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    Thumbs down Well this is disappointing...

    I noticed that Advance has rebuilt their website, and sure enough, they posted new renderings and plans for Riverbend...and all I'm going to say it's a massive let-down. I guess you can say that Advance is the perfect example of a developer that will put a flashy proposal in front of a town to win project approvals, and then value engineer the heck out of the design and deliver a completely garbage product. Here's what the new design looks like (heck, they didn't even differentiate the color scheme from the Vermella building next door! what a disgrace...there are public housing projects that look nicer than this!!):




    Original design which was very heavily advertised and absolutely stunning:

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    West Hudson, this new design is so bad that the folks at Advance-DiBartolo tried to cover it up with a rather beautiful sunset. One point of possible correction, the photo you posted above of the original design is not for the building under construction. I believe that it is for a larger 400 plus building for another plot of land. I have seen other depictions of the building currently under construction on the web, and the depictions were far better than this latest one. I have found Advance ( and now their partners DiBartolo) to be disappointing to say the least. They have been slow to build, and now it turns out their buildings are uninspiring. Advance wins awards for all the terrific projects it does not build in Harrison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dennis200dz View Post
    West Hudson, this new design is so bad that the folks at Advance-DiBartolo tried to cover it up with a rather beautiful sunset. One point of possible correction, the photo you posted above of the original design is not for the building under construction. I believe that it is for a larger 400 plus building for another plot of land. I have seen other depictions of the building currently under construction on the web, and the depictions were far better than this latest one. I have found Advance ( and now their partners DiBartolo) to be disappointing to say the least. They have been slow to build, and now it turns out their buildings are uninspiring. Advance wins awards for all the terrific projects it does not build in Harrison.
    Sadly, the second (bottom) rendering above was indeed the original proposal for both blocks E & F - block E is the site now under construction (I was actually at the town council meeting a few years back the night when Advance presented this for approval...I think it was 2011-ish). Perhaps they'll use the old design or a similar one for land closer to the PATH....who knows. There was also a proposal for Block D (between Vermella and Red Bull Arena) that showed a light brown/white building with green bump-outs but that is no longer on their website; that was also a really nice design and was part of a proposal for (I believe) a total of 545 apartments to be built in three separate buildings on that block in phases. Maybe we'll get lucky and Advance will only use the above new Block E design only on Block E and then put at least some pride into the other buildings...

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    It is great to see the progress on the new Harrison PATH Station. Clearly, the announcement by PATH that Harrison was getting a new station, and the subsequent start of construction of the new station, was followed by a residential construction boom in town.



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    Thumbs up Steel & Second Floor Going Up at URL

    A few dozen steel columns went up today at the URL site, and at that pace, the entire eastern end (all steel on the ground level) should be in place by the end of the week; the second floor of wood framing also started to take shape today. Today also marked the start of a multi-month project to transform the stretch of Cifelli Drive between Second and Third streets with new underground infrastructure and a landscaped center median (to continue from the stretch of Cifelli between FER & Third). And at the Riverpark/Water's Edge Phase III site, the parking lot previously occupied by a small truck repair operation on the southern end of the property and the metal sheds at the northwest corner were demo'd in the past week. The only structures left standing at this point are two smaller warehouse buildings and a large tank next to them.

    Unfortunately I didn't have time this past weekend to do a large photo update, but I did get the teaser photo below of the completed exterior of Vermella/1100 FER South (looking to the northwest from Crucible Drive) Really like how this project turned out! looks massive next to that car:


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    Cool Harrison Construction Update

    Here's an update on Vermella, URL, 1200 FER South, and Water's Edge/Riverpark:

    Vermella
    Fifth Street end of the building is finally complete:








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    Cifelli Drive is being widened significantly to make way for street parking and a landscaped center median:



    First multi-level stretch of this massive building coming together. If they are still doing bubble windows on this section, I'm thinking the street-facing walls haven't gone in yet because they will come in separately in the form of light gauge steel fabricated offsite:



    Cifelli Drive recreation:



    Neighborhood retail space along Third Street:





    Looking northwest at Third Street retail:



    Slither section with staggered windows:



    Looking down Third Street:



    Before shot. From the corner of Cifelli Drive & Third Street (we'll see this fill in with a funky new 5-story building in the next few months):



    A green wall will be built over the face of this equipment room:



    Overview of Harrison Commons. I believe the lot in the foreground is where construction will be starting on a 1,000-car parking structure in late Fall/early Winter.




    1200 FER South
    Second floor along FER is coming together. It looks like these units will have central air based on the pallets of wooden trusses that will go between levels.

