Ft. Lee’s Hudson Lights inches closer to approval

Fort Lee Planning Board hears more on Hudson Lights project

Via northjersey.com

Representatives of the Hudson Lights at Fort Lee development project attempted to quell concerns from Planning Board officials on May 14, reassuring them that architectural and environmental issues on the site will not delay construction.

What amazes me after all the time that was put into the planning process for the new Hudson Lights project, is that there are still unanswered questions from either side.  Why haven’t all the major issues been resolved at this point?  It’s not like this is the first time the Planning Board has seen the plans. Id be willing to be that everything has been reviewed and re-reviewed at great length by both parties.

Everyone has known what the size and scope of the project is for quite s0me time, and I can’t believe that this is the first time that a rendering has been presented to the Board.

So why all the questions…now?  Could it be posturing by either side?

Testimony as to what the storefronts on Lemoine would look like drew a confused response from the Planning Board, prompting member Don Porrino to question whether the panel was rushing through the reviewing process.

“There are so many unanswered questions on this application,” he said. “There seems to be a lot of first-time presentations here.”

“I don’t think any of the environmental issues should hold up construction,” said McAndrew. “Soil can be remediated right now; groundwater is also being remediated right now.”

It’s real simple…

  • if there’s not enough parking spots, then either create more or reduce the size of the project
  • if a traffic light is needed then add one.  And if you don’t know if there’s a need then make provisions if one needs to be added
  • at this point in time there should be no confusion as to what the storefronts will look like.  No matter what it looks like, it will be more attractive than anything else in Ft Lee.  Towns can’t dictate beauty…though they try
  • no matter happens here there will be additional traffic on Lemoine.  The developers can’t fool themselves here because if it doesn’t work then the project will be a failure and they lose out big time financially
  • the project will be a boost to the town
  • and without Harbor Lights, the other project (twin rental towers…900 rentals) that was just approved could end up a failure

It’s unfortunate that the two projects weren’t part of a combined approval, because if something does go wrong the blame will go to one project or the other…when it will really be the fault of both.

The developer and the Planning Board need to deal with the outstanding issues, which I assume they already have, and move this project to a vote…so it doesn’t drag on.  2o years is a long time.


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