OOPS: No one told city of Hoboken that they're getting a new train station
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HOBOKEN -- Things that could have been brought to their attention yesterday?

City officials said on Friday that they were unaware of plans approved by NJ Transit last summer for a new light rail station near the city's northern border.

It is unclear whether the transit agency would have to get city permission to build a new rail stop, particularly if it's on their own property.

The word only got out because the station was mentioned in a New York Times cover story on Thursday. According to the story, NJT approved some sort of nonbinding agreement with the Rockefeller Group, which owns three blocks of property near 15th Street. NJT owns land in that area too, and intends to build a light rail station on their land.

The light rail runs from Bayonne to North Bergen and has several stops in Hoboken, including Second and Ninth streets on the west side of town. The new station would be another stopping point before the Weehawken stop.

The Times story was focused on the Rockefeller Group's history of pushing Zimmer to put through a proposal to redevelop the area. Rockefeller hopes to build a 40-story office building there.

The area is near the city's border with Weehawken and near the Lincoln Tunnel.

Hoboken City Spokesman Juan Melli said that the city has formally submitted state Open Public Records Act requests to get more information about the project.

NJT officials did not return calls from the Reporter to learn more about the station.

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