Working to complete a contiguous public park along the Hudson River and promote development that meets the highest standards of urban design.
With demise of Google's plan, Toronto has an opportunity to create a truly public lakefront
OP-ED by architect Craig Whitaker - The recent announcement that Sidewalks Lab was abandoning its plan for redeveloping 800 acres of the Toronto lakefront now offers the city a once in a lifetime opportunity to get it right, to create a real world-class waterfront. The Sidewalks Lab plan was essentially a real estate venture designed to get Google to the lake. That was a subtle, but vastly different goal than getting Toronto to the lake.
Shipyard developers benefit immensely from waterfront park they sought to privatize
When FBW began in 1990, we drew our line in the sand at Sinatra Drive. On the river-side, it would be public. Upland to the west, there would be new blocks for private development. For the past 30 years, we have fought many battles to preserve the potential for making the waterfront park to the east of Sinatra Drive continuous and fully connected, and unobstructed by private development. The extended public street grid ensured that front doors of new buildings, many with ground floor shops and restaurants, faced the street and public riverfront park.
Final hearing for Hartz towers at Weehawken Cove this Thursday, May 28
The Weehawken Planning Board will hold what may be the final hearing on the Hartz Atir twin towers at the Weehawken Cove on Thursday, May 28, at 6:30 P.M. The public can logon to the video meeting via this link and will have an opportunity to comment on the application following the testimony of expert witnesses. At last week’s hearing, objectors to the project, including the Fund for a Better Waterfront, presented a planner and an engineer who provided testimony that Hartz’s proposal failed to conform to the requirements of Weehawken’s redevelopment and zoning ordinance. The planner, based on her many years of experience in Jersey City, testified that the project also failed to meet basic standards of proper planning.
Thank you to all who made the Hudson Gives campaign such a success. Over $340,000 was raised for 76 nonprofit organizations who help to enrich the Hudson County community. Thanks to your generosity, the Fund for a Better Waterfront made its goal, raising over $10,000. The COVID crisis has reminded us that parks are critical to our physical and emotional well-being. Your gift will help us reach our current goal of completing a plan and a park for Hoboken’s central waterfront.