GA's concern for aesthetics of the building are noted in the original post (see Screaming-guy below).
Hopefully the city will encourage the developer to put setbacks on the park side of the project, to minimize the wall-effect.
GA won't beat around the bush. WTF is Hoboken doing here?
Does our city need THIS continuous, block-wide, uninterrupted monolith of 424 residential units in exchange for a slot of green space that 'feels' more like a building set-back than a park, cast in the shadow?* [*see update]
Does our city need to encourage construction of a disturbing colossus by awarding the developer a PILOT?
GA's taxes (and yours) keep going up; giving this thing a PILOT is a slap in the face.
How about NO PILOT and proposing a building with an appropriate scale for its neighbors?
Well, GA used Photoshop to illustrate one of many possible configurations more in proportion to its neighbors, one which will admit more light and sun to Monroe Park, that would otherwise be blocked by a 14-story block-wide monolith.
Developers need to include shadow studies with their large scale proposals.
GA used to live downtown on sunny River Street before the construction of the SJP waterfront buildings turned it into a darkened canyon. This 14-story monolith will have the same effect on the slot of green, Monroe Park, below.
This proposal is wildly out of scale for the back end of town.
If we can't make it work for the neighborhood, then maybe it doesn't work.