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    Default 500 Central Ave - Union City - Condo

    Anyone familiar with this condo project?

    I was looking at 2br with a view of Manhattan around the $350k range...thoughts from anybody?

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    Arrow Gaining a Playground, but Losing History?

    A pool plan for Palisades cliffs

    Monday, March 31, 2008
    By CHARLES HACK
    JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

    UNION CITY - Swimmers will be able to do laps at a public outdoor Olympic-sized pool in a park atop the Palisades cliffs by next spring, city officials say.

    The 27,000-square-foot park, at the site of the recently demolished Doric Temple at 906 Palisade Ave., is expected to include wading pools for kids, as well as bleachers, water spray devices, restrooms and a locker room.

    Fireman Memorial Park will be built 100 feet beyond the cliff, on a platform with an observation deck affording views of the Manhattan skyline. The pool and park should be complete by April 2009.

    Also planned for the park is a landscaped walkway, a 9/11 memorial and a gazebo.


    An existing 9/11 memorial has been moved to Liberty Plaza at 30th Street between New York and Palisade avenues. Funding for the $5.5 million pool and park project comes principally from state Green Acres Program funds and from city bond issues, said Mayor Brian Stack.

    Stack said a sound-dampening wall would be erected between the pool and the neighboring building to the north.

    In the fall, the city moved a number of programs that had been held at the Doric, a former Masonic lodge, including a seniors nutrition program, and a boxing club that was held in the basement.

    Historic artifacts salvaged from the demolished building will be incorporated into the project, including a 1921 cornerstone, a time capsule and a decorative relief, said Jeffrey Schlecht, senior project manager with RSC Architects, which designed the new park.

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    Building was demolished despite having been considered historic

    Monday, March 31, 2008

    UNION CITY - Preservationists are lamenting the loss of the Doric Temple, a former Masonic lodge built in 1921 that included rare examples of classic Greek Revival style columns, said Anthony Squire, a member of the Union City Historical Preservation Advisory Committee.

    In 1995, the state Office of Historic Preservation made the building eligible for listing on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places after a survey conducted under the supervision of the city.

    But neither the city nor any individual filed an application, officials said.

    Squire said the city historical society did not have authority to file an application on behalf of the city and there was no other entity to move the process forward.


    Mayor Brian Stack said the public was notified about the demolition plans more than a year ago, but Squire said he does not recall the historical society being consulted.

    Stack said it would have cost upwards of $4 million to restore the building and said he wants to see recreational facilities in every neighborhood of the densely populated city.

    Architect Jeffrey Schlecht, of RSC Architects, which is designing the park being built at the site, said the columns were broken in the demolition, but parts of them might be incorporated into the new park.

    One of two pieces of decorative relief on the front of the building, a cornerstone and a time capsule with newspapers dating back to 1921 were saved and will be incorporated into the park.

    CHARLES HACK

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    Exclamation To The Moderators:

    Moderators, is it possible to merge this thread "Union City Going Up" and "new building in Union City" into each other because they both pretain to the same building and it would help create one Union City thread dedicated to development of this Hudson County city that boarders the Jersey City Heights, the northern most section of Jersey City. Thanks in advance and I would appreciate it if this could be accomplished.

    "New Building In Union City" thread link
    http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=16071

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    I merged three other Union City threads into this one, so this is for all Union City construction.

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    Thumbs up

    ^^^Thank you very much NYatKnight, much appreciated.

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    Wink Only In New Jersey

    State to pay $1.8M for demolished condo

    by Dunstan McNichol/The Star-Ledger Friday April 04, 2008, 3:35 PM

    New Jersey has agreed to pay more than $1.8 million to a Union City family whose newly-built condominium building was purchased and knocked down before it was ever occupied to make way for a school the state can no longer afford to build.

    Today's settlement, reached on the eve of a scheduled Monday court hearing, ends a saga that began five years ago, when the state's School Construction Corp. set out to build a new elementary school on the Union City Palisades.

    The proposed Columbus Elementary School was scheduled to be built on property that included 1501 Palisades Ave., which had been a vacant parking lot for more than 20 years.

    But by the time the state offered to purchase the land, in December, 2004, a developer whose family owned the land had erected a three-story brick building on the site. The developer, Daniel Lopez, sought $2.2 million for the brand new building.


    State officials argued they should pay only $326,000, saying Lopez, with the cooperation of Union City officials, had thrown the building up just to boost the value of his setllement with the state's Schools Construction Corp.

    Last month, State Superior Court Judge Barbara A. Curran ruled the state had failed to prove that claim, and ordered taxpayers to reimburse the family for the full value of the completed building.

    Today, with the Lopez' still seeking $2.2 million, the state agreed to a compromise purchase price of $1.825 million. State attorneys have 45 days to decide whether to appeal Curran's ruling, under terms of the settlement agreed to today, said Lopez' attorney, William Ward.

    Ward welcomed the settlement as vindication for the Lopez family.

    The building, meanwhile, no longer exists.

    In 2006, the state paid $48,000 to demolish the three-story building, which had never been occupied. Today, the site remains vacant, and the Columbus Elementary School project has been suspended for lack of funds.

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    Exclamation Thread Condos

    I believe this is the building being built just west of the Helix leading to the Lincoln Tunnel, and next to 495.

    http://threaduc.com/index.php

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    70k sqft of wall 75% Brick barrier wall, 20% limestone Dryvit finish, 5% cast stone at penthouse. Brick by Summitville Tile 3 different colors. Light color to be dyed to a red color very shortly. Cast stone by Corinthian Cast Stone. Custom metal flashing to match window for curbs at balcony. All walls unitized by Island International in Calverton NY.

