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February 10th, 2007, 05:33 PM
Article from the Star-Ledger about Newark's neighboring sister city to the south ELizabeth become a transit village. I expect to hear more coming out of Elizabeth in the coming years. Currently Elizabeth is New Jersey's fourth largest city behind Newark, Jersey City, and Paterson.

Elizabeth becomes a 'transit village'
Growth is promoted near train stations

Saturday, February 10, 2007
Star-Ledger Staff

Roughly 8,000 people pass through Elizabeth's midtown train station every day, transit officials say, making the station one of New Jersey's busiest mass transit hubs.

But the city has long struggled with finding a way to keep those business commuters and college students shopping and eating in midtown once the day is done.

Three years ago, an upscale cafe opened inside the station, and just last month, the city launched the state's first municipal wireless net work in the surrounding area.

Today, Elizabeth will take another step toward midtown revitalization when Gov. Jon Corzine designates the area as the site of the state's newest transit village, an 8-year-old program designed to promote redevelopment and growth around the state's mass transit stations.

Since the transit village program's inception, 17 designated municipalities have become eligible for state grants, coordinated planning assistance and fast-track approvals for construction projects. Their locations range from Jersey City's bustling Journal Square to the area around Netcong's train station in sleepy Sussex County. In Union County, both Rahway and Cranford have transit villages in development.

The designation comes with an initial $100,000 grant for planning assistance, said state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Erin Phalon.

In Elizabeth, officials hope the designation will serve as a lure for developers and a catalyst to reinvi gorate midtown redevelopment plans that have languished on the city drawing board since the mid- 1980s.

Though the transit village designation will not immediately set any one project into motion, Director of Planning and Community Development Oscar Ocasio said plans are being drawn up for close to 700 new housing units and 70,000 square feet of retail and office space in the immediate train station vicinity. In addition, Union County College is moving forward with a new 120,000-square-foot building that should be completed over the next two years, Ocasio said.

With the transit village designation, Ocasio said the city also will likely be soliciting new ideas from developers and working to generate interest in other compo nents of the midtown plan. In its application for inclusion in the program, the city estimated that transit village development could produce up to 1,200 new jobs.

"The transit village is a tool with financial investments from the state that we can use to market this site for development," said Mayor Chris Bollwage. "What we're hoping to do is create an atmosphere in midtown -- with the Thursday concerts in the plaza and restaurant in the station -- that will attract the college students and some of the train personnel to possibly make that a destination when they come home."

Jonathan Casiano covers Elizabeth. He may be reached at (908) 527-4012 or jcasiano@starledger.com.

West Hudson
August 5th, 2007, 10:10 PM
There is some huge new project under construction immediately southwest of the Elizabeth train station....I wonder if this is the Union County College building? Whatever it is, it almost looks like it will be pretty huge.

August 6th, 2007, 12:13 PM
I live down the block in a high-rise. I have not seen construction of that proportion being done in Elizabeth in a long while. Hopefully these are signs of things to come.

February 3rd, 2008, 05:30 PM


Sunday, February 03, 2008
Star-Ledger Staff

Standing amid the reeds behind Jersey Gardens Mall, Dil Hoda peers out over Newark Bay, the arch of the Goethals Bridge in front of him, a hulking cargo ship docked a stone's throw away at Port Elizabeth.

But his attention is fixed on a small patch of smooth sand below him, where the bay's gentle tide laps against an assortment of washed-up trash.

"There's actually a beach here, you know?" he says, before gazing wistfully back over the bay. "We want to see people kayaking on this."

Sunday afternoon kayakers mingling with cargo ships is just one example of what Hoda -- the managing member of Tern Landing Development -- sees when he strolls these 30 acres of capped landfill in the heart of New Jersey's industrial corridor.

He also sees a small city of glass towers -- 14 in all -- rising from the former city dump. He envisions, too, a ferry carting commuters across the bay, up the Kill Van Kull and into Lower Manhattan. And a nearly mile-long wooden promenade hugging the bay's shore, with a marina for recreational boats. Then there's the hotel and charter school surrounded by restaurants and shop. He sees thousands of new residents on this isolated spit of land where not so much as a shack stands today.