    Looking up from FER & Crucible Drive at this angled area where the main entrance will be:




    A bit of a canyon taking shape as this new 5-story building rises next to its 5-story neighbor:



    Looking east down Cape May Street:





    A pocket park (like the one at the entrance to Harrison Commons on FER, but wider) will be created in this spot, with a one-way street on each side:




    Riverpark/Water's Edge
    Demo continues; the only structures remaining are the two buildings and tank pictured.



    Parking lot has been torn up:





    Looking east down Bergen Street at the remaining warehouses and newer residential buildings across the street:



    Another look at the remaining warehouses:



    Overview looking southwest:



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    Soil being moved from Block F to Block D in Riverbend:




    The warehouses at the southwest corner of the station have finally all been removed except for those being repurposed for retail/recreation & structured parking:

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    Vermella is a stunning building

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    Thumbs up WSJ: Harrison, NJ Is Back on the Radar

    From the Wall Street Journal (note: the second photo shows Block D in Riverbend, to which soil is being shifted from Block F; so Block F should be ready for foundation work when the currently U/C Block E is complete).


    Harrison, N.J., Is Back on the Radar

    Once known for industry, the town fell on hard times but new apartment complexes are rising





    The public library in Harrison, N.J. PHOTO: PETER FOLEY FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL



    By KATHLEEN LUCADAMO

    May 27, 2016 3:37 p.m. ET

    Ron Lupone thought he would never leave Manhattan, but the lower rents in New Jersey lured him there. The town of Harrison is where he finally ended up this spring.

    “I could get a big apartment with a lot of amenities for under $2,000 a month in Harrison,” said Mr. Lupone, 44 years old. He signed a two-year lease at the Harrison Station rental complex in April. “I feel like I’m living like an adult with a doorman.”

    He isn’t alone.

    The once-industrial town, now home to the stadium for the Red Bulls professional soccer team, has become an attractive option for both its affordability and its quick commute to Manhattan.

    From Harrison to the World Trade Center, for example, takes just 20 minutes on the PATH line. And riders are getting a new $256 million station; construction is already under way on the replacement.

    “It’s gone from a town few knew about to one on the radar screen as a nice viable community to live in that is close to New York City,” said Michael Barry, president of Ironstate Holdings.

    Ironstate Holdings and the Pegasus Group own the Element Harrison-Newark, a 138-room Starwood Hotel on Somerset Street that opened two years ago. They are also developing Harrison Station, which will encompass 2,250 units and retail space in seven buildings. Two buildings are already up and occupied.

    One, a 329-unit tower on Angelo Cifelli Way, where Mr. Lupone lives, opened in November, and 210 apartments have been rented, according to Mr. Barry. Rents start at $2,000 for a one-bedroom. The completed buildings each have a gym and a pool.


    New home construction borders the Red Bull Arena in Harrison. PHOTO: PETER FOLEY FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL



    Pedestrians on Harrison Avenue. PHOTO: PETER FOLEY FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL


    Water’s Edge, which has 141 rental apartments, opened in September 2014 and was fully leased within a year, according to a spokesman for BNE Real Estate Group, the building’s developer.

    Harrison covers a little more than a square mile and has a population of about 15,000, according to census figures. In 2014, the town had no murders and saw a decline in robberies and thefts from the previous year, according to City-Data.com, which analyzes data on U.S. cities.

    Once, Harrison was known as the “Beehive of Industry.” An Edison Light Works plant that was a major employer in town was phased out in 1929. RCA manufactured radio tubes in Harrison, but that plant shut down in 1976.

    “Like many of the cities in the region, when industry left, the town took on a different character. Hoboken and Jersey City were fairly industrial and they transformed themselves over several decades into active, productive communities,” Mr. Barry said. “Harrison is late to the party but has a lot of the same attributes.”

    The newcomers are first- and second-generation immigrants and young professionals. “It’s all different cultures. Asians, Indians, South Americans, Polish. It’s like the New York City melting pot in terms of culture,” said Daniel Choffo, the owner of Harrison Realty.

    Since the town is zoned for multifamily homes, there are fewer single-family homes, said Mr. Choffo. The property tax range on single-family homes is $6,000 to $10,000; on two- and three-family homes, the range is $12,000 to $15,000, he said.

    The price range for residential property, including condos, single- and multifamily homes, is $120,000 to $622,000, according to listings for May on the real estate website Trulia.

    Mr. Lupone, the New York transplant, convinced a friend who works in Manhattan to move into his building in May. “I think there will definitely be growth,” he said, “but I don’t necessarily know if it’s going to be fast or slow.”

