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JCMAN320
August 13th, 2003, 10:11 PM
Hey does anybody know anything about Bayonne. Post your thoughts about Bayonne.

dbhstockton
August 13th, 2003, 10:16 PM
Nice bridge goes there.

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Kris
August 14th, 2003, 04:30 AM
Yes.

TLOZ Link5
August 14th, 2003, 12:39 PM
Very Sydney Harboury.

NYatKNIGHT
August 14th, 2003, 02:01 PM
To be honest, I have no idea what Bayonne is all about. Though on the map it looks like a great location, it seems like a place that few pass through. I always thought it was a seedy industrial slum, but I have met a few nice people from there who claim otherwise.

Fabb
August 14th, 2003, 02:34 PM
I really don't know what you're talking about.
Bayonne is a nice city in the French Pays Basque where they make delicious cheese and ham.

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http://www.ville-bayonne.fr/bayonne-fr/icones/phototk.asp

Their chocolate, too, is excellent.

(I realize that I might be slightly off topic, but I couldn't resist...)


(Edited by Fabb at 2:36 pm on Aug. 14, 2003)

Zoe
August 18th, 2003, 04:25 PM
Bayonne doesn't look that great, but the location is. *They have the new lightrail that takes residents up to JC and Hoboken and there are plans to extend service further south in Bayonne. *Bayonne residents are made fun of by people from the rest of the state, but I don't know why that is.

JCDJ
September 12th, 2003, 01:09 PM
I don't know why everyone else . . . I don't know why I make fun of Bayonne, it's got a lot of good stuff. But it's so easy to do.

Someone once said people call it the "butt-hole of Hudson County, there's only one way in and out". There is the Staten Island Bridge (I think that's where it leads) and the Bayonne Bridge, but who ever goes through there unless they're visiting friends or family?

Bayonne is different than most other places in the area, it has one building considered a skyscraper on skyscrapers.com (11 stories or higher. It has a large Industrial sector (but most of it seems to be the clean industry brought about in the 70s) It has a seaport. It doesn't have any places like malls or Movie theatres, (however it does have some strip malls and a bowling place). It's almost like an urban suburb. When the Mayor of Bayonne wanted the MTVA antenna in Bayonne without an observation deck, that didn't help the city's reputation. Especially because it'll be defunct as an antenna once the new WTC plan is complete. Once that happens the former antenna will just be a giant 2,000 foot eyesore on some unkown peninsula on the edge of Bayonne, but that's a different topic. Other than houses of worship, I'm not aware of any architecture that's different than any other places.

However, Bayonne has its perks. It has multiple "main streets" lined withe healthy buisinesses run by people with pride in their businesses and with integrety. There are good playgrounds and parks (but many are small). I think it has a long park along it's western waterfront. The people who I know who are from Bayonne are among the nicest people I know. In fact I don't know one person from Bayonne who's mean or who'd be undesirable to meet. The houses look nice too.

I hope there're other people here who can present some more great things about Bayonne. Also, sorry about the large paragraph of Bayonne's downsides, but I guess those're the reasons.

I'll probably post some pictures of Bayonne later today.

TLOZ Link5
September 12th, 2003, 02:19 PM
Hysterical Blindness. Good movie.

JCDJ
September 13th, 2003, 12:01 AM
Yaay! It works! I tried uploading Newark pictures and it didn't work, but these do, so that's great!! :D :o

Note: I was wrong, I think, tell me if it works, and if just my computer is messed up. Sorry for the waste of space, and inconvenient page changes if there aren't any pictures showing.


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A medical office.

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It reads " The Peninsula of Business and Technology"

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A church, I should've found out the name.

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Bayonne Municipal Building

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St. Peter & Paul Church

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Bayonne Municipal Building from the front

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Bayonne High School, the sign reads "Designated one of New Jersey's Outstanding Public High Schools"

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Elizabeth Seaport (or Newark) on Bayonne's Western Waterfront

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I wonder what all that sand is for

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Newark's skyline on the left also from Bayonne's West side (it's not as far as it looks) and some bridge on the right. The Bayonne Bridge is the longest steel bridge in the world (or something). I guess it's even longer than the one pictured here.

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Just so you know how long it is.

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Now that's a good picture of the seaport, (and some more of the mysterious sand)

:?:

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I wonder how nicer this picture would look with a blue sky, or earlier in the day. . . or if Elizabeth (http://skyscrapers.com/re/en/wm/ci/101400/) had a skyline to show for its commerce (where'd that come from?)

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town houses on the water's edge, some tall red thing, what looks like tall lights, the ever famous Bayonne Bridge in the far back ground. And, in front, though it may be hard to see, the people on the penisula seem to be working together to clean litter and garbage from the penisula or the water.

One of the pictures I was most excited about posting was two waterfront high rise condos I saw. However, I either didn't take it, or the camera deleted it (do I sound like a ditz or what). This changes Bayonne's High-rise count from one, to 3 or more . . .

Kris
November 16th, 2004, 07:31 AM
November 16, 2004

Tom Cruise and Some Martians Take a Liking to Bayonne

By LEWIS BEALE

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Steven Spielberg and, in background, Tom Cruise at work on "The War of the Worlds."

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Marie Folger at her Bayonne coffee shop with her Tom Cruise photo.

BAYONNE, N.J., Nov. 12 - Luckily for Marie Folger, there is no Starbucks in town. So one day last month, when Tom Cruise and his entourage were looking for some espresso with steamed milk, a couple of local police officers directed them to Chez Marie, the cozy coffee shop and cafe run by Ms. Folger on East 22nd Street here.

"I had taken the day off, and my husband was in the store," said Ms. Folger, an outgoing 51-year-old. "He called me and said: 'You better get your butt down here, because Tom Cruise is here. I'm steaming his milk right now, but I'm taking a looong time.' "

Mr. Cruise was in Bayonne checking out the ambience before beginning work on Steven Spielberg's $200 million adaptation of "The War of the Worlds," H. G. Wells's science-fiction classic about a Martian invasion. Work on the movie, due out from Paramount next summer, has been in progress here and in Newark since the beginning of the month. The production will be filming in Bayonne for only about a week, but crews have been in town since September, scouting locations and building sets. More than anything, however, the mere presence of such a Hollywood blockbuster in a city long thought of as one of New Jersey's backwaters attests to Bayonne's revitalized image and its currently hot status as a filmmaking center.

Bayonne? Yes, the town across New York Harbor known primarily for its oil refineries and industrial pallor. These days, though, this city of 62,000 boasts an abundance of residential areas, beautiful waterside parks, a terminal for cruise ships and one of the largest sound stages on the East Coast.

"Most people don't know Bayonne," Mayor Joseph V. Doria Jr. said. "There are no refineries today. It's mostly one- and two-family homes."

It's also the location of the Military Ocean Terminal, an Army base abandoned in 1995. Since 2000, two large warehouses on the base, each boasting 120,000 square feet of space, have been used as film production centers.

Only five minutes from the New Jersey Turnpike, 15 minutes from Newark Liberty International Airport and Midtown, and without the parking or security problems of its in-city brethren, the terminal has quickly become a favorite of film companies. In the past four years it has housed 11 major films and television shows, including "A Beautiful Mind," "Far From Heaven" and the HBO series "Oz." In addition to "The War of the Worlds," the warehouses are currently home to Sidney Lumet's latest film, the independent feature "Find Me Guilty," a mob drama starring Vin Diesel and Peter Dinklage.

"The size and expansiveness" of the terminal are what make it so attractive, said Ray Samitez, construction coordinator on the Spielberg film.

Jonathan Filley, New York production manager for "The War of the Worlds,'' added: "I know many people who have filmed there over the years. It's a great resource."

It will not, however, be the location of the apocalyptic scenes of the battle between the earthlings and the Martians; those will be created at George Lucas's special-effects workshop, Industrial Light and Magic, in California. (The 1953 screen version won an Oscar for special effects.)

"The War of the Worlds" is also here because its screenwriter, David Koepp, decided he "very much wanted to set the remake in a working-class environment - I felt it would be really interesting." That led Mr. Koepp to the Ironbound, the colorful Portuguese-Brazilian area of Newark, which, with its row houses and lively street life, "had a sort of rusting, industrial America look."

Newark, in turn, led to a few Bayonne locations, particularly First Street and Kennedy Boulevard, a tidy block of immaculate row houses in the shadow of the spectacularly arching Bayonne Bridge. It is here that a World War II veteran and retired government worker named Henry Sanchez opened his door one day in September to a man who said: "Hello, my name is Steven Spielberg. Do you mind if I come in and look around?"

"He said they were walking around looking at different homes, deciding whether they wanted to shoot in this area," Mr. Sanchez said. "He was with an entourage of about 20 people. I'd never seen them before, and I've never seen them since."

Mr. Spielberg ("Jurassic Park,'' "A.I.,'' "Minority Report''), who is once again on familiar futuristic turf with "The War of the Worlds,'' must have liked what he saw, because the Sanchez home will be the cinematic residence of Tom Cruise's character. For the past week or so, construction crews have been in the home altering it to fit the production designer's vision (fake walls have been erected in the living room, and all the above-ground swimming pools on the block have been removed and put in storage), while out at the terminal, exact reproductions of Mr. Sanchez's redesigned interiors have been constructed. Not that the workers on this closed and very hush-hush set have apprised him of what's going on.

"They're very secretive," Mr. Sanchez said. "They come and do their work, and when I asked when they're going to start shooting, they said, 'We don't know.' They're worse than top-secret agents. But they're very nice and courteous."

It's no secret, however, that Bayonne residents almost unanimously embrace the filmmaking, both for its economic benefits and for the way in which it will, they hope, put the city in a better light. Although one restaurant owner who has done business with film companies in the past said the economic impact was "really not that huge, it's less than 1 percent of my business," Marie Folger said that if "The War of the Worlds" succeeded in bringing "one more person into my shop, then it's worth it."

It may be worth more than that. Although no one has hard and fast numbers, the film's stage manager, Jeremiah Sellitti, estimated that the production was spending as much as $4,000 a week in petty cash alone (for food, hardware, lumber), a figure that does not include big-ticket items like locally contracted plumbing, heating and electricity.

But the bottom line is image. Bayonne actually does have a film history, although not an extensive one. The Centaur Film Company, one of the industry's first independents, was based here in the early 1900's. (It eventually became part of Universal Studios.) Sandra Dee was born in Bayonne. And the improbable tale of Chuck (The Bayonne Bleeder) Wepner, the valiant underdog who lasted into the 15th round against Muhammad Ali in a 1975 title fight, became the basis for "Rocky."

That's all history, however. Nowadays, the locals are hoping the more films that get made in Bayonne, the more the downtrodden image of the city will turn around. They're also hoping that the terminal will eventually be turned into a full-service production center with editing rooms and the like, thereby making it even more attractive to the industry. (There is a proposed mixed-use redevelopment plan for the entire site, which includes such a center.) And even though Mr. Filley, the movie's production manager, said that "you won't change a town's image by making a film there," Bayonne residents tend to feel otherwise.

"It's just something positive," Ms. Folger said. "You're always hearing the negative. That's what I said to Tom Cruise when he was leaving: 'We get a bad rap here. This is a nice town.' "

" 'This is a really nice town,' " Ms. Folger said Mr. Cruise responded.

"I think," she added, "the filmmaking has given us a positive look."

Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company

JCMAN320
December 14th, 2006, 03:33 AM
'Bayonne Crossing' shopping center gets plan board approval

Thursday, December 14, 2006
By GREG HANLON
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

The Bayonne Planning Board has voted unanimously to approve the final site plan for the 10-building, 358,418-square-foot shopping center proposed for a 29-acre tract of land east of Route 440 between New Hook Road and East 22nd Street.

With the site plan approved, the project's only remaining hurdle is for the state Department of Environmental Protection to approve a plan for environmental cleanup - or remediation - to remove underground petroleum contaminants from the site.

Mayor Joseph V. Doria Jr., who also serves as a commissioner on the Planning Board, said that the shopping center - dubbed "Bayonne Crossing" - "will attract some well-known, big-box stores to our community, and will add more vitality to the local economy."

The project is expected to generate approximately 800 jobs, $1.2 million in tax revenue, and between $3 and 4 million in Urban Enterprise Zone sales tax proceeds, a total that would double the amount of UEZ funding the city currently takes in, according to Michael O'Connor, executive director of the Bayonne Development Corporation.

O'Connor also credited the project with facilitating the cleanup of a contaminated tract of land on which the Standard Oil company - now ExxonMobil - had long operated an oil terminal and refinery.

"Ultimately, on a site that was destined to be vacant land for generations to come, this project will generate jobs and revenue, and will precipitate further development in the surrounding area," O'Connor said.

Site work is expected to begin in the spring.

"By the fall of 2007, we want to be able to open a representative sample of stores," said Eric Alterman, of Cameron Bayonne, LLC, the New York-based developer of the site.

ablarc
December 14th, 2006, 07:46 AM
The Bayonne Planning Board has voted unanimously to approve the final site plan for the 10-building, 358,418-square-foot shopping center proposed for a 29-acre tract of land east of Route 440...
10 buildings, 29 acres.

One building per 2.9 acres.

Parking lots.

TimmyG
February 16th, 2007, 10:44 AM
Taking on the tear-down trend
Friday, February 16, 2007 By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER
Bayonne's city administration is drafting a new law aimed at rescuing its classic Victorian-style homes - and other one-families - from developers looking to replace them with multi-family construction.
"We're trying to maintain the character of our community, such as those neighborhoods with houses on big lots where, given the value of the property, a lot of developers are buying the land, tearing down the existing homes and building two-family homes on the lot," Mayor Joseph V. Doria said.
To make it harder for developers to swing the wrecking ball, Doria said he's asked City Law Director John Coffey II and City Planner John Fussa, in concert with the city Historic Preservation Commission, to draft an ordinance "that will set up a procedure to review demolition permits" for these types of projects.
"We've definitely seen accelerating trends involving tear-downs of residential structures on one lot, so we're losing a lot of the city's older housing stock to multi-family development," Fussa said. "And that can affect the quality of life in those neighborhoods, so there's been increasing concern and it's emerging as an issue as the city considers updating its master plan."
As a possible legislative strategy to deal with it, Fussa said the city is exploring any and all of four possible zoning approaches.
The city may look to impose what Fussa called a "cooling off" period on demolition jobs based on factors "that go beyond health and safety issues" through an "enhanced level of review" by the city engineer and planner, and possibly, by the city's historic preservation and environmental experts.
Fussa said the city would also be looking at possible amendments to the current residential zoning code for R-1 (one-family) and R-2 (two-family) uses to see whether the code is providing built-in "incentives" for tearing down structures by allowing increased density in certain areas.
"We want to see if these demolitions are being done on appropriate sites," he said.
Another strategy being eyed, Fussa said, is possibly requiring a property owner or developer to give the city a more detailed justification for taking down an old home "and what the site would yield as a consequence of that."
And, Fussa said, the city may require a property owner to post a performance bond for a demolition job that would ensure that sufficient funding is allocated for such safeguards as fencing, landscaping, utility improvements and sidewalks.
At this point, "we're still in the research phase" of putting together the ordinance, Fussa said.
He said that suburban communities such as Montclair, Westfield, Metuchen and Long Hill Township have been grappling with zoning issues involving older homes on larger lots, and Bayonne would survey how they've dealt with that.

TimmyG
April 2nd, 2007, 10:02 AM
Green light for condo project
Monday, April 02, 2007 By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

A downsized "Waterford at Bayonne" received a green light from the Bayonne Planning Board Wednesday night.
Only board member Alice K. Lotosky dissented, saying the condo project was too big for the downtown neighborhood - even after the developer scaled down the development at the southern end of Kennedy Boulevard from 144 to 84 units due to market conditions.
"To me it shows a lack of confidence by the developer that they're going to sell out the units," Lotosky said.
After hearing testimony from Jason Kaplan, president of The Kaplan Companies of Highland Park, and his experts, the board voted 8-1 to okay the site plan for 144 units even though the current plan is to build 84 units.
Kaplan and his attorney, Robert Cavanaugh, told the board the project would proceed in two phases: the first 48 units will be built in the site's northern section, closest to West Third Street, and the next 36 units will rise in the area closest to West Second Street. No construction timetable was given. The site will accommodate 104 parking spaces which - with the board's consent - will be slightly undersized.
"The Phase 1 area is clean (environmentally) but remediation needs to be done in the Phase 2 section because there's still some oil spilled from the prior owner," Cavanaugh said.
A traffic expert's study paid for by Kaplan found no justification for a traffic signal proposed for Kennedy Boulevard and West Second Street. The Hudson County Planning Board isn't contesting that finding, City Planner John Fussa said. There will be driveway access to the site via Second and Third streets, he said.
Kaplan's plans call for 72 two-bedroom units, eight one-bedrooms and four three-bedrooms.
After it's built, Waterford at Bayonne should generate $520,000 in annual municipal and school tax revenues, Cavanaugh said.

JCMAN320
April 2nd, 2007, 12:38 PM
Group mulls landmark status for lighthouse

Monday, April 02, 2007

The Bayonne Historic Preservation Commission is reaching out to the U.S. Coast Guard to get a briefing in support of possibly designating the Robbins Reef Lighthouse off the Bayonne coastline for local landmark status.

The now-automated beacon, also known as the "Katie Walker" light for one of its former keepers, has already been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The existing lighthouse has been flashing its warning light since 1883 and has been automated since 1966.

Commission spokesman Joseph Ryan said members at last Tuesday's meeting also planned to contact the city's Master Plan Steering Committee to press for amendments to the Master Plan that would provide for additional protection of the city's older Victorian-style homes.

In other business, the commission welcomed new member, Priscilla Ege - a partner with Alice K. Lotosky in PealCollection, which offers historic tours - as the replacement for Eric Lobel, who resigned last month after moving to New York. Ege will serve a five-year term.

RONALD LEIR


Good to see Bayonne and Jersey City are both trying to protect the great venerable Victorian homes that grace both cities.

JCMAN320
April 2nd, 2007, 12:53 PM
BLRA approves builder's loan request

Monday, April 02, 2007
By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

The developer of a highway shopping center on Bayonne's East Side may be tapping a state fund to help pay for part of the project's utility work.

The Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority - which has control over the 29-acre redevelopment site on the east side of Route 440 between New Hook Road and East 22nd Street - voted last Thursday to apply to the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust for a loan of more than $19 million for a stormwater management system for the Bayonne Crossing "power" center.

But BLRA Executive Director Nancy Kist said the authority wouldn't be on the hook to repay the loan.

"If the NJEIT were to grant the loan request, Cameron Bayonne LLC (the shopping center developer) would be responsible for paying the loan and interest, as well as any costs associated with the loan," Kist said.

Kist said the loan would provide nearly $6 million to prepare the site, around $4 million to install the system and about $8 million for environmental controls. An additional $800,000 would go for administrative costs and about $1.7 million is built in for contingencies by state mandate, according to Cameron associate Eric Alderman.

"We're hopeful of getting this money later this spring and, 60 days after that, we expect to commence active remediation, site preparation and then actual construction for a 2008 opening," Alderman added.

Alderman estimated that between $30 and $40 million of the overall $100 to $125 million estimated development cost would go for environmental remediation and/or environmental-related construction. ExxonMobil has accepted the bulk of the responsibility for cleaning up the underground contaminants on the site, Alderman said.

Cameron has signed leases with "several tenants," Alderman said, but declined to name them, except to say they are national retailers.

City officials have projected the project will generate construction jobs, 800 permanent jobs, $1.2 million in taxes and $4 million in Urban Enterprise Zone sales tax proceeds.

JCMAN320
June 23rd, 2007, 09:59 PM
Bayonne votes historic status for lighthouse

Saturday, June 23, 2007
By N. CLARK JUDD
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

While Wednesday's Bayonne City Council meeting was mostly focused on the future, council members began the evening with a link to the past.

Following up on an April decision by the Bayonne Historic Preservation Commission, the council voted unanimously to designate the Robbins Reef Lighthouse - already on the National Register of Historic Places - a historic landmark.

"This is a welcome addition to the history of Bayonne," Council President Vincent Lo Re said before casting the final vote.

For another part of Bayonne's maritime past, the council approved modifications to the transportation plan for the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor that were suggested by the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority.

BLRA transportation planner Sue Mack explained that the modifications would allow a developer to build one fewer city block in the Peninsula's loft district than the plan currently specifies. With one fewer block, Mack explained, the street configuration would allow for larger blocks and the preservation of some of the historic buildings on the site.

For the third time in 10 years, the council authorized spending on engineering work as part of a build-up to fixing the roof of the public library. Councilman Anthony Chiappone suggested looking into the availability of grant money to make the library roof a solar roof, like the one at Bayonne High School.

Punzie
June 23rd, 2007, 11:30 PM
Google Map - Robbins Reef Lighthouse (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=40.6574+-74.0656+%28Robbins+Reef+Lighthouse%29&hl=en&ie=UTF8&om=1&ll=40.657463,-74.065704&spn=0.114077,0.233459&z=12&iwloc=addr)

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Source:
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JCMAN320
July 1st, 2007, 07:39 AM
Call to halt MOT's rebirth

Saturday, June 30, 2007
By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

A local dock workers group wants the federal government to order a stop to all redevelopment work at the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, alleging the city violated the terms of the October 2001 agreement that transferred the former Military Ocean Terminal to the city.

The group, the "Working Waterfront Committee" of Bayonne Local 1588, International Longshoremen's Association, says the city - through the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority - reneged on a plan to build a container port which, it says, could have generated enough jobs to replace the 2,000 lost when the MOT closed in 1999.

In a June 18 letter to U.S. Assistant Army Secretary Keith Eastin, the WWC, under the signatures of Local 1588 members Robert Dickey and Angelo Mack, asked the Army, as the federal agency that last occupied the MOT, to "immediately insist that the BLRA suspend all redevelopment activity until a full investigation of (BLRA) actions is made and until (the original plan for the former base) is firmly back on course."

Mayor Joseph V. Doria Jr. called the allegations "baseless and factually deficient" and labeled the committee action "self-serving, inaccurate and misguided," and BLRA Executive Director Nancy Kist said the committee was making "unsupported accusations and insinuations of fraud to make their pitch for a container port."

But local attorney Patrick Conaghan, who based his unsuccessful mayoral campaign last year on a pitch for a container port at the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, as the area is now known, said the committee was "right on the money."

"The ILA position is correct - a container port would be in the best interests of Bayonne," he said.

Army officials did not respond to requests for comment.

The letter says that in 2003 the BLRA asked for container port proposals for the area it designated as the Maritime District at the Peninsula from prospective operators, and subsequently got nine proposals, but ended up shelving them and changing its redevelopment plan to exclude a container port.

Kist said the BLRA has honored its commitment to the feds to stimulate job growth at the former base.

"As of October 2006, when our most recent tabulation was done, 900 jobs have been created from the cruise business, the drydock and our other tenants," she said.

As for the container port, Kist said the BLRA did opt to place restrictions on the type of maritime uses that could be placed in the Maritime District - but for good reason.

"You couldn't have a full-blown container port," Kist said.

She cited the lack of a 50-foot channel, reinforced piers and the off-site infrastructure improvements - such as a widened Route 440 and upgrade NJ Turnpike 14A Interchange - that she said would be needed to support the operation.

And, Kist said, even if the BLRA did endorse a container port, "it would take five years to make it happen - it's not just going to pop up."

JCMAN320
July 24th, 2007, 09:48 PM
U.S. Army to decide Bayonne's fiscal fate

Monday, July 23, 2007
By N. CLARK JUDD
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

The state could move to play a bigger role in how Bayonne handles its finances if the U.S. Army doesn't agree that "Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor," a one-time military terminal, is environmentally ready for residential housing, officials said.

The issue has to do with $23 million the city had been counting on receiving from the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority to close a gap in its budget year that ended June 30.

The BLRA, the agency overseeing development at the terminal, had been expecting to receive the money from Bayonne Bay Developers LLC and Trammel Crow Residential, the designated developers for the site.

But the developers haven't forked over the money, according to the city's finance administrator, Terrence Malloy.

The developers are waiting for the U.S. Army to sign off on a ruling by the state's Department of Environmental Protection that found that parts of the Peninsula originally deemed safe enough only for industrial use are suitable for residential construction as well, Malloy said.

The Army is the "responsible party" for polluting the site, officials said. As the responsible party, the Army could be liable if residents on the property were to become ill, officials said.

The deadline for reports to the state for fiscal year 2007, which ended June 30, is Aug. 10.

If the money comes in before Aug. 10, the city would report a balanced budget to the state, Malloy said.

But a delay beyond Aug. 10 raises several possibilities, according to Malloy.

State officials could let Bayonne carry over a deficit for the second year in a row, Malloy explained. Or, he said, "The state could oversee any hiring within the city, any promotion within the city, essentially oversight on the expenditures within the community.

"A lot of the things the state may very well look at we're right now in the process of doing," Malloy added, referring to a hiring freeze and a study that could result in layoffs later this summer.

Tom Lederle, the U.S. Army branch chief responsible for overseeing the Peninsula, said the Army anticipates reaching a conclusion on the state's ruling "in the near future" - "weeks, not months." A spokesman for the state's Department of Community Affairs, declined to comment until DCA receives Bayonne's financial statements.

For the past few years, the city and the BLRA have engaged in swapping money. The city would float bonds to raise money for capital improvements at the terminal, and the BLRA would return the equivalent amount to the city from fees paid by the developers.

The arrangement has been advantageous to the city since the cash-strapped municipality can't use money raised from selling bonds to pay day-to-day expenses.

Last year, the city wound up with a $25 million deficit after developer D.R. Horton pulled out of a partnership at the Peninsula with Trammel Crow Residential and the BLRA couldn't hold up its end of the deal until after the fiscal year ended. The state allowed the city to carry over the deficit into 2007, and eventually the BLRA found another developer.

TimmyG
August 16th, 2007, 09:39 AM
Bayonne: Light Rail hikes values
Thursday, August 16, 2007 By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

NJ Transit's expansion of its Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit System to its southernmost point - Eighth Street in Bayonne - figures to be an engine for stimulating additional economic growth in the area, real estate and transit analysts say.
"Anytime there's public transportation available, it's a plus for the city," said Jack Pineiro, a co-owner of Prudential McGeehan and Pineiro Realtors since 1982. "The Light Rail has definitely made an impact on property values."
NJ Transit will be taking bids later this month for construction of the mile-long extension, from the 22nd Street Station to Eighth Street, and the new station. Work on the project is expected to begin next spring and finish sometime in 2009 at a cost projected at $89 million.
Two businesses - a tire repair shop and a fast-food place - operate on the future station site and will have to relocate when NJ Transit acquires the properties from their landlord. But future residents of an adjacent tract once occupied by Pagano's IGA supermarket that's now targeted for a 74-unit apartment cluster should benefit from close access to the rail line.
And there may be yet another station in mind to service other prospective developments in Bayonne's Bergen Point section.
Jason Kaplan, president of the Kaplan Companies, which is building an 84-unit condominium complex at the southern end of Kennedy Boulevard, said he's "had some preliminary talks with NJ Transit" about possibly extending the line southward and that "while there's no money appropriated for that yet, they didn't seem opposed to the concept."
Martin Robins, a senior policy fellow for Rutgers University's Voorhees Transportation Center who helped plan for the Light Rail when he was with NJ Transit's waterfront transportation office, said that in Hudson County, where the Light Rail track goes, new housing typically follows.
"That's what we've been documenting all along the length of the Light Rail," Robins said. "We've been looking at a half dozen locations, from 49th Street in North Bergen, all the way into Bayonne, and we've found very substantial evidence of economic development - usually housing - following the Light Rail line," he said.
For example, Robins said, the Light Rail stop at Ninth Street on Hoboken's west side had been a desolate area, but now "townhouses and small apartment buildings of five and six stories are going up all around there," with the rail station "integrated into the neighborhood."
At 22nd Street and Avenue E in Bayonne, for example, a developer has paid $1.2 million for an 88-by 114-foot lot with a tavern on it with plans to build multifamily housing there. And just across Route 440 from the 34th Street Station sits the former Military Ocean Terminal, where hundreds of new apartments are slated for construction.
With the creation of new zoning districts, such as Transit Development Overlay, "Bayonne is preparing itself, probably as well as any city I know of, for these economic changes, and Eighth Street will be another element of that," Robins said.

