“I think Shake Shack would be a great addition to Hoboken!” Zimmer tweeted. “Not sure of ZBA’s concerns but hope amended application could resolve the issues.”
Zoning Board Commissioner Phil Cohen took to Facebook after the decision.
“Well I thought that bringing a Shake Shack to Washington Street in a beautiful, modern building that would replace the unsightly surface parking lot next to Walgreen's was an exciting opportunity for Hoboken and its business district, but unfortunately the majority of my colleagues on the zoning board didn't see it that way and denied the application,” he wrote in a status update.
Friday morning, Shake Shack tweeted, "Hey Hoboken, no plans for this site or any other just yet, but we're thankful for the support and hope to see ya soon!”
According to the application before the Zoning Board, the new mixed-use, six story building (including a cellar), would include 769 square feet of retail space, 14 residential units, and two parking spaces.
The building was to be built on First and Washington Streets on the Walgreens parking lot. The application requested several zoning variances and preliminary site plan approval.
According to the plan's architect, John Nastasi of Nastais Architects, they needed a variance from the zoning board for 80 percent lot coverage.
He said the request was reasonable as the buildings next door have 100 percent and 90 percent lot coverage.
In an interview on Wednesday, he said, "I was at the Zoning Board from 7 p.m. until 11 o’clock last night at hearing to get approval for a Shake Shack on Washington Street. You would’ve thought I was trying to get approval to operate a methadone clinic, not a Shake Shack.”
See more in this weekend's edition of the Hoboken Reporter.