    Parks: West Hudson Park, which covers 46 acres in Harrison and Kearny, has ball fields, tennis courts, fishing and Fairy Lake with ducks and turtles. Along Harrison Avenue is Veterans Plaza, a park. The Harrison Recreation and Community Center has a gymnasium, a basketball court, a weight room, an exercise room and a game room.

    Schools: The Harrison district has four schools: Lincoln Elementary School for kindergarten through third grade, Hamilton Intermediate School for fourth- and fifth-graders, Washington Middle School for grades six to eight, and Harrison High School. The high school earned a bronze medal this year from U.S. News & World Report, an award based on students’ college readiness; gold is the highest level. There is also the Harrison Early Childhood Program for preschoolers.

    Dining: Terra Brasilas Cafe serves up Portuguese cuisine. Other options include Spanish Pavillion Restaurant and La Fiamma Italian Restaurant.

    Entertainment: Red Bull Arena hosts Major League Soccer games from May to October and other teams like the U.S. women’s national soccer team. The Henry Mutz Museum features Harrison memorabilia.
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    This shows the possibilities for a new Harrison on the Advance Realty blocks.

    http://advancere.com/#portfolio/properties

    They also have a spectacular image of the possibility for a new Harrison on their homepage.

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    Block H is disappointing , too much parking..

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    It's right next to a 24/7 subway station to Manhattan.... two megablocks with parking at ground level is the best use that they can come up with?
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    Block H is the giant warehouse they are preserving, and probably won't be retrofitted to whatever for a really really long time (probably at least 10 years away). By then, maybe they'll agree with so many residents here that the building should be converted to a recreation facility. I'm thinking rock wall, indoor ice skating/roller rink, indoor track, indoor pool...maybe even a performance space for smaller concerts. There's a rock gym going into a former warehouse in uptown Hoboken, so if that's a success maybe that will encourage a similar direction here.

    I really hope they create that narrow street through the center of Block B...they were supposed to have several of those to give more of a pedestrian-friendly feel but clearly aren't including them in the blocks that have gone U/C so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamilton View Post
    It's right next to a 24/7 subway station to Manhattan.... two megablocks with parking at ground level is the best use that they can come up with?
    This is still NJ... and New Jerseyans hang on to their cars (like Texans hang on to their guns) to get around everywhere else in NJ. AFAIK, even Red Bull season ticket holders have to park in the IDT parking lot in Newark. They'll be happy to see this. Unless there's a drastic systematic change, parking lots/decks are a very real necessity. That being said, yeah I still wish they had gone the Manhattan/Military Park route and built parking underground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by section08 View Post
    This is still NJ... and New Jerseyans hang on to their cars (like Texans hang on to their guns) to get around everywhere else in NJ. AFAIK, even Red Bull season ticket holders have to park in the IDT parking lot in Newark. They'll be happy to see this. Unless there's a drastic systematic change, parking lots/decks are a very real necessity. That being said, yeah I still wish they had gone the Manhattan/Military Park route and built parking underground.
    They had no choice but to build above ground parking - pretty much the entire redevelopment area is in the 100-year flood zone! (same situation as in downtown JC).

    As for the parking situation in general, I think that as soon as we get a Zipcar (or some other car rental company) here, you'll see people starting to give up their cars to some degree. The nearest car rental co right now is next to Newark Penn but that should change in the not-too-distant future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by section08 View Post
    This is still NJ... and New Jerseyans hang on to their cars (like Texans hang on to their guns) to get around everywhere else in NJ. AFAIK, even Red Bull season ticket holders have to park in the IDT parking lot in Newark. They'll be happy to see this. Unless there's a drastic systematic change, parking lots/decks are a very real necessity. That being said, yeah I still wish they had gone the Manhattan/Military Park route and built parking underground.
    Meh, I was born in Bayonne, raised in Paterson, and now live in Jersey City (after stints in Manhattan and Brooklyn). I've never owned a car in my life. I know plenty of other urban New Jerseyans who didn't either. Paterson and Jersey City especially have some of the highest rates of transit and walking commuting to work in the nation.

    Anyway, these Harrison developers seem to be going for the NYC exile crowd --- people who are looking for amenities and work in Manhattan, but can't afford a Manhattan apartment but still want to be near mass transit---not the car-addicted suburban Jersey crowd.

    That said, even if they HAD to build parking, they could incorporate ground-level retail instead of making ground-level parking dead zones so close to the train station. And they could've put the parking lots in the periphery, not right next to the train.

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