JCMAN320
September 20th, 2007, 05:50 PM
Car terminal likely in P.A. deal

Thursday, September 20, 2007
By JOE MALINCONICO
NEWHOUSE NEWS SERVICE

After 10 years of trying to buy land on the former Military Ocean Terminal in Bayonne, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has reached an agreement with city officials.

But the tentative $50 million deal for about 126 acres, which is scheduled for approval today, comes with a critical provision - the Port Authority cannot use the land to build a new cargo container terminal.

Officials say the Port Authority, which owns about 3,000 acres in and around the harbor, most likely will put a terminal for handling car shipments on the site.

Statistics for the first half of 2007 show the Port of New York and New Jersey is booming, whether measured by car shipments (an increase of 8.7 percent compared to 2006) or cargo containers (up 7.7 percent over 2006).

That restriction against building a container port - included at Bayonne's insistence - has riled longshoremen who say a container terminal would produce more and better paying jobs than would other port operations. It has also drawn criticism from some port interest groups who see the old military base as the ideal location to handle large shipments of cargo.

"I feel very betrayed that our politicians are not working along with our local to generate quality jobs," said Anthony Falcicchio, president of Bayonne Local 1588, International Longshoreman's Association. "We are losing work to areas like Virginia and Georgia. I can't figure it out.

"The Ontario (Canada) Teachers Pension Fund is investing in our industry (by acquiring Global Terminal and another container facility in Staten Island) so if people from outside our area can see an opportunity for profit, why can't our own city?"

Instead, Falcicchio said, Bayonne seems focused on encouraging development of "luxury housing" at the former MOT and a nearby private golf course for millionaires.

"These are intended for people outside the area - not Bayonne residents," he said.

Bayonne officials say the noise and traffic from a container port would interfere with the city's plans to develop housing and commercial space on the peninsula that juts into New York Harbor. Moreover, they argue, the area could not handle the heavy truck traffic that a container terminal would generate.

"If you've tried to get in or out of Bayonne at rush hour, you know it's a disaster," said Nancy Kist, executive director of the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority. "That's now, without any new development."

Bayonne's contracts with two developers who are planning to build homes on other portions of the 430-acre peninsula include commitments from the city to exclude a container terminal from the site.

"It's obvious why Bayonne has made that stipulation," said Tom Wright, executive director of the Regional Plan Association, an independent planning group. "As long as the Port Authority still feels the site has value, then it sounds like a good compromise."

The Port Authority's board is scheduled to vote on the purchase at its meeting this afternoon, while Bayonne's redevelopment board will vote in the evening.

Jersey Journal staff writer Ronald Leir contributed to this report.

JCexpert558
September 21st, 2007, 09:37 PM
As many time as Ive been to Bayonne I had never noticed the seaport.

JCMAN320
September 22nd, 2007, 12:04 AM
It's Port Jersey it's in Jersey City. The Peninsula is Bayonne next to 34th st Lightrail

JCMAN320
October 5th, 2007, 03:40 AM
Car terminal deal tripped by law

Friday, October 05, 2007
By N. CLARK JUDD
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

Just as the deal for a car import terminal in Bayonne rolled into the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority's plans, it will have to roll right out of them again, city officials confirmed yesterday.

City Council President Vincent Lo Re Jr., who is also a BLRA commissioner, admitted the BLRA was not in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act when it gave notice of the special Sept. 20 meeting where the $50 million deal with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was approved.

"I've been informed by legal counsel that there was a technical defect in the legal notice of the Open Public Meetings Act, and I'm considering all my options to make sure that the city receives the best offer for the maritime district," Lo Re said.

The admission appears to come as the result of legal pressure from Councilman Anthony Chiappone and Local 1588 of the International Longshoremen's Association.

Chiappone and the ILA's general counsel, Louis Nikolaidis, of New York-based Lewis, Clifton & Nikolaidis, P.C., sent separate letters to the BLRA stating that the meeting failed to comply with state public notice requirements for public meetings.

ILA officials and others claim that the BLRA jumped at the Port Authority offer and passed up more lucrative deals that would have also brought Bayonne more jobs. Worldwide Group, a port operator, bettered the Port Authority offer by $25 million.

City Law Director John Coffey II admitted that Chiappone and the ILA are correct, because the BLRA only placed a legal notice about the meeting in The Jersey Journal. By law, the legal notice should have been placed in more than one newspaper.

The Port Authority deal has sparked so much controversy that Chiappone has taken the first steps to do away with the BLRA.

Chiappone says he is still pushing for the BLRA's demise and is demanding Coffey answer other legal questions about the contract. Coffey is also the BLRA's general counsel.

"This type of violation of the law is just one more reason why the BLRA should be dissolved," Chiappone said. But, he added, if the BLRA gave the council veto power over money decisions, he would back down.

The next BLRA meeting is Thursday, but it couldn't be determined if the Port Authority deal would be reintroduced. BLRA Executive Director Nancy Kist could not be reached for comment.

JCMAN320
October 16th, 2007, 04:18 PM
Rifle maker moving to Bayonne and says it plans to hire locally

Tuesday, October 16, 2007
By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

A New York classic rifle company aims to make a new home on this side of the Hudson River.

The Henry Repeating Arms Co. plans to move its Brooklyn-based manufacturing operations to Bayonne by this spring, company president Anthony Imperato said yesterday.

And Imperato is hoping to tap the city's employee base to help make the 96-year-old company's vintage rifle, which made its debut during the Civil War. Today, the company sells its product to distributors who, in turn, sell to retailers nationwide.

"Bayonne is the Brooklyn equivalent of New Jersey, in my mind at least," Imperato said.

No retail sales will be done at the Bayonne location, he said.

As its future home, Imperato said, the company bought a warehouse at 59 E. First St., the old Good Times Video building, which fronts on Lexington Avenue between East Second Street and the Kill Van Kull, near Brady's Dock.

Imperato said the building has one tenant, a distribution business, on whose future he declined to elaborate, but he did say that Henry Repeating Arms plans to renovate 109,000 square feet of space to accommodate its manufacturing operation.

In February, Henry won a $344,250 New Jersey Business Employment Incentive Program grant from the state Economic Development Authority, based on its promise to create 90 new jobs in the state, EDA spokeswoman Erin Gold said.

Eventually, Imperato said that Henry hopes to employ as many as 150 at its Bayonne site.

Yesterday, NJbiz.com reported - and Imperato confirmed - that Henry paid $8.5 million for the Bayonne property and will spend $3 million on renovations and $1.5 million for new equipment.

City Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Michael O'Connor said that "we worked with EDA trying to find an appropriate location for them."

Dagrecco82
October 23rd, 2007, 01:53 PM
Farewell, 157 Tickets to Middle Class
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LATEST CASUALTY The AGC Chemicals plant, a fixture of Bayonne for more than 40 years, will close Dec. 31. By KEVIN COYNE

Published: October 21, 2007
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THE meeting was called for 7 in the morning, right at the start of the day shift at AGC Chemicals Americas, and when everybody at the sprawling plant filed into the warehouse they heard the news that nobody expected — that the future they all were counting on was gone.
Gone: 157 jobs with mortgage-paying wages. Gone: a plant that has been a fixture for more than 40 years amid the tank farms and pipelines, the smokestacks and steel girders, the railroad tracks and lumbering trucks of Constable Hook, the storied industrial peninsula where John D. Rockefeller’s giant Standard Oil refinery once reigned. Gone: one more manufacturer from a state that does much more of its work in offices than factories these days.
And gone: a workplace where fathers worked alongside sons and brothers alongside brothers for decades, just minutes away from their homes, in jobs they expected to retire from.
“You could hear a dime drop, absolute silence,” said one longtime worker who, like several others, requested anonymity when discussing the closure, because the company had asked employees not to talk to reporters. “It’s like a funeral, no exaggeration. Every day, every department, the same way. It’s somber just talking about it — ‘What are you going to do?’ ‘I don’t know, what are you going to do?’ ”
New Jersey (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/national/usstatesterritoriesandpossessions/newjersey/index.html?inline=nyt-geo) has been bleeding manufacturing jobs for decades — from a peak of 892,500 in 1969 to 317,900 now — but the decline in many industries was gradual enough that workers could spot the end looming in the distance. At AGC, it was swift and unexpected, the dagger of global competition.
“The company made every effort trying to make the business survive, but when you’re in a single-product business, it’s hard,” another longtime worker said, citing the millions spent in recent years on an expansion project that still isn’t finished. Then he slipped reluctantly into the past tense. “It was a really nice place to work.”
The product is something that you don’t buy in a store but that you encounter without knowing every day: chemicals known as fluoropolymers, which are used in everything from brake pads to electrical cables to frying pans. And fluoropolymers, it turns out, can be manufactured much more cheaply in China and Russia, where wages are low and environmental regulations lax. Company officials didn’t respond to requests for comment, but a prepared statement cited “poor market conditions and changing market structure.” AGC is a subsidiary of Asahi Glass Group of Japan.
“It’s gone from being a premium chemical to a commodity, and on that basis, even though AGC spent a significant amount of money upgrading the facility, they were unable to compete,” said Michael O’Connor, executive director of the Bayonne Economic Development Corporation. “It was definitely a shock.”
Sanford R. Oxfeld — a Newark labor lawyer who has represented the union at the plant, the independent Bayonne Chemical Workers Union, for more than 25 years — was expecting to begin negotiations on a new contract soon for the 89 members, but instead has been working on the severance package. “This is heartbreaking,” said Mr. Oxfeld, who also represents scores of other unions. “This is my favorite client. They’re the way unions were, the way I think unions should be. They weren’t interested in endorsing anybody for president. They wanted to make a good living and aspire to the middle class.”
And that’s where their jobs put them, with a wage scale that topped out at $28 an hour, and plentiful overtime available. Many managers at the company are union members who worked their way up.
“You definitely got treated well,” said another worker, who also veered uncertainly between past and present. “It’s a very, very friendly place. It really was a great atmosphere.”
The AGC plant sits within view of Route 440, adjacent to a redevelopment site where, as part of Bayonne’s continuing transformation of its industrial waterfront, construction is scheduled to begin soon on a 400,000-square-foot big-box shopping center. About a third of the 30-acre site belonged to AGC, land the company wasn’t using but was initially reluctant to sell.
“We move from a production society to a consumption society,” said Joseph J. Seneca, an economics professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/r/rutgers_the_state_university/index.html?inline=nyt-org). The transformation of the land, he said, is “a good icon of it.”
The names of the stores expected to open at the shopping center are scheduled to be announced this fall. “Instead of having really nicely paid manufacturing jobs,” Mr. Oxfeld said, “there’s now going to be a bunch of strip malls, and you’re going to have people getting paid one-third the salary these guys are getting paid.”
The plant is still running around the clock, as it always has, turning out chemicals whose price has been undercut by other plants far from Bayonne. The shutdown is planned for Dec. 31, when the chill that has only now entered the air surely will have deepened.
“There’s not much left, especially in New Jersey,” another worker said. “These jobs that you could support an entire family on, they’re just disappearing. It’s a different world now.”
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JCMAN320
October 23rd, 2007, 02:10 PM
This is a shame, so many people depend on that comapny. Another 157 jobs outsouced to countries far away. Now to be replaced by a shopping center.

Light rail bus service a casualty

Tuesday, October 23, 2007
By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

Bayonne's municipal layoffs will force the city to cancel the free bus service linking downtown residents to the 22nd Street Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station, Interim Mayor Terrence Malloy said.

"The drivers are being laid off, so the New Jersey Transit shuttle vehicle will no longer be available to transport people from Fourth Street, North Street and Avenue A to the station," Malloy said.

NJ Transit had donated one of its vehicles to the city to use for the program and the city is giving that vehicle to Hudson County's Transcend Program, which is taking over the city's senior medical transports under a $100,000 contract with the city. The same drivers being let go by Bayonne were also assigned to handle senior transports.

Discontinuation notices are being distributed to the shuttle passengers. The shuttle's last run will be Nov. 9, when the layoffs take effect.

It operates Monday to Friday, running northbound only from 6 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.; and southbound only from 4 to 7:20 p.m., at 20-minute intervals.

JCMAN320
October 31st, 2007, 12:06 AM
Uptown condos cleared to rise

Tuesday, October 30, 2007
By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

An uptown Bayonne residential development will be breaking ground soon, a city official said yesterday.

Michael O'Connor, executive director of the Bayonne Economic Development Corp., said that Baker Residential, of Pleasantville, N.Y., is looking to begin the first phase of its long-planned Hudson Bay Club project, between the Hi-Hat restaurant/catering hall site at 54th Street off Kennedy Boulevard and Newark Bay, shortly after New Year's.

O'Connor and City Planner John Fussa said in separate interviews that the state Department of Environmental Protection has issued a "No Further Action" letter affirming that a soil cleanup of chromate wastes on part of the development site performed earlier this year by a Honeywell contractor is complete, clearing the way for the residential project.

Baker representative Rob Holmes said the company is prepared to go forward with the infrastructure for the first phase of its five-tower, four story, elevator-equipped, 158-unit for-sale condominium project, having obtained city building permits.

In a press release, Baker sales director Brett Tinney said that "pre-construction sales" for a combination of one- , two-and three-bedroom condominiums, with 27 different floor plans, are expected to open "early next year."

Tinney said that one-bedroom units will be tentatively priced "from the upper-$200,000s" and that two-and three-bedroom homes will be "priced from the mid-$300,000s."

Amenities planned include underground parking, an outdoor pool, fitness center, clubhouse, elegant lobby and concierge service, Tinney said.

Baker previously developed the 144-unit Boatworks townhomes in Bergen Point and the Bay Harbor Club, a 30-unit apartment building in the midtown area.

JCMAN320
November 3rd, 2007, 01:10 PM
Bayonne voids $50M port deal; P.A. may sue

Saturday, November 03, 2007
By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER
Now the lawyers get involved.

After spending five hours behind closed doors with special counsel Joseph Baumann, the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority commissioners voted unanimously Thursday night to cancel a $50.5 million land sale with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The commissioners said they'd "reconsider the contract at a subsequent meeting" but that they'd also evaluate proposals submitted by three rival groups.

A Port Authority spokesman said the bi-state agency may sue the BLRA.

In a four-page resolution voted on at about 11 p.m., the BLRA said the action it took at a special meeting on Sept. 20 to sell about 90 acres of the so-called Maritime District at the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor to the Port Authority for development as a "roll-on/roll-off" car port was void because it was done at a meeting that was "in violation of the Open Public Meetings Act."

Port Authority spokesman Marc La Vorgna said the agency was "very surprised" because "we have a signed contract" and that it would "consider whatever legal means is appropriate in moving forward with that contract."

"I can't rule out a lawsuit," he added.

La Vorgna said one of the other bidders, PortsAmerica - a subsidiary of AIG Global Investment Co. - was trying to make an end-run around the BLRA's land use restriction on container ports by raising its offer from $75 million to $90 million.

"At $90 million, that number has to be for a container terminal," La Vorgna said.

PortsAmerica President Stephen Edwards responded: "We're looking forward to meeting with the BLRA to pursue our plan to run a roll-on/roll-off facility for the import/export of cars."

Baumann, the BLRA counsel, said that he hopes to review all the materials so as to prepare a recommendation for the commissioners, possibly in time for their Nov. 15 meeting.

macmini
November 18th, 2007, 06:48 PM
In the Region | New Jersey
Coming Soon: Affordable Views
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PAST IN THE PRESENT A view of Broad Street captures the painted-brick library, which started as a bank a century ago.
By ANTOINETTE MARTIN
Published: November 18, 2007

BAYONNE
NOW here’s something different: condominiums that will offer panoramic water views, clubhouse amenities, adjacent parks, and ferry or train commutes to Manhattan (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/classifieds/realestate/locations/newyork/newyorkcity/manhattan/?inline=nyt-geo), but are not characterized by their developer as “ultraluxury.”

They are not going to be ultraexpensive, either: the Hudson Bay Club here, which has sales opening in January, plans to ask under $300,000 for one-bedroom units, and start in the mid-$300,000s for two- or three-bedroom condos. The condos are on the Newark Bay side of Bayonne, where a modest revitalization has taken hold over the last few years.

The city, once an industrial powerhouse, is pinning dreams of a more expansive makeover on the other side of its peninsula, facing New York City (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/classifieds/realestate/locations/newyork/newyorkcity/manhattan/?inline=nyt-geo). There, it plans to redevelop a huge former naval base; builders have already been chosen for projects that are to create a total of 6,700 housing units, 750 hotel rooms, 340,000 square feet of retailing, 465,000 square feet of cultural space, and 242,000 square feet of civic space.

The scale of the project is even more massive than what has taken place in neighboring Jersey City and Hoboken.

But city authorities estimate that transforming Bayonne in such fashion could take 15 to 30 years. In the interim, small-scale progress is occurring on the city’s west side, where public improvements have attracted private developers.

Near the Hudson Bay Club condo site, there is a new wetlands park with a biking trail, and a boardwalk meandering through a marshy area. Also, a “pocket park” was created on the tip of the point of land where construction vehicles are now busily at work, preparing the property for construction. And the city has spruced up and polished a beautiful older park, the rambling Stephen R. Gregg.

The Hudson-Bergen light rail system has been extended, providing a connection to Jersey City’s PATH trains to Manhattan.

The Hudson Bay Club’s builder, Baker Residential, a company based in Pleasantville, N.Y., that likes to focus on “urban infill” projects with waterside access, has already completed two condo projects not far away in its Newark Bay-side development.

The first, in 2004, was the Boatworks, a community of 160 town homes built on the site where John F. Kennedy (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/k/john_fitzgerald_kennedy/index.html?inline=nyt-per)’s World War II PT-109 was assembled and launched; a refurbished marina there now berths private crafts.

Next came Bay Harbor Club, 31 condos in a four-story building right on the bay; the project went up on what had been an empty acre sandwiched between houses in a long-established neighborhood.

The Bay Harbor building served as a model for the five condo structures that will rise at Hudson Bay Club, housing a total of 158 units, said Clark D. Atwood, Baker’s general manager in New Jersey (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/classifieds/realestate/locations/newjersey/?inline=nyt-geo).

The elevator-equipped buildings all have abundant windows and balconies, and assigned parking spaces in an underground garage.

It took longer than expected to get the Hudson Bay Club project under way because of an arduous cleanup of chromium-contaminated soil that had to be completed by the former landowner, Honeywell International, Mr. Atwood said. State environmental authorities certified that the land was safe several months ago, he added.

The Hudson Bay Club condos, which are offered in 27 different floor plans, will range in size from 1,000 to 1,700 square feet, he said. The penthouse units will have two levels.

Mimicking what has become routine in buildings in Gold Coast communities, the Hudson Bay clubhouse will offer a fitness center, an entertainment hall, a kitchen and an outdoor pool. Each building will also have its own landscaped terrace.

In the first two projects, Mr. Atwood added, many of the buyers could not have afforded the same lifestyle in Hoboken and Jersey City, but were able to secure it “one train stop further down the line.”

The water views on the western side of Bayonne are quite dissimilar to the eastern ones: busy shipping docks instead of open river; the Bayonne and Vincent R. Casciano bridges instead of the George Washington and Verrazano-Narrows; the skyline of Newark, rather than New York.

On the other hand, what separates the two sides is only about half a dozen blocks.

The ferry terminal is on the river side, at the site of the as-yet-unstarted, more massive redevelopment, as is a Royal Caribbean Cruises home port established three years ago. “Water, water, everywhere,” Mr. Atwood said. “Bayonne has some unique water views — very busy, very intriguing and very affordable.”

JCMAN320
November 19th, 2007, 03:04 PM
BMUA wants to harness power of the wind

Monday, November 19, 2007

The Peninsula City could become the Windmill City. The Bayonne Municipal Utilities Authority is asking the New Jersey Clean Energy Program to consider funding a wind turbine to provide electrical power to its Oak Street pump station and other power-dependent facilities.

BMUA Executive Director Steve Gallo said the agency would look to sell surplus power back to Public Service Electric & Gas.

"We're spending between $40,000 and $60,000 a month now on electricity," Gallo said.

Consultants' estimates put the cost of building the turbine at $1.2 million to $1.5 million, Gallo said. "Our energy savings would have to exceed the debt service in paying off the construction costs for this project to make sense," he said.

Gallo said the turbine and 250-foot-high windmill pole could be operational in about a year.

"It's supposed to be quieter than a truck driving by," Gallo said.

In other business, Gallo said the BMUA would be testing a chemical product from Engineers Plus, of Richmond, Va., designed to disinfect raw sewage discharged during heavy storms at the city's combined sewer overflow sites throughout Bayonne.

RONALD LEIR

JCMAN320
November 20th, 2007, 04:52 AM
Building down; project still on

Tuesday, November 20, 2007
By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

A longtime midtown Bayonne department store, sold four months ago to a redeveloper who planned to convert it to office space, is now a pile of rubble after the city concluded it was unsafe and had to be torn down.

But the development team, Bayonne Medical Realty LLC, of Fort Lee, which acquired the three-story corner building in August for $1.9 million, remains committed to going forward with its original project.

Problems surfaced Friday at Irwin's Discount Department Store, 22nd Street and Broadway, when a contractor was in the process of gutting its interior. A city permit had been issued Nov. 2 for $50,000 worth of work.

City spokesman Joseph Ryan said city Construction Code Official Michael Feuer was called to the site after a front supporting column split. Ryan said bricks in the column started to loosen when a contractor removed a Masonite "peg board" from a wall.

An architect and a structural engineer retained by Bayonne Medical Realty were sent to the building and they arranged to prop up the building that night, Ryan said.

But on Saturday the structural engineer noticed that the front of the building had begun to bow and, after consulting with Feuer, it was decided that "the safest thing to do was to take down the building," Ryan said.

The structure was demolished Saturday and the cleanup continued into yesterday. The Bayonne Municipal Utilities Authority and PSE&G sent in crews to shut off utilities and police blocked off Broadway at 21st and 23rd streets and barricaded access to 22nd Street from Avenue E.

The city designated Irwin's and the adjacent three-story Carvel building at 478 Broadway as "an area in need of redevelopment" in January 2006 and Bayonne Medical Realty eventually bought the Irwin's property. The store had been operating for the past 50 years.

Dr. Robert Federman, a Newark dentist and the managing partner of Bayonne Medical Realty, said yesterday that while the demolition "is a real tragedy for us," the developers, nonetheless, "intend to build a 12,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art medical building with dental and medical offices to serve the community of Bayonne."

JCMAN320
November 26th, 2007, 09:12 PM
Port Authority sues Bayonne agency over waterfront deal

by the Associated Press Monday November 26, 2007, 8:28 PM

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today sued a redevelopment agency in Bayonne, asserting that the local group cannot scrap a $50.5 million deal for the bistate agency to purchase waterfront property for a "roll-on/roll-off" car port.

The Port Authority seeks a court order upholding a contract it reached in September with the Bayonne agency to acquire a 153-acre parcel for a future auto marine terminal and other maritime-related uses, according to the lawsuit, filed in state Superior Court for Hudson County.

The Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority voted Nov. 1 to void the deal, saying that it did not place enough ads to legally advertise the September meeting when it approved the deal. The local authority also said it received a higher bid of $90 million from Iselin-based Ports America, which is owned by AIG Global Investment Group.

In response to the lawsuit, John F. Coffey II, general counsel for the Bayonne agency, said, "We believe that the BLRA was within its rights to act as it did."

The land at issue is part of the former Military Ocean Terminal, a 437-acre site previously operated by the U.S. Army as a dry dock and supply base. In 1995, the federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission designated the military facility for closure, and it was later transferred to Bayonne for redevelopment.

JCMAN320
December 8th, 2007, 02:44 AM
BLRA to sell $30M in bonds

Saturday, December 08, 2007
By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

The Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority is preparing to issue $30 million in bonds to finance infrastructure and some clean-up work for the "Bayonne Crossing" shopping center project off Route 440.

BLRA Executive Director Nancy Kist said she may ask commissioners to convene a special meeting next week so the BLRA can appear before the state Local Finance Board on Dec. 12 to seek the board's approval to float the bonds.

Kist said neither the city nor the BLRA would be on the hook for the debt service.

"The city has a PILOT (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes) agreement with the developer, Cameron Bayonne LLC, and a portion of the PILOT payment stream goes to pay off the bonds," Kist said. Last month, the BLRA commissioners signed a redeveloper's agreement with Cameron, which hopes to begin construction early next year.

Cameron has yet to announce its roster of retail tenants for the site.

In the meantime, environmental clean-up work is to proceed at the lot. ExxonMobil will pay for most of this clean-up, which will be monitored by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

JCMAN320
December 11th, 2007, 09:39 PM
Firefighters to leave Peninsula

Tuesday, December 11, 2007
By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

City fire rigs are giving way to private cars.

Bayonne will be vacating a city firehouse at the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor to make room for an automotive marine terminal in the Peninsula's Maritime District, to be operated by PortsAmerica Group, officials said.

Yesterday, the Fire Department busied itself moving some lockers, supplies and miscellaneous items from the Peninsula firehouse as a first step in preparing for the structure's eventual demolition. There are six pieces of fire apparatus in the building.

Plans are being formulated now to set up what acting Fire Chief Patrick Boyle called a "temporary facility" at another Peninsula site in or near the Harbor Station District, closer to Route 440, where the master plan for the Peninsula envisioned placement of a firehouse.

Eventually, a "permanent" firehouse is to be built in the Harbor Station District, Boyle said.

Nancy Kist, executive director of the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority, which owns the Peninsula land, said: "I'm trying to get the property sold so, the firehouse and anybody who's a tenant in the Maritime District will have to leave."

The BLRA commissioners voted Nov. 26 to sell more than 90 acres to PortsAmerica for $90 million to develop as a "roll-on/roll-off" automotive cargo facility, but the closing on the property isn't expected until the end of January.

Kist said there are "maybe a dozen paying tenants," including McCabe Ambulance and independent trucking firms, who will have to be relocated elsewhere on the Peninsula, along with the firehouse. Also in the way is Building 74 - an old Army structure - which houses equipment and supplies from the city Public Works Department and from the city Parking Authority, she said.

"It's not our intention to have (the firehouse) disappear from the base," Kist said. There will be some type of fire protection service needed at the Peninsula, she said.

When MOTBY was still operating, the Army maintained its own fire department and built a firehouse at the base and when the base closed in 1999, Bayonne took over the fire service, even absorbing some of the Army firefighters.

Boyle said the city is investigating what type of structure would be most appropriate as a temporary firehouse. "It might be like the bubble at the Giants' (Meadowlands) practice field or we might go with one of those pre-fab buildings," he said.

Given that the BLRA wants the firefighters out by Jan. 31, Boyle said: "There's no way we could put up a permanent structure in that time - we'll have go out for an RFP (Request For Proposals) for a design-and-build plan." Boyle said he had no idea how much it would cost to put up either the temporary or permanent firehouse.

In the meantime, Boyle said that the firefighters assigned to the Peninsula will continue working there as long as possible.

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December 12th, 2007, 05:30 AM
Bayonne shopping center on BLRA agenda tomorrow

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority will meet in special session tomorrow night to consider issuing up to $30 million in PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) revenue bonds to support the proposed Bayonne Crossing shopping center off Route 440.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the City Council chambers at City Hall, 630 Avenue C.

