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    Quote Originally Posted by West Hudson View Post
    I couldn't help but notice in reading the agenda (and others from past years) how prominent the name Cifelli is in this town. For one thing, our Middlesex Street was renamed Angelo Cifelli Drive. If you look at the agenda for the 1/6/2015 Town Council meeting, you'll see the folllowing:

    A RESOLUTION TO RE-APOINT ALBERT J. CIFELLI PUBLIC DEFENDER

    A RESOLUTION TO RE-APOINT MICHAEL CIFELLI AS MUNICIPAL PROSECUTOR

    A RESOLUTION AWARDING A PROFESIONAL SERVICES CONTRACT TO MICHAEL A.
    CIFELLI, ESQ., SCARINCI & HOLLENBECK, LLC

    Is there some lack of oversight here in these appointments? It seems odd that despite all of the thousands of legal professionals that could serve this town in these various positions, the three most important legal services are filled by individuals from the same family, who also happen to have a relative whose name is emblazoned on a major corridor in the center of town. Don't get me wrong, the town may very well have done its due diligence and these individuals may very well have been the best candidates, but I feel that would have to have been one hell of an extraordinary coincidence if so.
    LOL no one is going to touch this one.

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    Thumbs up Passaic Avenue Retail Corridor Development

    Here is the BJ's Wholesale Club site that lies between the sites anchored by Modells/Kmart and Shoprite (there was literally a crowd of vehicles waiting to see the tall slither of building collapse). This site is massive, perhaps as large as the Hartz site (next to the PATH station) in Harrison, and one of three large similarly-sized sites (all nearly adjacent to one another) that have seen demolition of former factory buildings in the past 12 months. This strip is transitioning into the retail hub of the area.







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    Drove through that area today...sad to see the impressive old factory buildings go (I guess adaptive reuse wasn't in the cards?). While retail is nice, I'm not sure I like the idea of suburban style big-box retailers and parking lots in what should be a dense urban area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Elliott View Post
    Drove through that area today...sad to see the impressive old factory buildings go (I guess adaptive reuse wasn't in the cards?). While retail is nice, I'm not sure I like the idea of suburban style big-box retailers and parking lots in what should be a dense urban area.
    It's relatively simple to redevelop big-box retail and surface lots into dense urban mixed-use developments. Once Harrison is built out (20 years from now?) then it would make sense to redevelop these retail strips in Kearny. But since there's no train station in Kearny (and no plan to extend any train lines to the area of Passaic Avenue), for now retail makes the most sense. On the flip side, if these stretches of Passaic Ave were to be redeveloped now into urban residential, we'd have sparse spot low- and mid- rise buildings all over West Hudson for the next 50 years, with little or no contiguous streetscape in any of the redeveloping areas.

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    Some Harrison updates from today.
    http://urbanismvsmodernism.blogspot....l?view=sidebar

    1100 FE Rodgers






    Harrison PATH




    Element Hotel Retail




    One retail bay left...


    300 Somerset Street






    The mysterious 100 Harrison Avenue site has revealed itself.


    It will be a rather nice 3 story building with 4 two-level duplexes above two retail stores of a rather nice design.

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    Wow that Harrison Ave building sure beats the fugly building to its left with yellow vinyl siding on the front and the eyesore of a building that was constructed a few years ago to the right...hopefully those get replaced too at some point in the not-too-distant future!
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    Default Riverbend Hotel, Harrison Commons Phase II

    A few quick notes on upcoming developments: one is that Advance received Planning Board approval for a new hotel with restaurant/retail space for what appears to be Block A, which lies between Russo's new building and the PATH station block on Frank Rodgers Blvd. In related news, Pegasus/Ironstate received approval for residential buildings with retail for all three blocks of Phase II of Harrison Commons, which will lie between Second & Third streets and Railroad Ave & Burlington Street. I haven't seen any activity on the Advance/DeBartolo site recently, but there was soil testing a few months back and I've heard from a Civil Engineer on the project that they are serious about building this time around.

    I think that generally speaking, low interest rates and falling commodities prices will continue to drive construction in Hudson County (hence JC's ongoing boom) and the U.S. in general over the next couple of years. If you think about it, if construction materials are getting less expensive and interest rates are at historic lows, it makes sense to build now even if buildings won't reach full occupancy for awhile (since rents have continued to climb).

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    Thumbs up L.A. Fitness - Passaic Ave Location Confirmed

    The rumored L.A. Fitness location seems like it's about to happen on a site directly across the street from the new BJ's Wholesale Club, at 175 Passaic Avenue. The 58,000 sf former home of Pathmark will become the first major gym in Western Hudson County, with a pool, basketball/volleyball court, and other amenities it appears. From The Kearny Observer:

    "[...]In other business, the board also sanctioned a site plan and variance application submitted by Kearny Holding VF LLC/Fitness Intl. LLC to convert the old Pathmark supermarket at 175 Passaic Ave. to an LA Fitness facility.
    Kearny attorney Gary Bennett, representing Fitness Intl., told the board that his client has negotiated a long-term lease with the property owner, Vornado Realty Trust of New York, to occupy the 58,000 square feet former supermarket building with no change to the structure’s footprint.

