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    The Advance site is really getting moving! And its nice to see the fences start to come down and the new landscaping and sidewalks at the new projects

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    Thumbs up FIRST LOOK: URL Harrison

    It looks like Harrison will be joining Jersey City with a URL-branded building of its own. The project will feature 414 rental apartments along with several thousand additional square feet of retail and restaurant space, and will sit between Second and Third streets along Cifelli Drive. Here's our first look at the Harrison Commons Building 5 project, officially dubbed "URL Harrison":

    (Looking southwest from the intersection of Cifelli Drive and Third Street)

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    That looks good! A nice break from the red brick with punch colonial style windows. The scale is great and it looks like it has a European Modern feel to it, at least at that corner. With some high quality edge and corner detailing, this could be a hidden gem.
    I also love the addition of what appears to be huge storefront windows along Angelo Cifelli Drive to draw some activity off of FER and further into the city towards the passaic and future developments. It looks like they will widen the rest of the street to continue that boulevard.
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    WestHudson, if you Google BlueGate Partners URL Harrison, there is a second design rendering on the website that is much more interesting than the depiction that you . After seeing the second design depiction, my response is that this is going to be a great project for the town. At 5000 square feet, the planned cafe is going to be huge. The bamboo floors in the apartment will be very interesting and a first for Harrison.

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    Bamboo is soft.

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    Bamboo grows very fast and is extremely strong so it is praised as an incredibly sustainable material, far better than managed forests. It can be laminated into boards and looks really good.

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    Thumbs up More Heavy Equipment Arrives at Riverpark/Water's Edge Phase III Site

    Late yesterday morning another (very large) excavator was delivered to the Riverpark/Water's Edge Phase III site that encompasses four blocks between First Street and the Passaic River, and between Bergen Street and NJRR Avenue. This project is being developed by BNE Real Estate Group, which built Warren@York in downtown Jersey City a few years ago. According to the article at the link below (from four years ago), 329 units had been approved back then, and that number appears to include the 141 units built in Phase II; not sure if the plans have changed: http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2...kearny_an.html





    Overview of the site from First Street, looking northwest (Water's Edge to the right):


    The first building at the site was demolished in August, and I believe some asbestos cleanup has been underway in the large building seen in the background since then (which I believe will be the next building to come down):



    In other news, it looks like the small former Harrison Car Wash building just north of 330 Cifelli is about to get demolished. I believe the building is owned by Heller Properties, which owns pretty much the entire 3 city blocks directly west of it, as well as the entire Hub at Harrison Station site across the street.






    And, it looks like the massive Lot A surface parking lot is being relocated from the URL Harrison site to the Building 4 site just north of the existing site in Harrison Commons, in anticipation of starting construction on the URL building:

    Last edited by West Hudson; November 15th, 2015 at 08:30 PM.

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    Thumbs up Harrison Station Streetscape Upgrade & 1200 FER South Update

    Quick update this time...

    Harrison Commons (FER Frontage)
    Ironstate has upgraded the three blocks of frontage it has along FER by replacing the mulch/grassy plants with cobblestone pavers:



    Also, they're replacing the stairs near the corner of FER & Cifelli with walls, making the elevated platform that the retail opens up to private, which seems to suggest that that corner retail space has a signed lease and will either be taken by a restaurant and/or bar. I still say it would be good to see a CVS or Duane Reade fill in the rest of the space.

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    1200 FER South continues to grow. The entire base for the precast parking structure appears to be complete, so I wouldn't be surprised if they truck in a crane and start building vertically next week:





    Precast stairwell base:



    Also, what we're seeing here confirms that there was a major design change. I saw the new design a few months ago and I have mixed feelings about it...the angled corners will give the streetscape some character but the proposal I saw showed the same brick color scheme as Vermella, which would look a bit too bland over that many blocks in my opinion.

    Corner of Crucible Drive & FER, looking northeast toward 1100 FER South (Vermella):


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    Question URL Harrison About to Start Site Prep?

    As of today, the overflow parking lot on the Harrison Commons Building 4 site (pictured in the update I did two posts back) is open for business and the entire footprint of URL Harrison (Building 5) has been cordoned off with cones, completely blocked off to vehicles. And more importantly, a large excavator is sitting on the site. It appears as though they will use the excavator to remove the mounds of soil on the northeast corner of the site and perhaps break up the asphalt parking surface.

    This will be an exciting project as it will be the largest residential building ever built in Harrison by unit count (414 apartments) and one of the tallest (5 stories); not to mention that it will fill in another entire city block with residential, retail/restaurants, paver-lined sidewalks, and trees.
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    Thanks for the updates. I'm posting this here as a reminder about what you mean by "Building 5":


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    Thumbs up URL Harrison + 1100 Car Parking Structure to Break Ground This Month

    Coincidentally, site prep began this morning and a construction fence went up today around the entire URL Harrison site.

    Some highlights from the article:
    1. URL Harrison will have 411 rental apartments
    2. 100 condos are also planned (my guess is these will be built on the land bordering the Harrison Parking Center and next to the Element hotel)
    3. A micro brewery and Italian restaurant are in talks to take space in 330 Cifelli
    4. The Hub (Heller site adjacent to NE Corridor/PATH) started the Planning Board approval process last week and will include an 11-story building among others.

    Also, separate from this article, the 5-story parking structure at the Advance site at 1200 FER South started construction this morning.