BLRA officials have said that the $30 million is earmarked for utility infrastructure and some remediation required to deal with contaminated soil at the project site on the east side of the state highway off East 22nd Street.

The commissioners will also be asked to authorize an amendment to the previously approved agreement with Cameron Bayonne that allows an industrial business in the project site to relocate to a BLRA-owned parcel in the old Standard Tank Redevelopment Area nearby.

RONALD LEIR

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December 13th, 2007, 05:15 AM
Army releases deed to BLRA

Thursday, December 13, 2007
By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

Five years after it transferred the former Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne to Bayonne, the Army has released the deed to certain portions of the 430-acre property where it had forbidden residential or recreational development because of soil contamination.

But now - for the first time since the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority has controlled the land, and has since cleaned it up with the help of $11 million in federal money - the long-awaited conversion of the former military logistics base to a civilian mini-city can begin with construction of the first new housing units, said BLRA Executive Director Nancy Kist.

Kist said that honor will go to Trammel Crow, a Morristown firm, slated to build 535 luxury rental apartments - including 16 "affordable" units - on two new city blocks that will be carved out of seven acres in the so-called "Bayonne Bay District" at what is now known as the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor.

"They should be ready to put a shovel in the ground within 30 to 45 days," Kist said.

Kist said the Army issued the deed documents last Thursday.

Asked why the Army waited until now to release the deed - after the BLRA had completed the remediation work by the end of 2004 - Kist said: "They wanted to proceed carefully because they wanted to make sure that any future users of the property realized that the Army was still responsible for any contamination that remains."

But Kist said the chances of developers disturbing any of the sub-surface toxins which have been either removed or capped over were slim because the BLRA is "raising the land's elevation, from two to nine feet, to get it out of a flood plain." And, if needed, she said the BLRA will arrange for "engineering controls" to ensure that no environmentally compromised soil is disturbed.

It remains to be seen how the BLRA will deal with the Trammel Crow contractor doing pile-driving to create the foundation for the two four-story buildings that will house the new apartments, plus a parking deck, and a clubhouse.

Kist said that Trammel Crow has already plunked down $18 million for the right to build at the Peninsula.

How much real estate taxes will be paid for the property has yet to be calculated, she said.

Trammel Crow has paid the Bayonne Municipal Utilities Authority a $1.5 million water connection fee to allow for water and sewer utilities to be installed at the site, according to BMUA Executive Director Steve Gallo.

The first tenants at the project should be moving in within 18 months, Kist predicted.

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December 13th, 2007, 05:22 AM
Zito apts to open after 4-year delay

Thursday, December 13, 2007
By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

More than five years after ground was broken, the owners of Bayonne's newest senior citizens' building are ready to dedicate the Thomas W. Zito Bayside Apartments, 23rd Street off Newark Bay, at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.

A plaque honoring Zito, a former Bayonne Housing Authority executive director, will be unveiled in the new building's lobby.

Visitors will get a tour of the 5-story structure that will house 87 studio and one-bedroom apartments - earmarked for people ages 55 and up - a senior nutrition center, and the administrative offices of the Housing Authority, which will manage the development.

New tenants are expected shortly "after the holidays," said BHA Executive Director John Mahon. Rents range from $600 to $1,100 a month, he said.

The City of Bayonne will receive an annual payment in lieu of taxes fixed at 8 percent of the annual gross revenues for 30 years under an agreement approved by the City Council in November 2000.

The 94,000-square-foot building, owned by Thomas W. Zito Urban Renewal LLC, an offshoot of South Shore Village II Leased Housing, a charitable tax-exempt corporation, was expected to take 14 months to complete. But construction delays developed, at one point shutting down the project for five months.

An indictment in October 2006 of the project's architect/engineer Al Sambade for extorting $100,000 from the general contractor, Cutting Edge, of Bayonne, and income tax evasion didn't help.

In April, federal jurors exonerated Sambade on the extortion charges, but found he illegally evaded taxes. Sambade was sentenced to six months under house arrest and three years probation.

The building owners have sued Sambade and his company, DAL Design Group, for breach of contract, negligence, and unjust enrichment.

A separate civil suit filed against Sambade by Cutting Edge was merged with the owners' suit last month and the consolidated suit is still in the discovery phase, officials said.

Roseland attorney Thomas Foti, who is representing Sambade, couldn't be reached yesterday.

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December 14th, 2007, 01:41 PM
Lowe's store to anchor new Bayonne mall

by Ronald Leir Thursday December 13, 2007, 7:34 PM

Lowe's, the national home improvement store chain, will anchor the new $130 million Bayonne Crossings shopping center, expected to generate more than 800 jobs, said Michael O'Connor, executive director of the Bayonne Economic Development Corp.

O'Connor also said Circuit City and Chili's had signed leases to occupy space at the 360,000-square-foot mall, on the east side of Route 440, and that Longhorn Steak House and Starbucks have been given leases and were expected to sign.

The prime tenant will take up 145,000 square feet of retail space, O'Connor said.

Neither the shopping center developer, Cameron Bayonne LLC, nor Lowe's would confirm that the chain would be establishing a Bayonne presence but the redeveloper agreement between the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority says that Lowe's "shall have the exclusive right during the term of its lease ... to operate within the shopping center a building material supplies or home center or home improvement retail warehouse."

"There's a signed lease," said O'Connor.

Construction of the shopping center is expected to begin early next year and, according to the redeveloper agreement, should be completed by September 2010.

A plan by the BLRA to issue up to $30 million in bonds to finance utility infrastructure and some remediation of contaminated soil at the 25-acre site was up for approval by the state Local Finance Board this week but the state board opted to carry it over for consideration to next month.

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December 14th, 2007, 08:52 PM
Bayonne OKs shoping center, despite some misgivings

by N. Clark Judd Friday December 14, 2007, 4:00 PM

A frustrated Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority commissioner, Nicholas Mangelli, abstained from a vote last night on what has been billed as the final step towards development of the controversial Bayonne Crossings shopping center.

"I feel like I'm being asked to pass a resolution with a gun to my head," Mangelli said of the resolution, which paves the way for Controlled Demolition, a current occupant of land that will become Bayonne Crossings shopping center, to be relocated to a portion of the former Standard Tank site on Ingham Avenue.

Mangelli said he was frustrated because he'd only received final versions of the deal, which had been revised since previous BLRA meeting, "maybe an hour before the meeting" last night.

He said he approved of the Bayonne Crossings project and to changes that were made for the final draft of the resolutions -- just not the circumstances that had him voting on resolutions he'd had little time to review.

The changes were made so that the city could move Controlled Demolition from the acre of land it will occupy on the Standard Tank site in the event another entity wanted to develop there.

Mangelli abstained from voting on both resolutions, which passed anyway.

BLRA Chairman Howard Fitch and Commissioner James Pelliccio were absent.

The deal itself, which moves the last remaining tenant from the Bayonne Crossings site and clears the way for developer Cameron Bayonne, LLC to begin environmental clean-up and eventually construction of the shopping center, sets up a development that has some citizens worried for the future local business in the city.

"There's a fear this is going to destroy Broadway," interim Mayor Terrence Malloy said at the meeting.

Responding to concerns that anchor tenants Lowe's and Circuit City would draw business away from smaller Broadway merchants, Malloy countered that with big-box outlets already in nearby Jersey City on 440, the damage had already been done -- but pulling shoppers to Bayonne Crossings would at least keep big-box-generated sales taxes in Bayonne and filling the coffers of the city's Urban Enterprise Zone.

Malloy said that the project is expected to raise between $1.5 to $2 million in UEZ funds.

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February 18th, 2008, 02:39 PM
BLRA updates 'Promenade' plans

Monday, February 18, 2008
By PAUL KOEPP
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

Detailed plans for the redevelopment of the former Texaco oil terminal in Bergen Point should come before the Bayonne Planning Board sometime this spring.

Project director Jesse Ann Ransom, of the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority, gave an update on the 70-acre, $500 million project, "The Promenade at Bayonne," at the board's meeting last week.

Jason Kaplan, president of the site's developer, Kaplan Companies, said that in addition to 1,000 housing units, the company's designs would accommodate a Hudson-Bergen Light Rail stop if the line is extended to First Street. He also said a ferry terminal could be built with service to Elizabeth, Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Kaplan estimated that it will take 12 to 14 years to complete the project, which will be centered on extensions of First Street and Avenue A. He conceded that getting permits for the cleanup of the terminal and the adjacent former Pirelli Cable site has been slow and difficult.

"There have been a few more bumps along the road than anyone would have cared for," he said.

The BLRA is working to get approval for a cleanup plan from the state Department of Environmental Protection, as well as a waterfront development permit. It's also trying to have the site included in the city's Brownfield Development Area, which would speed up the permit process, Ransom said.

Kaplan will give the BLRA plans in four to six weeks for the project, which must be at least half residential and 25 percent open space, and no more than 25 percent commercial. The design calls for banquet facilities, a community center, soccer and baseball fields and a roller rink, as well as a reconstruction of the pier and an extension of neighboring Collins Park.

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February 19th, 2008, 11:03 AM
Shore fixed, but fishing got harder, anglers say

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

BAYONNE - In solving one problem at Stephen R. Gregg Park, the county may have created another.

The county hired Flanagan's Contracting Group, of Hillsborough, in August 2006 to repair and upgrade the collapsing shoreline and bulkheading at the Newark Bay park for nearly $3.8 million and the job is "98 percent" completed, according to Freeholder Doreen DiDomenico, of Bayonne.

But park regulars like John Korek and Nick Kourupis, who were enjoying the very unseasonable 60-degree day yesterday at water's edge, complain the county has unwittingly ruined the fishing.

Korek, a Port Authority retiree, and Kourupis, a doorman at a North Bergen high-rise, griped that the steel reinforcement to the bulkhead wall, which juts out from the wall about a foot and a half, gets in the way of people - particularly young ones with small poles - trying to haul in their catch from the bay.

"Some people step out onto the steel bulkhead as they're reaching for the fish with a net," Kourupis said. While the water isn't very deep at the bulkhead - about 4 feet - the men said that anyone who might topple over into the bay - especially youngsters - could be seriously hurt if they fell onto big rocks or other sharp objects below the surface.

Aside from that, they said, the flat sheathing surface tends to be a collection point for all sorts of debris - like the whiskey bottle and beer can that were clearly visible to a visitor yesterday - that they said can easily end up as pollutants in the bay.

But the two fishermen acknowledged improvements.

Sinkholes at the southern end of the park have been filled in and asphalted over. An old storage shed tilting toward the water was razed. The equivalent of 11 blocks of bulkheading lining the bay, from 37th to 48th streets, has been reinforced with steel sheathing going down to the bedrock and anchored by steel rods fastened to the original concrete wall.

The county also repaired the decking of an inlet bridge at the foot of 40th Street and arranged for the planting of oyster shell beds in hopes of luring more fish to the area, DiDomenico said.

"We're starting to get complaints about sinkholes at the northern end of the park, so we'll be addressing that soon," she added.

And an open, canopied steel shelter with two benches at the southern end was erected - but not up to snuff, according to Korek and Kourupis.

"They built the gazebo too small and too high - and there's no tables," Korek said. "They have tables over at Veterans Stadium."

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February 25th, 2008, 11:53 AM
Army still nixes city bailout

Monday, February 25, 2008

The U.S. Army restated its position in a Feb. 14 letter that the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority may not hand over money to the city to close its $40 million budget gap.

The letter states that the BLRA's financial statements "do not include sufficient information to allow the Army to fully understand how the BLRA is fulfilling its obligations."

City Law Director John Coffey II said the city is still negotiating with the Army to find a financial arrangement that will allow work at the former Military Ocean Terminal to go forward.

The BLRA had until Jan. 31 to submit its financial statements for the period ending in September, but that deadline has now been extended to March 31.

PAUL KOEPP

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February 25th, 2008, 12:11 PM
BAYONNE PLANNING BOARD MEETING
New health care facility

Monday, February 25, 2008
By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER
and housing proposals

A new midtown health care facility and more downtown housing are on Bayonne's drawing board.

The Bayonne Planning Board will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall to review an application by Bayonne Med Realty, LLC, to put up a five-story building at the northeast corner of Broadway and East 22nd Street, the site of the old Irwin's Discount Department Store.

The developers, who bought the property from Irwin and Ann Rausch for $1.9 million last August, had planned to convert part of the old store into a medical facility but the building partly collapsed and ended up being demolished.

Now, the developers - Dr. Robert Federman, of Fort Lee; Dr. Richard Lipsky, of Woodcliff Lake; and Donald Drapkin, of New York - want to build an elevator-equipped five-story building on the 8,250 square foot lot. It would have retail space on the ground floor, a "Maya Health Care Center" on the second and third floors, and rental office space on the top two floors.

The developers' application, filed by Sayreville attorney and Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski, says that they are negotiating with Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish to lease off-street parking for their project.

The application describes the proposed clinic as a "federally qualified health care facility" which would employ 60, provide "primary health, oral, and other medical services, regardless of ability to pay," and operate Monday to Saturday, including two nights a week.

For possible retail tenants, the developers say they're considering "such uses as a chain drug store or a Borders bookstore."

At 6 p.m. on March 11, the Planning Board will hear testimony on an application by Bergen Point Associates, LLC, proposing to construct a 59,236 square foot, 5-story mixed-use building on a 13,738 square foot lot on the east side of Broadway between Dodge and Silver streets as a continuation of the Bergen Point Village project.

Partners Steven DeMaio, Steve Cmielewski, Francis Szklarski, and Jerome Brenner propose a ground-floor commercial space, with 28 for-sale apartments on the upper floors, and on-site parking for 33 cars. They also plan to provide a "small green area" on property owned by Trinity Episcopal Church at the northwest corner of Broadway and Fifth Street.

Plans call for 16 one-bedroom units, priced at $280,000 per unit; and 12 two-bedroom apartments, priced at $325,000 per unit.

The project's total market value is projected at about $8.5 million; it would generate net annual revenues of about $100,000.

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March 6th, 2008, 04:13 PM
8 condos for lot bared after fire

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Despite the downturn in home sales, one Bayonne development team remains optimistic about succeeding in that vein.

The Bayonne Zoning Board of Adjustment gave those hopes a boost when it voted last month to greenlight plans by Three Eighty-Four, LLC to put up an eight-unit condominium building at 382-384 Avenue C, between 16th and 17th streets.

Two buildings formerly at the site were torn down after a fire last September.

The developers plan to install four one-bedroom units and four two-bedroom units in the new structure, which will provide nine on-site parking spaces.

City Planner John Fussa said the developers will be required to contribute $56,000 to the city's Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

The zoning board approved the project with a number of conditions that included the strengthening of a fence bordering a rear parking lot and widening each ground-level parking space to 81/2 feet.

RONALD LEIR

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March 13th, 2008, 11:49 PM
Road to 'Peninsula' paved with eminent domain

by Ronald Leir Thursday March 13, 2008, 7:48 PM

The Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority has seized a small strip of land by eminent domain to create an additional access point to the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor now being developed for luxury housing, offices, hotels and other uses.

BLRA Executive Director Joseph Nichols said that the 360-foot-long access road near the intersection of Pulaski Street and Pulaski Lane will be "vital" to servicing truck traffic expected to come from a portion of the Maritime District expected to become an auto marine terminal.

Nichols said that last month State Superior Court Judge Maurice J. Gallipoli signed an order conferring title to the property owned by Pulaski Real Estate LLC, of Kearny, to the BLRA.

Nichols said that the BLRA has deposited $495,000 -- which it reckoned to be the fair market value for the .88-acre property -- in a court trust account, pending the completion of negotiations between the BLRA and Pulaski Real Estate on a final price for the land.

Morristown attorney John Buonocore Jr., who is representing Pulaski Real Estate in the matter, said: "The parties continue to talk amicably and are hoping to resolve the situation."

Pulaski Real Estate hasn't contested the BLRA's right to take the land for a public purpose -- creating a roadway. "Using eminent domain is the quickest way to establish title to the property," explained BLRA general counsel John Coffey II. "The only thing being disputed is the price," he said.

Both sides are to appear before Gallipoli in the Brennan Courthouse in Jersey City at 9 a.m. on March 28 to hash out the matter.

In legal papers filed with the court, the BLRA lawyers contend that the cost of any environmental cleanup of property that may be required would have to come out of the $495,000 the agency has already deposited. If any additional cash is needed for the cleanup, it would be up to Pulaski Real Estate to come up with the money, the papers said.

The 90-acre portion of the former MOTBY site is expected to be developed as a "roll-on/roll-off" car transfer facility, but ownership of the land has remained in dispute ever since the BLRA voided a deal to sell the land to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for $50.5 million. The BLRA eventually sold it to a rival firm, PortsAmerica, for nearly double the price. The P.A. is suing to get back the property.

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March 24th, 2008, 04:57 PM
Owners pledge to keep BMC's nursing school

Monday, March 24, 2008
By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

The new owners of the Bayonne Medical Center have pledged to continue its two-year School of Nursing, which has been an arm of the hospital for more than a century, said school director Nancy Bonner.

Bonner said the school will remain at its current Hook Road location, at least through June 2009.

"There are no plans to close," Bonner said. "In fact, we're looking for another full-time instructor with a master's degree in nursing," she said.

Bonner, who took over as director in December 2007 after having served as a faculty member since 1982, said that the school figures to graduate 27 students this June.

Last year's graduates all passed the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurse qualification on their first try - no small achievement since the National Council of State Boards of Nursing listed the national pass rate of first-time exam takers for 2006 as 83 percent, according to BMC spokeswoman Christina Filip.

Pass rates for Bayonne first-time test takers were 93 percent for 2005 and 83 percent for 2006, Bonner said. "The New Jersey State Board of Nursing requires each school to achieve an 80 percent or better pass rate over a three-year period," she said. If a school falls below that mark, it's placed on probation and can lose its state accreditation.

Of last year's 26 graduates, Bonner said that nine got jobs at Bayonne Medical Center; three have left to work for other employers, she said.

Between "10 and 12 percent" of the students are male, she said.

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March 27th, 2008, 03:19 AM
April start expected for shopping center

Thursday, March 27, 2008
By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

Bayonne should see its second highway shopping center start taking shape soon.

That's the latest forecast by Eric Alderman, a principal with Cameron Bayonne LLC, which is building Bayonne Crossing, the $130 million, 360,000-square-foot "power" center planned for the east side of Route 440 between New Hook Road and East 22nd Street.

"Construction won't start any later than April, and full completion should happen by the fall of 2009," Alderman said.

In the meantime, Alderman said, the 25-acre site has been cleared except for an industrial property that is to be relocated; an environmental remediation plan to remove and/or cap underground contaminants has been approved by the state, and leasing of prospective tenants "is going well."

The anchor tenant will be Lowe's, the national home improvement chain store, and Circuit City and Starbucks have also signed on, according to Michael O'Connor, executive director of the Bayonne Economic Development Corp., which helped assemble the project.

In all, there will be 24 tenants - "all national and new to Bayonne," Alderman said.

He declined to name them but said they will include electronics, clothing, general merchandise and furniture stores; casual and specialty restaurants; banks, and personal services such as "high-quality nail salons."

The project is expected to provide 800 retail jobs, Alderman said.

It is to include parking for more than 1,400 cars, new sidewalks and curbing connected to various public plaza areas that can accommodate future bus stops.

The main entrance to the site will be via Route 440 North; secondary access points will be from New Hook Road and East 22nd Street.

"Over the next 25 to 30 years, this project will generate more than $50 million in net taxes and Urban Enterprise Zone sales tax proceeds for the city of Bayonne," Alderman said.

The state Department of Environmental Protection has tagged much of the development tract a "brownfields" site, meaning that it's an environmentally compromised property. But ExxonMobil, as the former landowner, has accepted responsibility for helping clean it to standards acceptable to DEP.

Some of that cleanup may actually start before the closing, Alderman said.

Cameron Bayonne is relying on Keybank, N.A., as its primary construction lender, but, it's also getting a boost from the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority, which is issuing $24.5 million in bonds to pay for "extraordinary costs" associated with the environmental cleanup not being borne by ExxonMobil, along with "capitalized interest" to pay debt service on the bonds.

A small portion is earmarked for construction of a pedestrian bridge over the highway - probably closer to the 34th Street Light Rail Station.

The Bayonne City Council has approved an arrangement for Cameron Bayonne to make annual payments in lieu of taxes so the development can anticipate what its long-term financial liabilities to the city will be.

Various government agencies are contributing money and expertise to help make Bayonne Crossing what the city is calling a "showcase brownfield development project" for New Jersey.

The New Jersey Redevelopment Authority gave a $25,000 planning grant and financed some site acquisition with a $4 million loan; the New Jersey Economic Development Authority gave $600,000 in a combination of brownfield grants and loans; the New Jersey DEP Brownfield Development Initiative and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Brownfield Office provided technical guidance, O'Connor said.

"This project is going to be the catalyst for further retail development on other brownfield sites along Route 440 and throughout the rest of the Bayonne community," he said.

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April 9th, 2008, 10:31 AM
Car exporter's Bayonne move may be thwarted by P. A.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008
By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

A transportation company specializing in exporting cars is looking to move into a Bayonne waterfront property that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey wants to acquire "for marine terminal purposes."

APA Logistics, which is moving from Elizabeth, is leasing about 225,000 square feet of space at an industrial property at 150 Pulaski St., whose landlord is listed as Dynamic Handling. Mark Tannen, who brokered the deal for CB Richard Ellis, declined to give the financial terms.

"It was for fair market value," Tannen said. The building has 45 loading docks and includes 10,000 square feet of office space.

The P.A. apparently is flexing its power to seize land by moving to condemn the Pulaski Street property and two adjoining industrial properties to the east, listed as 180 and 180A Pulaski St.

Asked why APA would occupy a property that the P.A. may, ultimately, seize for its own uses, Tannen said: "We'll have to wait and see what happens." APA President Tom Downs couldn't be reached yesterday.

Meanwhile, the BLRA is hoping to nail down a deal with Dynamic for a property swap. In exchange for taking away the land to create a new road, the BLRA proposes to give Dynamic 11.4 acres of land immediately south of its property for $2.8 million, BLRA Executive Director Joseph Nichols said.

RONALD LEIR can be reached at rleir@jjournal.com

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April 24th, 2008, 12:36 AM
Big M betting parlor coming to Bayonne?

by Ronald Leir Wednesday April 23, 2008, 7:01 PM

Have a favorite horse you want to bet on? You might be able to place that bet in Bayonne, year-round, in the near future.

The New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, the agency that operates the Meadowlands Racetrack, wants to set up its second off-track wagering facility on a six-acre tract on Route 440 North, just off the East Fifth Street exit.

Last October, the NJSEA opened its first OTW in a strip mall in Woodbridge, where $2 million is wagered weekly. The state Legislature has authorized 15 OTWs for New Jersey. Bayonne has until May 15 to decide whether to accept the proposal or to slam the teller window shut.

Interim Bayonne Mayor Terrence Malloy said that he wants to visit the Woodbridge OTW before he makes up his mind, but First Ward Councilman Ted Connolly, who has already visited that facility, said he'd welcome one in Bayonne.

"I'm impressed with what they have down there and I think this will be a real good shot in the arm for Bayonne," Connolly said. "Based on the state's figures on lottery sales, we know that people here like to gamble and we'd probably get a draw from Staten Island as well."

Alex Dadoyan, NJSEA assistant vice president of racing development and distribution, said the Bayonne facility would include a restaurant similar to the McLoone's at the Woodbridge site and could generate a combination of 100 full- and part-time jobs, including OTW staff, security, maintenance, and food service.

"Doors would open at 11 a.m. for the benefit of our customers, and we'd probably open for business at around noon," Dadoyan said. "We'd bring in racing from all over the country on big flat screen TVs and people would wager in real time, with real track payouts."

The facility would offer wagering on races at the Meadowlands and races at other tracks that are now simulcast at the East Rutherford track.

Once all city and state approvals were secured, Dadoyan estimated it would take anywhere from six months to a year for the Bayonne facility to be operational.

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Chosen site will require cleanup

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Old truck cabs and trailers now litter the land where a state agency wants to put a Bayonne horse betting parlor. Below the ground lies contaminants

But city officials, the landowner, and the state agency say those are hurdles that can be cleared with time and money.

Because the state has classified the land proposed for a Bayonne off-track horse betting parlor as a "brownfield," or contaminated site, the property owner, Don Weiss, of Short Hills, would have to clean the land to standards set by the state Department of Environmental Protection before the project could go forward, according to Michael O'Connor, executive director of the Bayonne Economic Development Corp.

In late 2006, the city packaged the site with about 30 others as part of a "scattered site" redevelopment plan. The designation makes the property owners eligible for state grants providing technical assistance for land remediation.

Weiss, who is receptive to the NJSEA office, said the cleanup costs would likely exceed $2 million.

Weiss had previously received the city's OK to develop the property as a self-storage depot, but a rival operator sued to stop it and won. Now, with vehicle hulks rusting on the site, Weiss concedes: "It's admittedly an eyesore."

The NJSEA picked Bayonne because it has "strong highway access, a large concentration of population, both nearby and within a certain radius, and certain demographics," Dadoyan said.

O'Connor said the out-of-the-way highway location makes it an ideal place for the OTW.

"It's hemmed in by two freight rail lines, it backs up to the IMTT petrochemical plant, it's isolated from any residential neighborhood, and it's criss-crossed by numerous pipelines, all of which make the place difficult to attract development," O'Connor said.

"But this use of the property will generate jobs and taxes - it's a winning bet for Bayonne."

RONALD LEIR

JCMAN320
April 28th, 2008, 10:24 PM
EDITORIAL
Gambling good for Bayonne? You bet

Monday, April 28, 2008

Should Bayonne become home to one of 15 statewide off-track betting parlor?

The Jersey Journal believes the Peninsula City should take advantage of this opportunity and accept the proposal. The proposed location is not near homes, schools, or churches. The wagering facility where people can place bets on horse races that are simulcast on video screens will provide needed revenue to the state and more employment for the city and surrounding area.

The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, the agency that operates the Meadowlands Racetrack, wants Bayonne for its second off-track wagering facility on a six-acre tract on Route 440 North, just off the East Fifth Street exit.

It is now littered with old truck cabs and trailers, between two freight rail lines and backs up to the IMTT petrochemical plant. An off-track wagering facility and an adjoining restaurant would be the best use of this brownsfield site that would require about $2 million to clean up the area to the satisfaction of the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Bayonne's proposed betting facility could be similar to that of Woodbridge's OTW and could generate a combination of 100 full- and part-time jobs, including betting parlor staff, security, maintenance and food service.

Located in a strip mall, the restaurant at the Middlesex OTW, McLoone's, has some video monitors but it also has a separate entrance from the large off-track wagering area to provide a family dining atmosphere.

City officials said Bayonne may have been selected based on the state's figures on lottery sales. The facility would offer wagering on races at the Meadowlands and races at other tracks that are simulcast at the East Rutherford track.

A Bayonne OTW would probably also draw bettors from Staten Island, which can only help the local economy.

Bayonne officials should not even wait until the May 15 deadline to accept the proposal.

JCMAN320
May 3rd, 2008, 05:37 PM
Bayonne may get China center

Friday, May 02, 2008
By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

A global businessman from China wants to convert his 23-acre industrial property on Bayonne's east side to accommodate a hotel and commercial/retail center to attract Chinese tourists and business travelers

Howard Li, founder/chairman/chief executive officer of Waitex International, Inc., is asking the City Council to designate him as conditional developer for the "Bayonne International Commerce Center" and wants the city Planning Board to ready a redevelopment plan for the site at Pulaski Street and Route 440, just north of the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor.

But the council, at the urging of members Ted Connolly and Gary LaPelusa, voted Wednesday night to put off consideration of Li's proposal to May 21, despite pleas by Michael O'Connor, executive director of the Bayonne Economic Opportunity Commission, for it to act.

