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    Quote Originally Posted by West Hudson View Post
    Same here. No signs whatsoever of construction (or even of demolition of the police headquarters at the corner of Park Place and Center Street for that matter...that building is still being actively used). Photos from earlier this afternoon:


    About a year ago there was a second ground breaking for the Shaq tower, which similarly claimed to have its financing lined up. About a month later the city voted to throw in $2 million of parking revenue to get the project started lol...of course, today that project is still stalled. Maybe ground breaking #3 will happen in Oct 2017?
    That doesn't surprise me. I don't know why they feel like they HAVE to have a groundbreaking. Just get the steel in the dirt and announce that. Announcing it before leaves things open for false-starts (as we've consistently seen).

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    NJBiz editorial lauding the NJPAC project (they at least seem to think it is imminent) and calling for more residential development:

    http://www.njbiz.com/article/2016092...s-with-housing

    They might get their wish with RBH quietly planning the Four Corners project, the former Verizon building being planned for a residential conversion (with New York money backing that), and plans for the IDT building's upper floors to become residential as well. Hopefully Rutgers-Newark will move ahead with its honors housing shortly which would complement the Hahnes project nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brick City View Post
    NJBiz editorial lauding the NJPAC project (they at least seem to think it is imminent) and calling for more residential development:

    http://www.njbiz.com/article/2016092...s-with-housing

    They might get their wish with RBH quietly planning the Four Corners project, the former Verizon building being planned for a residential conversion (with New York money backing that), and plans for the IDT building's upper floors to become residential as well. Hopefully Rutgers-Newark will move ahead with its honors housing shortly which would complement the Hahnes project nicely.

    Not that it's a bad article, but in trying to make their point they completely ignore Teacher's Village, Hahnes, Rock Plaza, Springfield etc. I'm not sure if it was purposeful omission, or perhaps they truly didn't know (neither are good). This quote pretty much sums it up:

    "itís hard to point to tangible projects that demonstrate the cityís success, which made us happy to report earlier this month on the progress made at One Theater Square."


    It would only be hard to point to tangible projects if you're simply not looking.

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    Default Demo for NJPAC Tower *Supposedly* to Begin within 30 Days

    Like others on this board, I'll believe it when I see it (perhaps when they're a few stories above street level with the new structure), but Jersey Digs is claiming from an interview with the developer that the current police substation will be torn down within the next month to make way for the new tower. Of course about a year ago when the second ground breaking for the Shaq tower took place, we were told they would start construction within 30 days of that date (and on an "aggressive" schedule to quote Boraie)...and of course that never actually happened.

    http://jerseydigs.com/one-theater-sq...-construction/

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    You guys gotta be more patient lol. Last I checked the station is shut down and there are huge barriers all around the site. They went up in the last week. Theatre square is happening now. As will rector and all else. As did Haynes after years etc. these things don't happen over night.

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    These photos were just taken 5 minutes ago & tweeted to WiredNY.

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    ^That's reeeeeeeeeeally good to see and hear. The immediate central core surrounding Military Park will finally be complete.


    In the case of patience for Newark development...it takes a special brand of patience (to the point where it shouldn't even be called 'patience' anymore lol). Waiting for things to happen is one thing, but when you're repeatedly fed with: 'This is it. Okay, this is it. Okay, we promise this time, this is really, really it." After awhile you just get kind of numb.

    It's fine if things take awhile, but I just wish they wouldn't announce them constantly. That whole Rector groundbreaking was a complete sham.

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    I used to work in the affordable housing industry and unfortunately its just another way for people to leach off the government. With affordable housing, they encourage people to do better by not taking away their eligibility if they make an increase in salary. This is good because it motivates people to prosper, but also ridiculous because you end up with people who no longer need assistance still receiving the benefit. I've had families living in affordable housing units, which are subsidized by the government, making well over $100,000 per year.

    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Krayn View Post
    There is a difference between affordable housing and section 8.

    To my knowledge, Richardson Lofts, for instance, is affordable housing.

    I grew up in communities where several units were designated affordable housing units. Most of us kids did not know which units were affordable and which were not. That is actually the idea of affordable housing. There is a designated percentage of affordable housing in many buildings and communities in New Jersey, and most of the time you wouldn't even notice. Affordable housing is for working people so that they don't get priced out of better areas. We should all root for affordable housing, at a percentage where it does not undercut the profitability of market-rate development. Smart people are working on this.

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    Yea but Newark will take a while. Sure lots of new businesses are coming in, but i have seen almost as many shutting their doors, most recently Joe's Crab Shack. I can't see Whole Foods doing very well, if a Rite Aid couldn't even make it. I don't see how a whole foods is even appropriate for that area. Who is going to go shopping there and drag all their groceries home with them as they leave work from Prudential. There is virtually no residential density in this area, so you can't depend on that either.