    From The Observer:

    Another new apartment complex opens

    Story By Ron Leir | Observer Correspondent 08 Dec 2015 Filed under: Harrison, News

    Photo by Ron Leir

    Mayor James Fife (c.) is flanked by Harrison Station 330 developers Richard Miller (l.) of Pegasus Group and Dave Barry of Ironstate Development

    .HARRISON –
    In what has become a happy habit for the Town of Harrison, municipal officials joined with a development team to celebrate the opening of yet another residential project in the town’s waterfront-development area last Thursday.

    This one was for Harrison Station 330, a four-story row of upscale rental apartments and future ground-floor retail along Angelo Cifelli Drive on the west side of Frank E. Rodgers Blvd., just a short walk from the Harrison PATH station.

    The third project to be completed by a joint venture of Pegasus Group and Ironstate Development, this phase offers tenants a choice of 60 studios, 240 one-bedrooms and 32 two-bedrooms, plus various amenities.

    Those include a health club and an outdoor pool to be shared by occupants of the joint venture’s 275- unit/20,000 square feet of retail development at 300 Somerset St. Residents of Harrison Station 330 will also enjoy a tastily furnished lobby/lounge, a lounge with business bar, an additional lounge with ping pong and a landscaped courtyard with barbecues, fire pit and lawn area.

    Still to come, according to the partners, are four additional phases of development which, when combined with the already-finished projects, will yield a total of 2,250 residential units and 80,000 square feet of retail, plus the 138-room Element Hotel.

    Ironstate principal Greg Russo said the firms should be ready to break ground “in about a month” for their next phase, a 411-unit apartment complex and a new garage with 1,000 deck spaces that will provide parking for tenants in all buildings.

    Among the future stages of construction, said Russo, will be the joint venture’s first for-sale enterprise: some 100 condominium units are planned, he added.


    Photo courtesy Cahn Communications
    A view of a bedroom in one of the new apartments.

    Full build-out of the remaining phases will take “four to five years,” Russo said.

    Russo said it cost $70 million to put up Harrison Station 330, for which Fields Construction of Hoboken was the general contractor, and he credited PNC Bank with providing construction financing. “Our next phase will probably run about $105 million,” he said.

    Harrison Station 330, which has three fully-furnished model apartments available for public viewing, already has about 25 apartments occupied and “about 20%” of the complex is already leased to a mixture of Hudson County and New York residents ranging in age from their 20s to 40s, and some with “small children,” Russo said.

    The Somerset St. development is virtually full and the Element hotel is averaging around 70 to 75% occupancy, he said.

    At Harrison Station 330, monthly rentals for studios averaging 450 square feet range from $1,600 to $1,900; one-bedrooms averaging 700 square feet, $1,800 to $2,300; and two-bedrooms averaging 1,000 square feet, $2,500 to $3,000, Russo said.

    While there are, as yet, no signed leases for any of the 9,600 square feet of retail space, Russo said that negotiations are in process with an Italian restaurant and a micro brewery, among other possible tenants.

    “Our goal has always been to create a vibrant mixed-use community in Harrison in the same vein as Hoboken and Jersey City that respects the local fabric,” said Pegasus principal Richard Miller. “The pedestrian-friendly design and easy access to masstransit service has clearly appealed to professionals and those interested in New Urbanism lifestyle.”

    On another redevelopment front, meanwhile, the Harrison Planning Board last Wednesday reviewed plans for another project at the former Hartz Mountain property on the east side of Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. where the Heller Group of Madison wants to build 600 apartments to be spread among five buildings, including one for 11 stories. The board took no action, pending continuing testimony by experts on the plan.



    Link: http://www.theobserver.com/2015/12/a...complex-opens/
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    An 11 story Building?!
    As FE Rodgers increasingly becomes a downtown Main Street, some height would be great for it. Due to the scale of the street, an 11 story building would not look out of place!
    If only this residential momentum would move 1 mile west to Newark as well....

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    Yup! I can't wait for the Hub to get started to complete the main street in that area...and you're absolutely right about the scale - that building will be about two city blocks away from FER so it won't look out of place from there, while at the same time it will be sort of a beacon for the town along I-280. Harrison is definitely transforming into the Morristown of the immediate NYC metro...alot of large-format urban buildings that aren't overwhelming height-wise surrounded by alot of trees/plants/landscaping & adequate parking. The Hub area is going to look fantastic once the plazas & retail are in on the East side of FER.

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    Quote Originally Posted by West Hudson View Post
    Yup! I can't wait for the Hub to get started to complete the main street in that area...and you're absolutely right about the scale - that building will be about two city blocks away from FER so it won't look out of place from there, while at the same time it will be sort of a beacon for the town along I-280. Harrison is definitely transforming into the Morristown of the immediate NYC metro...alot of large-format urban buildings that aren't overwhelming height-wise surrounded by alot of trees/plants/landscaping & adequate parking. The Hub area is going to look fantastic once the plazas & retail are in on the East side of FER.

    Hopefully a Morristown-like bar and restaurant scene follows.

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    Cool An update from yesterday

    http://urbanismvsmodernism.blogspot....l?view=sidebar

    100 Harrison Avenue


    Riverbend Phase 3


    221 Bergen Street




    401 South 2nd Street site


    100 Somerset in middle, 300 Somerset background left, Site 4 in foreground on left, Site 5 in foreground on right


    Site 4


    Site 5 (URL Harrison)




    300 Somerset






    Heller Development Site


    337-399 Railroad Avenue
    Anyone want to lease it?


    Harrison Path Station




    Harrison Marriott site in foreground, 1100 FE Rodgers/ Vermella Harrison in background








    1200 FE Rodgers/ Advance Realty Harrison site












    Harrison is gaining a skyline!






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