Li was unreachable this week but, in separate interviews, O'Connor and Li's attorney, Robert Cavanaugh, said that Li proposes to demolish his 350,000-square-foot Waitex warehouse and replace it with a hotel and trade center.

Li, whose companies control 3 million square feet of warehouse space in the United States and manufacture, import and export men's and women's clothing to major U.S. department and specialty stores, took over the Pulaski Street warehouse from another operator in 2000, according to an investment Web site report.

In January 2006, President Bush appointed Li to the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, whose mission is to promote equal economic opportunities for Asians in the American market.

Exactly what Li envisions for the property is still a bit unclear.

O'Connor said Li "is looking at various concepts for an international commerce center modeled after those existing in Hong Kong and Taiwan, for example," and Cavanaugh mentioned an Asian "cultural center."

Both mentioned plans for a hotel. O'Connor said it would have 400 rooms, but Cavanaugh said it could be 900 rooms.

"The need for a retail center/hotel is significant in this area for many Asian travelers who come into New York, from China in particular," Cavanaugh said.

Cavanaugh said part of the hotel could be dedicated as a regional convention center for trade shows and other events and that part of a proposed 550,000-square-foot retail/commercial complex could be devoted to "marketing" activities.

JCMAN320
June 2nd, 2008, 11:29 PM
Big plans for midtown Bayonne

Thursday, May 29, 2008
By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

New apartments, upgraded retail space, a parking garage, and a public plaza will be the ingredients of a redeveloped central business district for Bayonne.

That's the expectation of city officials following the City Council's vote last month to designate Bayonne Developers Associates LLC, a joint venture of KOR and Time Equities, as conditional redeveloper of the Broadway Corridor Redevelopment Area.

The six-acre tract, which includes 17 privately owned parcels, two public housing sites and municipal parking lots, is bordered generally by 19th and 21st streets and Broadway and Avenue E. Officials say public housing tenants would be untouched by the proposed redevelopment. The site is near the 22nd Street Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station off Avenue E.

A city screening committee recommended KOR/Time Equities over proposals submitted by a group headed by the Alessi Corp. of Bayonne and by P&F Management Co., of Hillside.

Michael O'Connor, executive director of the Bayonne Economic Development Corp., said the joint venture's "demonstrated ability to see long-term projects through to completion, their financial resources, and their vision for the Bayonne Town Center" gave them an edge.

KOR/Time Equities is a player in Downtown Jersey City. The companies recently put up "Montgomery Greene," a 19-story, 113-unit luxury residential condominium tower with a 124-space valet garage in Exchange Place which, according to KOR president Harry Kantor, is "95 percent occupied.

"We were attracted to the assets Bayonne has, in terms of quality of life, and we think Bayonne could be well-served by what we're bringing to the table," Kantor said. "Our intention is to reinvigorate the Broadway Corridor and to leverage access to Turnpike and rail travel."

The city's conceptual plan for the Corridor calls for a "mixed-use transit village" with "upwards of 500 new and/or improved residential units, 100,000 square feet of commercial space, structured parking, and a public amenity of 5,000 to 10,000 square feet," said City Planner John Fussa.

"We don't anticipate using eminent domain," O'Connor said. "We won't push anyone out. We can work with property owners to provide opportunities to find renewed value in their land."

Fussa said the city envisions a mix of low-and mid-rise residential buildings "and perhaps one building of 10 to 12 stories, but height will be secondary to density for this project."

A combination of "loft residential, condominium, or apartment flats" would be permitted, he added.

JCMAN320
June 11th, 2008, 06:26 PM
"HOLE IN THE GROUND"
Pull plug on planned

Wednesday, June 11, 2008
By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER
clinic for Irwin's site

A development team that wanted to open a medical clinic on the site of the old Irwin's Discount Department Store in midtown Bayonne has killed the project.

Sayreville attorney/Assemblyman John Wisniewski, representing Bayonne Med Realty (BMR), LLC, notified the Bayonne Planning Board last week that, "at the request of my client, I am hereby withdrawing my client's application (for site plan approval)."

Wisniewski said yesterday, "My client made a business decision that it was not in their interest to pursue the project so the application is terminated. The client has the property up for sale."

BMR and its principals - Dr. Robert Federman and Dr. Richard Lipsky, both of Bergen County, and Donald Drapkin of New York - had sought the Planning Board's OK to put up a six-story building at Broadway and 22nd Street and to use two floors as a "federally qualified health center" to provide primary health care to indigent clients.

But representatives of the Bayonne Medical Center griped that the plan threatened the viability of a similar FQHC it wanted to implement at the hospital for some clinical operations that would be a revenue shot in the arm. BMC officials also contended that BMR failed to satisfy city land use requirements on parking and lot coverage.

"Now Bayonne has a second hole in the ground," one city wag said, referring to a nearby vacant Broadway site where there is only an unfinished foundation for what was to have been a movie theater.

JCMAN320
June 25th, 2008, 09:14 PM
Commuter ferries may return to Bayonne

Wednesday, June 25, 2008
By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

Manhattan commuter ferry service may be returning to Bayonne.

At a special meeting tomorrow night, the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority commissioners will be asked to authorize a ferry operation agreement with Statue Cruises, LLC.

BLRA Executive Director Joseph Nichols couldn't be reached but Statue Cruises spokeswoman Tegan Firth confirmed that the company, headquartered in San Francisco, "is currently in talks with the BLRA to come up with an agreement to provide ferry service for Bayonne."

If an agreement is reached, Firth Statue Cruises - which now has contract with the National Parks Service to provide ferry service between Battery Park in Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island -would ferry passengers between the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor and Battery Park.

Firth said that both sides were looking at "an initial start-up demonstration" of the proposed ferry service - beginning around Labor Day - that would run "two to four months" this fall "to get a sense how it's working before turning into a more permanent operation."

Initially, Firth said, the ferry would run during morning and evening rush hours and then "if the demand was there," the company might expand the service. Firth said the company will be offering 90-minute New York Harbor ferry excursions from Battery Park, starting next month.

How much the New York crossing would cost hasn't yet been determined.

Firth said the BLRA has advised the company that "a ticket office is available for use (at the Peninsula) but the landing area (passenger terminal) we'll create."

The BLRA master plan for the Peninsula has designated the area just beyond its offices on the south shoreline as a ferry terminal site.

Bayonne residents last enjoyed ferry service, between Brady's Dock in the city's Bergen Point section and lower Manhattan, in the early 1990s. In 1999, a private firm offered weekend ferry service from Brady's Dock to baseball games at Shea Stadium and Yankee Stadium.

In November 2002, the BLRA negotiated an agreement with NY Waterway to provide ferry service to Manhattan from the Peninsula but later voided the contract when the ferry company refused to honor a 2003 start-up date with no one yet living at the former military base.

JCMAN320
September 12th, 2008, 06:12 PM
Bayonne to study wind power plan

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
By JONATHAN SHAPIRO
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

By late next year, Bayonne's sewage may be pumped out of the city by wind power.

The total cost of building a wind turbine system is $4 million, but Steve Gallo, the executive director of the Bayonne Municipal Utilities Authority, says it will save the city $250,000 to $350,000 a year.

"Energy costs are up, and they will continue to go up, there's no stopping it. . A windmill gives us consistent power for free," Gallo said.

The BMUA approved a resolution Monday that would allow the BMUA to solicit companies to do a cost/benefit analysis of his windmill project.

"The numbers are looking good right now . the analysis will likely show we will be making money on the deal," says Gallo.

Bayonne's sewage treatment plant on Oak Street currently uses $20,000 to $30,000 a month worth of electricity, Gallo said. The windmill likely would be located on the sewage plant site.

"One 1.5 megawatt wind turbine will potentially cover the $20,000 to $30,000 per month for the site's electricity and then some," Gallo said. "Any additional electricity produced by the windmill, we can sell back to the electric company."

Last month, the New Jersey Clean Air Program approved a $900,000 rebate grant that would be paid after the windmill becomes operational. After subtracting the grant money, Bayonne's cost of building the 420-foot wind turbine would be $3.1 million, according to Gallo.

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December 26th, 2008, 01:17 PM
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Bayonne, NJ

BAYONNE, NJ-Local officials have narrowed the list of possible redevelopers down to six, and the focus of the competition are three waterfront sites in this Hudson County city. While officials decline to detail the specifics of the various proposals, mixed-uses are expected to emerge, and as many as three of the six could get the nod for portions of the tract.

The six finalists were culled from a process that began in July with the issuance of an RFP by the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority. More than 2,000 companies were contacted, according to Joseph Nichols, BLRA’s director, and more than 70 groups took what he terms "an active interest" in the RFP. "That’s very encouraging," he says, "especially given the state of the economy."

The RFP solicited bids for what are called the Loft, Landing and Bayonne Point tracts within Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, a former industrial area. Altogether, they account for 71 acres within the 430-acre Peninsula redevelopment area--portions of which have already been built out in recent years.

The finalists are an interesting mix, beginning with cruise operator Royal Caribbean International, which already operates a port facility within the Peninsula site. Lutheran Social Ministries, based in Burlington, meanwhile, specializes in developing and operating affordable and market-rate housing.

SSJ Development of Atlanta--a company that specializes in luxury housing--is also in the mix. So are Lofts Redevelopment of Hoboken, an affiliate of Russo Development that specializes in mixed-uses with an emphasis on industrial; and another Hoboken, NJ-based company--Pegasus Group--which has a track record of turning industrial buildings into residential lofts.

The final contender is Peninsula Developers LLC, which is actually a partnership of three different companies. The New Brunswick-based Boraie Development, which had a mixed-use proposal on the table two years ago that didn’t play out, is joined by the locally based Perone Bayonne and the Coral Gables, FL-based Seaway Group, which operates a portfolio of hotels. While details of the proposals haven’t been released--subject to ongoing negotiations with the various parties--Nichols expects BLRA’s selection process to be completed by next summer, although some of the specifics may emerge earlier in 2009.

JCMAN320
January 22nd, 2009, 11:31 PM
Aiming to add an acre to shopping center plan

Tuesday, January 13, 2009
By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

The proposed Bayonne Crossings shopping center on Route 440 may be getting bigger. If the City Council accepts an administration recommendation, it will authorize the Planning Board to amend the Route 440 Corridor East Redevelopment Plan - subject to a public hearing - to include another acre of land along the site's eastern border near East 22nd Street.

City Planner John Fussa said that the developer, Cameron Bayonne Group, LLC, would acquire the land. "It would potentially square off the back of the site," Fussa said.

Fussa said the vacant parcel is part of the old AGC Chemicals Americas property, most of which has been cleared for sale to Cameron.

If Cameron gets this added acre, Fussa said, the developer would have more flexibility in configuring the shopping center and "it may improve circulation and access" for the site. And the overall site will benefit from getting this additional parcel environmentally cleaned up as well, he said.

Details on how Cameron will acquire the land have yet to be disclosed.

Neither the city nor the developer has said when construction of the project will begin.

ExxonMobil has accepted responsibility for cleaning up most of the site, but the state Department of Environmental Protection has yet to sign off on the remediation plan and Cameron is still awaiting approval of its construction loan, officials said.

JCMAN320
January 25th, 2009, 03:43 PM
Condo sparks parking concerns

Thursday, January 22, 2009
By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

A long-vacant uptown Bayonne parcel could become the site for a six-story, 40-unit condominium apartment building.

But not everyone is happy about the plans of Bayonne Kennedy Holdings, LLC, and its principal Dan Johnson to develop the old Stabile gas station site at Kennedy Boulevard and West 44th Street.

"They're (Bayonne Kennedy Holdings are) proposing 35 two-bedroom apartments and five one-bedrooms and their experts said that's potentially 75 people, maybe with 75 cars or more," said Savio Figaro, an attorney retained by residents of Park Towers, a neighboring 50-unit apartment building, at last Tuesday's planning board meeting.

Residents on the block already have a tough time finding spots when they come home from work at night and a project of this size could make things worse, he said.

"But we're saying that all they have to do to solve the problem is to create another level of (garage) parking," Figaro said.

The builder plans to install a two-level parking garage to accommodate 51 cars, which would be sufficient to meet the city's zoning requirements, City Planner John Fussa said.

Fussa added that the project is expected to generate $400,000 in annual real estate taxes.

Another neighbor, Vincent Presepe, asked about drainage and flood control measures being taken by the developer.

The developer's attorney William Feinberg said two weeks ago that "150 tons" of polluted soil have been excavated from the site and several underground fuel tanks were removed.

"Everything has been cleaned up except for a monitoring well that will be retained," he said.

The board will continue the hearing at 6 p.m. on Feb. 3 in the Dorothy E. Harrington City Council Chambers at City Hall, 630 Avenue C.

JCMAN320
January 25th, 2009, 03:53 PM
Bayonne nursing home OK'd

Saturday, January 24, 2009
By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

Bayonne is getting its first nursing home.

Bayonne/Omni Development, LLC, won unanimous approval Thursday night from the city Zoning Board of Adjustment to demolish the old Bell Telephone building at 29th Street and Broadway and put up a 10-story, 120-bed skilled-care facility - directly across from Bayonne Medical Center.

The estimated $20 million project, which had an endorsement from Mayor Mark Smith, will generate more than $400,000 a year in real estate taxes and close to 300 permanent jobs, predicted Avery Eisen reich, chief executive of Omni Health Systems of New Jersey, the developer's parent company.

Aside from BMC's concern about environmental issues related to the demolition phase of the project, Omni's plans drew no objections from neighbors - a far cry from the howls of protest that killed another developer's effort eight years ago to build an assisted-living facility in the city's downtown area. Back then residents griped that the proposed five-story, 126-bed building was too big for the neighborhood.

Omni acquired the project site from BMC two years ago.

Because "length of stay is a big concern for hospitals in Hudson County" when applying for insurance reimbursement, Eisenreich said the new Bayonne facility should lead BMC to "quicker discharge" of patients needing short-term or long-term care, since they can be referred to Omni.

Eisenreich said that his Bayonne facility is designed for 20 private rooms and 50 double-occupancy rooms spread over three floors. Another floor is targeted for aquatic therapy. There will also be space for physical and speech therapy, a gym, lounges, dining areas, and even a movie theater. An outpatient dialysis center will be on another floor.

And there will be four levels of indoor garage parking to accommodate 103 cars, with drivers entering from 30th Street and exiting via 29th Street.

Omni attorney Tom O'Connor said the new building should take 18 to 20 months to complete.

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JCMAN Note of The Day:
Downtown Bayonne also known as Bergen Point is very low rise with small boutiques and old Victorian cottage homes that were part of what made Bayonne a resort town during the turn of the 20th century. So it doesn't surprise me that they didn't want a nursing home in their little quaint community.

JCMAN320
January 29th, 2009, 10:48 PM
Bayonne ferry is gearing up

Thursday, January 29, 2009
By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

The on-again, off-again Bayonne ferry service to Downtown Manhattan is on again - this time set for an April 1 launch.

Statue Cruises plans to start up its long-awaited "demonstration" service between the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor and Battery Park City in Lower Manhattan. Only one trip out and one trip back, each coinciding with rush hour, is planned through the end of May.

After this pilot period, the operator will most likely continue the service with more trips scheduled, Statue Cruises spokeswoman Tegan Firth said.

Firth said passengers will be charged $10 for a one-way trip, but Bayonne residents will get 10 percent off, both for single and monthly tickets.

New York Waterway, which runs ferries from Port Imperial in Weehawken to the World Financial District in Manhattan, charges $11.25 one-way.

The Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority, which contracted with Statue Cruises for the service last year, had hoped to set sail in November 2008. But the operator couldn't start until the BLRA secured an amended permit to allow for a larger floating dock along the Peninsula's southern shoreline.

BLRA Executive Director Joseph Nichols said last week that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finally issued the permit to accommodate the ferry, which will have room for up to 600 passengers and be equipped with a snack bar and restrooms.

This development clears the way for Statue Cruises to bring in a barge to serve as a floating dock and, eventually, call in the U.S. Coast Guard for a security inspection of the dock, Firth said.

Passengers will be able to buy tickets either at a counter to be set up near the BLRA office or aboard the boat, Firth said.

JCMAN320
January 31st, 2009, 04:03 AM
^^^CLARIFICATION

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Thursday's story about upcoming ferry service between Bayonne and Lower Manhattan at $10 per trip should have said that New York Waterway operates ferry service between Port Liberte in Jersey City to Pier 11 at the foot of Wall Street for $8.50 per trip or $289 per month, which works out to $6.90 per trip.

JCMAN320
February 9th, 2009, 08:40 PM
Former dump now a destination

Wednesday, February 04, 2009
By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

What was once an ugly, overgrown dumping ground is now a spruced-up waterfront park.

Although the IMTT-Bayonne Fifth Street Walkway and Overlook stretches only 150 feet along the Kill Van Kull, it provides visitors with a vista to scan boats bobbing at the nearby Atlas Yacht Club and several historic wrecks partially submerged near the old Port Johnson coal yards off East Fifth Street.

"At low tide, you can see the whole thing - the four sunken boats - sitting on a mud flat," said Richard Fisette, a manager with International-Matex Tank Terminal of Bayonne, which spent $400,000 to build the park.

By spring, IMTT plans to install a historic marker listing the names of the ships and other pertinent information. Paintings of the wrecks, by artist John A. Noble, are on view at the Noble Maritime Collection in neighboring Staten Island.

And a quarter-mile asphalt path to the water - whose only prior purpose was to allow city workers access to a city storm water pipe and maintenance shed - now offers visitors a peaceful place of repose.

Ten newly planted maple and walnut trees acquired by IMTT and planted by Let It Grow, a North Jersey nursery, and clusters of newly restored birch trees line that path, illuminated at night by 26 solar panel pole lights.

There are also a series of recycled plastic benches, anchored to the ground, allowing visitors to rest and enjoy the view.

There are seven parking spaces in a small lot, including one reserved for disabled drivers.

A formal park dedication is expected this spring, said IMTT Chairman James J. Coleman.

JCMAN320
February 9th, 2009, 10:53 PM
OK 40 apartments for Boulevard

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Only one more hurdle remains before a developer can start construction of a 40-unit, six-story apartment building in uptown Bayonne.

The Bayonne Planning Board unanimously approved plans by Bayonne Kennedy Holdings, LLC, and its principal, Dan Johnson, to build at 1040-1046 Kennedy Blvd. at West 44th Street.

William Feinberg, the builder's attorney, said that his client now must go before the Hudson County Planning Board - at a date to be scheduled - because the project borders on Kennedy Boulevard, a county road.

"We have to give them a lot of technical information, like the number of two-bedroom (apartments) per acre - that kind of thing," he said.

Asked how soon construction might start, Feinberg said: "My client is anxious to get the shovel in the ground." Once the project starts, Feinberg said, "it should take the better part of a year" to complete.

Savio Figaro, an attorney for the adjacent Park Towers multifamily apartment building, arranged for an engineer to question the developer's experts on issues such as lighting, parking and traffic that would impact neighbors.

The developer plans to install a two-level parking garage for 51 vehicles to accommodate the building's occupants - enough to satisfy the city zoning code - but Figaro shared his clients' concerns about possible spillover of additional cars onto West 44th Street and other blocks in the area.

There will be 35 two-bedroom apartments and five single-bedroom units, plans show.

Initial plans call for condominium apartments, but Feinberg said that, ultimately, the developer "will be guided by the economy" as to whether to offer for-sale or rental living units. The Hoboken firm of Minervini Vandermark is the architect.

A gas station once stood on the long-vacant project site and Feinberg said that the land has been cleaned of subsurface contaminants. A single monitoring well that checks groundwater conditions will remain along the Kennedy Boulevard curb, he said. Testing shows the amount of underground pollutants has been "decreasing steadily," he said.

RON LEIR

meesalikeu
June 22nd, 2009, 09:48 AM
a bayonne photo thread i did -- it was over mlk weekend this past january:

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php/topic,18266.0.html

JCMAN320
July 8th, 2009, 01:31 AM
Bayonne to host new off-track wagering site

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Photo courtesy of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority
An artist's rendering of the new off-track betting facility planned in Bayonne.

by Ted Sherman/The Star-Ledger
Tuesday July 07, 2009, 5:04 PM

BAYONNE -- The state's sports authority, betting on the success of off-track wagering, announced agreements today to open its second OTW facility -- this one in Bayonne.

The new site, which will include a restaurant and private party rooms, will be built on a vacant tract along Route 440. It follows on the success of a similar off-track wagering complex and restaurant in Woodbridge.

The New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, which is losing millions from its racetrack operations, is hoping to recoup some of those losses with both off-track and internet wagering.

"We're moving aggressively," said Dennis Robinson, the authority's president and chief executive officer. "Woodbridge has been a huge success."

The authority this year was projecting the Woodbridge operation, called Favorites, would contribute $5.6 million in additional income to the bottom line. Robinson said actual numbers are trending 10 percent over that.

He called Bayonne an ideal location.

"Racing fans are responding extremely positively to our OTW and 4NJBets (internet account wagering) platforms," Robinson said.

In a statement, Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith said the new outlet will provide jobs and much needed revenue to the Hudson County city.

"Many Bayonne residents enjoy a night at the track and this exciting new facility, with its state-of-the-art simulcast capabilities, will bring the 'Sport of Kings' right here to us in Bayonne," he said. The facility is expected to open in late 2010.

The sports authority has approval from the state for as many as nine off-track wagering sites, but has been treading cautiously. Proposals for a similar OTW venue were turned down in Green Brook over strong community opposition.

Robinson said discussions are under way for a third site, but he would not disclose the location, adding the talks were still in the early stages.

"You can't go rushing into these developments," he said. "They all impact on live racing and we have to be strategic."

The move into off-track wagering comes as the Sports Authority continues to struggle over its track losses. Projections show the Meadowlands racetrack will likely lose nearly $10 million this year, while Monmouth Park racetrack is expected to loses at least $10.8 million.

kritiosboy
August 3rd, 2009, 11:56 AM
Anybody know how well the 22nd St. condos are selling?

http://22streetcondos.com/

I haven't seen the inside of the building but the exterior looks very good. The location is somewhat decent (right across from the HBLR), but these prices seem way too high. The range from the website is $289k- $414 and I'd bet that after the abatement is over, the taxes on these units will be over $7k.

JCMAN320
September 16th, 2009, 10:32 PM
Wal-mart coming to Bayonne?

by Bayonne Now
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 4:14 PM

Is Wal-mart coming to Bayonne?

According to a news release from the state Urban Enterprise Authority board, Wal-mart is among the businesses that have either executed leases or signed letters of intent with the Bayonne Crossing mall proposed for Route 440.

Other businesses they cite are: Lowe's Home Improvement; Longhorn Steakhouse; New York Sport's Club, and TGI Friday's.

The board has approved a $2.5 million loan to the planned mall.

"Bayonne Crossing will convert a blighted site into a retail area that will encourage Bayonne residents to stay in the city to shop and dine," Caren S. Franzini, UEZ Board Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, said in the release. "The project will also bring more people into the City to both shop at the new retail center, as well as purchase goods at Bayonne's other commercial establishments."

It is anticipated the loan, which is for seven years at an annual interest rate of 2 percent, will be used for infrastructure and/or land acquisition. Work onsite is expected to start in the next few weeks and conclude in late autumn 2010 when all buildings are scheduled to be completed, operational and open for business.

Aside from the UEZ, Bayonne Crossing has also received a $2 million loan from the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority, which is a DCA affiliate; a $2 million loan from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority; and PILOT bonds from the City of Bayonne's Local Redevelopment Authority. Key Bank has committed up to $26 million in construction loan financing, including land acquisition for the $80-million project, the UEZ Authority said.

Marv95
September 19th, 2009, 07:43 PM
^^Be happy for Bayonne. Newark would do anything for a K-Mart let alone a Wal-Mart.

JCMAN320
October 9th, 2009, 02:08 PM
^^Thats the problem Newark has 30,000 residents more than Jersey City, but Jersey City has twice the amount of taxable land.

Generating plant builders seek Bayonne abatement

Friday, October 09, 2009
By CHARLES HACK
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

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Journal File Photo
The site of the proposed gas-powered energy station in Bayonne.

An energy group planning to build a gas-fueled power station in Bayonne to service the needs of some 500,000 ConEd customers in New York is seeking 30-year tax abatement for the project.

The Hess Corporation and its partners plan to open the 512-megawatt power station in late 2011 on a waterfront property at 401 New Hook Road, in the Constable Hook Redevelopment area.

Joseph P. Baumann, an attorney for the Bayonne Municipal Utilities Authority, told council members at a meeting Wednesday that the long-term tax break is needed to make the $400 million Bayonne Energy Center a viable proposition.

"But for the tax abatements, they (Baumann and his partners) would not go along with the project because of the inordinate construction cost of the project," Baumann said.

The partners in the project are the Hess Corporation, Pure Energy Resources (PER), and ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC.

City officials said they plan to introduce the abatement at the council's meeting on Wednesday.

Under the terms of the abatement, the power station would initially generate $1.3 million payments in lieu of taxes for the city each year, adding up to a total of $44 million over the 30-year life of the abatement.

If the energy center were to pay conventional taxes, the city would collect only $27 million over the 30-year span since conventional taxes are shared with the county and local public schools, Baumann said.

Under the agreement, the energy center would continue to pay land taxes and the abatements would only apply to the power station itself.

In addition to the PILOT payments, the Bayonne Municipal Utilities Authority expects to collect $1 million a year from the power station for providing water to the facility, said BMUA Director Stephen Gallo.

A project labor agreement attached to the abatement is expected to generate 300 union construction jobs and 10 permanent jobs at the plant.

When operational, the power station would feed electricity to a substation in the Gowanus waterfront in south Brooklyn via a cable under New York Harbor. Next week's meeting is at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 630 Avenue C.

JCMAN320
October 13th, 2009, 08:44 PM
Power station OK one step closer

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Plans to build a 512-megawatt gas-fueled power station at the Constable Hook Redevelopment area's waterfront of the Bayonne Peninsula are poised to clear some bureaucratic hurdles this week.

The Planning Board is meeting 6 p.m. at the Bayonne Municipal Building today to formally recommend that the City Council adopts the redevelopment plan necessary to build the power station at 401 Hook Road.

The City Council approved a 10,800-square-foot "site plan" for the power station in April, but the "redevelopment plan" is necessary to designate the power station an appropriate use of the industrial waterfront property, officials said.

The City Council is scheduled to introduce an ordinance to adopt the plan at its 7 p.m. meeting tomorrow and will also introduce an ordinance for a 30-year tax abatement for the $400 million power station.

The public will have a chance to comment at the City Council's Nov. 10 meeting.

CHARLES HACK

http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/bayonne/index.ssf?/base/news-5/125541518775400.xml&coll=3

JCMAN320
November 14th, 2009, 04:53 PM
Power line to N.Y. gets OK there

By Sarah Rahman/The Jersey Journal
November 14, 2009, 1:00PM

http://media.nj.com/hudsoncountynow_impact/photo/baysitejpg-07614f4b750cc1ab_large.jpg
Jersey Journal file photo
The land along the back of Hook Road in Bayonne will be the site of a $400 million 10,800-square-foot power generating plant.

The New York portion of a power line under the Hudson River for a planned power plant in Bayonne was approved by New York regulators on Thursday, according to a Reuters report.

The line is to help improve reliability of New York City's power grid and will produce enough power for up to 500,000 homes in the city.

The $400 million plan entails a 345-kilovolt power line connecting a new 512-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Bayonne with Consolidated Edison Inc.'s existing Gowanus substation in Brooklyn.

Once approved, it will be developed by Pure Energy Resources LLC of Massachusetts, according to the Bayonne Energy Center Web site.

The project is a partnership between Hess Corp. and an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners LLC, an electricity-focused investment firm.

