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    It is actually turning out to be a nice development. Does anyone have an aerial or map showing active and completed projects in Harrison?

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    Quote Originally Posted by msands7 View Post
    It is actually turning out to be a nice development. Does anyone have an aerial or map showing active and completed projects in Harrison?
    I do not. But I will make one eventually (especially if The Hub and One Harrison Ave go into full-blown construction soon)

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    Thumbs up Here Come the Mid-Sized Developments

    Now that we have a decent number of large-scale developments that have established a higher price point community, it looks like some smaller development projects are starting to take shape around town. Below is a snapshot of a proposal for one such development toward the eastern end of Harrison Avenue, which will consist of a 36-unit, 4-story building with retail and parking on the first floor. The development will replace a run-down auto repair shop next to the little league field (no rendering available at this time unfortunately).

    From the Observer:

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    In other business, the board agreed to defer, to April 6, a public hearing on an application by Golden Brick Improvement Development Co. of Wayne (John Chen, member) for approval of site plan and variances for construction of a 36-unit apartment building with a small commercial unit and off-street parking at 730-738 Harrison Ave.

    The applicant proposes to tear down an abandoned gas station on the 13,672-square foot project site and put up a four-story/43.5-foot-high building of 32,157 square feet.

    Golden Brick acquired the property from the estate of Lois Lincoln of Spring Lake Heights in September 2016 for $725,000, according to the deed registered for the transaction.


    Link: http://www.theobserver.com/2017/03/news-in-brief-14/
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    Thumbs up Heavy Demo Begins at One Harrison Ave Site

    Demolition of structures on the multiple properties that make up the One Harrison Ave building footprint began last week. A construction fence is now up around the entire city block. The building will rise 5 stories and have 262 apartments + parking.

    Corner of Harrison Ave & Dey Street:


    Looking north from the waterfront walkway:

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    Finally...looks like a new pizzeria is moving to one of the vacant retail spaces by the Path. Let's hope others will soon join them.

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    That's great news. That space has been under construction since at least December...glad to see it's coming together. Does anyone have the name of the new spot? Is it part of a chain?

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    Thumbs up Passaic Ave Residential Village Closer to Reality

    Russo Development's new waterfront village by the Passaic Ave retail area took another step toward starting construction.

    Here's a rendering of the project as viewed from Passaic Ave:



    From The Observer:

    New apartments, R&D, OK’d

    19 APRIL 2017 BY RON LEIR | OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT
    KEARNY – The Kearny Planning Board voted last week to greenlight two new developments, one residential and another, commercial.

    After a thorough discussion on traffic flows in and around the project, the planners granted site plan approval and lot consolidation for Carlstadt developer Ed Russo’s proposed construction of 280 apartments on a former industrial site along the west side of Passaic Ave.

    Also planned, together with the residential units, are a resident clubhouse, outdoor pool and public-accessed riverfront walkway.

    To facilitate safe vehicular flow in and around the site – and, in particular, for traffic heading into the shopping center across the street from the project site – Russo and the planners agreed to redesign a 142-foot-long stretch of PassaicAve., from Marshall St. to the ShopRite driveway.

    The redesign would allow for two, 13-foot-wide lanes for north and southbound traffic, separated by a 10-foot-wide lane for drivers looking to turn west into either of two proposed driveways into the project site or east into the shoppingcenter.

    In the other case, the planners approved an application by Saw Mill Park III, c/o Russo Development, to build a 29,350-square foot building for research and development, to perform diagnostic tests on prototype passenger vehicles and cars under development and as a base from which road tests will be performed on those vehicles.

    The project site lies on the north side of Barszcewski St. is bordered by a commercial property to the northeast, the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad to the northwest, a commercial truck storage lot to the southwest and a commercial building to the southeast.

    According to Mayor Alberto Santos, Russo Development has owned the entire meadows tract for more than 15 years. During 2004-2005, he said, Russo built on the site two large facilities now being used by Pepsi Bottling and HD Smith, a national supplier of healthcare products. The R&D building will be the third, he said.

    The applicant plans an asphalt parking lot, solar-powered charging structure, concrete sidewalk and curbing, chain-link fencing and gates, trash enclosure and a block retaining wall.
    The property will be elevated out of the existing flood zone.

    Several land-use variances were granted by the planners for the project.

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    http://www.theobserver.com/2017/04/new-apartments-rd-okd/
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    Looks like the pizzeria is called Ah Pizza...wood fired pizza. Never heard of them.

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    Default Ah' Pizz Opening Soon

    Going into Harrison Station 330 on the corner with the elevated outdoor seating area. It's a small chain with locations in Montclair & Denville.

    Looks like it's going to have a bar too!



    http://www.ahpizz.com/
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    And another new eatery is about to open up next to the AT&T store by the PATH, taco and Korean BBQ place. Glad to see things are now picking up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vajt View Post
    And another new eatery is about to open up next to the AT&T store by the PATH, taco and Korean BBQ place. Glad to see things are now picking up.

