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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2015

Contact: Lawrence Hajna (609) 984-1795
Larry Ragonese (609) 292-2994
Bob Considine (609) 292-2994

DEP TO HOST REBUILD BY DESIGN MEETING FOR HOBOKEN, WEEHAWKEN AND JERSEY CITY
HUD-FUNDED PROJECTS TO PROTECT WATERFRONT COMMUNITIES FROM FUTURE STORMS SUCH AS SANDY

image(15/P5) TRENTON – The Department of Environmental Protection, in conjunction with Hoboken, Weehawken and Jersey City, will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, January 20, in Hoboken to gather public input on storm-resiliency projects for the three Hudson County cities to be funded through the federal Housing and Urban Development’s Rebuild by Design competition.

“This meeting will allow the DEP to gather a wealth of ideas on projects that will help protect these waterfront communities from future storms such as Superstorm Sandy,” DEP Deputy Commissioner David Glass said. “HUD’s Rebuild by Design competition is designed to facilitate innovative approaches to helping provide more resiliency in these areas, better protecting lives and property.”

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Hoboken Multi Service Center, 124 Grand Street, Hoboken 07030.

HUD has approved $230 million in Community Development Block Grants for conceptual projects to prevent storm surge in the three communities.

Residents are being encouraged to attend the meeting in Hoboken to discuss the storm protection problems their communities face and provide advice on ways they may be addressed. Officials from the DEP, including staff from the Department’s Flood Hazard Risk Reduction Measures, will be on hand to listen to input and answer questions. HUD representatives will be on hand as well as local officials.

The projects is part of approximately $920 million HUD has approved for New York, New Jersey, and New York City to begin implementation of projects that will make the region more environmentally and economically resilient. This funding was included in HUD’s most recent allocation of approximately $2.5 billion in Community Development Block Grants- Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) for the Sandy-impacted region.

Rebuild by Design was created in the summer of 2013 by the federal Superstorm Sandy Rebuilding Task Force as a way to develop ideas capable of dramatically improving the physical, ecological, and economic resilience of coastal areas. The competition has produced regional, cross-disciplinary collaboration between state and local governments, the ten design teams, regional nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and the public.

The Rockefeller Foundation has been the lead financial supporter of the competition. Teams worked to create coalitions with local and regional stakeholders to develop locally responsive proposals to improve the resilience of waterfront communities.

For more information on the New Jersey projects, visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/floodhazard/index.htm

For more information on the Rebuild by Design program, visit: www.rebuildbydesign.org/

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