    Quote Originally Posted by KMD1227 View Post
    Fights occur in every city. Change takes time. You cant deny that Newark has come a long way from what it used to be, even a decade ago. If it didn't, we wouldn't be seeing the nice retail, hotels, apartments, restaurants, like Burlington, French fry heaven, Blaze, Dino, etc opening downtown. Also, there are several projects in the pipeline but they haven't broken ground. When they do break ground, there will be a big change in large areas of DT.

    There will be a hearing for the plans for Bears stadium.
    The hearing will be held on Wednesday, August 10th, beginning at 7:00pm, at Room 506 of the Essex County Hall of Records, located at 465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Newark.
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    Quote Originally Posted by poppad View Post
    Yea but Newark will take a while. Sure lots of new businesses are coming in, but i have seen almost as many shutting their doors, most recently Joe's Crab Shack. I can't see Whole Foods doing very well, if a Rite Aid couldn't even make it. I don't see how a whole foods is even appropriate for that area. Who is going to go shopping there and drag all their groceries home with them as they leave work from Prudential. There is virtually no residential density in this area, so you can't depend on that either.
    Joe's Crab Shack is restructuring and leaving urban areas completely.

    Rite Aid, is in the process of being bought out by Walgreens and is thus restructuring and closing stores on both sides in order for the merger to go through. There are like 3 other Rite Aids within a few square miles in Newark btw.

    Whole Foods is going to be built literally in the same building as luxury lofts at Hahnes building, and a stroll in the park, literally, away from the new Theatre Square development, not to mention all the students already living there, the new Halsey residential buildings/apartments with young professionals, and the students now living in the old law school building.

    Businesses, as a rule and the norm, fail more than they succeed. In a net sense, Newark is gaining business and residents at a steady rate.

    As to the affordable housing, I do not know the ins and outs, but I was just pointing out that it is different than section 8.

    I agree with nexus on the groundbreakings. They are political fodder, but rather than being "shams" they are really just false starts or multiple politicians all trying to get a piece of the same project. Most of these projects have been planned well before they actually were constructed. So my only point was that it takes time, but most the projects will happen eventually, they aren't fabrications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 66nexus View Post
    Not that it's a bad article, but in trying to make their point they completely ignore Teacher's Village, Hahnes, Rock Plaza, Springfield etc. I'm not sure if it was purposeful omission, or perhaps they truly didn't know (neither are good). This quote pretty much sums it up:

    "it’s hard to point to tangible projects that demonstrate the city’s success, which made us happy to report earlier this month on the progress made at One Theater Square."


    It would only be hard to point to tangible projects if you're simply not looking.
    Perhaps they're recycling old talking points.
    It doesn't matter now. The building is finally vacated & a construction fence w jersey barriers sorround property.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Krayn View Post
    Joe's Crab Shack is restructuring and leaving urban areas completely.

    Rite Aid, is in the process of being bought out by Walgreens and is thus restructuring and closing stores on both sides in order for the merger to go through. There are like 3 other Rite Aids within a few square miles in Newark btw.

    Whole Foods is going to be built literally in the same building as luxury lofts at Hahnes building, and a stroll in the park, literally, away from the new Theatre Square development, not to mention all the students already living there, the new Halsey residential buildings/apartments with young professionals, and the students now living in the old law school building.

    Businesses, as a rule and the norm, fail more than they succeed. In a net sense, Newark is gaining business and residents at a steady rate.

    As to the affordable housing, I do not know the ins and outs, but I was just pointing out that it is different than section 8.

    I agree with nexus on the groundbreakings. They are political fodder, but rather than being "shams" they are really just false starts or multiple politicians all trying to get a piece of the same project. Most of these projects have been planned well before they actually were constructed. So my only point was that it takes time, but most the projects will happen eventually, they aren't fabrications.
    By 'sham' I actually meant 'political sham' so we agree (you worded it better).

    Quote Originally Posted by Newarkguy View Post
    Perhaps they're recycling old talking points.
    It doesn't matter now. The building is finally vacated & a construction fence w jersey barriers sorround property.
    Most definitely.

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    ^This is great; more from nj.com below:

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    Officials broke ground on an expansion of Newark's Riverfront Park along the Passaic River, which will link the first two phases with a new eastern section, and extend the park farther west. The map shows the existing phases, with the two sections of the third phase, in red. (City of Newark)
    Steve Strunsky | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com


    By Steve Strunsky | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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    on October 05, 2016 at 6:37 PM, updated October 05, 2016 at 7:42 PM



    NEWARK — On a day tailor-made for a walk in the park, city and state officials joined open space and business leaders on a vacant lot along the Passaic River, where they donned hardhats, picked up shovels and ceremonially broke ground on the third phase of Newark's Riverfront Park.

