New community room at Columbus Gardens
Residents at the Hoboken Housing Authority’s Columbus Gardens now have a spacious new community room for parties and other gatherings after a major facelift. Before the renovation, the space served as a laundry room, which didn’t make for the best setting for a birthday party or tenant meeting. As a commissioner of the Housing Authority, I was happy to see a $300 thousand federal grant put to use to convert the room into a bright space with kitchenette and sound system. We opened the room officially last month and residents have been very pleased with the results. We’ll be hosting karaoke nights and other events in the new community room in the weeks to come.
Seniors parking solutions
As a member of the Parking and Transportation committee, I am going to make sure that we find more parking for our residents and see to it that we keep our streets safe and sane for pedestrians and motorists alike. We’ve especially been working with the city to make sure that our seniors don’t have to travel to city hall to renew their parking permits. Parking Utility representatives will now come directly to senior centers to process renewals. I’m also fighting to get senior discounts extended to the mid-town parking garage on Clinton Street. There’s no reason why senior citizen discounts should be available at the city’s other garages and not to seniors in the 3rd ward. I will make this a priority in the months ahead.
Making parks a priority
In the 3rd ward, we have a unique opportunity to create a new open space for our community. You may remember several community meetings last year where residents rejected a plan to turn the old towing yard on Jackson Street into the municipal garage. We stopped that shortsighted move, but, luckily, the property is still available. I am going to fight for the city to use open space funds to facilitate the purchase of that property, clean it up and turn it into a space for both active and passive recreation for our kids and the community at large. Recently, the city council unanimously agreed to fund a feasibility study to determine the extent of work needed to rehabilitate Mama Johnson Field on 4th and Jackson streets. The city entered into a shared services agreement with the Hoboken Housing Authority to hire an engineer to conduct the study at a cost of $20,000. As a commissioner of the Housing Authority, I’ve been working to get some action on this for some time. As many of you may know, the field is named for community leader Mary Elizabeth “Mama” Johnson. Right now it’s being used for the city’s minor league baseball teams and an adult intramural sports league, but it needs a major rehab, including the installation of an artificial surface. This engineer’s report will let us know the extent of the work that will be needed to upgrade the facility and bring it up to the standards our kids deserve.