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November 4th, 2002, 09:48 AM
The Jersey City Reporter
By Donald M. Kelly
Reporter staff writer October 27, 2002

THE NEW PROJECT Shown is a computer picture of the proposed Residences at Liberty to be built near Liberty State Park, which the Planning Board approved Tuesday. The building is meant to resemble a sail

At a meeting held Tuesday night, the Jersey City Planning Board gave preliminary site plan approval to a proposed residence and golf course complex to be constructed near Liberty State Park.

According to developer David Barry of Applied Housing, the project will cover 170 acres. The residential component, which is comprised of three, sail-shaped towers, will cover 15 acres, while the proposed golf course will occupy 155 acres.

Barry explained to the board that the first tower will be 36 stories high, with the second increasing to 42 stories and the third topping out at 50 stories.

"The condominiums will be one, two, three and some four bedrooms," stated Barry during the meeting. "There will be the equal number of bathrooms."

The complex will have approximately 1,940 indoor parking spots as shown during Applied Housing's presentation.

"The parking will located beneath a pool and green landscaping," said Barry.

Between the residential towers and projected golf course, there will be a small number of retail stores and a restaurant.

"The retail stores will be for people who have to stop and pick up milk or small items like that," Barry said.

According to the site master plan, the project, which will be known as "The Residences at Liberty," will be located along Morris Pesin Lane, near Liberty State Park. A marina is projected for the residence and will be located behind the towers.

Covering the in ground parking location will be pool area, Barry noted, which will have five pools, along with chairs and walkway.

The golf course, called Liberty National Golf Course, in the site plan, will be connected to the residence by a cart path. A cart path overpass is projected to built over Chapel Avenue, where the course comes close to the Port Liberte development. According to Barry, the golf course will operate independent of the Residences at Liberty and Port Liberte.

Planning Board members were generally pleased with the proposed development.

Board member Leon Yost praised the project for the overall "high quality" of the residence..

"We give it a strong thumbs up," said Yost, adding that locating the parking lot beneath the pools and green landscape added to the attraction of the project.

According to Yost, the project will be done in phases, with completion projected to be in six to seven years.

November 4th, 2002, 11:29 AM
I bet the golf course becomes very popular.

November 4th, 2002, 03:10 PM
Other river guys..

November 8th, 2002, 05:08 PM
Not much, but here's a tiny rendering.


November 14th, 2002, 05:55 PM
what will the height in feet be?

Rich Battista
November 16th, 2002, 12:30 AM
hmmmmm, i would estimate about 550 feet, maybe less

February 16th, 2003, 04:32 PM
anymore news about these 3 new towers?

March 8th, 2003, 09:52 AM
HELLO? anybody have anymore info on this one/??

March 8th, 2003, 10:41 AM
Pushy, pushy. *If anybody has anything, they'll post it. *Anyway, you've got search engines, too, you know.

(Edited by dbhstockton at 10:41 am on Mar. 8, 2003)

March 8th, 2003, 09:25 PM
I'm sorry. *I searched too. I haven't found anything yet. *Thanks.

September 12th, 2003, 01:24 PM
In December of last year, I obtained a map of all construction and their current status (as of December 2002) in Downtown Jersey City and I didn't see this project referred to specifically. However, it may be part of a large area of development that was pointed out on the map called "Liberty Harbor North", it says it will be a mixed use neighborhood, residential, retail, and office. . . But I guess that doesn't really say much, or anything about the towers. Sorry.

September 14th, 2003, 12:19 AM
I think they referred to this one:


September 14th, 2003, 10:33 AM

This one's interesting.

September 14th, 2003, 04:05 PM
Army transfers land to city

Golf course part of plan for area's renewal

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

By Matt Porio
Journal staff writer

Hudson County golfers, still waiting for a planned Bayonne course, are a big step closer to playing in Jersey City.

The Hoboken-based Applied Company put up $8.5 million for the 50 acres of vacant land at the Army Reserve Center, where a private 18-hole golf course and residences are planned near the Port Liberte waterfront in Jersey City, according to Barbara Netchert, assistant executive director at the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency.

The Army Reserve Center will retain 20 acres of property that contain buildings and other facilities.