In all, Tern Landing plans to spend as much as $2 billion over the next 12 years to bring the success of New Jersey's Hudson River waterfront south to Newark Bay.

"I don't know why people have discounted Newark Bay," Hoda said. "This is waterfront property in metropolitan New York."

For Elizabeth, Hoda's vision is the city's best chance yet to complete the redevelopment project started over a decade ago with the construction of Jersey Gardens.

The city had always planned further development around the outlet mall, including a commuter ferry to New York, said Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage.

But aside from a handful of hotels and restaurants, those plans fizzled after the mall's opening in 1999. An office park proposal fell apart when the market for office space tanked. A $10 million federal grant for ferry terminal construction languished and eventually dried up. The "Elizabeth ferry" became a phantom project, a campaign speech staple that never materialized.

That ferry has undergone a lot of near deaths," said Martin Robins, a senior policy fellow at Rutgers University's Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center. "It's been declared a 'go' project many, many times, and it hasn't ever come to pass."

Then, about three years ago, Hoda set his eyes on the site. A civil engineer with 30 years in real estate development, Hoda was looking for something on the water, and had a vague vision of an "airport city" similar to one he had worked on in Saudi Arabia.

With Newark Liberty International Airport on one side and Newark Bay on the other, the Elizabeth property fit both criteria. He envisioned Turnpike commuters bailing off the highway at Interchange 13A and taking a ferry the rest of the way. On the reverse, he pictured New York shoppers hopping the ferry west to the mall.

"This site has attributes that no other site on the entire Eastern Seaboard has," he said.

In June 2006, he plunked down $31.5 million for the property and began mocking up plans for a development big and dense enough to cover the prohibitive costs of building on a garbage pit. He named the project Celadon, a shade of green alluding to the project's environmentally-friendly design.

Last June, the Union County Improvement Authority agreed to issue up to $19.5 million in bonds to build the ferry terminal and promenade. Final site plan approval was granted by Elizabeth's planning board in December. An all-important waterfront development permit was issued by the state Department of Environmental Protection last month.

According to the agreement, the UCIA will hire the professionals to design and build the terminal and negotiate a contract with a private ferry operator. In turn, Tern Landing will guarantee the bonds and pay back the debt through proceeds from the ferry and associated parking. As the terminal is built, Tern Landing will begin constructing temporary retail space and its first tower.

If all goes well, Hoda said, he expects terminal construction to begin by late spring.

Still, after all the false starts, there is skepticism. Robins, whose research has centered on transit-oriented development, said that in today's sagging real estate market, transportation links are even more vital than location and he wonders if an untested ferry is enough to make Celadon viable. On the other hand, he said, without something like Celadon bringing people to the bay it is difficult to see the ferry taking off.

"It is a chicken and egg situation," he said. "If you tie together transportation investment and economic development you may get a kind of synergy, and it can work, but this particular case is one of the more challenging ones."

Officials are also tempering their enthusiasm. Jonathan Williams, general counsel for the UCIA, declined to attach a start date to the project, but said the ferry seems to have finally overcome many of the past decade's obstacles.

"The project seems more viable and much more doable than it ever has," Williams said.

Bollwage, meanwhile, was so initially skeptical about the proposal he sent someone to the county registrar's office to see if Tern Landing had really bought the property. Now, with discussions moving from site plans to tax agreements and financing, he's cautiously optimistic.

"We've worked collectively with the developer and in-house to come up with a vision for what the waterfront near the mall will look like," he said. "If all the stars line up, this could happen."

Jonathan Casiano may be reached at (908) 527-4012 or jcasiano@starledger.com.

February 3rd, 2008, 11:12 PM
Some more pics.




Here are the renderings of the proposed ferry.





February 4th, 2008, 06:59 AM
Way too dense.

February 4th, 2008, 12:54 PM
^I have to agree, and not to mention...all those buildings kind of seem characterless (I guess function beats form on this one)

But...I guess anything's better than a landfill on a waterfront so I do hope they build something

February 4th, 2008, 01:00 PM
I guess the ferry must come first. Hopefull it'll usher new things for the area.

