken at FBW's Connect the Waterfront event.

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