Jersey City Mayor Glenn D. Cunningham called the land transfer a "win-win for everyone" yesterday afternoon, following a ceremony for transfer of the property that included Army representatives and U.S. Rep. Robert Menendez, D-Hoboken.

Jersey City residents, he said, will benefit from taxes paid on the property, while Army reservists who live in the Reserve Center will benefit from improvements to the facilities that can be paid for with the $8.5 million purchase price.

According to Menendez, the land transfer "has been a long time in the making," referring to legislation passed in 1987 that authorized transfer of a large portion of the property to Jersey City and the state of New Jersey.

"Today was a great sense of accomplishment," Menendez told The Jersey Journal yesterday afternoon.

As part of the deal, Applied agreed to leave a swath of the land undeveloped as a possible realignment route for a section of Highway 185, which now has a sharp "hairpin curve" that could be straightened out if the highway is extended through the property, Netchert said.

According to Netchert, the developer, who could not be reached for comment, is already engaged in environmental evaluation of the area, which will probably take another year to 18 months.

She said it will probably be at least three to four years until development at the site is completed.

The 20 acres of the site retained by the Army houses units of the 77th Regional Readiness Command and overlooks New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty.

According to the Army, it served as a vital facility during the Cold War, and several members of the reserve units that occupy the site have been deployed for action in Iraq.

"The base has always been a good neighbor," Cunningham said. "We all come out of this feeling good."

September 23rd, 2004, 04:48 PM
Toxic site heads down new course

The Star Ledger
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Star-Ledger Staff
A toxic-waste site on the Jersey City waterfront is taking a 180-degree turn.
Developers are building an exclusive 18-hole golf course on an old industrial tract next to Liberty State Park, and plan to construct three condominium towers, including what could be the state's tallest building, next to it.
A private ferry will shuttle golfers and residents to Manhattan. Membership for the course may require a deposit of as much as $750,000.
If the course turns out to be a "championship" course, as billed, television cameras could capture golf stars teeing off against the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty, nearly close enough to reach with a well-hit drive.
There will be six lakes, plus a number of smaller ponds and canals, the plans show. Fir trees will line the fairways. For members, the course will be 6,996 yards, with a par of 72, while tournament players will face 7,400 yards with a par of 70. The design team was renowned architect Robert Cupp and pro player Tom Kite.
The membership fee has rankled a number of Jersey City residents, and environmentalists said the developers have left too much toxic waste in place.
But state and local officials, notably Rep. Robert Menendez (D-13th Dist.), have been pushing for the project for years. They said it will be a prestigious addition to the "Gold Coast" -- the row of residential and corporate towers cutting an expanding skyline on the Hudson River -- and a suitable neighbor for Liberty State Park.
"We have been able to reclaim this property for a use that is complementary in nature to the parkland next to it," Menendez said.
The site's past could not be more different from its future.
For much of the last century it was an oil tank farm, used by companies including Esso and ExxonMobil. Thousands of tons of chromium-laced toxic waste from a nearby refinery, owned by Pittsburgh Plate & Glass, were used to build berms around the tanks and to fill in wetlands as industrial facilities expanded in the 1960s. The property is tainted with chromium, arsenic, beryllium and various components of oil.
Last month the developers and the original polluters won approval for a cleanup that involved covering some spots with a plastic cover, capping the whole site with soil and installing wells and an underground wall to try to contain the contaminated groundwater.
Some environmentalists complained that the site will continue to contaminate Upper New York Bay. But Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bradley Campbell, who personally approved the cleanup, said it was "adequately protective."
"I don't think you can ask the redeveloper to take on all the aspects of the contamination," Campbell said.
Behind the project are the Hoboken-based Applied Development Co. and the Boston-based Willowbend Development Co. Applied was formerly headed by Joseph Barry, who is awaiting sentencing on a conviction of bribing former Hudson County Executive Robert Janiszewski. Barry's son David Barry now heads the company. Willowbend is owned by the family of Paul Fireman, chairman of Reebok International Inc.
The Barrys are among the state's most prolific campaign contributors. They have given at least $605,000 to state and federal political campaigns dating back to the early 1980s, with most coming in the past decade.
The 177-acre course, currently under construction, is expected to be completed in 2006. The developers' plans also call for three "super-premium luxury" condominium towers of 35, 43 and 50 stories with a total of 915 units, plus 17 townhouses, to be called the Residences at Liberty. The 50-story building could take the title of the state's tallest building from the 42-story Goldman Sachs office tower nearby, depending on how high each story ends up.
The Residences at Liberty and the existing Port Liberte, a gated condominium complex, would sit on opposite corners of the golf course. The first tower is expected to be completed in 2007, said Scott Miranda, a spokesman for the partnership, which is called Willowbend Development LLC.
The plans also call for a clubhouse, a restaurant, a health club, a pool, retail stores and a private ferry to Manhattan. The golf course alone is expected to cost $130 million, one of the most expensive ever built. The condo construction would cost $500 million, Miranda said.
Documents the developers filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in March said there would be 310 golf memberships sold, each applicant will have to be sponsored by two existing members, and an initial deposit of $500,000 for individuals and $750,000 for corporations will be required. But Miranda said the fees have not been finalized, and no memberships have been sold.
Some residents -- including Jeni Branum, a commissioner on the Jersey City Planning Board -- were angry at the prospect of such steep membership fees. At a 2002 planning board, when Branum asked whether the "average Joe or Jane who doesn't live in Port Liberte" would be able to use the golf course, a lawyer for the developers said yes.
"That's just amazing," Branum said, when informed of the fees. "The little people, the average person won't be able to get a chance."
Miranda said the lawyer meant that memberships would not be restricted just to Port Liberte residents. And he stressed that both public and private golf courses were permitted under the city's redevelopment plan.
The riverfront portion of the site will feature a public walkway, as required by state law.
"We're very proud of our efforts to turn this land from a brownfield to a greenfield," Willowbend Development LLC said in a statement on the project. "When we're done, what was recently an eyesore and an environmental blight will be transformed into a pristine golf course and a mile of public walkway."
Alexander Lane can be reached at alane@starledger.com or (973) 392-1790.