February 4th, 2008, 02:44 PM
It is very dense, but I think that it is DRAMATICALLY better then a brownfield landfill. Hopfully this gets built =)

February 4th, 2008, 04:09 PM
It is very dense, but I think that it is DRAMATICALLY better then a brownfield landfill. Hopfully this gets built =)

Although I'm happy to see land used in such a way, I've a concern regarding the brownfields. Concerning these, the condos off 440 in Jersey City, and whatever is going to be on the site of the Westinghouse Plant in Newark, how safe are these sites? Is there any chance of chemicals leeching into the water or soil?

February 4th, 2008, 06:39 PM
They cap them with an industrial thick plastic layer deep down then put clean soil and top and build underground conrete walls aound the contaminated soil. It sounds pretty stong.

February 4th, 2008, 06:45 PM
their is a website for the project:

www.celadonrealestate.com (http://www.celadonrealestate.com)

February 4th, 2008, 07:43 PM
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February 20th, 2008, 08:52 PM
Both this and the Harrison Project should have been Newark. Perhaps Newark is too far up the bay to make the ferry feasible. It still will be real cool to see this project go up.

Last updated: February 19, 2008 10:27am

The Story Behind an Ambitious Plan to Develop Elizabeth’s Waterfront…


As reported by GlobeSt.com (http://www.globest.com/news/1091_1091/newjersey/168147-1.html?sector=), the Elizabeth waterfront is about to be the site of a major mixed-use development. RENJ recently spoke to Dil Hoda, manager of the Hoboken-based Tern Landing Development, LLC about his plans and hopes for the site and for the City of Elizabeth.

RENJ: Jersey City and Hoboken have experienced major renaissances in the past few years. Why hasn’t Elizabeth had a similar resurgence?

Hoda: I think it’s a combination of things. For one, the ferry was not there. The ferry is being done as part of our project, whereas in Hoboken and Jersey City it already existed. This is waterfront property in metropolitan New York, and in my opinion this is probably a better location than Hoboken or Jersey City. The Turnpike and Newark Liberty International Airport are only minutes away. Those are resources Hoboken and Jersey City don’t have. With the ferry there, making a trip to the city only takes about 30 minutes, and suddenly Elizabeth will start to become just as competitive as our project moves forward. Our project will kick-start development along the waterfront in Elizabeth.

RENJ: Why wasn’t the property developed earlier?

Hoda: There were other projects proposed, but none went through. An office complex was proposed, but the office market was not there in North Jersey, so the buildings weren’t built. Subsequently, there were proposals to build low-density, low-rise residential, but that didn’t make any economic sense because when you’re developing on a landfill, there are a lot of extra costs involved. For that, you need high density.

RENJ: What’s your vision for the finished project?

Hoda: There are two projects going on simultaneously. There is a real estate project, and then there is another project that has to do with environmental awareness and cleansing the bay. The real estate project, Celadon, which we anticipate will take about 12 years, has been positioned as an airport city. Eventually, we hope there will be either a light rail or a monorail connection to the airport, and meanwhile we’ll be running shuttle buses to the airport. In addition, we will have an on-site connection to Manhattan through the ferry.

If I were to define it, I would say that Celadon is a culturally anchored, transit-oriented, sustainable mixed-use development. Culturally anchored because it will have studios and spaces for artists and arts-related businesses. There’s also a proposed school that will be centered around environmental issues because we have the bay, we have the wetlands there. The school will be totally integrated into its surroundings that way. As far as the project being sustainable, of course the transportation hub is there. We are also making adaptable reuse of the landfill. There’ll be systems in the buildings to make them more environmentally friendly—for example, geothermal systems. Also, all our roofs except for the towers will be green roofs, and we’ll be harvesting rainwater. And it’s mixed use—we’d like people to live, work and play within Celadon so they’re less dependent on cars.
This is a demonstration project for the US Green Buildings Council—it’s a pilot project for a LEED neighborhood. This is a new designation for an entire neighborhood that is LEED certified.

RENJ: Green building and environmental awareness are very central to your company, isn’t it?

