UNION CITY – IT was probably inevitable: Hobokenization. Hoboken, a formerly rough-hewn riverside city that became “Manhattanized” over the last 15 years, replete with rehabbed condominiums and “new urban” style apartments, is now generating its own spillover effect — perhaps most noticeably here, in a small blue-collar community that sits above Hoboken on the Palisades Cliffs.
Over the last three years, Union City officials say, as residential development in Hoboken escalated, the fever spread. Roughly 60 residential projects of all sizes and sorts are under way here, according to Thomas Leane, a town planner who is overseeing efforts to create a new master plan for development.
The mayor, Brian Stack, who is also a state assemblyman, was elected five years ago after promising to develop more taxable property without displacing residents in a city where a majority are Hispanic renters with low or moderate incomes.
“The city had a history of not being developer-friendly,” Mr. Stack said. “It was stagnant, and developers shied away. We were determined to change that, but not forget the people living here.”