The City of Hoboken, New Jersey, faces limited undeveloped land opportunities in the densely populated urban municipality. Just two percent of the square mile city constitutes vacant land, which makes the practices of redevelopment and infill development a necessity. It is for this reason that the Marshall Street Substation site located on half an acre of land presents a unique opportunity to provide desperately needed community uses to Hoboken residents. Once fully remediated, per the City of Hoboken’s 2017 Land Transfer Agreement with the site’s current owner PSE&G, the property will transferred back to the city vacant, with unlimited options for its development potential.
With this in mind, the City of Hoboken tasked a team of graduate planning students at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University to prepare the following report as part of their Spring 2020 studio course. The studio was conducted in conformance with professional planning practice standards in order to develop an Alternatives Analysis for the Marshall Street site. The analysis recognized the opportunities inherent in the location and proposes the best development options possible for after the city acquires the property. It is important to note that there is no intention to choose one option over another, but rather to explore the development potential of the site in context with citywide planning goals.
Students: Jae-Ah Chung, Teun Deuling, Francisco Espinoza, Donna Iken, Bhavin Patel, Samuel Rosenthal, Matthew Soslow, Rebecca Weiss, Ryan Wolf
Instructor: Nadia A. Mian, PhD