Hoda: That is correct. It’s not just in the real estate aspects of the project. We are bringing people to the water. Right now, there is no access to the waterfront where we are proposing to build all this, and we’ll be building a promenade, an access road, a pier that goes substantially out into the bay and kayak launching pads, so we’ll be bringing people to the bay so they can use it as the recreational resource it is. And the more people that come there, become aware of Newark Bay and demand that it get cleaned—that helps our project and it helps the bay.

This is what I would call 21st century development, where environmental elements are not only important to us as developers but to our end users and society at large. We want to leave the site we work with better than we found it. There’s another term for this is “generational justice.” We want to leave the planet better than we found it.

RENJ: What attracted you to the green building movement?

Hoda: I have an engineering background and one of the first things I got involved in coming out of engineering school were waste treatment plants. That was almost 30 years ago, and everything I’ve done either from a construction or development viewpoint has had some environmental aspects to it.

RENJ: With the economy and the real estate market the way they are do you have any concerns about embarking on such a large project?

Hoda: Yes and no. The good news is, the project is spread out over 12 years, so in all likelihood we’ll have one or two recessions in between. That’s the nature of the economic and real estate cycle that we would go through. Mixed-use developments tend to navigate real estate and economic cycles much better than projects that are all one product type.

What concerns me is that credit is tighter these days because lending institutions are very careful. The good part is the supply of product has come down, so if a project is well designed and has the right support, which we believe our project does, we are in a very competitive position. And our phasing has also been designed to take that into account. We’re starting off with the transportation, leading into retail, leading into the hotel. Markets for those spaces exist and are doing well now. After they’re complete, we’ll move into rental residential, which is relatively strong, and by the time we finish that, hopefully the for-sale market will pick up. If it does, we have the flexibility to move quickly and do for-sale housing. We don’t intend to do this in the near future, but we are in a position if the market turns.

RENJ: In 20 years, if all goes well and Celadon is completed as you’ve imagined it, what will Elizabeth be like?

Hoda: I believe this would become one of the hottest waterfront locations in the metro area. As far as location, there is no comparable site on the entire Eastern seaboard in terms of public transportation, road, ferry and international air connections right next to a part of the most important metro area in the country. This is a phenomenal site. Going forward, we hope to connect our waterfront walkway with Elizabeth River Park, which will connect into the national trail system, so you could take a ferry from Manhattan into our project and walk almost the entire length of the Appalachian Trail from New Hampshire to beyond the Blue Mountains. That’s what I’d like to see in 20 years. Somebody has to think it through and push it in a certain direction. We’ll do our piece and hopefully others will do their pieces and it will all get connected.

February 24th, 2008, 03:14 PM
Only city in NJ :)


April 9th, 2008, 04:08 PM
And since it's not part of Capital Improvement plan, who knows when it will.

April 23rd, 2008, 03:54 PM
Cops arrest 20, bust up Latin Kings of Elizabeth drug ring

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 BY JUDITH LUCAS

Star-Ledger Staff
For months, members of the notorious Latin Kings of Elizabeth ruled a drug and weapons operation that took in some $400,000 a week.
The group's members worked round-the-clock, on eight-hour shifts, and tended to lines of customers looking for cocaine and marijuana, be it retail or wholesale.
Yesterday, the brisk business was stilled after pre-dawn raids that swept through the city and parts of Union, Essex, Hunterdon and Somerset counties.
About 300 officers from the local, state and federal levels, backed up by SWAT teams, stormed 21 suspected stash houses and hiding spots in Elizabeth, Garwood, Newark, Whitehouse Station and Neshanic Station.
There were 20 arrests, among them a mother who allegedly laundered money for her two drug dealing sons, said Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow at a press conference in Elizabeth yesterday.
"It was a home run," Romankow said of the raids. "We took out the upper echelon of the Latin Kings in Elizabeth."
Some $86,000 in cash, nine vehicles, four loaded handguns, a loaded shotgun, 1 1/2 kilograms of cocaine plus the gang's manifesto were seized in the raids that began Sunday and ended yesterday morning.
Romankow said the Latin Kings operation was significant, moving kilos of cocaine every week. The arrests helped to remove about half of the known members of the Latin Kings of Elizabeth, according to Romankow.
Members of the gang's senior management have been arrested, according to Romankow, including Luis "King Blue" Medina, 28, of Cherry Street in Elizabeth. Medina presides over the Elizabeth chapter, Romankow said.
Jesus Gomez and his half-brother, Roberto Torres, were in charge of Elizabeth's cocaine operation, Romankow said. Their mother, Maria Gomez, who is building a mansion on Pleasant Run Road in Neshanic Station, laundered the profits from the drug business, the prosecutor said.
The defendants are being held on various drug charges, from racketeering to conspiracy.
Romankow pushed for high bails -- $2.7 million for Jesus Gomez, 27, who was nabbed at 1279 Clinton Place in Elizabeth, and $2 million for Roberto Torres, 26, of 31 Niles Street in Elizabeth.
Maria Gomez, 48, who lives in Whitehouse Station, must post $1 million bail.
Medina's bail was also set at $1 million.


