Shake Shack has tweeted " no plans for this site [107-11 Washington Street]"...
...proving once and for al (as GA told you) Councilman DeFusco lied to the public (and besmirched the reputation of Hoboken's Zoning Board of Adjustment) when he posted this on Facebook:
A shout out to hMag's Chris Halloran for today's excellent coverage of this developing story.
Stay tuned folks, more to come!
So get this.
First, Councilman Mike DeFusco gets caught in a huge lie- picking up a DEVELOPER'S TALKING POINT- he makes the fallacious claim that "Hoboken said "NO" to Shake Shack" at the Zoning Board.
Next, GA confronts him with the lie on Facebook, then PROVES he's lied here: I published the ZBA Planner's report which requested that the Applicant "provide information regarding the TYPE of commercial and/or retail tenants intended for the space. " NONE (contract, lease, letter of commitment) was provided in response to the Planners report-NONE, including at the hearing. The Applicant showed a rendering with "Shake SHake" signage- that's all.
Next, Councilman DeFusco BLOCKS ME FROM COMMENTING ON FACEBOOK.
Next, Councilman DeFusco CONTINUES to LIE to the public that "Shake Shack" was a confirmed tenant. Because GA is blocked, DeFusco continues to feed the angry mob, and LIE like a friggin rug. Check this out:
What the hell is, "in contract pending approval?"
In contract means "in contract."
The Applicant provided no letter of commitment or any proof at all that "Shake Shake" was "in contract pending approval" IF this was true- and they were ASKED for this information.
Conclusion: Defusco is parroting a DEVELOPER TALKING POINT- A SALES PITCH.
Consider DeFusco's Hamburger Jihad on Facebook a big wink to the development community... maybe a pitch for "support" (ka-ching) to a flagging campaign.
DeFusco has shown he will ABDICATE his responsibility as a Councilman sitting on a body that hears ZBA appeals in order to SHILL for a developer.... at the same time, he stabs the Hoboken Zoning Board of Adjustments (as a body) in the back, by creating this false narrative that turns the ZBA into "bad guys who voted against hamburgers."
GA sat on the ZBA for 4 years, and accept how applicants pitch projects.
DeFusco has completely politicized the board, and trashed it's good work by dragging into his self-centered political ambitions. 'Nuff said about hamburgers today?