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  •  Really appreciate your input. (1+ / 0-)
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    I've never been to Hoboken or Newark or Fort Lee. Oh, except once we broke down on the approach to the GWB and a tow truck arrived almost instantaneously and towed us to the other side where we were fixed up and sent on our way. Don't even remember what the problem was since a trip without problems was the exception. :)

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    by hannah on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 11:01:49 AM PST

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    •  I think the thrust of your diary is mistaken (4+ / 0-)
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      jayden, auron renouille, hannah, Urban Owl

      As I understand it, all the property owners in the study area want to do redevelopment. Moreover, this is an area where it makes sense to put up skyscrapers. Not only that, but the mayor agrees that this area is appropriate for redevelopment: it's a rundown neighborhood in a fantastic location. Density makes sense here.

      The issue here is the goodies: the zoning variances, the free infrastructure upgrades, the tax breaks. We should be suspicious of the study because it looked at this entire rundown neighborhood which by all accounts is ripe for redevelopment, and and discovered that The Rockefeller Group, but not the other property owners, are eligible for goodies. By the greatest coincidence, the Executive Director of the group who paid for the study stands to personally benefit if the study is accepted.

      Also, as I understand it, by accepting the study, the city would be giving the goodies to The Rockefeller Group and not the other property owners. The other owners are hopping mad about this and have hired their own lawyer. Mayor Zimmer doesn't want to jump into accepting the study and having the redevelopment project go forward without making sure the study is correct.

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