May 12th, 2008, 11:19 AM
New view of the city, in Tour de Elizabeth

Last year's event drew nearly 300 cyclists
Sunday, May 11, 2008 BY GABRIEL H. GLUCK
Star-Ledger Staff
Mickey Kirzecky and Dave Jones will be back this year for the Tour de Elizabeth, just as they have every year for the past five years.
The Princeton couple looks forward to the annual bike tour through the 12-square-mile city, which drew nearly 300 cyclists last year and is expected to bring at least that many next Sunday.
"It's a lot of fun. The tour is a little different every year," said Jones, who trades sentences with his wife like tennis volleys.
"We love to see the progress," said Kirzecky. "We love to see the city becoming more beautiful. If it were just pedaling, it wouldn't be fun. It's seeing everything from a different perspective."
Watching the condominiums that went up by the waterfront over the years, transforming the entire area, has been one of their favorite parts of the ride. And this year, there will be an even larger part of the waterfront on the tour, with the opening of a new macadam path along the Arthur Kill that offers unobstructed views of the Goethals and Bayonne Bridges, along with the huge cranes that handle the countless container ships.
This year's route will also bring riders past City Hall for the first time, along with passing the steel girders of what will be a major new building for Union County College. It takes a longer pass by the old Singer sewing machine plant, once the main employer for city residents and now subdivided -- and fully occupied, say city officials -- by various businesses.
And for those who will be famished by the end of the ride, the tour will also pass the city's newest diner at the Jersey Gardens Mall -- a polished stainless steel ode to diners past.
"Each year, you want to improve the tour, so you tweak it," said Dave Strochak, who worked on this year's route changes and is a member of the board of Groundwork Elizabeth, which sponsors the tour in conjunction with the city.
However, one section organizers knew had to remain was the pass through Warinanco Park, now preening in all its spring glory. The 204-acre Warinanco Park is named after one of the Indian tribes that once populated the area and is one of 30 parks in the county's park system, designed in 1923 by the Olmsted Brothers, the landscape architects who designed Central Park in New York City.
Registration for the bike tour can either be done ahead of time using an online application at groundworkelizabeth.com or on the day of the tour, at Union Square Plaza, First Avenue and High Street, between 7:30 and 9 a.m.

The tour kicks off at 9 a.m. with the most experienced riders -- the ones with a need for speed -- going first. Their route this year will actually be a little longer, 16.3 miles, said Strochak.
To be in that group, one should be able to keep a steady pace of at least 15 mph. They usually finish the course in under an hour, said Jonathan Phillips, executive director of Groundwork Elizabeth.
Recreational riders, who can handle a 10 to 15 mph pace, and comprised more than half the riders last year, are next off. They too will have the longer ride, Phillips said.
After the first two groups are off, the course opens to slower riders and families with children. While the route for this group was kept at 15 miles, there is a designated turnoff that cuts the course in half.
Because the tour is held on a Sunday morning, vehicular traffic is at a minimum in the city. But there will still be city police officers staged throughout the route, along with volunteer marshals with the groups to ensure their safety, he said.
Last week, the head marshals rode the course to familiarize themselves with some of the route changes and also to check for any problems.
"We're making sure everything is safe -- and that there are no potholes," said Bob Varady, president of Groundwork's board of directors.
Varady, an avid cyclist -- he's going to Europe this summer to bike the last seven stages of the Tour de France -- is thrilled with the way the word continues to spread about the annual event.
"We used to say we drew folks from Fort Lee to Princeton, but now we have some people registered from Cambridge, Mass," he said. "I think this is going to be our most successful tour yet."
More information about the may also be obtained by calling (908) 289-0262, ext. 203. Registration is $15 per rider and includes a goody bag, hat, T-shirt and raffle ticket.