66nexus
November 14th, 2009, 06:19 PM
Don't know where JC has twice the taxable land as Newark comes from but...

in any event, is this power grid at all tied to Bayonne or is it strictly for NYC?

I wonder if they have any room on Stat Isl or is it just too far?

JCMAN320
November 15th, 2009, 05:45 PM
This is all for NYC!

Nexis4Jersey
February 6th, 2012, 06:30 AM
Some Bayonne pictures i took last year...

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6040/6225236114_754c89c958_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6225236114/)
DSC07119 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6225236114/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6220/6225243700_216eb4b33a_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6225243700/)
DSC07150 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6225243700/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6033/6225261710_d89f295efe_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6225261710/)
DSC07207 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6225261710/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6110/6225264726_49482d53e3_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6225264726/)
DSC07219 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6225264726/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6107/6224746405_70d83e7c02_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6224746405/)
DSC07226 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6224746405/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6059/6225266416_651c8f01ef_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6225266416/)
DSC07230 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6225266416/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6110/6224747705_c210f95965_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6224747705/)
DSC07231 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6224747705/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6169/6224748559_4f9e8a1fdf_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6224748559/)
DSC07234 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6224748559/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

mariab
January 15th, 2013, 08:42 PM
^Sure is a pretty little town when the sun is shining. Earlier in this thread, there was a post regarding a nursing home across from Bayonne Medical Center. That was in 2009. If that's the same place I'm thinking about, it hasn't even been built yet. There is a construction wall around the site that's been there a long time. Lowe's and Walmart and smaller stores in the same plaza are there on 440, and Bayonne Crossings has been open a while. Plus the wind turbine is up and running. Anyone know if ferry service has started?

JCMAN320
January 15th, 2013, 09:00 PM
^Sure is a pretty little town when the sun is shining. Earlier in this thread, there was a post regarding a nursing home across from Bayonne Medical Center. That was in 2009. If that's the same place I'm thinking about, it hasn't even been built yet. There is a construction wall around the site that's been there a long time. Lowe's and Walmart and smaller stores in the same plaza are there on 440, and Bayonne Crossings has been open a while. Plus the wind turbine is up and running. Anyone know if ferry service has started?

I'm pretty sure there is work happening at the Nursing Home site now if I remember correctly last time I passed it. The ferry service was deemed not to be in demand enough in Bayonne for a ferry route.

mariab
January 15th, 2013, 09:20 PM
Yeah just passed an article on nj.com from 2011 that it was "scuttled" because of design issues, but with all the new townhomes there on the Cruise Terminal peninsula, you'd think that one lousy ferry would get enough use for it to be worth it.

JCMAN320
January 15th, 2013, 09:43 PM
Well the thing about that is that the old Military Terminal is going to be turned into a another port. Bayonne realized that it was going to be too long for the whole peninsula to be developed into homes and businesses. So they turned the development over to the PANYNJ for development of a new port there. I do not know what is going to become of the townhomes out there.

mariab
January 15th, 2013, 11:42 PM
The Cruise Port is already there, and I've seen ships docked there, but it doesn't look like they have any permanent outbuildings yet. Just foul weather tents with seats and vending machines that I could see, must be the staging area. Unless, maybe they'll take that old burned out/painted over warehouse on the other side of the 9/11 memorial, use that and start docking the ships there. I'm sure Bayonne Dry Dock will stay. As far as the townhomes, they were only built a couple/few years ago, nice too, but they're not going anywhere.

http://www.alexancityview.com/alexan-city-view/

West Hudson
January 21st, 2013, 05:11 PM
From the Jersey Journal:

Royal Wine to make Bayonne its global headquarters
By Anthony J. Machcinski/The Jersey Journal (http://connect.nj.com/user/rugbyprodigy824/posts.html)The Jersey Journal
on January 16, 2013 at 8:18 PM, updated January 16, 2013 at 10:18 PM



http://media.nj.com/hudsoncountynow_impact/photo/12127685-large.jpg Royal Wine - 63 Lefante Way Bayonne. Photo taken on January 13, 2012. Michael Dempsey/The Jersey Journal

A local wine and spirits powerhouse is another step closer to calling Bayonne its global corporate home thanks to some help from the Bayonne City Council.

Today, the city council approved a resolution that will send an application to the local finance board for approval of a $17.5 million (http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2013/01/bayonne_council_introducing_or.html) bond ordinance for the Royal Wine Corp. to expand. The resolution passed 6-0.

The city also introduced an ordinance that would allow the city to approve the bonds. The ordinance will be voted on during the Council Caucus on Feb. 13, following a public hearing.

"We've always wanted to stay in Bayonne," said Royal Wine Executive Vice President Sheldon Ginsberg today. "Bayonne was always our first and most logical choice."

The bonds are expected to cover over half of the estimated $32 million price tag on the new facility. The facility, which will be adjacent to the company's current facility at 63 LeFante Way, is expected to be more than 400,000 square feet and feature corporate offices and warehouse storage. With the new facility, will come nearly 120 additional jobs at the company.

"I think this is a clear win for our community," Business Administrator Steve Gallo said. "This is going to take a brownfield, put it into productive use, and create tax revenue and permanent jobs in the community."

Third Ward Councilman Ray Greaves added, "This is going to be a world-class facility and it's a great thing for the community."

Community taxpayers will also benefit from the project as they will not be on the hook for the bonds. City Bond Council Joe Bowman confirmed today that the bonds will "never be the responsibility of the taxpayers."

"This is a non-recourse bond issue," Bowman said. "The citizens and the city of Bayonne are not responsible (for the bonds)."
Bowman added that the city is acting as a conduit between Royal Wine and the state.

Royal Wine first came into Bayonne in 1999 with its facility on LeFante Way. Work on the new facility has already begun, with remediation teams already working on the site. Ginsberg said that the company is expected to begin work on the structure in April with the hopes of opening the facility "within 9-12 months."

Along with the added jobs, Bayonne residents will be given the first crack at many construction jobs needed to build the facility.

Ninjahedge
January 22nd, 2013, 09:24 AM
Bayonne!

http://www.nj.com/bayonne/index.ssf/2010/11/bayonne_extensively_mocked_on_1.html

mariab
January 22nd, 2013, 03:27 PM
^Heh heh...whatever. All in good fun, but make no mistake: Once you get away from the east side industrial outskirts it's all neighborhoods, and nice ones too. Any town has rundown areas, ok well not Short Hills, but Bayonne has a proud industrial, military, and working-class past, and even though the army moved out Bayonne's still at it. Of course in that video he drove through the fire department training area on the former MOT peninsula. Gotta look authentic. "Jersey Shore of North Jersey". Where do you think the term "Bennys" came from? Although it's funny: Things like this and about NJ in general never discourage more people from moving here. :cool:


Thanks Royal Wine!

Ninjahedge
January 23rd, 2013, 10:26 AM
Oh, I have no doubt it exaggerated things, but after coming over a few times furniture shopping, I can say that there is still a lot of "renewal" needed in some areas.

Not as bad as the areas of JC over by the Science Center (or the way they USED to be.... bars on the front porches and all)...

Don31
January 23rd, 2013, 03:11 PM
[QUOTE=mariab;422659Where do you think the term "Bennys" came from? [/QUOTE]

Bayonne Elizabeth Newark New York

mariab
January 24th, 2013, 08:41 PM
^That's it. NH I agree they need more, but the thing about Bayonne is they do it quietly, either because the bigger NJ/NY media outlets just don't report it, or they just do it quietly. Maybe they prefer "Slow & Steady". What is wrong with the area around the science center? Isn't that near the entrance to Liberty State Park?


@JCMAN: Was just there Sunday, and didn't see any progress for that nursing home. Still just a construction wall up. Is this the site at the corner of Broadway and 32nd St?

JCMAN320
January 25th, 2013, 01:23 AM
Mariab. Yea I guess it's on hold for now.

In regards to the neighborhood known as Lafayette around the Liberty State Park area, it is JC's Harlem. Always a predominately African American neighborhood but at one time was wealthy and fell on hard times. There are yuppies and hipsters moving into the neighborhood. It is slowly pulling itself out of the doldrums but will take time.

Ninjahedge
January 29th, 2013, 03:37 PM
Maria... i am trying to find it on Google Maps, but I can't. I just remember driving over from Hoboken in order to do a pick-up match with the Ski Club for parking-lot roller hockey in the back parking lot at the science center.

the porch with bars on it was on the outskirts of town close to where it started getting industrial.... Sorry I cannot find the spot, it has been a while....

mariab
January 29th, 2013, 04:04 PM
It's ok. Sometime in the spring I'll take a ride to the park and see what's up. In the daytime. I also remember these three beautiful old townhomes in a row on Communipaw Ave that I saw last summer, but it was too congested and I couldn't stop. One of tham had black trim.

mariab
January 29th, 2013, 04:06 PM
Mariab. Yea I guess it's on hold for now.

In regards to the neighborhood known as Lafayette around the Liberty State Park area, it is JC's Harlem. Always a predominately African American neighborhood but at one time was wealthy and fell on hard times. There are yuppies and hipsters moving into the neighborhood. It is slowly pulling itself out of the doldrums but will take time.

These things always do. They go through a sort of slack tide period where they're not getting worse but they're not getting better either. It will take years but it'll make it back.

Nexis4Jersey
May 3rd, 2013, 09:04 PM
Recent Visit to the Tear Drop memorial

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8117/8702820326_33b8b59042_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/8702820326/)
002 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/8702820326/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

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003 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/8701699053/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

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004 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/8702820290/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

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005 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/8702820260/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

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007 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/8701698997/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

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008 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/8702820218/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

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009 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/8702820204/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

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010 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/8701698933/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

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011 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/8701698931/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

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014 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/8702820138/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

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015 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/8701698857/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

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017 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/8702820070/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

From 34th Street Mall...

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020 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/8702820050/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

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022 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/8701698747/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

mariab
May 7th, 2013, 08:37 PM
Thanks for the pics Nexis. Those ships are pretty impressive up close, and apparently watching them set sail is somewhat of an event, because I've seen people gathered for it. I stayed once as long as I could but it wasn't leaving and I had to.


The residences in that last pic are the Alexan City View. When you visit their website it looks like a really cool place to live, until you read all the lousy reviews, which I was really surprised about. There were some positive, but most were negative. (http://www.apartmentratings.com/rate/NJ-Bayonne-Alexan-CityView.html) There were things you can't fix such as paper-thin walls. One guy said he could hear the guy in the apartment above him urinating in his toilet. You can clearly hear normal conversations in the next apartment. This place was just built in '09, they shouldn't be having those problems.

But as far as that peninsula, I believe it's more than ready for redevelopement and they can really do it right since it's mostly open land. Btw were you wondering, as you were driving past all those abandoned buildings, if you were actually on the right road for the memorial? The first time I drove there, I didn't. It could be creepy, then it just opens up and you're there.

Nexis4Jersey
May 7th, 2013, 10:00 PM
Thanks for the pics Nexis. Those ships are pretty impressive up close, and apparently watching them set sail is somewhat of an event, because I've seen people gathered for it. I stayed once as long as I could but it wasn't leaving and I had to.


The residences in that last pic are the Alexan City View. When you visit their website it looks like a really cool place to live, until you read all the lousy reviews, which I was really surprised about. There were some positive, but most were negative. (http://www.apartmentratings.com/rate/NJ-Bayonne-Alexan-CityView.html) There were things you can't fix such as paper-thin walls. One guy said he could hear the guy in the apartment above him urinating in his toilet. You can clearly hear normal conversations in the next apartment. This place was just built in '09, they shouldn't be having those problems.

But as far as that peninsula, I believe it's more than ready for redevelopment and they can really do it right since it's mostly open land. Btw were you wondering, as you were driving past all those abandoned buildings, if you were actually on the right road for the memorial? The first time I drove there, I didn't. It could be creepy, then it just opens up and you're there.

Indeed they are , it took us 15mins to get through the Cruise Ship traffic....it seems a lot of people use this cruiseport now which is an encouraging sign. It didn't leave even when we went over to Bay Ridge which took an hour due to Traffic it was still there.

I've noticed a lot of recent buildings have these types of issues with the leaking pipes , mold , trash pick up , bad management and noise which can be traced back to the developers choosing cheap materials and not hiring the right people to run the complexes. They seem to be hiring right off the street and not checking for degrees or experience. And then they charge at least 1500$+ for a crapshoot apartment which turns out to be hell... Just about all the Newer Jersey City and Hoboken developments have these issues and its bothersome.

They purchased a few old Newark Subway cars that would be brought as a connector line from the Memorial to the 34th Street Light Rail Station and Downtown Bayonne. The area is more then ready for more redevelopment seems like the developer is stalling after his first building hasn't been a smashing success. I've been there a few times , but I brought my mom for the first time to see the Memorial. She kept asking me if we were on the right road...it definitely gives a creepy feeling...and I can't imagine what its like at night.

mariab
May 9th, 2013, 08:06 PM
Yeah there were complaints about shuttle service to the LR from that place too. Slow, and no a/c in the summer. They better wise up if they don't want that complex turning into just another tired place to live.

There is a new place further down, but on the west side, that looks interesting. Street (http://www.vpike.com/?place=63+west+30+st%2C+bayonne+nj&submit=Street+View)vie (http://www.vpike.com/?place=63+west+30+st%2C+bayonne+nj&submit=Street+View)w (http://www.vpike.com/?place=63+west+30+st%2C+bayonne+nj&submit=Street+View)shows it still under renovation in 2007, but it's been open. It was the old Victory Building built in I think 1922 and used by the Knights of Columbus, who have now built new right next door. Gutted and renovated Victory Lofts (http://www.victorylofts.net/)are one to three bedroom apartments with decent floor plans, and to young couples or families starting out, an in-unit W/D and an assigned parking space could be a luxury. Haven't seen any reviews yet.

Any idea when the connector rail project will happen?

Nexis4Jersey
May 9th, 2013, 09:04 PM
Yeah there were complaints about shuttle service to the LR from that place too. Slow, and no a/c in the summer. They better wise up if they don't want that complex turning into just another tired place to live.

There is a new place further down, but on the west side, that looks interesting. Street (http://www.vpike.com/?place=63+west+30+st%2C+bayonne+nj&submit=Street+View)vie (http://www.vpike.com/?place=63+west+30+st%2C+bayonne+nj&submit=Street+View)w (http://www.vpike.com/?place=63+west+30+st%2C+bayonne+nj&submit=Street+View)shows it still under renovation in 2007, but it's been open. It was the old Victory Building built in I think 1922 and used by the Knights of Columbus, who have now built new right next door. Gutted and renovated Victory Lofts (http://www.victorylofts.net/)are one to three bedroom apartments with decent floor plans, and to young couples or families starting out, an in-unit W/D and an assigned parking space could be a luxury. Haven't seen any reviews yet.

Any idea when the connector rail project will happen?

http://www.bayonnelra.com/planning_board.pdf

I would assume once the rest of the development is built , the Streetcar line will come with it. Its the same with the other infill stations along the HBLR , Bayfront , Grove&18th Streets , Canal Crossing , Liberty Harbor West and North Hoboken Stations all seem tied to larger Master redevelopment plans. There are also numerous proposed infill stations along the Regional Rail Network like Laurence Harbor , Wesmont , South Burlington , North Brunswick , Ampere , Harrison , North Paterson , South Paterson , and Westmont each tied to a master Plan by a private developer or the city or town that station is in.

JCMAN320
May 9th, 2013, 10:29 PM
Not to burst anyones bubble but do not expect for the rest of the Peninsula to be built out residential. The Port Authority bought a majority of it when Bayonne decided that it could not find enough takers to build residential on it. It will basically be a compliment to Port Jersey in JC across the channel.

Port Authority to buy former Military Ocean Terminal in Bayonne in effort to expand ports
Published: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 9:27 PM Updated: Friday, June 25, 2010, 5:44 AM
By Steve Strunsky/The Star-Ledger


http://media.nj.com/ledgerupdates_impact/photo/military-ocean-terminal-bayonnejpg-89e04973b61c7e5d_large.jpg
Photo/Richard Raska
A 1997 aerial view of Military Ocean Terminal, Bayonne. City officials have approved the sale of the 130-acre site to Port Authority.

BAYONNE — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is buying a huge chunk of the former Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne and all of the Global Terminal container port in Jersey City as part of a plan to ensure the future growth of the region’s ports.

Under terms of the deal disclosed by the Port Authority tonight, Bayonne will receive payments totalling $235 million spread over 24 years, including $135 million for the 130 acres of Ocean Terminal, plus almost 100 underwater acres surrounding the peninsula. The agency will pay the city another $100 million for permanent roadway easements to assure that trucks and other vehicles always have access to the site. Bayonne officials gave preliminary approval to the deal last night.

The Global Terminal deal is expected to be formally announced today, According to an official close to the negotiations, Global Terminal’s current owners will continue to operate the container port under a lease with the Port Authority, which will own the 98-acre property. Instead of cash up front, the agency will pay Global a so-called tenant’s development allowance of up to $150 million toward the total cost of $312 million for an expansion of the terminal, said the official, who asked not to be identified because the Global deal had not been formally announced.

Global declined to comment today.

For Bayonne, the Marine Terminal sale is a reversal of its original plan for the site, renamed the Peninsula at Bayonne in 2002, after it bought the land from the Department of Defense.
Bayonne envisioned the two-mile-long peninsula — with its breathtaking views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and Staten Island — as a residential community, with some commercial and recreational amenities, to set it apart from the industrial uses that had long dominated the city’s waterfront.

But that was then. Now, with a weak economy, a depressed housing market, and a new city administration in place, local officials say Bayonne’s needs and its plans for the peninsula have changed.

Taxes and Jobs

"Our focus here in this administration is tax stabilization and job creation, and the initial master plan that we inherited, which called for 6,700 residential units, brought us neither," said Christopher L. Patella, executive director of the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority.

Tonight, the development authority board authorized Patella to complete the sale. He declined to confirm the terms of the deal.

The original plans for the peninsula development were forged under Bayonne’s longtime mayor, Joseph V. Doria, who left the office in 2007. Patella said the current administration of Mayor Mark Smith supports development of the site as a container terminal, which he said would make sense for the region as well as the city.

"In light of the problem they’ve been having with the Bayonne Bridge, this facility would be an ideal solution," Patella said.

Getting Clearance

The bridge’s widely publicized problem is its 151-foot clearance above the Kill Van Kull, which limits the size of container ships headed to the Port Newark/Elizabeth Marine Terminal container complex, and Staten Island’s Howland Hook terminal. Officials fear thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in commerce could be lost to competing ports as skyscraping container ships from Asian arrive at East Coast ports once an expansion of the Panama Canal is complete in 2014.

The solution Patella was suggesting was that large container ships could simply put in at a new Bayonne peninsula terminal or the expanded Global terminal.

But a spokesman for Gov, Chris Christie said the Bayonne peninsula and Global projects do not constitute a solution to the bridge problem. Rather, the two acquisitions are parts of the governor’s broader, ongoing plan to maximize the region’s port operations, said the spokesman, Michael Drewniak.

"This brings together a critical component of the governor’s economic development plans for New Jersey, and especially our northern ports," Drewniak said.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/06/bayonne_officials_approve_port.html

mariab
May 9th, 2013, 11:13 PM
!!!!^Excuse me I just projectile-vomited in my mouth a little. Port expansion? Great. So we can import more garbage from overseas. So things didn't happen as fast as they expected, they have to go all industrial? By the time they finish their expansion, years from now, the housing market will have been well on its way back. Yes it will create jobs but there's no guarantee most or even half of those jobs will go to Bayonne residents.


plus almost 100 underwater acres surrounding the peninsula. Is that similar to air rights?


The article didn't mention whether the cruise terminal will remain, but I really hope they at least leave the memorial park alone. At least leave that one peaceful patch alone.

I'm angry because I don't know whether to be glad that Bayonne is getting back in the big game, or that this might become a pimple on its comeback.

JCMAN320
May 9th, 2013, 11:21 PM
I don't know what the people in those homes on the peninsula are going to do with those homes. As far as I know the Cruise Terminal is staying and so is the park.

I'm not sure about the 100 underwater acres being similar to air right.

Bayonne is always going to be an industrial town and this assured Bayonne of that. However it is not a bad thing. The Peninsula is the perfect place for a new port.

Nexis4Jersey
May 10th, 2013, 12:15 AM
I don't know what the people in those homes on the peninsula are going to do with those homes. As far as I know the Cruise Terminal is staying and so is the park.

I'm not sure about the 100 underwater acres being similar to air right.

Bayonne is always going to be an industrial town and this assured Bayonne of that. However it is not a bad thing. The Peninsula is the perfect place for a new port.

Its 40/60 in terms of whats going to get built on it. 60% is mixed use and parkland and 40% is shipping and industrial lite manufacturing....the original plan was for the entire peninsula to be mixed use but Bayonne didn't want to wait. Greed seems to run every town and city in the Gold Coast and they often don't think long term instead short...and with lined pockets.

mariab
May 10th, 2013, 12:15 AM
PA may buy out the homes and use for employee housing...? Because I don't know how it will hold its value once people get wind of the port plan, and especially once they're up and running. Just last week on Trulia, the lowest rates for rentals (studios) there were advertised for $1700, now they're down to $1400. I'm sure it will go back up but that's how fast it fluctuates.

I had no illusions of Bayonne turning into hipster hamlet, but this seems like such a 180 from everything they wanted for the future.

Nexis4Jersey
May 10th, 2013, 12:33 AM
PA may buy out the homes and use for employee housing...? Because I don't know how it will hold its value once people get wind of the port plan, and especially once they're up and running. Just last week on Trulia, the lowest rates for rentals (studios) there were advertised for $1700, now they're down to $1400. I'm sure it will go back up but that's how fast it fluctuates.

I had no illusions of Bayonne turning into hipster hamlet, but this seems like such a 180 from everything they wanted for the future.

You couldn't pay me to live their...all that noise , pollution...its bad enough the marshes smell on certain days....

JCMAN320
May 10th, 2013, 01:57 PM
You couldn't pay me to live their...all that noise , pollution...its bad enough the marshes smell on certain days....

I agree Nexis. I have a friend that moved there but once the news of the Port shift happened she wants out. Here is more news on further development of a truck terminal from over a year ago.

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Port Authority seeks Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor site for truck terminal
Published: Tuesday, June 07, 2011, 8:45 AM
Charles Hack/The Jersey Journal By Charles Hack/The Jersey Journal

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The Port Authority wants to buy 9 acres at 150 Pulaski St. in Bayonne to use as a truck terminal for marine terminal use.

The Port Authority has even more ambitious plans for the former MOT in Bayonne.

According to papers filed with federal energy regulators earlier this year, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is seeking to buy a 9-acre, privately owned site at 150 Pulaski St. at the old military base to build a truck terminal for “marine terminal purposes.”

In August last year, the bi-state agency snapped up 130 acres on the southeastern side of the former Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne from the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority to build a container port.

The Port Authority’s interest in acquiring more real estate near and on what is now called the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor was revealed in a February letter responding to Spectra Energy’s application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to run a natural gas pipeline near the 150 Pulaski St.

In the February filing, the Port Authority told FERC that it wanted Texas-based Spectra Energy to reroute the proposed gas pipeline along the south side of 150 Pulaski St. because the proposed route would interfere with plans for the truck terminal.

The Port Authority instead proposed the pipeline run through Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority land farther south.

Port Authority officials refused to comment, but according to a response filed by Spectra, the energy company is working with the Port Authority.

The current tenant of 150 Pulaski St. is APA Logistics Inc., an international haulage company that operates a 225,000-square-foot warehouse with 37 loading docks at the site, according to APA’s website.

A spokesman for APA Logistics, Inc., which leases 150 Pulaski St. from Dynamic Worldwide Logistics in South Kearny, said he could not provide any information about a pending sale.

Neither Dynamic Worldwide Logistics nor the BLRA could be reached for comment.

In its letter to FERC, the Port Authority stated the property has Bayonne Planning Board approval for a truck terminal and parking with 56 additional truck loading docks on the south side of the 150 Pulaski St. building.

The authority is also seeking to acquire an unspecified amount of adjacent land south of the warehouse, in the area of the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor that is considered the Maritime Industrial District.

The BLRA sold the Maritime Industrial District to Ports America in April 2009 for $92 million, after the Port Authority agreed to drop a legal challenge to the sale.

The Port Authority has also purchased the 98-acre Global Terminal site a mile east of 150 Pulaski, on the border of Bayonne and Jersey City, which a P.A. news release said will be used to handle cargo growth.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2011/06/port_authority_seeks_peninsula.html

stache
May 10th, 2013, 05:15 PM
This makes sense with the possibility of future flooding in this area, residential is not a good idea.

mariab
May 10th, 2013, 10:05 PM
I wonder what that place looked like after Sandy. I know Bayonne lost power for at least a week after but I don't know how much flooding the east side had.

Nexis4Jersey
May 10th, 2013, 10:36 PM
I wonder what that place looked like after Sandy. I know Bayonne lost power for at least a week after but I don't know how much flooding the east side had.

Well if Exchange Place had 7ft of water , I would assume that Bayonne had the same....

mariab
June 20th, 2013, 08:01 PM
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Bayonne City Council votes to dissolve city's redevelopment agency

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on June 20, 2013 at 9:00 AM, updated June 20, 2013 at 9:13 AM
http://media.nj.com/bayonne_impact/photo/8102715-small.jpgAn ordinance dissolving the autonomous Bayonne authority tasked with developing the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor was introduced at the Bayonne City Council meeting tonight.Jersey Journal file photo

An ordinance dissolving the autonomous Bayonne authority tasked with developing the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor was introduced at the Bayonne City Council meeting last as part of what city officials say is Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith’s efforts to consolidate and shrink city government.
Also introduced was an ordinance that would authorize the sale of bonds not to exceed $75,000,000 to cover a portion the debt of the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority that will be transferred to the city. The debt was largely accrued as a result of the construction of infrastructure done on the Peninsula for services such as sewage and electricity, officials said.

The city will directly assume about $60 million of the BLRA debt but the city has always been responsible for the sum and it does not represent an increase in the city’s debt, Bayonne Business Administrator Steve Gallo said.
The Navy closed the Bayonne Military Ocean Terminal in 1999 and Bayonne took it over with plans for major development on its some 400 acres, although the flagging economy has stalled development. But Bayonne city attorney Charles D’Amico said the duties of the BLRA will now be assumed by the city council and an aggressive effort to develop the land will continue.
D’Amico said Smith has already consolidated the city’s nine department into four and he said Smith believes the council is best suited to lead development efforts at the Peninsula since council members are elected and therefore accountable to voters.
Gallo said dissolving the BLRA is projected to save the city about $2 million per year.
A public hearing on the ordinances is set for 7 p.m. at the July 17 city council meeting.

Since Bayonne took over the Peninsula, 450 housing units have been developed there and portions of the peninsula have been purchased from the city by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Global Terminals and some other companies.
Last night, the council also adopted an ordinance allowing formation of an energy and natural gas aggregation program to look into possible savings that could be achieved by allowing the City of Bayonne to opt into a program in which it will be able to negotiate utilities prices for residents. Residents would be able to sign up for the program or stick with their current utilities service.
Gallo said it is expected that the city will be able to get better energy prices for residents by bargaining for such a large group energy customers. John Fish, a representative of the company that would administer the program, Commercial Utility Consultant, said his company will determine the cost benefits possible and the city will likely have the option of signing up for the program by September.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2013/06/the_bayonne_city_council_voted_tonight_to_dissolve _the_authority_tasked_with_developing_peninsula_at .html

West Hudson
June 20th, 2013, 10:16 PM
I can't say I didn't see this coming. Without a rail connection to NYC and all the development in other areas that do have rail connections to it, I don't see how Bayonne would've competed.

mariab
June 20th, 2013, 11:49 PM
That could have been resolved, at a hefty cost of course, although I don't know what the logictics of getting across 440 would have been. But either way, not every section of every community has close rail access. There are park & rides within reasonable distances for those who don't want to drive in. Also, for the people at Alexan, there is a LR shuttle so I imagine they would have expanded the service if more residences were built on the Peninsula.

