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Court Rules In Favor Of Monarch Condos

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled last Friday in favor of Ironstate Development's Monarch condominium project on the Hoboken waterfront, which the city and local condo owners have been fighting after the impact of Hurricane Sandy.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said she would appeal the ruling, which involves a permit the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection granted the developer in 2011 for the two 11-story condo towers, part of the massive Shipyard complex, according to NJ.com.

She cited Sandy's devastation and potentially putting future residents and first responders at risk.

The court ruling said there was no evidence of permit violations, significant unauthorized changes in the plan or any adverse unanticipated impacts caused by the development; therefore, post-Sandy changes to department regulations and city ordinances did not constitute "good cause" to revoke the permit.

In 2013, Hoboken passed ordinances banning commercial and residential development on its waterfront piers and increased flood protection requirements on new construction.