April 15th, 2010, 01:27 PM

GROUNDBREAKING MOMENT--Mayor Chris Bollwage led project stakeholders to the ceremonious dirt-pile for a photo-op during the groundbreaking ceremony of the new 1,500 space Midtown parking garage, which will include 27,000 s/f of office and commercial space. Pictured (from left) are: Carlos Alma; Parking Authority Board of Directors; Freeholders Rayland Van Blake, Mohamed Jalloh, Dan Sullivan, Bette Jane Kowalski; Mayor Chris Bollwage; Dr. Thomas Brown; Carla Mazza; John Moriarty, esq.; Councilwoman Patricia Perkins-Auguste; Marco Salermo; Robert Nacamuli; Councilman Nelson Gonzalez; Carlos Santos.

ELIZABETH--Mayor Chris Bollwage participated in the groundbreaking ceremony of a proposed 1,500 space parking deck and 27,000 s/f commercial project in Midtown. Partners of the $35 million project include: Parking Authority of the City of Elizabeth, the County of Union, Union County College, and the Elizabeth Development Company.

“As our Midtown district continues to grow and thrive, it is important to develop adequate infrastructure to support its expansion,” stated Mayor Bollwage. “Each partner has a stake in the success of this business area and coming together to improve parking, add office and commercial space makes sense for all involved. In addition, this project will create 200 construction and 60 permanent jobs for the City.”

The new development will be located at Elizabethtown Plaza between West Jersey Street and Caldwell Place and will consist of an eight-story parking structure and a three-story office/retail building fronting on Caldwell Place.

The Parking Garage has a footprint of 57,200 square feet (514,800 total SF) and a parking capacity of 1,500 cars on 9 levels. The office building has a footprint of 8,500 square feet (25,500 total SF) and is located on the east side of the garage with the front entrance on Caldwell Place. It is anticipated that the first level will be used as retail space and the 2nd and 3rd floors will be used for offices.

“On behalf of the Freeholder Board I’d like to thank our partners Union County College and the Parking Authority of the City of Elizabeth for their vision and foresight,” said Daniel P. Sullivan, Chairman of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. “This project has already drawn new jobs into the downtown area as soon as the shovels hit the ground, and upon completion it will create new opportunities for many more Union County residents in the years to come.”

In September of 2009, the Union County Freeholder Board adopted a resolution committing $10,379,000 in Recovery Zone Development Bonds on behalf of the County to be coupled with a volume cap fund of $2,621,000 from the City of Elizabeth for the Parking Facility Project. The Elizabeth Parking Authority created a project corporation to issue bonds/tax credits not to exceed $35,000,000 for the parking facility project.

To further assist the Parking Facility Project in needed traffic circulation improvements associated with the project, the County prepared and submitted a grant application to a competitive Federally sponsored safety program administered by the regional Metropolitan Planning Organization in the amount of $500,000. These funds, if awarded, would help with improvements needed at adjacent intersections to the Parking Facility Project area.

“I am extremely delighted that this project has come to fruition and we are breaking ground for what is the most significant project in the history of the Elizabeth Parking Authority,” said Carla A. Mazza, Executive Director of the Parking Authority. “It gives me great pride as Executive Director to be a part of this great collaboration of several entities. What excites me most is that this location is somewhat historic for those of us who grew up here in Elizabeth. This is where we parked to visit the Gas Company or shop on Broad Street and because of the City’s vitality… we always need more parking. For years I thought a parking deck should have been built here, and now I shall look forward to the ribbon cutting ceremony. I commend all those involved in making this project work, which is not a simple task when you figure the complex financing, project development, and endless conference calls. This is probably the most comprehensive parking project in the City of Elizabeth.”

