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    Cool Union City construction

    Union's Made
    With help from Daniel Libeskind, this Jersey town could be the next Hoboken






    By KATHERINE DYKSTRA
    December 10, 2005

    HOBOKEN. Jersey City. Montclair. For a decade these were the cities whose names were dropped when the conversation turned to New Jersey real estate. Well, it’s time to add another name to the list: Union City.

    The traditionally quiet town, which lies just west of Hoboken, 200 feet above the Hudson River, has more than 30 new developments under way. Plans call for high-rise condos, a branch of the Hudson County Community College, the opening of a light rail station and three new schools to address the anticipated population growth.

    “There is so much new development, the mayor got a grant to do the city’s master plan over,” says Tom Leane, the executive director of the Union City redevelopment agency. “The new master plan will address new zoning, housing, traffic, parking.”

    Union City will need it. Leane has received more than 200 building applications in recent years.

    Founded in 1925 as a merger between Union Hill and West Hoboken, Union City was historically a Hispanic working-class area where the professionals it produced high-tailed it to Manhattan and other big cities as soon as they got a chance to leave.

    “Ever since I was a child, I always said my dream was to get out of Union City, to go onto bigger and better things,” admits Ramon Liriano, who was born and raised there. And he did; Liriano went to medical school in the Dominican Republic, he traveled, he founded a company, Medvice Life Settlements Inc., and he lived in Jersey City for eight years.

    But now, like a growing number of young professionals who spurned Union City for “bigger and better things,” Liriano is coming back.


    NEW HEIGHTS


    The draws are obvious.

    First there’s the city’s location, high above the Hudson.

    “It’s a spectacular site,” says Daniel Libeskind, the architect

    best known as the master planner for the World Trade Center site’s redevelopment, who is currently working on an 18-story, 40-unit Union City condo building with 3,000-square-foot units.

    “The building is on a cliff, 200 feet over the Hudson, and it is 220 feet tall, so it’s 420 feet above the water. There are spectacular views of the entire metropolitan region: Manhattan, the George Washington Bridge, the Hudson, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty.”

    Second, the completion of a new light rail station by the Hud-son-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) in early 2006 will connect Union City with Hoboken, and thus the PATH train and Manhattan. This will give commuters another convenient option. (Currently, the best way to get to Manhattan is by a 15-minute bus ride into the Port Authority Bus Terminal.)

    Though the area isn’t yet bursting at the seams like Hoboken is, longtime residents say Union City’s growth is easy to spot.

    “I’ve been here since 1997,” says Anne Fischer, an artist who has just bought into Mountain Road Lofts, a converted garment factory where she lived before it was purchased and developed into condos.

    “The area’s changing. I’m not sure which direction it’s blowing, so to speak, but I do know that the buses are starting to pass you by in the morning, because they’re full.”

    One of the biggest selling points of the city is how much space you can get for your buck.

    Liriano was set to drop $1.7 million on a 1,400-square-foot loft in SoHo when he stumbled upon Mountain Road Lofts while back in the neighborhood getting a picture framed.

    “I took the back road and saw these lofts up on the hill. I took down the number, and sure enough when I went inside, I was shocked at the quality,” says Liriano, who had scoured San Francisco, Arizona, Georgia, Florida and Texas for an “appealing apartment that wasn’t overpriced.”

    “It’s amazing that after traveling and looking around for so long, I find it in my own backyard,” Liriano adds.


    SIZE MATTERS


    Liriano’s two-bedroom, 2 1/2--bath loft, which comes complete with a Jacuzzi, checks in at 4,220 square feet; he paid $1.299 million.

    “The place in SoHo is a matchbox in comparison,” he says.

    Mountain Road Lofts is the vision of Ray Eshaghoff and David Khaghan, both principals with BSG Management, who saw Union City’s potential early on. They purchased the three buildings Khaghan describes as “white elephants,” joined them and are now selling the renovated lofts, each unique, which range in square feet from 1,800 to a whopping 4,300, for $750,000 to $1.3 million.

    Union City’s “white elephants” are slowly disappearing, as are many two- and three-bedroom homes, which are being quickly snatched up and renovated or razed to make room for condos. It likely won’t be long before Union City rolls off the tongue as often as Hoboken during New Jersey real-estate ruminations.

    “I think the area is great. Artists live there, musicians live there, which to me is the hallmark of the outposts of bohemian living,” says Steve Wagner, a partner with law firm Wagner Davis PC, who had attempted to organize the tenants of Mountain Road Lofts before the building was bought by BSG.

    Mountain Road Lofts is now just one of many hot buildings bringing in new faces.

    “I live in Hoboken. It’s completely saturated, and the prices are the hottest on this side of the river. We looked at [Union City] and said, ‘That’s the next area out of the Lincoln Tunnel.’ Bam, you’re at your house in two minutes,” says Gerardo Velez, who is moving into Park City Grand this February.

    The building, with 66 one-, two- and three-bedrooms, plus four penthouses, is the first of six that Park City Grand is planning to build on Park Avenue in Union City.

    “I grew up in New York, and I missed TriBeCa, I missed SoHo,” Velez says. “I didn’t have the resources then to buy, but I’m not missing this side of the river.”




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    Default I had storage in Union City for many years.

    The commute is only 15 minutes if traffic is not backed up going into the tunnel. North Jersey people look down on Union City because it has a very corrupt past. Maybe that will change now.

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    Any news? Is this getting built? Also do anyone knows the exact location of this tower?


    best known as the master planner for the World Trade Center site’s redevelopment, who is currently working on an 18-story, 40-unit Union City condo building with 3,000-square-foot units.