    James O’Sullivan, director of development for Fitness Intl., said that the company has 650 locations in the U.S. and Canada and of those, he developed 60 in the past decade.

    O’Sullivan said the building will be equipped with a kids’ club, locker rooms with bathrooms and showers, a spa, a 3-lane lap pool, basketball/ volleyball court and studios for cardio, yoga and cycling workouts.
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    Plans call for the exterior masonry to be refurbished and repainted with an “earth-tone” color and “additional glass and light,” removal of the former supermarket’s loading docks, installation of brick pavers and bike racks near the front entrance and landscaping with 400 new plants anticipated, he said.

    It will probably take a few months to file for building permits and, once granted, “five to six months to construct,” according to O’Sullivan. “The goal is to get this club open this year.”"

    Link: www.theobserver.com

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    Thumbs up Schuyler Avenue Redevelopment Area

    Firm selected to develop three tracts of land in Kearny

    By Rose Duger | For The Jersey Journal
    on February 13, 2015 at 8:24 AM, updated February 13, 2015 at 9:10 AM


    Construction on residential buildings on Bergen Ave. in Kearny, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. Neil Barris | The Jersey Journal

    KEARNY -- The town has selected Russo Development as the designated developer for three Bergen Avenue tracts near Schuyler Crossing, a residential project under construction by the firm.

    The three parcels, all of which are in the town's Schuyler Avenue redevelopment plan, include a warehouse adjacent to the firm's current Kearny project, along with two sites across the street.

    One of those sites is occupied by Tilcon, a granite and stone recycler, while the other at the corner of Bergen and Schuyler avenues has a vacant building.

    Over the past few years on Bergen Avenue, Russo has completed a drug store and a bank. Construction is now underway on Schuyler Cross, which will result in six residential buildings with a total of 78 one-bedroom units and 72 two-bedroom units.

    "The goal is for Russo to negotiate with these owners to acquire the sites and develop the properties in accordance with our redevelopment plan," Mayor Al Santos said.

    The plan calls for a mix of residential and retail uses within the redevelopment zone.

    Santos said there's been no feedback from the owners of the three properties, but that negotiations between the owners and Russo are underway.

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    Quick pass through on Wednesday
    http://urbanismvsmodernism.blogspot....l?view=sidebar

    1100 FE Rodgers Boulevard



    Take note of new columns at end!!!




    300 Somerset (Harrison Station)





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    Thumbs up Kearny Gets Ready for the Boom

    Anticipated construction boom spurs hike in Kearny permit fees

    By Rose Duger | For The Jersey Journal
    on February 24, 2015 at 12:39 PM, updated February 24, 2015 at 12:40 PM

    As Kearny prepares for its largest building boom in years, officials are planning on raising fees for construction permits on large-scale projects.

    The fee hike should not affect residential homeowners, according to Town Administrator Michael Martello, who also serves as Kearny's construction code official.

    "This is more dealing with the bigger-box developers coming into the town of Kearny," said Martello, adding that local officials modeled the new fee scale after construction fees charged by the state.

    All over town, signs point to a thriving market for new construction. On Kearny Avenue, three businesses have been demolished to make way for a Walgreen's drug store, while on Passaic Avenue abandoned factory complexes and a former car dealership are being torn down in preparation for big-box retail center that will include a BJ's Wholesale Club.

    Nearby, LA Fitness has announced plans to refurbish a former supermarket into a new health club, while across town on Bergen Avenue east of Schuyler Avenue, a large-scale residential project is well underway, with additional units planned across the street.

    The town has not adjusted its construction fees since 1999, said Martello, who noted that the new fee structure may mean a decrease in permit fees for residential homeowners, since fees will no longer be based on total project cost.

    "Some of the residential fees will be much simpler. There will be one price for a fence, rather than basing the fee on the cost of the job," Martello explained. "The reality is that some residential homeowners should see a reduction in fees."

    Elected officials introduced the ordinance authorizing the fee hike at a meeting of the governing body earlier this month. The ordinance will have a public hearing and final vote tonight.

    http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2...dson_index.ssf

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    Default A big Kearny and Harrison Update 2 25 2015

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    Former baseball bat factory site


    132-144 Passaic Avenue (BJ's Site)











    Do you know if the remaining structures will be demolished or will they be salvaged? One of them has a rather new leasing availability sign.

    Empty site facing Newark's North Ward


    Church on Kearny Avenue


    Nearby on Kearny Ave


    One block further, a new large store. What will it be?


    Harrison border


    221 Bergen Street






    100 Somerset










    1100 Frank E. Rodgers





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    I believe the new one-story building on Kearny Ave is the upcoming Walgreens location.

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    Looks like Vincente's on Frank E. Rodgers took a hit this winter... windows now covered up with shipping paper– a shame, very cute and well-designed place, just probably a bit ahead of its time and easy to pass by.

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