The project is scheduled to be complete in the summer of 2011.

February 10th, 2011, 08:41 AM
So what besides the Parking Garage is going up in Downtown Elizzy?

February 10th, 2011, 11:43 AM
Nothing else yet in either Downtown or Midtown (The CBD is known as Midtown :) )

March 5th, 2011, 03:28 PM
Is there any TOD planned near the North Elizzy station ,are they planning to tear down those blighted factories?

March 6th, 2011, 06:08 PM
They were planning a huge retail center but that was about 2 years ago and nothing's become of it.

March 6th, 2011, 06:15 PM
So what besides the Parking Garage is going up in Downtown Elizzy?

There's a few studies that I've seen scouring the internet but nothing else. They should really think about giving Elizabeth a new midtown train station. It's down right scary on the Broad St. side. They could tear down those 6 buildings on Broad St. and really build a great one.

March 6th, 2011, 07:01 PM
There's a few studies that I've seen scouring the internet but nothing else. They should really think about giving Elizabeth a new midtown train station. It's down right scary on the Broad St. side. They could tear down those 6 buildings on Broad St. and really build a great one.

When the NEC is realigned later this decade , a New Transit Center will be built....i heard it will be huge and include plans for the PATH or Light Rail extension to Midtown...

March 11th, 2011, 07:34 PM
they were planning a huge retail center but that was about 2 years ago and nothing's become of it.


March 11th, 2011, 07:34 PM
when the nec is realigned later this decade , a new transit center will be built....i heard it will be huge and include plans for the path or light rail extension to midtown...


March 11th, 2011, 08:06 PM

Whats so funny about that...

March 11th, 2011, 09:33 PM
There is no way the NEC would be realigned through Elizabeth. It would be great if it were (removing a speed restriction), but its not gonna happen.

March 11th, 2011, 11:28 PM
There is no way the NEC would be realigned through Elizabeth. It would be great if it were (removing a speed restriction), but its not gonna happen.

There is a way to everything , Elizabeth and Newark are easy. You can use some old ROW in Newark and Demolish a few buildings in Elizabeth...

March 12th, 2011, 09:29 AM
Of course there is a way to everything, but you need to be practical. And you need the political will to do something as well. Demolish a few buildings in Elizabeth?? The parking deck, the new UCC building, the other new building that's still under construction, the county jail???? As I said, its a nice idea, but very, very impractical.

March 12th, 2011, 12:39 PM
There should be no need to realign,because IMO,all trains njt and Amtrak should stop in Elizabeth. Amtrak stops in Connecticut, for example serve coastal towns.Elizabeth is a major city of over 100,000.

March 12th, 2011, 12:45 PM
Besides,the S curve in Elizabeth is a long broad one. Unlike the sharper S curve on NJT's ( Erie Lackawanna)main line west of Hollywood ave in Waldwick,at the HoHoKus border. Both good locations to photograph trains.

March 12th, 2011, 06:06 PM
Very good points Newarkguy.

March 12th, 2011, 07:32 PM
There should be no need to realign,because IMO,all trains njt and Amtrak should stop in Elizabeth. Amtrak stops in Connecticut, for example serve coastal towns.Elizabeth is a major city of over 100,000.

Yea , but what about the Acelas and future HSR?

March 12th, 2011, 09:58 PM
Like I said, all trains should serve Elizabeth. That curve is so gradual you don't really notice it from the street. Even from the mdtown station, the non railfan wont notice the s curve at all. Maybe superelevate (slant)tracks to handle the centrifugal force of faster trains. Oh, and plenty of track grease.(if you know what I mean.):-):D

March 13th, 2011, 11:21 AM
I agree, except where it crosses the river its kinda noticeable.

March 23rd, 2011, 06:36 PM
I agree aside from the river issue, it sounds like a good plan.

May 14th, 2011, 10:26 PM
That new Parking Garage looks like it will do more harm then good in Downtown Elizzy.

March 8th, 2013, 07:48 PM
What happened to the Skyview at Midtown Plaza project?