    “The building is on a cliff, 200 feet over the Hudson, and it is 220 feet tall, so it’s 420 feet above the water. There are spectacular views of the entire metropolitan region: Manhattan, the George Washington Bridge, the Hudson, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty.”


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    1510 MANHATTAN AVE, UNION CITY, NJ

    Libeskind's tower in Union City will never be built unless they change the design to 1) not be as expensive to build, 2) contain many more units so they aren't so large, and 3) build some services in that area of town.

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    More renderings of Libeskind Union City Condominiums...









    competition: N/A
    completion: Summer 2008
    opening: Summer 2008
    Client: Nelly Biche de Bere


    Union City Condominiums


    The Union City Condominiums are inspired by their unique location atop a 200 foot high cliff of the New Jersey Palisades overlooking the Hudson River.

    The tower itself soars up an additional 220 feet with its glass and steel curtainwall celebrating the New Jersey Palisades skyline. The building contains 36 luxury loft residences, 2 per floor, each inspired by Daniel Libeskind’s unique vision. All the residences are 2 bedroom + den, 2 ½ baths and have direct elevator access to the unit. Every unit is designed to provide breathtaking views across the river of Manhattan. Ample private outdoor terraces are designed to integrate with each unit and compliment the massing of the form. The fully glazed walls create a seamless relationship with the vistas outside. Each unit has a minimum of three exposures ensuring inspirational lighting throughout the apartment. Penthouse units have additional roof gardens and near 360 degree views.

    To compliment the lifestyle of the residents, a full amenity level including a gym, yoga room, lap pool, function room and outdoor party deck with dramatic skyline views of Manhattan are located at the cliff’s edge. Onsite parking and concierge service add to the list of services provided. Union City is an up and coming neighbor to the vibrant Hoboken and Jersey City which are enjoying a prolonged residential and cultural renaissance. The tower is located just minutes away from Path train access to Manhattan as well as the Lincoln Tunnel.


    http://www.daniel-libeskind.com/proj...tml?ID=63#more

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    That will never be built. If you had the choice to live in Union City or Hoboken, you'd choose Hoboken for a variety of reasons I'm not going to even mention.

    Comparable prices to this would probably be maxwell place and hudson tea in hoboken and those are on the waterfront in hoboken not up on the cliff.

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    I would love to see this get built but this is not going to happen until the housing market improves. Hell if people are welling to pay almost a million to live @ maxwell with half a** views then why not here. Sorry to tell you Spoon Hoboken is not the end all, be all you and most of the people in Hoboken think it is.

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    We definitely have some jealous posters on this thread.

    Just because Union City is not quite as expensive as Hoboken does not mean there isn't a market for this kind of product. The Jersey waterfront is an extension of the Manhattan market. It is big enough and vibrant enough for luxury condos in all the waterfront parcels, not just a few blocks of yuppified Hoboken or waterfront Jersey City.

    Everything from Fort Lee to Bayonne will eventually be expensive and upscale.

    Also, what's with "until the housing market improves"?? The market is extremely strong. Ask any broker that deals with Manhattan property and other central locations (brownstone Brooklyn, Williamsburg, LIC, Astoria, waterfront Jersey, etc.).

    We are not experiencing the weakness felt in the rest of the country. Two words: Wall Street. This year's bonus will dwarf last years, so the good times will continue, at least in the short term.
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    Libeskind, the triangular mans gehry. What are the reasons for this not being built exactly?

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    All I"m saying is that people's perception is always to move as close to the waterfront as humanely possible. Before I knew anything about Hoboken I always wanted to love as close to washington or the waterfront. I do live in Hoboken but I live pretty much as far back as you can in the town before it becomes jersey city. It's worked out well for me but if I had a choice I would have live much closer to the PATH / Bars and restaurants.

    Union City is not in the same league as Hoboken, Jersey City or Wehawkeen. It's just not and you can argue witha bunch of points but there is a reason why hoboken and JC trades for 500+ sq foot vs 300+sq.

    I just think that the prices needed to sell these units doesn't justify what it would cost to build so it won't be built. Someone with 1.5M is going to choose New York, Hoboken or JC vs. Union City.

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    Question Union City, NJ construction

    I was riding out from the Lincoln Tunnel last week and after making the loop, I noticed a new tower (?) going up near the top of the hill just north of the expressway. Does anybody have any details about this construction?

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    Cool Union City, NJ construction

    I couldn't help but notice a tall new building rising in Union City close to the Lincoln Tunnel. It's located at Hudson Ave & 30th Street, and appears to be 15 stories in height. And, of course, there are the other large midrise buildings that have popped up in newspapers within the last year or so to be constructed on land in Union City. I believe Applied Co. might be one of the developers, and of course, another developer hired Daniel Libeskind to create an ultra-high-end tower to be built on the edge of the Palisades.

    So, here are a few photos of Union City's newest midrise building:

    View to the Northeast:

    View to the North:


    View to the Northwest:



    Looking East:


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    Doesn't look too promising...but thanks for the pics.

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    This building wont be built as it is too expensive for the area, but there is one tower right next door that is supposed to be ninety units at around 1000 square feet average,per unit, although some will be smaller and some larger, which is about right.This building was already approved as Libeskind's was not.

    I think they are breaking ground this year and might even be doing a mixture of rentals and condos.

    This area has one of the best views the Manhattan skyline has to offer and is the last of the "un-builts". The prices will be similar to Hoboken, but with a higher end building, gymnasium, shuttle services, food delivery, day care, conference rooms, etc. (I was at the meeting when the approved it. The developers seem very smart and grounded.)

    Hopefully more will come as the prices will be reasonable, the views are superior and the commute into Manhattan will be easier than living uptown. I think this area is going to be amazing when completed. Looking forward to seeing the building too.
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    Wow I would love to check out where that will be exactly. Anybody know?

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