Building Hoboken Together
Col. Stevens' dreams of developing Hoboken into a thriving community of both commerce and elegance were gradually carried out by the Hoboken Land and Improvement Company, his family's development firm. (The company's historic brick headquarters still stand at the corner of River and Newark Streets, one block from Hoboken's train station.)
By the late 19th century, the Stevens family had divested itself of most of its land in the city, but the family remained Hoboken's chief benefactors. Many of these Stevens projects and donations remain centerpieces of Hoboken life, and the economic benefits of the university also contribute significantly to city life today:
Stevens is now the 4th-largest employer in Hoboken.
Edwin A Stevens' spouse, Martha Bayard Dod, donated land and funds for the establishment of the Hoboken Public Library, founded St. Martha’s Ward in the city's St. Mary’s Hospital (now Hoboken University Medical Center), and built and endowed the Church of the Holy Innocents, now on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Stevens family established Church Square Park, adjacent to the church and library, as well as Hudson Square Park and Elysian Park, bookending the Stevens campus to the north and south. All three parks remain open to the public today.
The city's train station, Hoboken Terminal — New Jersey's second-most active passenger facility, a busy hub of train, ferry, light rail and underground PATH services and connections — was built upon Stevens dockland.
Stevens property is now also the site of Frank Sinatra Drive and the waterfront Skate Park.
Today the university continues to enjoy a close and beneficial relationship with the city the Stevens family founded. Among the many partnerships between Stevens and the city are collaborative efforts to:
Design new parks
Create stronger defenses against extreme weather
Collect and analyze data on city parking, traffic and pedestrian use
Optimize emergency response services
As both the university and Hoboken grow, they continue working hand-in-hand to ensure an even more prosperous future together.