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    Awesome! Thanks for the good news.

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    Thumbs up TaKorea Opening May 12th

    The new Asian fusion eatery is opening in two weeks in the base of Element near the PATH station. Looks very hipster on the inside.

    It appears that this is the first U.S. location of a South Korea -based chain.

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    Thumbs up Russo Development Given 30-Yr Tax Break For Passaic Ave Project

    If this project kicks off soon, the whole Passaic River area from North Arlington down past the Ironbound will be lit up with construction.

    From the Observer:

    Tax break OK’d for Passaic Ave. project

    3 MAY 2017 BY RON LEIR | OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT

    KEARNY – After a prolonged discussion in private session on Tuesday, April 25, the Kearny municipal body granted a tax abatement to developer Ed Russo for the first phase of his Passaic Ave. riverfront project.
    They voted to do so, after returning to public session, and after having previously heard protests from two members of the public.

    In substance, the financial agreement with one of Russo’s companies, permits the construction of 280 market-rate rental apartments at 113 Passaic Ave., with the stipulation that the company tender Kearny an annual PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes).

    Currently, the town collects $66,000 a year in taxes on the property but under the financial agreement, Kearny will pocket “not less than $525,000 a year after the project achieves 90% occupancy.”

    At full occupancy, the town projects it will receive “over $600,000 a year” in PILOT payments.

    Additionally, the town will get a one-time “contribution for affordable housing totaling $420,000 as the project is built.”

    No affordable units will be part of the Passaic Ave. project. Instead, the contribution will be applied to upgrading or providing additional rental units elsewhere in town.

    A resolution adopted by the governing body justifies the PILOT as follows: “In the current real estate marketplace, the rents likely to be achieved by this project are not sufficient to pay for the costs of land and construction and the payment of full taxes while allowing the developer to opportunity to make a return on its investment that is sufficient to both warrant the risks and to convince the lending markets to provide the construction and permanent financing required by the project.

    “Since the town believes that amounts to be paid under the terms of the financial agreement are substantially equivalent to the incremental costs to be incurred by the town as a result of the project, the town believes that it is in its interest to provide the necessary incentive that will cause the project to be constructed.”

    After 30 years, “the project – (which will include a clubhouse and outdoor pool for tenants and riverfront walkway accessible to the public) – will become fully taxable.”

    Kearny residents James Miller Jr., an alternate appointee to the Kearny Zoning Board of Adjustment, and Larry Handlin urged the mayor and council to reject the proposed PILOT.

    Miller said it was “inherently unfair” to give future project residents the same municipal and educational services “at much less cost,” adding that the project would produce “greater density” and, therefore, additional “pressures” on the community at large.

    In reply, Mayor Alberto Santos said he agreed that the new residents’ tax burden would be “less than the full tax rate,” but added that “the project wouldn’t happen otherwise. And we’ll get 10 times [the revenues] we’re currently getting.”

    Although the Board of Education is deprived of its share of school taxes under a PILOT arrangement, Santos said any impact on local schools from the new development should only be minimal from the studios and one-bedroom units planned.

    Handlin echoed Hill’s concerns, adding that, “We don’t have a crystal ball on PILOTs. The undue tax burden it places on us is unfair.” As for the tax inequity for local schools, Handlin said that while Jersey City diverts 10% of its PILOT fees to the BOE, “we do nothing” and that, he added, “puts an added burden” on Kearny schools.

    Not so, said Santos; it’s only when affordable housing units are added to the mix that school density can become an issue. And, he said, Jersey City is allocating that 10% share only to “get the heat off from state legislators” annoyed about the city getting a disproportionate share of state school aid.

    Kearny previously awarded Russo’s companies tax breaks on two phases of a residential development at Schuyler and Bergen Aves. known as Vermela Crossing.

    In return for investing $33 million to erect six three-story buildings with a total of 150 apartmentson the south side of Bergen, plus a clubhouse, Russo will be providing an annual PILOT of at least $375,000 for 30 years plus an affordable housing contribution of $225,000. All the apartments have been occupied.

    Additionally, Russo has been granted a 30-year PILOT arrangement for construction of 70 apartments spread between two buildings on the north side of Bergen, for which he will pay nearly $180,000 annually and make a payment of $125,000 to the town’s affordable housing trust fund. Construction is now proceeding.

    Link: http://www.theobserver.com/2017/05/t...c-ave-project/

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    Thumbs up One Harrison Ave Update

    They're continuing to move fast on this project. About half the site has been backfilled to the new elevation in the last week, and I'd expect piling to start by the beginning of June. The building will be 5 stories tall and contain over 260 new apartments when completed.





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    Thumbs up Harrison Redevelopment Map

    Active construction in red, active demo/site prep in orange, proposed buildings in yellow, completed projects in gray:


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