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The Hoboken Yard Redevelopment Area was deemed to be an ‘area in need of redevelopment’ by the City of Hoboken, New Jersey (City of Hoboken, 2014a). A relocation of the rail operations to the Rail Operations Center in Meadowlands has occurred, and al though some zones within the complex are functionally efficient, others are dysfunctional, underutilized, and/or in need of an overhaul. A long history of ownership changes has resulted in many structures being demolished, transportation modes being eliminated, and facilities being relocated (Phillips Preiss Shapiro Associates, 2006). The lack of a sense of community is induced by the way in which the neighborhood block to the north comes to a halt at the rail yards, resulting in poor
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The Hoboken Terminal and Yard within the area identified for redevelopment is of great locational value, as it connects Hoboken and Jersey City. With this in mind, the 2003 master plan called for the area to be developed as a gateway for the city, a destination for the regional area. The area also boasts historic structures that have the potential to offer a strong sense of place. This historic character was not reflected in the 2008 plan prepared by the City and New Jersey Transit, however, and hence was not adopted. To address place making, the city decided to embark on a redevelopment plan in 2011; for this, considerable input and consensus from the community, stakeholders, and property owners was sought through surveys, meetings, and workshops. All feedback was posted on the City of Hoboken website, and community feedback was incorporated in the redevelopment plan. An updated economic analysis and amended 2014 redevelopment plan incorporated the post-Hurricane Sandy flood mitigation considerations for a resilient and sustainable community (City of Hoboken, 2014b). Land proposed for parklands in the Coastal High Hazard area was purchased, and strategies of stormwater retention and management through the use of rain gardens, sea walls, and flood barriers are being developed (Bailin, 2014).
The 2014 master plan recommended a mixed-use, integrated transit center as a gateway to the Hudson waterfront. The proposal connects the area with other parts of the city by railroad, light rail, PATH commuter rail, the Trans-Hudson ferry service, and the regional bus service. About 50,000 commuters pass through Hoboken Terminal on a typical weekday morning. This provides a base support and accessibility for all economic development projects in the redevelopment area, and an opportunity for TOD as a world-class multimodal transportation hub (City of Hoboken, 2014a, 2014b).