    "I often say, a city without a strong river is a city without a soul," said City Councilman Augusto Amador, who represents the Newark's Ironbound section, where the park is located.

    Amador was joined for the groundbreaking by officials including Anthony Cucchi, state director of the non-profit Trust for Public Land, which has been instrumental in the park's development, and Commissioner Bob Martin of the state Department of Environmental Protection, which is contributing $6.3 million of the $7.76 million cost of the expansion.

    Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey CEO Robert Marino said he was proud that the Horizon Foundation was contributing $250,000 to the third phase, which will bring the park steps away from Hobizon's headquarters near the river on Raymond Boulevard.

    "We're a greener, more beautiful, and certainly healthier Newark," thanks to Riverfront Park, Marino said.

    Mayor Ras Baraka did not attend, but issued a statement saying, "our continued work on Riverfront Park allows the Passaic River to serve as a front door into the city."

    The park's first phase opened in 2012, followed by a second phase in 2013. The park is widely praised as an oasis of active and passive recreation between the river and Raymond Boulevard in Newark's Ironbound section.

    "One of the things about the park is how good people are to each other when they're there," said Leonard Thomas, a 69-year-old resident of nearby Somme Street and a member of the Friends of Riverfront Park volunteer group.


    James Corner Field Operations will head up a team working on the latest addition to Newark's Riverfront Park.

    The park's third phase, due to be completed in Fall 2017, will be made up of two sections, East and West, which will link the first two phases and extend the park farther west, closer to downtown. A fourth and final phase, to begin next year and due for completion sometime in 2018, will extend the park a mile farther west, roughly to the Route 280 overpass. Design work on the fourth phase is now underway by James Corner Field Operations, which designed the High Line in Manhattan, an elevated greenway on an old rail line.

    The groundbreaking coincided with an announcement Wednesday by the federal Environmental Protection Agency that it had reached an agreement with Occidental Chemical Corporation to begin cleaning up an 8.3-mile stretch of the Passaic River from Newark Bay to the Newark-Belleville border, which includes the stretch that runs past the park. Occidental would pay $165 million for preliminary work to begin the cleanup, which is estimated to cost a total of $1.38 billion.

    Officials gathered for the groundbreaking literally applauded the EPA announcement when Martin shared word of it.

    "Making the river clean and making this access has got to be tied together," Martin said. "And today, I know EPA Region II is announcing an agreement with Occidental, which we congratulate them on, a design for the cleanup of the river itself, so we thank them for that work. EPA, great job on that front."

    Thomas Pankowicz, a 55-year-old Clifton resident, has worked for the past 20 years at Bell Containers, a corrugated box business on Ferry Street, a few blocks from the river. Until the park opened, Pankewicz said he never ventured over to the waterfront.

    "I would stay in my office," he said as he paused on the yellow boardwalk that highlights Phase 2. "Stay at my desk."
    Pankowicz said he was discouraged by some crudely spray-painted graffiti near the boardwalk, and the dozens of empty soda bottles floating in the river between a dock and a bulkhead. But otherwise, he said, the park had made a dramatic difference in his workday.

    "Sometimes I eat lunch here, sometimes I just come for a walk," he added. "It's a beautiful stretch of waterfront."

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    taken from nj.com:


    http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/20...rt_river_index
    Last edited by 66nexus; October 6th, 2016 at 12:23 PM.

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    If anyone is excited about Newark's casino project, here's the latest alleged scoop:

    http://www.placenj.com/2016/10/exclu...nned-near.html



    Newark, New Jersey: Currently, all of New Jersey's casinos are located over 115 miles away from Essex County in Atlantic City. However, developers are hoping to bring one to Newark.


    Miles Berger, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Berger Organization, tells Essex County Place that "we are proposing that combined with Bears Stadium the site will support a casino hotel", adding that it would be developed "in conjunction with a major casino operator".

    The site in question is 422-430 Broad Street in Downtown, a lot located at the corner of Division Street, just across the street from the Newark Broad Street Train Station. Until 2007, the Lincoln Motel and Club Zanzibar were located at the site. Since then, the property has remained vacant, though it has been used for carnivals and other events. Now, since voters will decide in November whether casinos should be legalized outside of Atlantic City, Newark is once again a possible home to a casino.

    "The Broad Street Station site is the best site in Northern New Jersey", said Berger, adding that "from a transportation perspective it is 22 minutes to Penn Station (in) New York City".

    Both Mayor Ras Baraka and Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. support bringing casino gambling to Newark. In a statement last year, Mayor Baraka said that "casinos are coming to North Jersey and if Newark doesn't get it, another city will and they will net the benefits".

    A sign was recently posted by The Berger Organization on the property to encourage residents to vote yes for Northern New Jersey casinos, advertising that it will "create thousands of jobs right here in this site".

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