May 15th, 2011, 01:22 PM
Its 2011. Oh well....so much for the towers. BTW whatever happened to the broadcast tower? I bet it was all horses*%t to get NYC/PANYNJ to offer a cheap discounts at the freedom tower.
Jersey city and Bayonne were used again as leverage!

May 15th, 2011, 02:12 PM
The towers are on hold indefinitely. The broadcast tower was to replace the WTC tower antenna. They decided to wait for the new 1WTC.

May 16th, 2011, 01:55 PM
Where Exactly would this have been built?

May 16th, 2011, 02:00 PM
The broadcast tower right near the Libery Science Center between that and the Morris Canal. The 3 towers right next to the Liberty National clubhouse.

October 28th, 2012, 05:26 PM
Can anyone share more detail as to why the 3 towers are on hold indefinitely? Is it true that Port Liberte' is contaminated with chromium and other toxins? Where can I read more about both?

West Hudson
October 28th, 2012, 10:07 PM
Demand right now is more for quality housing near rapid transit, not ultra luxury housing in a one-of-a-kind location. The market for that type of product is pretty dead right now due to the risk perceived by lenders with that type of property. Luxury development right now is geared more toward people who work long hours and need a convenient and reliable way of getting home (ferry service doesn't run 24/7 like the PATH).

October 29th, 2012, 08:48 AM
Thanks TBal. Is demand and 24/7 public transportation convenience the only reason? I would think folks who work long hours would have access to car service after 10pm when the ferry stops running. Seperately, any insight on whether there are toxins such as chromium at Port Liberte?

October 29th, 2012, 12:29 PM
Just as a side note, car service can be less reliable if there is a problem at the Holland tunnel. And NJ is still less $ than a comparable apt. in Manhattan. There is also the possibility that many of these units are corporate subsidized housing, so there may be less choice for the worker where they live.

West Hudson
November 2nd, 2012, 06:55 AM
I hope everyone is doing okay - we just got power back on in Harrison at 2 AM this morning.

It is true that alot of units have gone to corporate housing (a chunk of the units at Grove Pointe even went to one of the med schools in NYC for housing of those in the residency program). Also keep in mind that that is quite a long (and expensive) ride from lower Manhattan to the southern end of Liberty State Park. Extensive site remediation had taken place back in 2006/2007, but maybe there were unforeseen complications that increased the projected cost of this project.