    First line of caulk is being done now. Hoist run fill in is being fabricated. Building close up should be fairly soon.

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    Question NIMBY In Union City To Halt High-rises?

    A HIGH-RISE HALT?
    Resident wins court ruling against developers


    Monday, June 02, 2008
    By PAUL KOEPP
    JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

    Longtime Union City resident Larry Price, who has challenged dozens of local building projects, scored a legal victory that could stall high-rise developments throughout the city.

    The 68-year-old retired Navy captain, who has no formal legal training, argued that a pair of seven-story apartment buildings, planned for the block between 13th and 14th streets and New York and Bergenline avenues, was not permitted by the city's zoning ordinance.

    In a decision handed down May 21, the Appellate Division of Superior Court agreed and struck down a September 2006 approval by the city Zoning Board of Adjustment.

    The ruling hinged on the definition of the proposed 75-foot-tall buildings, which would each have 15 units.

    Buildings taller than 40 feet or with more than three stories are not allowed in Union City's residential zone-which covers roughly 80 percent of the city-unless variances are granted.

    The applicant, 13-14 Union LLC-whose principals are Abe Wercberger, of Brooklyn, and Michelle Streicher, of Passaic-argued that the buildings are not high-rises because they would not have a central heating plant for all tenants, which is part of the definition of a high-rise in the city's zoning scheme.


    But the three-judge appeals panel said that detail was irrelevant to whether the buildings were a good fit for the area.

    It's not clear if the decision will set a precedent and restrict the construction of other high-rises. Price says he has filed about 35 challenges and will argue three in court in the coming month.

    "It's not a lead-pipe cinch guarantee that because I won this one, I'll win the others," he said. "But it was an important case to win. I did a little dance."

    Asked what made him start his crusade, Price said there were simply "too many bad buildings" being built, as the Zoning Board has granted variances for height, setbacks, lot coverage and parking spaces.


    City officials and developers, on the other hand, say Price's challenges are frivolous and are hampering efforts to make needed additions to the city's housing stock.

    "He certainly has slowed it down," said David Spatz, a municipal planning consultant who has helped draft the first major changes to the city's Master Plan in 30 years, the first step toward updating the zoning ordinance.

    City attorney Christine Vanek said the new Master Plan should be submitted to the Planning Board by the end of this month, with public hearings in July.

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    So they'll just offer a variance. Silly NIMBY...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCMAN320 View Post
    Price said there were simply "too many bad buildings" being built...
    He might be right about that.

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    Thumbs up HS Almost Done

    Say Union City High School should make its deadline

    Monday, December 22, 2008
    By PAUL KOEPP
    JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

    As Tom Leane leaves his post as executive director of the Union City Redevelopment Agency to head up a new "green planning" office at the Hudson County Improvement Authority, he's reporting success on a major school building project.

    Leane said work is more than 90 percent done at the new Union City High School on Kennedy Boulevard between 24th and 25th streets.

    The $179 million project - originally slated to cost $134 million and open in September - is now on track to be done for a new April 20 deadline, Leane said. However, classes won't begin there until September.

    "We intend to deliver it on time and under budget," Leane said.

    He said the only major change to the project is the elimination of a planned early childhood center since one was built a few blocks away.

    The four-story school with a rooftop stadium is a merger of Union Hill and Emerson high schools, whose athletic teams are already playing together this year.

    Union City is footing about $4 million of the project's bill. The state Schools Development Authority is picking up most of the rest of the tab.

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    Exclamation Return Of The Price

    Price is right again, court rules

    Monday, December 22, 2008
    CHARLES HACK
    JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

    UNION CITY - Larry Price strikes again.

    The longtime Union City resident frequently challenges the actions of the Union City zoning board. On Tuesday, an appeals court sided with him yet again, and overturned a lower court's ruling, thereby blocking a developer from building a 90-unit luxury residential tower on the Palisades.

    The Appellate Division of the Superior Court nixed the zoning board's approval for the developer, Strategic Capital Partners, to build a proposed 18-story building at 1410-1416 Manhattan Ave.

    The developer had the right to build as high as 22 stories, but the zoning rules would allow a total of only 30 units for the entire building, according to the appellate decision.

    Price, who represented himself on this case, said he's won 10 out of 13 cases brought before the appellate court to limit the size of proposed developments in Union City. As for the other three, they haven't been lost - those are still pending.

    Judges Edwin H. Stern, Edith K. Payne and Alexander P. Waugh Jr. wrote in their opinion regarding the Manhattan Avenue project that the Board of Adjustment had not adequately justified their decision to allow such a large increase in the number of units.

    "If the Board believes that a trebling of the density is appropriate, it must clearly articulate its reasons," the judges wrote, adding, "A zoning board is not permitted to correct deficiencies in the zoning plan by issuing variance."

    The attorney who represented Strategic Capital Partners declined to comment.

    "We were satisfied, and the trial judge was satisfied but the arguments did not satisfy the three justices on this panel," said Leon B. Piechta, the attorney who represented the Board of Adjustment. "If they want more articulation from the professionals then that is fine."

    The appellate court said the developers could wait until Union City revises it zoning laws to build - which city officials said is in the pipeline.

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