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    And since it's not part of Capital Improvement plan, who knows when it will.

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    Cops arrest 20, bust up Latin Kings of Elizabeth drug ring


    Wednesday, April 23, 2008 BY JUDITH LUCAS

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

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    New view of the city, in Tour de Elizabeth

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    So what besides the Parking Garage is going up in Downtown Elizzy?

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    Nothing else yet in either Downtown or Midtown (The CBD is known as Midtown )

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    Is there any TOD planned near the North Elizzy station ,are they planning to tear down those blighted factories?

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    They were planning a huge retail center but that was about 2 years ago and nothing's become of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nexis4Jersey View Post
    So what besides the Parking Garage is going up in Downtown Elizzy?
    There's a few studies that I've seen scouring the internet but nothing else. They should really think about giving Elizabeth a new midtown train station. It's down right scary on the Broad St. side. They could tear down those 6 buildings on Broad St. and really build a great one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dagrecco82 View Post
    There's a few studies that I've seen scouring the internet but nothing else. They should really think about giving Elizabeth a new midtown train station. It's down right scary on the Broad St. side. They could tear down those 6 buildings on Broad St. and really build a great one.
    When the NEC is realigned later this decade , a New Transit Center will be built....i heard it will be huge and include plans for the PATH or Light Rail extension to Midtown...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dagrecco82 View Post
    they were planning a huge retail center but that was about 2 years ago and nothing's become of it.

    lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nexis4jersey View Post
    when the nec is realigned later this decade , a new transit center will be built....i heard it will be huge and include plans for the path or light rail extension to midtown...

    lololol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by block944 View Post
    lololol!
    Whats so funny about that...

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don31 View Post
    There is no way the NEC would be realigned through Elizabeth. It would be great if it were (removing a speed restriction), but its not gonna happen.
    There is a way to everything , Elizabeth and Newark are easy. You can use some old ROW in Newark and Demolish a few buildings in Elizabeth...

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