May 12th, 2014, 05:35 PM
Some new apartments next to North Elizabeth Station

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August 15th, 2014, 04:52 PM
A New Office building going up near the College

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Some New Construction in Elizabeth,New Jersey (https://flic.kr/p/os9CW5) by Nexis4Jersey09 (https://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

August 15th, 2014, 05:57 PM
^The above is actually the new Union County Family Court House building.

January 12th, 2015, 04:07 PM
$55 million redesign, two-story building planned for Elizabeth NJ Transit station

By Katie Lannan | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on January 12, 2015 at 1:40 PM, updated January 12, 2015 at 2:45 PM

Preliminary designs were unveiled Monday for a $55 million renovation of the Elizabeth NJ Transit station. From left are Mayor Chris Bollwage, City Council President Patricia Perkins Auguste, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and U.S. Sen Cory Booker. (Katie Lannan | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

ELIZABETH — A total of $55 million in state and federal money will fund the construction of a new two-story building and train platforms at the city's midtown NJ Transit Station, a project officials hailed today as an economic driver.

"This project is not just about the rail, it's not just about the station," U.S. Sen. Cory Booker said during an event outside the station. "This will be an economic accelerator for the city of Elizabeth. It'll increase housing values, it'll spur business growth, it'll create jobs and expand opportunity. This is a tremendous day for the city of Elizabeth and for the region."

Booker, Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Albio Sires joined state, city and NJ Transit officials and Union County freeholders to unveil the designs for the new station.

"This area is going through a renaissance, and this is just going to help it," Sires said. "It's going to create jobs, people are going to move into the area because of easy access to moving back and forth, and you need a train station that's adequate."

Preliminary designs of the West Grand Street station, expected to be completed in 2018, include a two-story station building with a street-level ticket office, waiting room and vendor space.

New, longer platforms will be constructed with covered, climate-controlled waiting areas. Elevators to the platform will be renovated, with additional elevators and stairways also planned.

Passenger-information and security systems are also slated for upgrades.

At the plaza's westbound entrance, the redesigned station will feature a marquee facade, a new staircase and additional vendor space. NJ Transit and city officials will work together to incorporate art into the design.

NJ Transit Executive Director Ronnie Hakim said the artwork will "express the essence and treasured identity of the community."

"When complete, the Elizabeth station will truly be a state-of-the-art facility for the residents and riders, and it will be consistent with the character of this bustling, historic business district," she said.

The proximity of the station to the city's midtown business district and other commercial and retail areas was a main focus of officials' remarks during the event.

Mayor Chris Bollwage called the station reconstruction "an economic development project that will create jobs in our city, as well as transform this area."

State Sen. Ray Lesniak said the renovations were one of the most important things that could happen to the city, comparing the focus on developing areas around transit hubs to a modern-day version of the Industrial Revolution.

"We are now seeing, in the beginning of this century, the urban revolution, a revolution that will take place around train stations, around the core of urban areas of cities, where people can take mass transit to get to work, to go to college, to enjoy restaurants," he said.

An average of 7,526 passengers travel through Elizabeth Station on weekdays, using 113 daily trains on both NJ Transit's North East Corridor and North Jersey Coast rail lines, according to the transportation agency. Nine NJ Transit bus lines also serve the station.

Katie Lannan may be reached at klannan@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @katielannan. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

More pics:
http://www.nj.com/union/index.ssf/2015/01/nj_transit_announces_55_million_redesign_of_elizab eth_station.html#incart_river

January 18th, 2015, 03:07 PM
Hopefully this will make the train station even more desirable to commuters and travelers and serve as a gateway to future development!

August 4th, 2015, 10:15 AM
what is being constructed across from the KFC at 114 Rahway Avenue? It doesn't look residential. You can see it from the train - around a 4-story building.

August 4th, 2015, 11:48 AM
Union County Family Courthouse.

Work was stopped recently when the contractor was fired.

what is being constructed across from the KFC at 114 Rahway Avenue? It doesn't look residential. You can see it from the train - around a 4-story building.

November 9th, 2015, 11:17 PM
The few developments as seen from a train on Wednesday