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An Academy Bus lot at Observer Highway and Harrison Street in Hoboken is wanted by the city for a park expansion under the Southwest Redevelopment Plan. (Steve Strunsky | NJ Advance Media)  HOBOKEN — City officials want to know what people think...

Plan would turn Hoboken's industrial southwest into mixed-use community

An Academy Bus lot at Observer Highway and Harrison Street in Hoboken is wanted by the city for a park expansion under the Southwest Redevelopment Plan. (Steve Strunsky | NJ Advance Media)  HOBOKEN — City officials want to know what people think...

Plan would turn Hoboken's industrial southwest into mixed-use community
An Academy Bus lot at Observer Highway and Harrison Street in Hoboken is wanted by the city for a park expansion under the Southwest Redevelopment Plan. (Steve Strunsky | NJ Advance Media)
 

HOBOKEN — City officials want to know what people think of a  redevelopment plan meant to transform Hoboken's traditionally industrial southwest corner into a mixed-used community, with more apartments and retail space, added parkland, parking and bike lanes, and improved drainage and traffic flow.

Residents, business owners and other members of the public are invited to express their preference among four specific design alternatives under the plan, using an online comment sheet posted on the city's website. Residents have until Wednesday to weigh in.

The the so-called Southwest Redevelopment Plan involves an area northeast of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail tracks and southwest of Paterson Avenue, along with a stretch of Newark Street between Harrison and Jackson streets.

The plan is essentially a new zoning map for the area, allowing the continuation of existing industrial uses, but also permitting property owners to redevelop their sites into apartments, shops and even a new hotel at Observer Highway and Henderson Street.

"It gives you the option to keep what you have or develop what's zoned for in the plan," said Juan Melli, a spokesman for Mayor Dawn Zimmer, whose administration hired Manhattan-based Maser Consulting to draft the plan.

A slide presentation that laid out the plan during a public hearing on Oct. 13 is reproduced in the photo gallery above.

The main distinction among the four alternatives involves how to redevelop a half-acre triangular property at Harrison Street and Paterson Avenue. The property is adjacent to a vacant lot proposed for a future expansion of the new Southwest Park, the first phase of which is now under construction and due for completion next summer.

Alternatives 1 and 2 would use the property to further expand the park, while Alternative 3 would allow for low-density mixed use development, and Alternative 4 calls for office buildings. Melli said the City Council will consider the public's preferences and select a final alternative in conjunction with the mayor by the Spring.

The 1-acre park site, located north of Observer Highway between Harrison and Jackson streets, will also host an underground storm water detention system intended to help alleviate flooding in the low-lying neighborhood.

In addition to the park, other public projects called for under the plan include a new parking garage at Harrison and Newark streets, expansion of an existing bike path northwest of the railroad tracks, and added traffic signals meant to reduce rush hour congestion.

Steve Strunsky may be reached at sstrunsky@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveStrunsky. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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