|proposed municipal garage rooftop can be converted to active, rcreational space|
Naysayers Eduardo Gonzalez whine that we should deal BASF proposed park space over to developers for "residential towers", Terry Castellano whines taxpayers should pay more for BASF property, and 3rd Ward Councilman Mike Russo whines the 6-acre BASF site amounts to a "4 acre park." Others on the City Council have a constructive, positive vision for Hoboken; a vision of what can and will be done to improve the quality of life for residents once the BASF property is acquired.
In the discussion of the BASF bond ordinance, two Councilmen hit GA's sweet spot: the desire for a municipal pool in Hoboken.
These are the ones that 'got away:' a free floating pool offered to Hoboken by the Neptune Foundation in 2000 that floated to Brooklyn in 2004, and a developer's promise to build a pool and community center in Hoboken in 2007:
A couple of weeks ago, the City announced, along with the Tarragon/URSA Development Group, that a new community center and swimming pool are in store for the city's Northwest Corridor, a formerly blighted area of industrial remains that will see rapid development over the next decade. Construction of the center and pool, on 11th Street between Madison and Monroe, will begin in 2006, and current plans call for the center to open to the public in 2007. According to Mayor Roberts, the building will be Hoboken's first new community building in more than 30 years, and the Mile Square's first public swimming pool. Many long-time residents have hailed these plans, remembering the days when, as children, they had longed for a place to cool off during the hot summer days. Their age-old dream is about to become reality. Destined to be 26,000 sq. ft. in size, Mayor Roberts has announced plans for community brainstorming meetings to figure out how this space can best be filled. He hopes to see some or all of the following included: exercise rooms, lockers, showers, a dance studio, and community activity rooms. As for the pool area, there will be a children's pool separate from the larger, main one, as well as an outdoor deck with a decorative brick wall protecting those on the inside from the traffic of 11th, Madison, and Monroe Streets.
|left: URSA-Tarragon's Pool & Community center proposal, right: floating pool first offered to Hoboken, docked in Brooklyn, now the Bronx|
Now the City is moving to acquire 6-acres from BASF for a park and municipal garage. If the City doesn't build this wonderful amenity for our community now, it never will.
GA believes a perfect location would be atop the proposed municipal garage. Yep, on the roof. Currently, the proposed location for the garage is the 0.68 acre lot on the northwest former of Adams and 13th Streets. The size of this lot is approximately 200 x 150 feet.
Creating active, recreational space on the roof of the municipal garage would return the entire footprint of the BASF property to active, recreational space. An elevator to the roof would allow easy control of access to the pool on off-hours or off-season. The rooftop location would provide sweeping panoramic views... it can be as beautiful as the pool Mayor Brian Stack built for Union City.
The City can call in developer promises to help fund its construction. (Yeah, no one should hold their breath...)
A community pool is a promise to hardworking taxpayers whose time has COME. These are the pools our neighboring municipalities have built for their residents. Guess WHICH community pool is provided by the following municipalities:
1. North Bergen
2. Union City
3. Jersey City
4. West New York
Post your answers, GA will tell you if you are correct.