70 Hudson St. in Hoboken — Courtesy: Maridian Properties
By Joshua Burd
A longtime developer and property manager in Hoboken is rolling out new guidelines to help its commercial tenants and corporate employees return to work safely and confidently.
Maridian Properties, which has more than 100,000 square feet of commercial space and 200 residential units under management in the city, on Thursday unveiled a re-occupancy plan that includes enhanced cleaning procedures and safety protocols. The company also has issued new policies that make it easier to meet social distancing guidelines and decrease individual exposure.
Mario Fini, the firm’s founder and managing director, said the guidelines include:
- New disinfecting measures, including continuous and intensified disinfecting of all common areas, restrooms, stairwells and touchpoint surfaces
- New hand sanitizing stations in lobbies and common areas
- New signage with personal protective equipment and social distancing reminders
- New procedures in place for limited-capacity elevator usage to help maintain social distancing
- Personal protective equipment, or PPE, provided to company employees
- Training for maintenance staff on proper sanitizing procedures, site-specific protocols, and use and disposal of PPE
- Additional trash receptacles in lobbies for responsible disposal of PPE
In its own corporate offices, Maridian Properties has installed glass shields between workspaces, as recommended by Cushman & Wakefield’s Safe Six: Workplace Readiness Essentials checklist, according to a news release. The shields provide an added level of separation between team members.
Maridian Properties is also providing the glass shield installation service to its commercial tenants that wish to have them in their own workspaces, at a subsidized cost.
“We are doing everything that we can to create an environment where our tenants who choose to return to their offices can welcome their employees back in the safest way possible,” Fini said. “The pandemic has been hard on local businesses, and many of our tenants have been negatively impacted. For those who are ready to reopen, we want them to be able to do so with confidence, knowing that we are taking our responsibility for providing a safe working environment very seriously.”
In a news release, the company noted that Fini has been a Hoboken resident for more than 30 years. That includes 23 years of service to the Hoboken Fire Department, where he currently serves as battalion chief.
In his corporate role, Fini has been instrumental in many initiatives to grow and develop the city, including his involvement in planning what’s known as the Railhead District adjacent to the Hoboken Terminal, the news release said.