ASchwarz
June 22nd, 2013, 01:21 AM
People are misreading the article. Development will continue.

They're disbanding the redevelopment authority, in order to save money, and folding those responsibilities into other city departments.

They aren't saying there will be no more redevelopment in their city, LOL. Obviously the Peninsula and other developments will continue, as the economy and other factors permit.

Nexis4Jersey
June 22nd, 2013, 02:19 PM
I can't say I didn't see this coming. Without a rail connection to NYC and all the development in other areas that do have rail connections to it, I don't see how Bayonne would've competed.

Its only 45mins by LRT and PATH to Manhattan.

mariab
June 23rd, 2013, 06:32 PM
@ASchwarz


Not to burst anyones bubble but do not expect for the rest of the Peninsula to be built out residential. The Port Authority bought a majority of it when Bayonne decided that it could not find enough takers to build residential on it. It will basically be a compliment to Port Jersey in JC across the channel.

Port Authority to buy former Military Ocean Terminal in Bayonne in effort to expand ports
Published: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 9:27 PM Updated: Friday, June 25, 2010, 5:44 AM
By Steve Strunsky/The Star-Ledger


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A 1997 aerial view of Military Ocean Terminal, Bayonne. City officials have approved the sale of the 130-acre site to Port Authority.

BAYONNE — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is buying a huge chunk of the former Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne and all of the Global Terminal container port in Jersey City as part of a plan to ensure the future growth of the region’s ports.

Under terms of the deal disclosed by the Port Authority tonight, Bayonne will receive payments totalling $235 million spread over 24 years, including $135 million for the 130 acres of Ocean Terminal, plus almost 100 underwater acres surrounding the peninsula. The agency will pay the city another $100 million for permanent roadway easements to assure that trucks and other vehicles always have access to the site. Bayonne officials gave preliminary approval to the deal last night.

The Global Terminal deal is expected to be formally announced today, According to an official close to the negotiations, Global Terminal’s current owners will continue to operate the container port under a lease with the Port Authority, which will own the 98-acre property. Instead of cash up front, the agency will pay Global a so-called tenant’s development allowance of up to $150 million toward the total cost of $312 million for an expansion of the terminal, said the official, who asked not to be identified because the Global deal had not been formally announced.

Global declined to comment today.

For Bayonne, the Marine Terminal sale is a reversal of its original plan for the site, renamed the Peninsula at Bayonne in 2002, after it bought the land from the Department of Defense.
Bayonne envisioned the two-mile-long peninsula — with its breathtaking views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and Staten Island — as a residential community, with some commercial and recreational amenities, to set it apart from the industrial uses that had long dominated the city’s waterfront.

But that was then. Now, with a weak economy, a depressed housing market, and a new city administration in place, local officials say Bayonne’s needs and its plans for the peninsula have changed.

Taxes and Jobs

"Our focus here in this administration is tax stabilization and job creation, and the initial master plan that we inherited, which called for 6,700 residential units, brought us neither," said Christopher L. Patella, executive director of the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority.

Tonight, the development authority board authorized Patella to complete the sale. He declined to confirm the terms of the deal.

The original plans for the peninsula development were forged under Bayonne’s longtime mayor, Joseph V. Doria, who left the office in 2007. Patella said the current administration of Mayor Mark Smith supports development of the site as a container terminal, which he said would make sense for the region as well as the city.

"In light of the problem they’ve been having with the Bayonne Bridge, this facility would be an ideal solution," Patella said.

Getting Clearance

The bridge’s widely publicized problem is its 151-foot clearance above the Kill Van Kull, which limits the size of container ships headed to the Port Newark/Elizabeth Marine Terminal container complex, and Staten Island’s Howland Hook terminal. Officials fear thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in commerce could be lost to competing ports as skyscraping container ships from Asian arrive at East Coast ports once an expansion of the Panama Canal is complete in 2014.

The solution Patella was suggesting was that large container ships could simply put in at a new Bayonne peninsula terminal or the expanded Global terminal.

But a spokesman for Gov, Chris Christie said the Bayonne peninsula and Global projects do not constitute a solution to the bridge problem. Rather, the two acquisitions are parts of the governor’s broader, ongoing plan to maximize the region’s port operations, said the spokesman, Michael Drewniak.

"This brings together a critical component of the governor’s economic development plans for New Jersey, and especially our northern ports," Drewniak said.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/06/bayonne_officials_approve_port.html

Newarkguy
June 29th, 2013, 11:22 AM
@ASchwarzNice try Mr Patella. No dice. Newark WILL NOT BE USURPED OF PANAMAX SHIPS.

mariab
June 30th, 2013, 12:36 PM
Newark has nothing to worry about. Bayonne/Newark = Apples/Pears.

mariab
October 21st, 2013, 08:44 PM
Well there's nothing going on at the site at Broadway and 30th St. From what I can see through the fence, it just looks like weeds growing. Also went past the old Maidenform building on Avenue E, and that seems to have stalled too. The promising signs are a freestanding cherry picker and some earth mover, which I don't think they would leave if the project was completely dead. One side of the building looks like it had new glass, but I always think that should be one of the last outside things to be done (too tempting a target for vandals).

JCMAN320
October 22nd, 2013, 12:17 PM
Bayonne gas station operator surprised to learn of redevelopment plan

By Felix Alarcon/The Jersey Journal
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on October 22, 2013 at 8:00 AM, updated October 22, 2013 at 8:17 AM

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THE BLOCK OF 224-230 AVE E. in Bayonne, where the city wants to build a housing complex. The area houses an active Exxon station. (ALYSSA KI JOURNAL PHOTO)

The Bayonne Planning Board wants to build a multi-story housing complex and retail hub on Avenue E near 21st and 22nd streets, and the plan is a surprise to at least one businessman.

Affected is 224-230 Avenue E, formerly the Bayonne Plumbing storage facility and an active, neighboring Exxon gas station. The property has already been declared an area in need of redevelopment.

Avak Pashalian, 60, said he has been operating the Exxon station for a month. He said yesterday he is planning a grand opening for Nov. 1 and was unaware of any redevelopment plans.

Plans for the redevelopment were approved by the Planning Board in a special meeting last Wednesday night and sent to the City Council for action.

The board’s consulting planner, Anthony Rodriguez from T&M Associates, talked about his vision for the redevelopment at last week’s meeting.

Under Rodriguez’ proposal, block 454 and lots 1 (Bayonne Plumbing) and 2 (Exxon) have potential for commercial and residential use.

Proposed is a five-story, 160-unit multifamily development that would have above or below ground parking. The city would have to use eminent domain to acquire the Exxon property, said Rodriguez, but the plumbing supply property can be purchased.

Owners were notified of the meeting, but none attended.

A second site proposed for redevelopment is near Mechanic Street near Route 440, but it faces environmental obstacles. The land was formerly used for oil storage.

“It would take 20 years to redevelop that land,” said Theodore Garelick, chairman of the Planning Board.

If the city were to acquire the land, it would have to take the responsibility of the cleanup to Environmental Protection Agency standards.

The area is currently owned by the Clayton Co. Gordon Mills, an engineer from the company, said, “My main concern was that the city might implement imminent domain. I’m comforted that that won’t happen. We’d like to work with the city.”

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2013/10/bayonne_gas_station_operator_s.html#incart_river

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This site is located right next to the 22nd Street Light Rail station, which you can see poking out behind the Exxon Station canopy.

mariab
October 22nd, 2013, 03:58 PM
I went right past there Sunday. Bet they'll fetch good money being next to the LR station. I hope Maidenform doesn't fall by the wayside. Bayonne's slowly waking up and it's good to see.




A second site proposed for redevelopment is near Mechanic Street near Route 440, but it faces environmental obstacles. The land was formerly used for oil storage.

“It would take 20 years to redevelop that land,”

That's just shameful. Whoever's responsible, clean it up plain & simple. It should be anyway. Whatever the developers have in mind probably won't even be viable in 20 years.

JCMAN320
October 22nd, 2013, 04:11 PM
I went right past there Sunday. Bet they'll fetch good money being next to the LR station. I hope Maidenform doesn't fall by the wayside. Bayonne's slowly waking up and it's good to see.




That's just shameful. Whoever's responsible, clean it up plain & simple. It should be anyway. Whatever the developers have in mind probably won't even be viable in 20 years.

Yeah it definitely will. It'll be a welcomed addition along Avenue E. I am thinking it might be as big or slightly larger than the new apartment building that just opened up by the 45th Street Light Rail station.

I think the Maidenform conversion will continue. I went by there about 3 weeks ago and I saw work going on inside so hopefully its a small lull for whatever the reason.

Its shameful that so many of these old industrial corporations here in NJ just up and left and never did anything about cleaning up their toxic sites and now the State and cities have to go around chasing them to do so. More than likely Mariab you're right; those sites take years to clean up and even just as long to start cleaning up.

mariab
October 22nd, 2013, 08:41 PM
Do you know the address for the new one @ 45th St?

JCMAN320
October 22nd, 2013, 09:13 PM
Do you know the address for the new one @ 45th St?

I believe its 731 Avenue E, Bayonne, NJ. The building is called Tagliareni Plaza.

mariab
October 22nd, 2013, 09:58 PM
Thanks JCMAN.

JCMAN320
November 19th, 2013, 01:19 AM
Royal Caribbean's Cape Liberty Cruise Port development approved in Bayonne

By John Ambrosio/The Jersey Journal
on July 24, 2013 at 8:10 PM, updated July 24, 2013 at 8:11 PM

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Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas cruise ship (Royal Caribbean)


The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has approved a plan to allow Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines to redevelop the Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne.

The Board of Commissioners approved the plan to develop the PA-owned property today at their monthly meeting. The new development would accommodate Royal Caribbean's new Quantum of the Seas cruise ship, which is scheduled to debut next year.

"This new lesase extension will bring to Bayonne one of the most modern cruise terminals in the country," siad PA Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni. "Royal Caribbean is going to invest $50 million in the new terminal and two parking facilities for people going out of Bayonne."

Baroni also said that the 167,800-ton, 4,180-passenger ship will give Bayonne's economy a boost.

"This new terminal will help create jobs in construction and will have a long term economic benefits on our region," said Baroni. "When a ship like this calls a port that ship brings about $1 million a trip to the city in local economic activity. Once completed, the terminal is expected to bring in 600,000 people every year."

Cape Liberty Cruise Port currently acts as a cruise terminal for several cruise liners, including Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Sea ship.

According to Baroni, Royal Caribbean's project still needs to have its finances approved by the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority and is expected to begin construction within a few months. Baroni also said that the project should be completed by 2014, just in time to launch the new luxury ship.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2013/07/royal_caribbeans_cape_liberty_cruise_port_developm ent_approved_in_bayonne.html

mariab
November 19th, 2013, 03:57 PM
Good idea. The whole operation always had a temporary look and feel to it, and at least when they start expanding commercial shipping over there, they won't be able to take over the entire thing.



"When a ship like this calls a port that ship brings about $1 million a trip to the city in local economic activity.

Perhaps a new luxury hotel to go along with it?

JCMAN320
November 20th, 2013, 12:42 AM
Bayonne gas station operator surprised to learn of redevelopment plan

By Felix Alarcon/The Jersey Journal
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on October 22, 2013 at 8:00 AM, updated October 22, 2013 at 8:17 AM

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THE BLOCK OF 224-230 AVE E. in Bayonne, where the city wants to build a housing complex. The area houses an active Exxon station. (ALYSSA KI JOURNAL PHOTO)

The Bayonne Planning Board wants to build a multi-story housing complex and retail hub on Avenue E near 21st and 22nd streets, and the plan is a surprise to at least one businessman.

Affected is 224-230 Avenue E, formerly the Bayonne Plumbing storage facility and an active, neighboring Exxon gas station. The property has already been declared an area in need of redevelopment.

Avak Pashalian, 60, said he has been operating the Exxon station for a month. He said yesterday he is planning a grand opening for Nov. 1 and was unaware of any redevelopment plans.

Plans for the redevelopment were approved by the Planning Board in a special meeting last Wednesday night and sent to the City Council for action.

The board’s consulting planner, Anthony Rodriguez from T&M Associates, talked about his vision for the redevelopment at last week’s meeting.

Under Rodriguez’ proposal, block 454 and lots 1 (Bayonne Plumbing) and 2 (Exxon) have potential for commercial and residential use.

Proposed is a five-story, 160-unit multifamily development that would have above or below ground parking. The city would have to use eminent domain to acquire the Exxon property, said Rodriguez, but the plumbing supply property can be purchased.

Owners were notified of the meeting, but none attended.

A second site proposed for redevelopment is near Mechanic Street near Route 440, but it faces environmental obstacles. The land was formerly used for oil storage.

“It would take 20 years to redevelop that land,” said Theodore Garelick, chairman of the Planning Board.

If the city were to acquire the land, it would have to take the responsibility of the cleanup to Environmental Protection Agency standards.

The area is currently owned by the Clayton Co. Gordon Mills, an engineer from the company, said, “My main concern was that the city might implement imminent domain. I’m comforted that that won’t happen. We’d like to work with the city.”

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2013/10/bayonne_gas_station_operator_s.html#incart_river

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This site is located right next to the 22nd Street Light Rail station, which you can see poking out behind the Exxon Station canopy.


Former Bayonne Plumbing storage facility is demolished, makes way for new housing

By Felix Alarcon/The Jersey Journal
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on November 19, 2013 at 6:53 PM, updated November 19, 2013 at 6:55 PM

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Demolition continues on the old Bayonne Plumbing Supply building on Nov. 19, 2013 on Ave E in Bayonne. Alyssa Ki/The Jersey Journal

The owner of the property 230-250 Avenue E, the former site of the Bayonne Plumbing storage area, stood behind the chain link construction fence, as the excavator, a construction vehicle, demolished the building this afternoon.

"The proper permits were acquired for the demolition," said the new owner of the property, who declined to provide his name but said the property was registered to 230-250 LLC.

The owner said he was at the site of the demolition to make sure things were going to plan.

230-250 LLC plans to develop a multifamily dwelling with above ground parking. The city council recently designated the area as an area in need of redevelopment.

The city planning board’s consulting planner, Anthony Rodriguez from T&M Associates, talked about his vision for the redevelopment at last month's meeting.

Proposed is a five-story, 160-unit multifamily development that would have above or below ground parking, said Rodriguez.

Bayonne police had closed off Avenue E between East 21st and 22nd streets for the demolition.

At least three cars parked on the same side of the demolition side at 4 p.m. were towed. A police officer at the scene said efforts had been made to reach the owners of the vehicles to no avail.

A sign was posted on the side of the demolition site that said parking was not permitted Nov .14 to 16 because of demolition activity.

The police officer told The Jersey Journal that the sign was dated wrong and did not correspond to the demolition.

"The building has many violations and it's getting demolished," said the officer. "That's why those cars can't be parked there."
An official at the Bayonne building department declined to comment, but said there were no violations at the site of the demolition.

City spokesman Joe Ryan and business administrator for the city Stephen Gallo were not immediately available to comment.

The city recently passed an ordinance for an area in need of redevelopment for the adjacent Bayonne Plumbing that went out of business last month. The 85-year-old business was formerly owned by Richard Epstein.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2013/11/former_bayonne_plumbing_site_demolition_closes_str eets.html#incart_river_default

mariab
November 21st, 2013, 03:46 PM
Sounds like a railroading to me (pardon the pun), and if they're that pushy for something like that then they have to be just as pushy for an exclusive luxury tower or hotel, also.

JCMAN320
November 22nd, 2013, 02:42 PM
I agree Mariab; currently Bayonne only has one "hotel" and it is a motel along Route 440 that is a by the hour place; that's it. A luxury hotel near the old MOTBY to service the cruise port would be a great idea.

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Bayonne Zoning Board approves Church of Christ renovations

By Felix Alarcon/The Jersey Journal
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THE CHURCH OF CHRIST on Avenue E. in Bayonne had its request for renovation approved. (ALYSSA KI JOURNAL PHOTO)

Prayers were answered recently for members of a Bayonne church who hope to soon see majestic spires and a gable roof over their house of worship.

The Bayonne Zoning Board approved a request from the Church of Christ to renovate 280 Avenue, much to the delight of more than 120 members of the church at an unusually crowded meeting at City Hall.

“This is very important to us,” said Rudy Pumar, head deacon of the church. “We did a devotional prayer for this.”

Attorney Bill Feinberg represented the church in its efforts to modify the building, which, for now, has the cookie-cutter appearance of an office building.

“The church has a flat roof,” said Feinberg. “We have to change the roof and gable it, so the steeples can be supported properly. The height of the building will be within the zoning laws and we’d like to put in a side door at the parking lot so the parishioners could have access — along with an outdoor lift for the disabled.”

Teoborico Samson, resident minister of the church, said the board gave permission a year ago to use the building for church purposes and now church leaders are focusing on making the building look more like a church.

“We have 219 parishioners to be exact,” said Samson. “Most are from Bayonne and Jersey City. We are here to make certain changes to the resolution. One of the principal changes is for permission to build two steeples on the church.”

Construction is expected to begin in the next few months and during that time members will be worshiping at the church’s Elizabeth facility, Pumar said.

“All the variances passed the first time around,” architect Raymond Frank said. “The exterior improvements will add to the design of the existing building and it will be in conformance with the community. There are no negative impacts.”

Remigio Gumangan, 39, and his wife, Angelica, 40, of Bayonne, were eager to head back to the chapel and celebrate.

“We’re going back to the church to pray and have a dinner,” said husband Gumangan.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2013/11/bayonne_zoning_board_approves.html#incart_river

mariab
December 19th, 2013, 04:03 PM
There's hope for redevelopment in Bayonne yet. They are accepting offers for a 55 acre mixed use redevelopment on the Peninsula. If they want it to be a destination city, they have to start thinking ahead and get some live theater and other performance centers, as well as museums there.

http://newjersey.news12.com/news/city-of-bayonne-plans-redevelopment-project-for-55-acres-of-undeveloped-land-1.6636821

JCMAN320
December 19th, 2013, 09:40 PM
There's hope for redevelopment in Bayonne yet. They are accepting offers for a 55 acre mixed use redevelopment on the Peninsula. If they want it to be a destination city, they have to start thinking ahead and get some live theater and other performance centers, as well as museums there.

http://newjersey.news12.com/news/city-of-bayonne-plans-redevelopment-project-for-55-acres-of-undeveloped-land-1.6636821

Mariab indeed you are right. It's the parcels of land located closest to Route 440 are the ones set aside for development while the rest of the Peninsula will be the new port. Here is an article I found on NJ.com.

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Dozens of developers show interest in Bayonne Harbor land

By Felix Alarcon/The Jersey Journal
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Dozens of developers expressed interest in the 55 acre land at Bayonne's Peninsula at the harbor. Dec. 12/10/2013.
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More than two dozen development firms have already responded to Bayonne’s official “request for an expression of interest” in 55 acres of undeveloped land at the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor as the city is seeking high-end commercial interests.

“Many exciting redevelopment projects are already bringing jobs and tax ratables to Bayonne,” Mayor Mark Smith said. “The 55 acres that are now available for redevelopment at the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor will offer the biggest opportunity in several years to make a major impact on the future of Bayonne.”

City officials said: “While some of the Peninsula property has been sold to the Port Authority, there are still dozens of city-owned acres scheduled for private redevelopment projects. This 55-acre tract known as the Harbor Station South is one of them.”

Smith said the submissions are intended to be “high-level concept plans.”

In the request for an expression of interest, the city says: “Bayonne envisions the [Harbor Station South] District as a transit-oriented mixed-use development with a preference for retail and commercial development that includes amenities that complement the adjacent Royal Caribbean cruise port operations, such as a luxury hotel and supporting retail services.”

“Both construction and permanent job creation, dollar value for land sales and increase in tax ratables are of primary consideration,” said Smith.

A redevelopment plan allows the city to redevelop underutilized and unproductive properties with private developers. The developers are privy to develop the land as if it were a blank slate, pending the city’s amendment of the plan. The city said the developer will undertake the responsibilities of the utilities infrastructure in the area.

Last week, the Bayonne Golf Club served as the venue for the city’s Redevelopment Seminar, which more than 75 developers and professionals attended.

“All respondents must submit a concept plan with site-specific redevelopment proposal; describe their commitment to implementation; detail their financial resources; and provide an estimated offer for the purchase of all or a portion of the Harbor Station South District,” said city officials in a press release.

Bayonne is inviting parties to submit five hard copies of their proposal to the law firm of McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, LLC, Special Redevelopment Counsel to the City of Bayonne, 75 Livingston Ave., Suite 200, Roseland, NJ 07068. The proposals must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, along with a $3,000 nonrefundable certified check. Developers can get additional information at jnee@msbnj.com.

Bayonne will conduct interviews with the developers in February and conditional designation will be given in March.

“Actual proposals can be developed once we have selected a preferred project or projects,” said Smith.

Contracts from the city must be approved by the City Council.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2013/12/bayonnes_pitch_to_developers_o.html#incart_river

mariab
December 20th, 2013, 03:56 PM
By the looks of that planning map, they have the entire back end of the peninsula all sewn up, which is great. No sense in letting it sit there looking like an abandoned botanical garden. It could be its own neighborhood if they do it right.



Smith said the submissions are intended to be “high-level concept plans.”

Glad to hear that. They don't want just another strip mall or cluster of stores with a big box anchor. They already have a couple of those. And in time, people would be willing to venture into town if they revitalize even further.

JCMAN320
December 30th, 2013, 02:57 PM
Bayonne City Council to vote on tax abatement for luxury rental complex

By Felix Alarcon/The Jersey Journal
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A KENNEDY BOULEVARD LUXURY DEVELOPMENT IN BAYONNE will learn next month if the Bayonne City Council has approved its request for five-year tax breaks. (FELIX ALARCON JOURNAL PHOTO)

The Bayonne City Council next month will consider approving a five-year tax abatement for a new luxury rental complex under construction on a redevelopment tract near the Bayonne Bridge.

The tax abatement was requested by Camelot at Bayonne LLC, a 96-unit rental project being developed by Kaplan Companies at 28-58 Kennedy Blvd.

The council plans to hold a final hearing and vote on the five-year abatement at the council meeting slated for Jan. 15, at 7 p.m.

The Camelot at Bayonne applied for a tax exemption with the hopes of obtaining financial assistance for the project.

The development consists of two separate, 5-story residential towers, each containing 48 units, for a total of 96 units of rental apartments with ground level parking. The tower at Kennedy Boulevard and West 3rd Street is closest to completion.

The proposed tax abatement ordinance says, “the Municipal Council has determined that the authorization of a tax exemption for the project is in the best interest of the city and will facilitate the rehabilitation and redevelopment of the city and the Redevelopment Area for productive use.”

The proposed agreement specifies that exemptions will apply to “the improvement constructed in connection with this projection upon completion of each tower.”

For the first year, Camelot at Bayonne, LLC will have 0 percent of the real property tax due. For the second year it will be 20 percent, third year 40 percent, fourth year 60 percent and fifth year 80 percent.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2013/12/bayonne_city_council_will_vote.html#incart_river

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RiverWalk in Bayonne far from finished, priority for city development

By Joseph R. Vena/The Jersey Journal
on December 29, 2013 at 4:10 PM, updated December 30, 2013 at 8:16 AM

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A section of the Stephen R. Gregg Bayonne County Park portion of the Hackensack RiverWalk, the completion of which will be a top priority for riverside development, according to city spokesman Joe Ryan. (Joseph R. Vena/The Jersey Journal)

Bayonne residents can look forward to being able to stroll a little further along Newark Bay as the city plans to lengthen the Hacksensack RiverWalk as riverside development proceeds.

According to the 2013 Bayonne Open Space Resources report on the Hudson County website, the city does not have a great deal of developable land remaining, but there are unoccupied sections - namely along the Hackensack River - that can be developed and built upon.

"Bayonne is by and large built out; however, opportunities exist to increase open space along the Hackensack River and throughout the City by the incremental acquisition of vacant parcels," the report says.

One of these opportunities is finishing the city's portion of the Hackensack Riverwalk, a currently partially-constructed walkway along the Hackensack River and Newark Bay which also runs through Jersey City and Secaucus, the report says.

"One of the City of Bayonne's open space priorities is the completion of the Hackensack RiverWalk along Newark Bay," it says.

City spokesman Joe Ryan confirmed carrying out the remainder of construction for the walkway, which "covers the majority of the west side of Bayonne" and starting from the north runs mostly through Rutkowski, Stephen R. Gregg/Bayonne County, Veterans, and DiDomenico-16th Street parks, was of utmost importance.

"Increasing the walkway's length and connectivity are goals of the City of Bayonne's Master Plan," he said.

Portions of the walkway also exist in certain residential areas near West 21st Street and in the Boatworks housing development west of Avenue A between North and Eighth streets, Ryan said, which along with dock areas and drops in terrain make it difficult for the path to have an unbroken continuity.

Although Ryan could not speak to any time frames, specific plans in motion for adding to the RiverWalk or how long it will eventually stretch, he asserted it will definitely be built upon when more riverside development begins to unfold.

"New sections of the walkway will be included in new developments on Bayonne's west side," he added. "An extension of the walkway is likely to be included when the Texaco property is redeveloped in the southwest corner of Bayonne."

Capital for the project has been funneled out of public funds of "various governmental sources" designated for park development, Ryan said, as well as money from residential developers who erected neighborhoods through which the walkway stretches.

"More developer funding is expected to cover extensions of the walkway as new neighborhoods are constructed, notably on the Texaco property," he said.

The Open Spaces Resources Report also notes several areas containing the path suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Sandy which required, and may still require, repairs.

"Bayonne's waterfront parks sustained significant damage as a result of Superstorm Sandy and efforts to repair affected areas are ongoing," it reads.

However, Ryan said the damage the storm dealt to the walkway has since been handled, allowing room for expansion, although waterfront docks still require additional care.

"The waterfront areas of the park, including fishing docks, were damaged, and the electrical system, including lights, got knocked out of service," he said. "Most damaged items have been fixed or replaced."

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2013/12/riverwalk_in_bayonne_far_from_finished_priority_fo r_city_development.html#incart_river

mariab
December 31st, 2013, 04:13 PM
Camelot already finished and advertising on Trulia (http://www.trulia.com/rental-community/9000058360/Camelot-At-Bayonne-42-Kennedy-Blvd-Bayonne-NJ-07002/), unless the interior pics are models but they don't look like it. For Bayonne, this development looks like an uptick in prices for 1 & 2 bedrooms. What is the criteria for the abatement? Either way, if it will help the city like the ordinance says, give it to them.

I'd like to see the Texaco property cleaned up. Keep industrial properties east of 440 before it veers west towards Kennedy and the bridge approach. They have it designed well that way, and the only sore thumb seems to be the Texaco property as far as the west side is concerned.

Hypertext66
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JCMAN320
January 13th, 2014, 09:47 AM
Bayonne looks at redeveloping a block on Broadway

By Felix Alarcon/The Jersey Journal
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Bayonne looks to redevelop block of mostly empty storefronts on Broadway between West 23rd and West 24th streets. Jan. 9, 2014. Felix Alarcon/The Jersey Journal

A vote to authorize a redevelopment study for a square block of Broadway between West 23rd and West 24th streets is scheduled by Bayonne’s City Council at a meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The block has only two active businesses and consists mostly of blighted, empty, boarded-up storefronts.

The vote will authorize the Planning Board to conduct a redevelopment study for the properties on the Broadway block, consisting of 7 lots, and will include the possibility of condemnation.

