Community meetings organized by The City of Hoboken and a local developer will determine the outcome of a major rezoning initiative known as the Public Works Garage Site Redevelopment Plan. The initiative was launched in 2006 to replace a partially derelict municipal parking garage and surrounding parcels with a mix of residential, retail, and publicly accessible area.
One of the proposed new buildings at 83 Willow Avenue is the primary focus of the most recent meetings. The site is located at the intersection of Newark Street and Willow Avenue where there is an existing parking facility. For construction to begin, amendments to the existing redevelopment plan would need to be reviewed to ensure consistency with previous drafts of the agreement.
The parking lot is owned by 83 Willow Ave Apartments, LLC which has retained Nastasi Architects to design the new building. If the proposals are approved, the facility would be replaced with an 11-story mixed-use building. The structure would contain 2,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, three levels of parking on the second through fourth floors, and 42 apartments.
The residential component would comprise a mix of 21 single-bedrooms, 13 two-bedrooms, seven three-bedrooms, and a four-bedroom unit. Select units will offer private outdoor space along the perimeter of the building. Four units will be marketed below market-rate as affordable housing units.
The parapet of the structure will support a green roof and an amenity deck spanning approximately 3,300 square feet.
According to a statement from city officials dated December 19, if the redevelopment plan is advanced out of the City Council sub-committee and adopted on first reading at a future meeting by the City Council, it will be reviewed for Master Plan consistency by the Planning Board, and then heard for a vote on second reading by the Council.