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					Hoboken’s Master Plan Team
In 2001, Mayor David Roberts followed through on a campaign promise by initiating the preparation of a new master plan for Hoboken. In accordance with State law, the Hoboken Planning Board is the lead agency. The Planning Board’s Master Plan Subcommittee (Chairman Hank Forrest, Environmental Services Director Cassandra Wilday, Elizabeth Falco and Louise Taglieri) is guiding the preparation of the master plan along with Community Development Director Fred Bado, City Planner Elizabeth Vandor, and Planning Board Planner Eileen Banyra. The City of Hoboken has retained Phillips Preiss Shapiro Associates, Inc. (PPSA), nationally recognized planning consultants, to prepare the new master plan in conjunction with the City. PPSA (formerly Abeles Phillips Preiss & Shapiro) is being supplemented by a high-quality team of specialized technical subconsultants for this project. The planning process will maximize the input of the City’s residents and business community, through public workshops and meetings as well as other outreach efforts cooperatively organized with Mayor Roberts’ administration.

Phillips Preiss Shapiro Associates, Inc. is a well established planning and real estate consulting firm based in New York City. Some of the firm’s more notable assignments include: • CCRP (Comprehensive Community Revitalization Program) plans for the South Bronx—recipient of the national American Planning Association’s first Presidential Award Economic and riverfront development initiatives for Wilmington, Delaware Master plans for Nyack, NY; Stamford, CT; Newark, NJ; and Southampton, NY Citywide waterfront and historic preservation zoning regulations for New York City Citywide open space policies for New York City Model smart growth zoning regulations for the Hartford, Connecticut region Harlem Valley Economic Strategy, NY, winner of a New York State Preservation League award Smart growth fiscal impact study for Beaufort County, SC, winner of an American Society of Landscape Architects award

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John Shapiro is the firm’s principal-incharge for this project. He specializes in land use planning and economic development, topics that he teaches at the graduate planning departments at the University of Pennsylvania and Pratt Institute. Mr. Shapiro’s nationally recognized work includes the CCRP, the Stamford Urban Enterprise Zone Plan, and the Downtown Easton (PA) Revitalization Strategy. He also recently received the distinguished service award from the NY Metro Chapter of the American Planning Association. Paul Grygiel, AICP, PP, is the project director for PPSA. A resident of Hoboken since 1997, Mr. Grygiel recently became a principal of PPSA. He is experienced in the preparation of master plans and land use ordinances, and is a frequent expert planning witness before New Jersey planning and zoning boards. Mr. Grygiel serves as Vice-President of the NJ Chapter of the American Planning Association.

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Subconsultants PPSA is being assisted by the following special advisors for this project:

Project for Public Spaces, Inc. (open space, urban design) is a nationally famous non-profit technical assistance, research, and educational organization. PPS has worked in over 1,000 communities within the U.S. and abroad since its founding in 1975, helping people to grow their public space into vital community places. Local projects include the redesign of Bryant Park, transit-friendly development for NJ Transit, and traffic calming in Manhattan. Norman Mintz (downtown improvements) is nationally known as the original Main Street Manager for Corning, NY. He is the co-author of the book Cities Back from the Edge: New Life for Downtown. Mary Delaney Krugman (historic preservation) has been involved in projects throughout New Jersey and is the former executive director of Preservation New Jersey. Ms. Krugman has a working knowledge of Hoboken’s historic landscape and preservation issues, having recently completed extensive research for a local community organization.

Fox & Fowle Architects P.C. (architecture and urban design, waterfront issues) is one of the nation’s top design firms. Fox & Fowle’s expertise includes developing sustainable plans and “green” building techniques and regulations. Wilbur Smith Associates (circulation, GIS) are traffic engineers with substantial Hudson County experience. WSA is not only known for its expertise in future travel projections, alternative transportation strategies, and parking, but also pedestrian and bicycle planning. Jeffrey M. Zupan (transit, transportation) served for ten years as director of planning for NJ Transit, and is currently a Senior Transportation Fellow with the Regional Plan Association. He has written three major books concerning pedestrian circulation, public transportation, and urban rail.