“We want to find out if it meets the requirement for an area in need of redevelopment,” said the city’s business administrator Stephen Gallo. “There are a lot of vacant lots, a fire damaged building and vacant parcels on the back end of the block.”

One of the still-active businesses that would be impacted is Barney Stock Shops.

Mel Stock, of Barney Stock Shops said last week that his family has operated the business for 60 years.

“[Highway] 440 business took shoppers off Broadway,” said Stock. “There are very few family businesses left. This killed our block.”

Stock said a number of factors are to blame for the loss.

“Lighting is an issue,” said Stock. “People are afraid to walk at night. I remember year’s ago when police patrolled this area. They would all want this route to watch the ladies leave the store. [Mayor Mark] Smith was one of the guys that patrolled this area back then.”

Stock has had to resort to ingenious ways to keep business alive.

“Customers complain about the meters outside,” said Stock. “They run until seven. Why, does the city have them running that late? It’s not good for business. So, with minimum purchase at the store, I give them a quarter for the parking and the business.”

Stock pulled out pages of his receipts to demonstrate the quarter deal and other business savvy methods he’s had to come up with to survive.

“We’ve never gotten through with anybody in the city,” said Stock. “It’s a shame. There are hardly any merchants left.”

Gallo said the redevelopment vote is was the first step in a lengthy process to revive the Broadway block.

“This is certainly part of the Mayor Smith’s project to redevelop Broadway,” said Gallo. “We have an interest in keeping the shopping district at its highest quality.”

“If it meets the state’s plan, then we’ll meet with developers to come up with a comprehensive plan,” said Gallo.

Stock said he is going to meet with city officials the week to discuss the city’s plan for block. “The empty building next door is a health hazard,” said Stock. “Cats and pigeons live next door.”

More photos here:
http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2014/01/bayonne_city_council_to_vote_on_possible_redevelop ment_for_broadway_block.html#incart_river_default

mariab
January 15th, 2014, 08:49 PM
I've seen that block and it could use it. I wonder if they will help the two or three businesses there move, or set them up once it's redeveloped. Few more Broadway blocks could use it, too.

mariab
January 29th, 2014, 04:07 PM
Give us your tired, sick, vomiting masses.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2014/01/cruise_ship_arrives_to_fanfare_at_the_cape_liberty _cruise_port_in_bayonne.html#incart_river_default

JCMAN320
March 20th, 2014, 01:00 PM
Bayonne developer breathes new life into historic old Maidenform factory

By Felix Alarcon/The Jersey Journal
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A preview of the SilkLofts luxury apartments development housed in a century-old building which used to be the Maidenform factory, on Avenue E in Bayonne, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal

Among Bayonne's surge of new development and luxury housing spanning the peninsula, one project is harking back to the city's industrial glory days.

SilkLofts, at Avenue E and 18th Street, is transforming the century-old Maidenform factory into Brooklyn-style luxury lofts.

"From early on, I recognized the bones of the structure was different," SilkLofts President Doug Stern said. "My idea was to bring a Brooklyn style loft to Bayonne and give the people the luxury of a loft building they've never seen before. There's integrity and value in things that are old. I value those things."

The developer of the interconnected five-story complex went to great lengths to protect the former factory's integrity by salvaging the bricks and reusing longleaf yellow pine for columns.

In fact, in 2010, the site was approved as a historic preservation project by the National Park Service.

But when Stern purchased the property in 2009, the size of the project was startling.

"I had doubts at first," he said. "But flash forward through the tough economic times, and the building challenges, I wish I now had 10 more of these."

The Maidenform factory birthed the modern bra and even served during WWII as a place where military parachutes and carrier pigeon vests were manufactured, using largely silk. The factory is intimately tied with Bayonne's industrial roots.

Once one of the city's largest employers, at its peak, 1,300 workers toiled there daily.

The Brooklyn-style lofts, with exposed brick and high ceilings, include five studio units, 26 two-bedroom units, 48 one-unit bedrooms and six artist's lofts. A lengthy courtyard is set to serve as a pocket garden.

"I envisioned a place where people love where they live," Stern said. "It really permeates in what we're doing. This is a place where people can build longstanding relationships."

The 11-foot -tall windows provide views of the Bayonne Bridge, the Manhattan skyline and what Stern calls "urban art" -- landscapes you only find in cities.

"The urban art with the trains (and industrial sites in the distance) are a homage to the city's past and future," Stern said.

SilkLofts will also offer another luxury for Bayonne: three parking lots.

With such amenities, Stern said he hopes to attract the "back-office New York young professional" and people who love the Brooklyn or Downtown Jersey City scene but don't want to pay the huge fees.

Monthly rentals, he said, will begin at $1,500.

SilkLofts is expected to release a priority list in April for the the units, with early occupancy scheduled for May. It will be scheduling tours before April and is looking to occupy the first 24 residences in the next three to four months.

More Pictures Here:
http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2014/03/bayonne_developer_breathes_new_life_into_historic_ old_maidenform_factory.html#incart_river_default

mariab
March 20th, 2014, 03:19 PM
Good news, I always liked that building, although if I consider moving up there in the future I hope everyone else doesn't discover what a great little town Bayonne is first!

JCMAN320
March 20th, 2014, 04:35 PM
Yeah Bayonne really is a cool little town! Here is a story about 6 new three family homes. Nothing as exciting as the SilkLofts but still positive development.

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Bayonne City Council approves 5-year tax relief for 6 Skyhail properties

By Felix Alarcon/The Jersey Journal
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on March 20, 2014 at 3:45 PM, updated March 20, 2014 at 3:46 PM

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The Bayonne City Council last night approved a five-year tax abatement for six, three-family homes, developed by Skyhail LLC of Bayonne. (Journal File Photo)

The Bayonne City Council last night approved a five-year tax abatement for six, three-family homes, currently being built by Skyhail LLC of Bayonne.

The developments, located at 176-182 W. 54th St. and 382-384 Ave. C, will pay no taxes on improvements in the first year. For the next four years they will be responsible for paying 87.5 percent of the taxes.

According to the ordinance, Skyhail is not exempt from land taxes throughout the five-year period.

Bayonne first instituted a five-year short-term abatement program in 1997 in effort to encourage the city's homeowners and builders to invest in and upgrade their properties, Bayonne spokesman Joe Ryan said.

"The program provides for any increased property taxes on any new improvements to be incrementally phased from zero to 100 percent over five years, making the improvements more affordable, encouraging new building and property improvement, and ultimately increasing our tax base," said Ryan.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2014/03/bayonne_city_council_approves_5-year_tax_relief_for_skyhail_properties.html#incart _river_hudson

JCMAN320
March 24th, 2014, 01:04 PM
Yeah Bayonne really is a cool little town! Here is a story about 6 new three family homes. Nothing as exciting as the SilkLofts but still positive development.

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Bayonne City Council approves 5-year tax relief for 6 Skyhail properties

By Felix Alarcon/The Jersey Journal
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on March 20, 2014 at 3:45 PM, updated March 20, 2014 at 3:46 PM

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The Bayonne City Council last night approved a five-year tax abatement for six, three-family homes, developed by Skyhail LLC of Bayonne. (Journal File Photo)

The Bayonne City Council last night approved a five-year tax abatement for six, three-family homes, currently being built by Skyhail LLC of Bayonne.

The developments, located at 176-182 W. 54th St. and 382-384 Ave. C, will pay no taxes on improvements in the first year. For the next four years they will be responsible for paying 87.5 percent of the taxes.

According to the ordinance, Skyhail is not exempt from land taxes throughout the five-year period.

Bayonne first instituted a five-year short-term abatement program in 1997 in effort to encourage the city's homeowners and builders to invest in and upgrade their properties, Bayonne spokesman Joe Ryan said.

"The program provides for any increased property taxes on any new improvements to be incrementally phased from zero to 100 percent over five years, making the improvements more affordable, encouraging new building and property improvement, and ultimately increasing our tax base," said Ryan.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2014/03/bayonne_city_council_approves_5-year_tax_relief_for_skyhail_properties.html#incart _river_hudson

Here is one of the properties on Avenue C:

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New houses at 382-384 Avenue C in Bayonne (Michael Dempsey/The Jersey Journal)

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2014/03/bayonne_city_council_approves.html#incart_river_hu dson

stache
March 24th, 2014, 03:28 PM
Wow are those bad.

mariab
April 23rd, 2014, 09:19 PM
Old Maidenform building. No pics of the bedrooms, and I wish they would stop designing these places with the bathroom right next to the kitchen, but other than that a nice-looking place.



http://www.trulia.com/rental/3153339001-154-Avenue-E-A104-Bayonne-NJ-07002

towerpower123
April 23rd, 2014, 09:31 PM
Old Maidenform building. No pics of the bedrooms, and I wish they would stop designing these places with the bathroom right next to the kitchen, but other than that a nice-looking place.



http://www.trulia.com/rental/3153339001-154-Avenue-E-A104-Bayonne-NJ-07002

Although annoying because of smells and similar hygiene problems, it is a matter of efficiency. By placing the kitchen's sink and dishwasher close to the bathroom, there is less of a need for extensive water pipes. Also with proper ventilation, neither room needs windows so they can be placed in the back closest to the entrance of the unit. Instead, those windows can be used for bedrooms and living rooms. Apartments want to be skinny and deep to reduce hallway space, which can't make any money but is 100% required. The wider the window frontage, the longer the hallways to serve the same units. I really like that Maidenform building and it is a perfect building for a loft conversion.

Those Bayonne Boxes above are hideous! Why are they getting a tax break anyway? Is Bayonne development really that slow that they have to give incentives to value-engineered boxes as opposed to multi-family urban development or office buildings?

mariab
April 24th, 2014, 08:52 AM
reduce hallway space, which can't make any money but is 100% required. Studios don't have them, unless you mean outside hallway space which is unavoidable.


When you have a house full of people, which in my family, as in most, means a kitchen full of people, that can be a turnoff. My cousin's single family home has a setup like that, although I don't know how old her house is, but it's right on the kitchen. Oy! Would it have been prohibitively more expensive to reroute the pipes, even just to put the door facing a different direction?

JCMAN320
April 24th, 2014, 10:24 PM
The Maidenform building is a gem and I'm so glad it was saved. I agree they are hideous; yeah I really do think development in Bayonne is that slow they need to incentivize Bayonne boxes. Still shocks me that Bayonne doesn't have ferry service. It has been considered in the past but for whatever reason NY Waterway doesn't feel it can be successful. In other news Bayonne has found 6 developers to try and build a new mixed use development near 440 on the old MOTBY.

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Six developers in running to build 'tourist destination' at old military base in Bayonne

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The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor on March 30, 2014. Michael Dempsey/The Jersey Journal

By Felix Alarcon/The Jersey Journal
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Six developers are in the running to develop a 57-acre site at the old military base in Bayonne with housing, retail, and tourist-related amenities, such as a luxury hotel and ferry service across New York Bay, city officials announced Friday.

“The development groups submitted an impressive array of proposals for the future of this prime waterfront area," said Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith. "We are very optimistic about the responses that we have received.”

Even though the city sold 130 acres at the old military base that juts out into New York Bay to the Port Authority in 2010 for $235 million, there are still dozens of sites the city intends to develop on the property and the 57-acre tract known as the Harbor Station South, is one of them, city officials said.

According to the 21-page request-for-proposal the city issued in December, the city “envisions the 57-acre site as a transit-oriented mixed-use development with a preference for retail and commercial development that includes amenities that complement the adjacent Royal Caribbean cruiseport operations such as a luxury hotel and supporting retail services.”

The RFP encouraged respondents “to propose mid-rise residential, commercial office space, neighborhood and destination retail,and hospitality services for the site.

The Bayonne Peninsula Ventures Group, a partnership between Bergstol Enterprises and the Cameron Group submitted a proposal that calls for 547,474 square feet of retail businesses, two hotels, residential development, and potential ferry service.

The Waitex Group -- whose principals include Waitex, Gaw Capital, the Nan Fung Group, and the Shui On Group -- has submitted plans to develop 440,337 square feet of retail space, a 900-room luxury hotel, a 112,000 square foot convention center; a 150-room Extended Stay Hotel, a museum, and a media center/lecture hall.

DeBartolo Development and Advance Realty submitted a proposal for 440,000 sqare feet of retail, 900 residential units and 100 townhomes, a hotel with 350-plus rooms, and an 80,000 square foot conference center.

JMF Properties and K. Hovnanian Homes have proposed building 213,300 square feet of retail, a hotel with 100-120 rooms, and residential areas featuring 210 rentals, 136 townhomes, and 60 condominiums; a healthcare/assisted living facility, and public spaces.

Somerset Development, LLC has proposed 131,500 square feet of retail/office development; 566 luxury rentals; and 241 townhomes.

The Richmond Company plans include 370,000 square feet of retail businesses, a hotel with 150-200 rooms, 400-500 residential rental units, and public spaces.

Three of the developers -- DeBartolo/Advance, Waitex, and Bayonne Peninsula -- have so far been asked been asked to prepare video presentations of their proposals that will be continuously shown on BAY-TV, the city's cable station, city officials said.

The goal of the development city officials said is to create a “destination” location for residents, visitors, and tourists in the region.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2014/03/bayonne_to_choose_from_3_developers_for_the_future _of_the_harbor_station_south_district.html#incart_ river_default

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Bayonne OKs redevelopment plan for shopping district

By Felix Alarcon/The Jersey Journal
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The empty storefronts and blighted buildings on Broadway between West 23rd and West 24th streets are on their way out as the city looks to build a medical facility in the shopping district.

The empty storefronts and blighted buildings on Broadway between 23rd and 24th streets are on their way out, giving way to a developer’s plan to build a medical arts facility in the shopping district.

The Bayonne Planning Board and the City Council have approved the redevelopment plan for the block and appointed Florida-based Rendina Cos. as the redevelopment company.

“Rendina has a long history of successful projects with a focus on health-care facilities,” Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith said. “We are excited about their concept. It will include professional office space, medical facilities, commercial and retail facilities and much more.”

The plans for the building are not finalized, and officials said the city and the developer are working together.

“We’re still discussing the size,” said Bayonne Business Administrator Stephen Gallo at a special council meeting in City Hall Wednesday.

“They’re looking at three floors; we’re encouraging them to go to five floors.”

In January, the planning board voted on a redevelopment study on the city block in hopes of changing the mostly blighted, empty, boarded-up storefronts of the central shopping district.

The block has only two retail businesses active, Barney Stock Shops and Avenue.

The rest of the buildings are boarded up or closed. Talks with the two stores are ongoing about their future on the block, officials said.

At the special meeting, Gallo said the three-mile-long shopping district “is essentially unsustainable,” as the city begins to tackle Broadway’s stagnancy.

“Successful ones are usually shorter,” said Gallo. “The notion that (the) Broadway (shopping district) can be three miles long won’t work. (With this project) it will bring in professional people and it will help stimulate the local businesses there.”

Gallo cited Montclair and Hoboken as prime examples of thriving shopping districts that Bayonne hopes to emulate.

Rendina Cos. is still evaluating which parcels of land will be required for the project.

The city can use condemnation, if necessary.

Along with the medical building, the project will include provisions for parking and possibly a parking deck on Del Monte Drive, near Broadway.

“This exciting new project will create hundreds of new permanent jobs for Bayonne residents and will put people on the streets in our central business district,” said Smith.

Gallo added, “Once the project is underway, Mayor Smith has not ruled out using redevelopment tools to designate other areas of Broadway.”

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2014/04/bayonne_oks_redevelopment_plan.html#incart_river_h udson

mariab
April 25th, 2014, 04:18 PM
Excellent. They can't start both projects soon enough and I hope some of the retail is high-end. They could use it.

Btw could they have picked a crappier picture of the peninsula? I would have given them one for free, jeez!

JCMAN320
June 2nd, 2014, 03:16 AM
Royal Caribbean set to build $55M guest terminal at Bayonne's Cape Liberty port

By Mike D'Onofrio/The Jersey Journal
on June 01, 2014 at 3:17 PM, updated June 01, 2014 at 6:10 PM

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A computer model of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines' $55-million guest terminal that will be constructed at Bayonne's Cape Liberty Cruise Port. (Photo Courtesy of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines) Mike D'Onofrio/The Jersey Journal

The revitalization of the Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne has entered the next phase.

Since reaching an agreement with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on May 27, Royal Caribbean Cruises is set to continue its multi-million dollar project to create a state-of-the-art port, said Harrison Liu, a spokesman for Royal Caribbean International.

The agreement will allow the cruise company to build a $55 million guest terminal that will include 125,000 square feet of space for check-ins, customs and immigration and luggage processing.

Construction of the terminal began in March and it is expected to be completed November.

The next phase of the project will be the construction of a 900-car parking structure adjacent to the guest terminal, Liu said. Construction of the parking structure is expected to begin later this year.

The new terminal will accommodate Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, which will begin departures from Cape Liberty in November, Liu said.

The massive 167,800 ton, 4,180-passenger cruise liner, dubbed by the company the "world's most technically advanced ship," is still under construction.

Royal Caribbean has been using Cape Liberty as a terminal for several of its cruise liners since 2004.

The Port Authority's Board of Commissioners originally approved a plan to allow Royal Caribbean to develop the Bayonne port in 2013.

After the original approval, then-Port Authority Deputy Executive Direct Bill Baroni, who resigned in December over the George Washington Bridge scandal, said the new terminal is expected to attract more than 600,000 people to Bayonne's port every year and jolt its economy.

"This new terminal will help create jobs in construction and will have a long term economic benefits on our region," Baroni said in 2013.

"When a ship like this calls a port, that ship brings about $1 million a trip to the city in local economic activity. Once completed, the terminal is expected to bring in 600,000 people every year."

More renderings here:
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mariab
June 2nd, 2014, 05:24 PM
I was there about two weeks ago and could see there's already something going on there, and this must be it. They even fenced off part of the lot for the 9/11 monument. In the meantime, the lawn around the perimeter hasn't been mowed, the flower beds are full of weeds, and there's dog crap all over the sidewalks. Leashed dogs are allowed but I think the owners need to be leashed more. They should ban all pets within monument property and round up some volunteers for weekly in-season maintenance.

Nexis4Jersey
July 8th, 2014, 01:48 PM
Bayonne,New Jersey



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mariab
July 8th, 2014, 08:46 PM
Thanks for the Bayonne pics, Nexus. In the first mural pic, that is the Bayonne Public Library in the background through the arch, and in the second mural pic, one of the high school buildings is in the background.

JCMAN320
July 9th, 2014, 05:11 AM
Australian bank pays $1 billion for Bayonne plant, rest of IMTT: report

By Mike D'Onofrio/The Jersey Journal
on July 08, 2014 at 2:12 PM, updated July 08, 2014 at 2:20 PM

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The IMTT (International-Matex Tank Terminals) south entrance on New Hook Road in Bayonne, June 3, 2014. Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal

Australia's largest investment bank has taken full ownership of a national liquid storage company that operates a 600-acre terminal along the water in Bayonne, Bloomberg.com reported.

Macquarie Infrastructure Co. bought the remaining 50 percent of International-Matex Tank Terminals that it didn't already own for $1.03 billion in cash and stock, Bloomberg.com said.

Macquarie Infrastructure Co. is a fund managed by Macquarie Group Ltd., according to the article. Macquarie Infrastructure Co. owns storage terminals in the United States, according to the article.

The Bayonne storage facility, at 250 East 22nd St., has 620 storage tanks -- some of which are those towering and gargantuan white tanks that populate Bayonne's coastline. Located at the intersection of the Kill van Kull and Upper New York Harbor, the massive complex also has truck and rail car loading facilities.

Macquarie bought 50 percent of IMTT in 2006, Reuters.com reported.

Macquarie will pay $910 million in cash and the rest in stock to the IMTT's founding Coleman family, at least three of whom are expected to retire after the deal closes later this month.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2014/07/bayonne_storage_facility_purchased_by_australian_b ank_bloomberg_news_international_matx_tank_termina .html#incart_river

mariab
August 3rd, 2014, 05:36 PM
I don't know what the heck is going on at Alexan City View, but the apartment rents have been fluctuating wildly. Over the last few months, the rent for a 3 bedroom (Studio doesn't fluctuate that much) has gone from 3+k, to 6+k, to 19+k yesterday, and back down to 10+k today. Not sure about 1 & 2 bedroom because there's only a range Studio-3 Bed listed.

The other big complexes in Bayonne never fluctuate until they're ready to raise the rents period, and even then it only goes up about 100/month. Are they jockying for position for the new developments going up there? Haven't been there in weeks so I don't know if they started yet.

mariab
August 21st, 2014, 10:12 PM
Oh crap. Now it's on the radar.


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JCMAN320
October 23rd, 2014, 05:38 PM
$22M luxury rental complex Camelot at Bayonne opens

By Jonathan Lin | The Jersey Journal
on October 15, 2014 at 7:26 AM

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Bayonne mayor Jimmy Davis, Kaplan Companies president Jason Kaplan, First Ward councilman Tommy Cotter, councilman at large Juan Perez and planning board chairman Ted Garelick celebrated the official opening of Camelot at Bayonne, a $22 million, 96-unit luxury rental complex at 42 Kennedy Boulevard, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 14, 2014. Jonathan Lin | The Jersey Journal

Bayonne city officials and developers celebrated the official opening of the Peninsula City's newest luxury rental complex yesterday morning at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Three years in the making, Camelot at Bayonne, a $22 million, 96-unit luxury rental complex at 42 Kennedy Blvd., has arrived.

Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis and Jason Kaplan, president of developer Kaplan Cos., spoke briefly at the complex before cutting the ribbon cutting. They lauded its completion and thanked those who worked on the project.

"(Camelot at Bayonne) is a vibrant place that epitomizes the best of urban living. It is all light and bright and brand new. It is the ideal place to live," Kaplan said.

"These buildings have been designed to accommodate every need, from the covered parking, to the elevators, to the concierge service we offer to our residents."

"We see so much potential in Bayonne, and once again, appreciate the many people who made today possible," he went on to say. "We look forward to working with you all to make Bayonne the destination point in Hudson County."

At the end of his remarks, Kaplan presented a $1,000 check to the Simpson-Baber Foundation for the Autistic, a Bayonne-based nonprofit, to show Camelot at Bayonne's solidarity with the community.

Davis said the completion of Camelot at Bayonne demonstrated the developer's commitment to making Bayonne a better place.

"As someone who grew up in this neighborhood, basically one block away ... to know what this property looked like and to see what it is today, (it) shows your commitment to our community," Davis said, addressing Kaplan. "The check for $1,000 ... again shows your commitment to Bayonne and I applaud your efforts."

The new apartment complex features 48 one-bedroom units ranging from $1,675 to $1,785 monthly and 48 two-bedroom units ranging from $2,015 to $2,255, with all units containing hardwood floors and ceramic-tiled bathrooms.

One parking space and garbage removal are covered in the cost of the rent, according to Kaplan Cos.' community manager Aracelly Guerra. The building is pet-friendly, she added.

From the rooftop of one of the two connected buildings that make up Camelot at Bayonne, both the Bayonne Bridge and the Newark Bay Bridge are visible.

The four-story complex, which is built over an additional story of parking, offers amenities such as covered parking, an outside firepit, a courtyard and units that feature all the latest appliances.

In addition, residents at Camelot at Bayonne have access to a nearby jitney service that takes them to Journal Square in Jersey City or the Port Authority in New York, according to a press release from Kaplan Cos.

Bayonne First Ward Councilman Tommy Cotter, Councilman-at-large Juan Perez and Planning Board Chairman Ted Garelick also attended the ribbon-cutting.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2014/10/22m_luxury_rental_complex_open.html#incart_related _stories

JCMAN320
October 23rd, 2014, 05:45 PM
Bayonne city council approves 30-year tax abatement for developer of Harbor Station North amid concerns from residents

By Jonathan Lin | The Jersey Journal
on October 22, 2014 at 7:20 PM, updated October 23, 2014 at 6:58 AM

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A map of Harbor Station North. Courtesy of Bayonne City Hall.
Courtesy of Bayonne City Hall.

The Bayonne City Council unanimously voted last week to approve a 30-year tax abatement for the developer of Harbor Station North after residents voiced concerns that the development won't provide enough jobs for locals.

Like other parts of the city's Military Ocean Terminal, Harbor Station North has been tied up in litigation that has delayed development for years, according to city officials. Roughly speaking, the borders of Harbor Station North are Route 440, Pulaski Street, and 45th and 41st streets (if one were to extend those streets further east until they intersect with Pulaski Street).

Conceding the abatement to the developer, Fidelco Bayonne Realty LLC, is necessary to move an ongoing lawsuit over the area toward a settlement, city officials told residents.

"This administration's trying to move forward, get something built, put money in people's pockets in the city of Bayonne, put money in the pockets of the people who are developing the property," John Coffey II, the city's law director said.

"The problem is, we're stuck with this lawsuit. It's five years old, and it was said in a public meeting that it was settled five years ago. It wasn't. And we're left with the residue of that...we're at a point now, that if we don't move forward, we'll lose (this opportunity) forever," he went on to say.

If the abatement isn't granted to the developer, the lawsuit will drag on for longer, racking up legal bills for the city, Coffey said. When contacted today, he couldn't say how much the city has paid out in legal fees over the past five years.

Fidelco Bayonne Realty LLC is a partnership between The Fidelco Group and Roseland Property Co., according to Coffey. The company is planning to build several hundred housing units for rent in Harbor Station North, city officials said.

In 2009, city officials announced that a settlement was reached between the now-dissolved Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority and Fidelco Bayonne Realty LLC over the property, but Coffey said today that the lawsuit was never settled, and that it was inherited this year by Mayor Jimmy Davis' administration.

Neither Fidelco Realty Group nor Roseland Property Co. immediately responded for comment about the ongoing lawsuit, the tax abatement and their plans for Harbor Station North.

William Thomas Boyle, a Bayonne resident and labor union member, spoke at the council on whether the development at Harbor Station North would generate any jobs for residents.

"Your PLA (project labor agreement) should say at least 60 percent Bayonne residents work this job," he said at one point to city business administrator Joe DeMarco.

DeMarco said the "makeup of the job" is being worked out with labor unions, and that preferential hiring of local residents could be added to an agreement, but that because the project is coming out of a lawsuit, it's ultimately "not necessarily a fair and open negotiation process between all parties concerned."

He said that the developer has been required to sit down with local union representatives to hash out a "fair labor certification" for the project. The developer has met on multiple occasions with Pat Kellerher, president of Hudson County Building Trades, to discuss the issue, DeMarco said.

"The (project labor agreement) portion of (the lawsuit) is going to be between the parties to work out to the satisfaction of the court," Coffey said. "We're hoping within the next 30 days, we can wrap something up in writing and finalize it."

DeMarco reassured a resident, who said he was a union member, that city officials and the union would still have leverage over the terms of a project labor agreement after granting the developer the tax abatement.

"It has been made clear to the developer that without the satisfaction of a language of labor agreement, we will not go back to court and say that it's completely settled," he said.

Besides the lawsuit with Fidelco, one other lawsuit stands in the way of development getting underway at the Military Ocean Terminal, Coffey told The Jersey Journal today. That's the lawsuit filed against the city by Bayonne Bay Developers LLC over another portion of the Military Ocean Terminal called Bayonne Bay, he said, which is a plot of land immediately southeast of Harbor Station North.

Jonathan Lin may be reached at jlin@jjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @jlin_jj. Find The Jersey Journal on Facebook.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2014/10/bayonne_city_council_approves_30-year_tax_abatement_for_developer_of_harbor_station _north_amid_conce.html#incart_river

EastMillinocket
October 23rd, 2014, 07:43 PM
Is 'Camelot' next to the Bayonne Housing Authority site on West Second Street?

JCMAN320
October 23rd, 2014, 09:33 PM
Is 'Camelot' next to the Bayonne Housing Authority site on West Second Street?

