The Hoboken Terminal and Rail Yard is perhaps one of the largest transportation hubs in the New York-New Jersey Area. The terminal was originally opened in 1907, which was a much more different time over 100 years ago. Nowadays, Hoboken is hustling and bustling with people and businesses whether they are stationed there or just merely passing by on their commute. A design of 100 years in age will not be able to efficiently contain the mass volume of traffic through the city.
The purpose of redevelopment in this area is to preserve and enhance the quality of life of citizens and commuters in Hoboken. Currently at the Hoboken Terminal, the design of the terminal is unsafe for pedestrian traffic due to the current location of drop off areas, bus stops, and taxis. This falls into the category of criteria A, which states that the criteria for redevelopment is if “the generality of builds are substandard, unsafe, unsanitary, dilapidated, or obsolescent, or possess any such characteristics,” as a reason of redevelopment. Being a large transportation hub with many people passing through, this is a very big concern for the Hoboken Terminal. Condition A could also be joined by condition E in this case. Criteria E states that if the land use is not being used to its full potential, redevelopment can occur.
Redevelopment of the terminal will provide the terminal with many benefits. Safety of the pedestrians will increase as the roads would be redesigned to better accommodate the commuters traveling into New York City. The redevelopment also calls for redesigning the surrounding area so that it will minimize the need for parking along with minimizing the impact of parking through the use of parking decks. The redevelopment is oriented around the fact that many people tend to pass by the area on the way to work. To further back this cause, the redevelopment also encourages mixed-use land, like storefronts with apartments located above ground level. This promotes economic development targeting commuters passing by on their daily commutes.