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Yes it is.

mariab
October 24th, 2014, 11:33 AM
On vpike.com it shows it still under construction, but the units facing Kennedy have decent views of the bridge, the south-facing the best, and it's nice & quiet in that area. The private homes down the street are where the early parts of 'War of the Worlds' were shot.

As far as the labor meets for Harbor North, it's of no consequence as far as I'm concerned. Some union or another will get the job, no news there. What I'm worried about is, will this border disagreement tie things up further?

Nexis4Jersey
October 24th, 2014, 08:54 PM
Hmmmm , for some reason I never posted the rest of my July update

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JCMAN320
November 10th, 2014, 09:26 AM
Developer plans to build new shopping center with Quick Chek in Bayonne

By Jonathan Lin | The Jersey Journal
on November 09, 2014 at 5:03 PM, updated November 09, 2014 at 10:02 PM

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The Alessi Organization is planning to build a new shopping center in Bayonne along Route 440 on what is currently a rock crushing plant. The center would include a Quick Chek gas station and convenience store, the developer announced on Nov. 6, 2014. Google Maps.
Jonathan Lin | The Jersey Journal

The shopping centers at South Cove Commons and Bayonne Crossing may soon be joined by another shopping haven on Route 440 in Bayonne if plans by developer Alessi Organization come to fruition.

Francesco and Vincent Alessi have plans to transform the roughly three-acre plot of land between the New York Sports Club and Route 440 into the "Gateway Shopping Center."

"The plans are to develop a Quickchek gas station and convenience component, and other various retail components," Francesco Alessi told The Jersey Journal Friday.

The Alessi Organization developed South Cove Commons, a shopping center along Lefante Way in Bayonne featuring Stop & Shop, Staples, Subway, Dunkin' Donuts, Houlihan's and other retail stores.

If approved, the Gateway Shopping Center would be built on the last undeveloped portion of land in the Route 440 Corridor East Redevelopment Area, according to Bayonne city planner Sue Mack.

This land is currently being used as a "rock crushing plant," Mack said.

The rest of the area has been developed as the shopping center at Bayonne Crossing, which now includes retail stores a Wal-Mart, Qdoba, Dollar Zone, Michael's, Sonic and Longhorn Steakhouse.

On Wednesday, the Bayonne City Council unanimously passed a resolution authorizing the planning board to reopen the area's redevelopment plan for revision.

Francesco Alessi told The Jersey Journal his company is seeking to remove a restriction that would prevent them from building a gas station.

"The ruling last night (Wednesday) is a step in the right direction in order to do that," he said.

The planning board is expected to announce changes to the redevelopment plant at a meeting tomorrow.

Besides being known by city government officials, Vincent Alessi is also known by persons in law enforcement.

In a Dec. 2011 report by the New Jersey Commission of Investigation, Vincent Alessi is named as having had "a close business relationship with a convicted racketeer and member of the DeCavalcante LCN criminal organization."

According to that report, one of Alessi's companies, Duramix Concrete Corp., pleaded guilty in 2010 to bribing a New York City Department of Sanitation official in 2009 and paid a $125,000 restitution.

Jonathan Lin may be reached at jlin@jjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @jlin_jj. Find The Jersey Journal on Facebook.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2014/11/developer_plans_to_build_new_shopping_center_with_ quick_chek_in_bayonne.html#incart_most-read

mariab
November 10th, 2014, 05:43 PM
If you've driven the MOT peninsula, you'd know they need a rock-crushing plant more than another gas station. A century of building and knocking down left mountains of concrete all over the place.

West Hudson
November 10th, 2014, 09:41 PM
Nice pix Nexis. I didn't realize Bayonne had stuff like the building pictured going up. That's a decent looking building.

JCMAN320
November 12th, 2014, 04:31 PM
Entertainment venue planned for Bayonne's Military Ocean Terminal

By Jonathan Lin | The Jersey Journal
on November 12, 2014 at 7:39 AM

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An approximate portion of the Military Ocean Terminal in Bayonne whose development is being tied up by ongoing litigation. (Michael Dempsey | The Jersey Journal)

If all goes as planned, Bayonne's Military Ocean Terminal could be seeing concerts, expos and maybe even a circus by April.

Donnell Benjamin Productions, a subsidiary of a TV program company, got the green light from Bayonne council members last month to establish a venue at the former military base for concerts and exhibitions.

Robert Donnell, managing member of the company and the former owner and operator of the Meadowlands Convention Center in Secaucus, expects to have a roughly 40,000 square-foot pavilion set up in the MOT by late spring.

"It's moving along nicely," Donnell said. "What we envision is fencing it in and having a lot of interesting entertainment situations there, anything from cover bands to bodybuilding competitions."

He said that construction on the pavilion hasn't started yet, but that Bayonne city officials are in the process of issuing a license to the company to proceed with its plans.

Roughly 3,000 people will be able to sit under the pavilion in weatherproof seats, and with the addition of lawn seating, the venue could hold up to 5,000 people, Donnell said.

"On some occasions, everyone will be under the pavilion. On other occasions, we'll be out on the lawn," said Donnell, who's also behind a new reality TV/news program set in Bayonne.

"There'll be all sorts of configurations."

Bayonne city spokesman Joe Ryan said events at the Military Ocean Terminal are expected to take place from April to October 2015, and that details are yet to be worked out.

While nothing has been booked yet, Donnell said he expects the pavilion to host events such as musical performances by Willie Nelson and Charlie Daniels, as well as expos, the Big Apple Circus and sporting events.

Radio station Z100 has also expressed interest in holding an event at the Military Ocean Terminal, he said.

Eileen Haskopoulos, 55, a Bayonne resident for about 20 years, expressed guarded optimism about the entertainment venue when asked how she felt about it.

"It could be done wrong, and it could be done right," she said, adding that the success of the venue would depend on who did it and whether there were transportation options such as a shuttle service to the area.

If successful, the venue would bring in jobs and tax revenue that would help Bayonne, she said, noting that she'd personally be interested in attending a summer concert series at the pavilion.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2014/11/entertainment_venue_coming_to.html#incart_river

mariab
November 12th, 2014, 05:10 PM
Excellent, I'm there!

msands7
November 12th, 2014, 10:04 PM
Plans are in place to convert an unused Catholic elementary school in Bayonne into apartments, city officials and church leaders announced at a public meeting last night.
St. Vincent de Paul RC Elementary School -- which has not been used for six years and has suffered from problems such as break-ins, asbestos and a ceiling that's caving in -- could soon become market-rate apartments, according to Eric Fuchs, the pastor at St. Vincent de Paul Church.
"The longer (the school) sits there and does nothing, the (more the) value of the building will depreciate," he said. "I believe that (this project) would bring more revenue into the city of Bayonne...and enhance the property value of this area."
Fuchs said that the $1.2 million sale of the school to developer 979 Avenue C LLC would also help the church pay off its debt to the Archdiocese of Newark, whom it currently owes exactly $1.2 million.
"We can always go to Diocese and ask for some element of debt forgiveness (to retain some money to repair) the boiler, the roof, other such things," he told The Jersey Journal today.
Fuchs added that the St. Vincent's boiler will stop working after three years and needs to be replaced with a new boiler, which would cost about $100,000.
Peter Cresci, the attorney representing 979 Avenue C LLC and its principal Jeffrey Unger, told The Jersey Journal today that the plan is currently to build 38 apartment units, but that that number may change.
Fuchs stressed that the apartments being proposed will not be Section Eight housing.
As part of the planned development, three classrooms will be left for St. Vincent to use for religious education, he added.
The main purpose of the two-hour meeting last night, which drew about 70 concerned Bayonne residents, was to dispel rumors about what was going to happen to the school and to answer any questions, Bayonne Third Ward Councilman Gary La Pelusa, Sr. told The Jersey Journal.
La Pelusa said that the apartment complex would be good for the city of Bayonne as well, since the school -- currently part of a non-profit institution that doesn't pay taxes -- would become a taxable property.
"The estimated taxes will be $75,000 a year," he said.
Fuchs said it was premature at this point to estimate the apartment complex's groundbreaking, but noted that the whole project, once begun, is projected to take between 12 to 18 months to complete.
The concerns raised by residents at the public meeting mainly revolved around potential parking difficulties and the increased traffic that an apartment complex would bring into the area, he said.
Parking won't be an issue, Fuchs said. He said parking spaces matching the number of proposed apartment units will be added to a reconfigured church parking lot as part of the development.
Fuchs said that the plans for the apartment complex have not been finalized and the church was "open to suggestions, criticism or other options regarding the future of this project."

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2014/11/unused_catholic_school_in_bayonne_to_be_converted_ into_apartments.html#incart_river

JCMAN320
November 18th, 2014, 01:59 AM
Bayonne's new state-of-the-art firehouse is city's first in 40 years

By Jonathan Lin | The Jersey Journal
on November 17, 2014 at 4:51 PM, updated November 17, 2014 at 9:33 PM

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The Bayonne Fire Department held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new $4.1 million firehouse located on Chosin Few Avenue at the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal

Bayonne's new $4.1 million firehouse officially became part of the community today at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Bayonne city officials and high-level Hudson County politicians.

Bayonne Fire Chief Greg Rogers, Mayor Jimmy Davis, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, U.S. Rep. Albio Sires and U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. welcomed the state-of-the-art, 10,600 square-foot facility this morning with words of praise for firefighters and those who brought the station to fruition.

"The 16 firefighters who were located in tight confines of a small trailer now have a new home," Rogers said, referring to the tent and trailer that had served as a temporary fire station since Dec. 2008.

"This station, ladies and gentlemen, is now the largest...most functional...most accommodating...and the prettiest fire station that the city of Bayonne has ever had," Rogers added to the applause of the roughly 50-person audience.

Aside from TV cameramen, reporters, photographers and firefighters, a group of 2nd graders from the Nicholas Oresko School in Bayonne were part of the audience, wearing plastic fire helmets as the politicians spoke.

The 160-foot wide firehouse, located on Chosin Few Avenue at the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, received a $3.5 million federal grant in late 2009, with the rest of the cost shouldered by the city of Bayonne.

Designed by RSC Architects of Hackensack, it is the city's first firehouse to be erected in 40 years, and the first standalone firehouse (not shared for any other municipal purpose) to be built in over 80 years, Rogers said.

Among the facility's bells and whistles are high-end, industrial washers and dryers for heavy turnout gear, an exhaust elimination and monitoring system, as well as a training suite and exercise room. The fire house also includes a living room, privacy curtains in sleeping quarters and bathroom amenities designed for both sexes. A control tower and a drainage system that separates oil and contaminants are also among the features touted by officials today.

Davis said he was pleased to be able to introduce Bayonne's first new firehouse in decades, and that his term as mayor so far has been marked by "firsts."

"I've been here for five months as mayor, and the firsts have been pretty good around here," he said. "We had our first female council president, and we also had our first female firefighter."

When Menendez took to the podium, he said municipalities from across the country had competed for federal grant money, and that Bayonne was better able to demonstrate its need than other locations.

"It's a great day for Bayonne, it's great day for New Jersey and it's a great day for those who put their lives on the line in keeping people safe every day, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year," he said.

Shortly after the elected officials spoke, they donned gloves and safety glasses and cut the "ribbon" -- a long, hollow metal rod with red, blue and white stripes -- with a special tool used for emergency rescue efforts.

Firefighters at the ceremony also participated in the tradition of a "push-in," where they got behind the fire station's new "foam tender" truck used for industrial fires and pushed it into the building.

Bayonne Council President Sharon Ashe Nadrowski, Councilman at large Juan Perez, First Ward Councilman Tommy Cotter, Second Ward Councilman Sal Gullace, Third Ward Councilman Gary La Pelusa, Sr. and Bayonne superintendent of schools Patricia McGeehan also attended the ceremony.

Jonathan Lin may be reached at jlin@jjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @jlin_jj. Find The Jersey Journal on Facebook.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2014/11/hudson_county_pols_bayonne_city_officials_cut_ribb on_on_new_4m_firehouse.html#incart_river

JCMAN320
January 13th, 2015, 01:46 PM
Plans for entertainment venue at Bayonne's MOT 'progressing smoothly': production company

By Jonathan Lin | The Jersey Journal
on January 12, 2015 at 6:04 PM, updated January 12, 2015 at 6:06 PM

http://imgick.nj.com/home/njo-media/width960/img/jersey-journal/photo/2015/01/12/entertainment-venue-may-be-coming-to-bayonnes-military-ocean-terminal-aabae61ca232b842.jpg
A roughly 30,000 square-foot pavilion could be set up along Chosin Few Way in the Military Ocean Terminal by late spring, allowing concerts and other events to come to Bayonne, according to Donnell Benjamin Productions. This rendering from the company shows what the pavilion might look like.
Jonathan Lin | The Jersey Journal

BAYONNE – Plans to establish an entertainment venue at Bayonne's Military Ocean Terminal by the beginning of the summer are "progressing smoothly," according to the production company setting it up.

Donnell Benjamin Productions, a subsidiary of a TV program company, got the green light from Bayonne council members in October to establish a venue at the former military base for concerts and exhibitions.

Robert Donnell, managing member of the company and the former owner and operator of the Meadowlands Convention Center in Secaucus, said on the phone today that he expects to have a 30,000 square-foot pavilion set up in the MOT before the beginning of the summer.

"Things are progressing smoothly," he said. "We are approaching our final plan...We are prepared and we are moving along at the rate that we should."

He said that construction on the pavilion hasn't started yet, but that Bayonne city officials have issued a lease to the company.

Roughly 3,000 people will be able to sit under the pavilion in weatherproof seats, and with the addition of lawn seating, the venue could hold up to 5,000 people, Donnell said.

Bayonne city spokesman Joe Ryan has said that events at the Military Ocean Terminal are expected to take place from April to October, and that details are yet to be worked out.

While nothing has been booked yet, Donnell said that he expects the pavilion to host events such as musical performances by Willie Nelson and Charlie Daniels, as well as expos, the Big Apple Circus and sporting events.

"It might be set up by April, but we're not prepared to book anything until the beginning of June," he said. "We have a lot of preliminary interest from a lot of people...Everyone seems anxious for us to get a start date."

Radio station Z100 and country music stations have also expressed interest in holding events at the Military Ocean Terminal, he said.

Donnell said arrangements with sponsors have not been finalized at this point.

"(There are) different ideas for sponsors. We haven't concluded any arrangements with any of them...Time will tell what we have to offer," he said.

Bayonne city officials have given Donnell a Jan. 26 deadline for submitting final plans for the entertainment venue, after which point construction will begin, he said.

Editor's note: Donnell said today that the pavilion will cover a 30,000 square-foot area, not a 40,000 square-foot area, as previously reported.

Jonathan Lin may be reached at jlin@jjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @jlin_jj. Find The Jersey Journal on Facebook.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/01/plans_for_entertainment_venue_at_bayonnes_mot_prog .html#incart_river

mariab
January 15th, 2015, 08:59 PM
I would love to attend an event there. Great surroundings and at night you can't see the abandoned warehouse and dry dock repair anyway. Who knows they'll probably tear it down.

Nexis4Jersey
March 3rd, 2015, 04:19 PM
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8668/16514080679_bb51876b96_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/rahYQX)
Port Bayonne viewed from the Staten Island Ferry (https://flic.kr/p/rahYQX) by Nexis4Jersey09 (https://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

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Port Bayonne viewed from the Staten Island Ferry (https://flic.kr/p/quXwdZ) by Nexis4Jersey09 (https://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

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New York Harbor Lighthouse & Buoy (https://flic.kr/p/rps17j) by Nexis4Jersey09 (https://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

mariab
March 3rd, 2015, 08:55 PM
Thanks for the different pov of Bayonne. Good pics Nexis.

mariab
April 19th, 2015, 09:03 AM
I definitely haven't been in Bayonne for a while. Wished I'd brought my camera with me.

The temporary hard shell tent at the cruise port has been replaced by a permanent building with drop off areas and gangways(?) at different heights for boarding passengers, and also a cell phone waiting area. No other sign of new development on that peninsula yet.

On the peninsula that's home to the Global Marine Terminal the waterfront observation area has been blocked off by those orange & white plastic barrels. No idea what they're planning there.

New condo going up at West 44th & JFK. The Park Bayonne, for which I couldn't find anything on it online. Also a new residential development further downtown on Broadway, I think, but I wasn't paying much attention to it.

Also another factory/condo conversion and for the life of me I forgot where. Damn camera.

Recent demolition of an old building on Avenue E in the East 20s I'm pretty sure, maybe where that gas station was, but there is still an Exxon nearby so it may have been something else.

Still incredibly, nothing at all going on at that empty lot behind Bayonne Medical Center at Broadway.

Got a close-up look at the Bayonne Bridge reconstruction and it's pretty impressive, though didn't see much movement the few minutes I was there.

Good to see new things happening for Bayonne.

Nexis4Jersey
April 22nd, 2015, 10:28 PM
Wow , crime is so bad they wrote an article on it.... Some Jersey City & Stamford buildings have had similar issues...

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2015/04/bayonne_residents_in_fear_afte.html#incart_related _stories

mariab
April 26th, 2015, 12:39 PM
And this related one a few days later, about increased security there.
http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2015/04/bayonne_luxury_apartment_compl.html#incart_related _stories

I first heard about residents' unease there about a year or two ago, when I checked the complex out on an apartment review website. The relative isolation of that place is both a blessing and a curse: It's not sandwiched in a congested area of Bayonne so there's more breathing room, and not as easy for foot traffic to just wander over the tracks and 440, but then criminals who do find their way there have the cover of an enclosed complex with virtually no witnesses, and an easy getaway if they have the means.

Whenever I drive past the guardhouse I wonder how many cobwebs are in that shack because I never have seen anyone in there. Maybe the police should put a satellite station near there, like they do at some shopping centers, especially with the upcoming development that's going to happen there.

mariab
June 20th, 2015, 08:28 AM
Trulia link for the new Park Bayonne at Kennedy & 44th. Renderings mostly but I'm sure they'll update when finished. Prices higher than some of the other luxury buildings in town.

http://www.trulia.com/rental-community/9000072917/Park-Bayonne-1040-Kennedy-Blvd-Bayonne-NJ-07002/#photo-1

Nexis4Jersey
July 19th, 2015, 08:05 AM
Former Alexan CityView employee charged with all burglaries at apartment complex, police sayhttp://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/07/former_alexan_cityview_employee_charged_with_all_b .html

Hamilton
July 23rd, 2015, 09:13 PM
http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/07/bayonne_city_council_to_consider_46th_street_redev .html#incart_river
(http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/07/bayonne_city_council_to_consider_46th_street_redev .html#incart_river)Bayonne City Council to consider 46th Street redevelopment plan tonight


http://wirednewyork.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=18173&stc=1

- A redevelopment plan that would allow an apartment complex to be built up to 10 stories tall in a neighborhood of mostly two-story homes (http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/07/the_conflict_over_bayonnes_46th_street_redevelopme .html) will be considered at the City Council meeting at City Hall tonight at 7 p.m.
The plan, which targets the northwestern corner of 46th Street and Broadway, will be open for public comment before it is voted on, if the council decides to take a vote on it.
The city's five council members could take a final vote to accept or reject the redevelopment plan; table the plan for another meeting but leave it unchanged; or table the plan for another meeting while considering making amendments to it.
If approved by the council, the plan would help pave the way for developer Lance Lucarelli of The L Group to build what he has said would be a nine-story building with retail stores on the first floor and 88 apartment units on the upper floors.
Normally, following the city's Master Plan, a building can be built at 46th Street and Broadway with a max height of 45 feet, according to city Business Administrator Joe DeMarco. Under the redevelopment plan, the max would go up to 120 feet.
Lucarelli's building would also include a parking garage with 149 parking spaces, 105 of which would be designated for tenants, 26 for retail stores and 18 for neighbors willing to pay roughly $150 per month, Lucarelli said.
In the weeks leading up to tonight's meeting, Third Ward City Councilman Gary La Pelusa Sr. and many of his constituents have spoken out against the plan, saying that the building Lucarelli has in mind wouldn't fit the character of the neighborhood.
Meanwhile, DeMarco and Mayor Jimmy Davis have come out in favor of the plan, saying they believe it will help the city move forward economically. However, it's unclear where other city officials stand on the issue.

mariab
July 23rd, 2015, 09:35 PM
Former Alexan CityView employee charged with all burglaries at apartment complex, police say

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/07/former_alexan_cityview_employee_charged_with_all_b .html

No wonder. Some of the crimes were too specific, such as motorcycles being stolen, and knowing when the owners weren't home. If it is him I hope they throw the book at him.



As far as 46th St redevelopment, 10 stories isn't that high, as long as they don't allow too much density for high-rises. One of the things that makes Bayonne special is the abundance of light because it's a peninsula, and also there's not too much high-rise development there.

Hamilton
July 27th, 2015, 07:40 PM
http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/07/bayonne_city_council_postpones_vote_on_5-year_tax.html

http://wirednewyork.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=18177&stc=1

The City Council unanimously voted Wednesday night to postpone a vote on a five-year tax abatement for a project (http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/06/bayonne_city_council_introduces_5-year_tax_abateme.html) that a developer says would transform a vacant city lot into an upscale, 38-unit apartment building.
Council President Sharon Nadrowski told The Jersey Journal the council is still waiting on numbers from the city tax assessor to make their decision. Councilman at-large Juan Perez was absent from the meeting due to a family emergency.
In April, Mitchell Burakovsky of Skye Development, LLC asked the city council to approve a 20-year tax abatement for the project at 298 Broadway, but that request was rejected when none of the council members motioned to put it to a vote.
RELATED: Councilman's confusion on vote postpones decision on redevelopment plan (http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/07/bayonne_city_council_tables_their_vote_on_46th_str .html#incart_river)
Burakovsky then set his sights on getting a five-year tax abatement for the project, which would offer 29 two-bedroom units, nine one-bedroom units and 19 indoor, street-level parking spaces.
The city council voted in June to introduce the shorter abatement for final consideration in July, but ended up tabling the measure last night instead of putting it to a final vote. The measure will now be up for consideration at the next City Council meeting on August 19 at 7 p.m.
Generally speaking, critics of abatements -- which are meant to incentivize development that otherwise wouldn't occur -- say they provide a financial win-win for the developer and the municipality but mostly or completely leave out the county and school district from getting a cut of the payments in lieu of taxes.
But that's not the case here, both Burakovsky and city Business Administrator Joe DeMarco previously told The Jersey Journal.
The city, county and schools will all receive money under the five-year tax abatement but at a discounted rate, since the tax on the building will be at a discounted rate, Burakovsky and DeMarco said.
Under the terms of the proposed five-year tax abatement, the developer will pay full land taxes but will make payments in lieu of taxes on the building on a "phase-in" schedule, according to city spokesman Joe Ryan.
The schedule will be as follows, he said: zero percent tax for the first year, 20 percent tax for the second, 40 percent tax for the third, 60 percent tax for fourth, and 80 percent tax for the fifth year. After five years, the building will be taxed under the conventional tax system.
Jonathan Lin may be reached at jlin@jjournal.com (http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/07/jlin@jjournal.com). Follow him on Twitter@jlin_jj (https://twitter.com/jlin_jj). Find The Jersey Journal on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/JerseyJournal?cmpid=JJFacebook).

mariab
July 28th, 2015, 08:17 PM
Nice. Look forward to a more realistic rendering. I think it should have more garage parking spaces.

Hamilton
October 25th, 2015, 11:50 AM
http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2015/10/whats_planned_for_bayonnes_mot.html

By Jonathan Lin | The Jersey Journal (http://connect.nj.com/staff/jclin/posts.html)
on October 20, 2015 at 7:01 AM

BAYONNE (https://nj.com/) — City officials and developers are going forward with big plans for Bayonne's former Military Ocean Terminal after putting years of development-stalling litigation over the 2-mile-long peninsula behind them.
Their vision? To transform MOTBY's mostly barren landscape into a thriving residential community with places to shop and things to do, and in the process generating a steady source of tax revenue to fill the city's $20 million structural deficit and more.
Collectively, preliminary plans call for more than 2,500 residential units, a hotel, corporate offices, an outdoor retail center, a park, an extension of the Hudson River walkway, a pedestrian bridge going over Route 440 to provide access to the 34th Street Light Rail station, another pedestrian bridge linking the MOT to South Cove Commons, and a ferry service to New York City.
At a recent Bayonne Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Bayonne Golf Club overlooking the MOT, Bayonne Business Administrator Joe DeMarco encouraged developers to get to know their neighbors and the local officials they'll be working with.
"As you prosper, so does the city of Bayonne," he said.
DeMarco gave The Jersey Journal a walking tour of the MOT, explaining along the way which developer is developing what — and where — and when.
Here are the projects planned for the MOT:
The first development that's expected to break ground is a 400-unit residential building by Millburn-based developer Fidelco Realty Group, which is the developer for the northwestern portion of the peninsula, Harbor Station North. On top of 450,000 square feet of residential space, the building will contain 7,000 square feet of service retail, developers said.
Site-plan approval of the project is expected before the end of the year, with construction slated to follow in the spring of next year. Additional development phases are expected to bring the total number of residential units to 850.
Next up would be construction on three-story residential buildings totaling roughly 525 units by Woodbridge-based developer Atlantic Realty (the Halpern family) on a more central portion of the peninsula, Bayonne Bay West.
That's slated to begin in the summer, at around the same time that developer Kate Howard LTD, whose principal is NYC-based Waitex group, starts putting in the infrastructure needed to develop the southwestern portion of the peninsula, Harbor Station South.
In the spring of 2017, Kate Howard LTD is expected to break ground on a 300-room hotel, roughly 450 units in the form of townhouses and low-rise and mid-rise residential buildings and an outdoor retail center, according to DeMarco and the developer.
Around the same time, development on Bayonne Bay East by New Brunswick-based developer Boraie Development LLC is expected to take off, consisting of 600 residential units and some retail space.
In addition, any company developing property along the MOT's southern edge would have to add to the Hudson River walkway, DeMarco said.
As for the plan for a pedestrian bridge going over Route 440 that would link the MOT to the 34th Street Light Rail station, that's scheduled to be built within 2½ years, he said. The city would bond for that bridge, and Kate Howard LTD would then pay the bond.
The other pedestrian bridge that would link the MOT to South Cove Commons remains to be approved, DeMarco said.
Meanwhile, the idea of running a ferry between the MOT and New York City is being seriously discussed.
"All the developers have expressed in different ways a willingness to help support a ferry. So we're now at the point of having some serious negotiations with the Port Authority about how to go about finding an operator and supporting that operator," DeMarco said.

msands7
April 3rd, 2016, 09:54 AM
100 ft tower coming to 46th st + broadway... 95 units + retail

http://www.mattsandelands.com/#!New-Bayonne-NJ-Development/c1sbz/57005ef60cf21ff2b5fddfc6

towerpower123
April 3rd, 2016, 07:28 PM
Nice cube! It would be great to get some density there and a "critical mass" of pedestrians.
This has already been reported on about 9 months ago by NJ.com
http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/07/the_conflict_over_bayonnes_46th_street_redevelopme .html

It will replace the drive-thru Garden State Community Bank

It was approved in August and can now accommodate 120 foot buildings, much higher than the previous 45 foot limit.
http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2015/08/bayonne_council_oks_controvers.html

msands7
April 4th, 2016, 08:00 AM
Nice cube! It would be great to get some density there and a "critical mass" of pedestrians.
This has already been reported on about 9 months ago by NJ.com
http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/07/the_conflict_over_bayonnes_46th_street_redevelopme .html

It will replace the drive-thru Garden State Community Bank

It was approved in August and can now accommodate 120 foot buildings, much higher than the previous 45 foot limit.
http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2015/08/bayonne_council_oks_controvers.html

Yeah it is going before the planning board this week