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    It looks hideous.

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    Though the architecture’s appearance fails to please, there’s an inspiring story buried in the last few posts, which I’ve excerpted below.

    It will interest proponents of transit-oriented development (smart growth). It needs the TLC of a Leon Krier to get the architecture right. Maybe that will come in later phases.

    Oddly enough, in this case the smart growth’s adversaries include the Sierra Club.

    For quick absorption, a digest of the relevant posts above:

    Quote Originally Posted by JCMAN320 View Post
    Thursday, December 13, 2007

    Commuter parking could arrive at the Secaucus Junction train station years before the area around it is developed…

    "It will be a long time before you will see any real construction at the train station"
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    May 18, 2008

    Within several weeks, the first 300 units of Xchange at Secaucus Junction, a 2,000-unit rental housing “village” planned for 60 acres beside the regional train transfer station here, will be put on the market…

    Secaucus Junction itself was not conceived as a place for people to live, nor even really to linger. The rail-passenger transfer station was built at a point where Hoboken- and New York-bound lines cross, in order to permit riders to change trains easily and shorten commutes.

    During rush hour, as many as 10 trains per hour make the 10-minute trip to Penn Station in New York — and the transfer station has an average of 8,000 visitors per day. But almost immediately after the $450 million transfer station opened in 2000, mass transit planners realized it could have attracted vastly more use if a commuter parking lot had been included in the plan.

    Also, by then, the state’s Transit Village program had been inaugurated, and with it came a whole new way of thinking about appropriate development around Secaucus Junction.

    In 2002, the station and 600 surrounding acres were designated as a transit-oriented redevelopment.
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    Complex rises from the marshes near Secaucus Junction rail station

    Sunday November 02, 2008

    Now 252 of the 304 apartments are spoken for, and 178 apartments and 30,000 square feet of shops are under construction next door, according to the developer, Jeremy Halpern of Atlantic Realty. All told, the complex could eventually grow to more than 2,000 units.

    The remote location isn't a problem for residents … 10-minute train ride to Midtown Manhattan…

    It makes sense to build homes near the $609 million Secaucus Junction station, "to give some economic rationale for all that investment," said James Hughes, dean of the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers. "To the degree that Manhattan is an economic locomotive, you should tie your housing market to that economic locomotive."

    But environmentalists have long feared the station -- and the $250 million Turnpike exit -- would open an already crowded, environmentally fragile area to more development.

    Now those fears have been realized, said Jeff Tittel, head of the state's Sierra Club.

    "We've spent hundreds of millions of dollars to make an excuse for development," he said.

    Plus, it's unwise to locate homes in a contaminated industrial zone, he said.

    Not so, Halpern [the developer] said.

    The land -- formerly an asphalt plant and ash landfill -- has been cleaned up, with contaminated soil removed and the land capped with clean soil, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. A methane gas venting and monitoring system shows the closed landfill emits little or no gas…

    Local roads see little increased traffic, since three-quarters of residents take the shuttle to the train station, and the Turnpike entrance is close by, he said.

    The shuttle goes to the train station every 10 minutes or so, and to nearby stores a few times a week, Halpern said. Most apartments come with only one parking space, although residents can rent a car for $10 an hour.

    The goal is to discourage too much reliance on automobiles…

    Living in the new building is not cheap, but it is less than half the price of living in Midtown Manhattan…

    Ironically, it did get a boost from the troubled housing market, since many would-be buyers are signing leases instead…
    Their current neighborhood "is mainly warehouses… after four or five years it's going to change."
    The Globe, the polar bears, the transit advocates, the shut-out middle class and all the rest of us would benefit if the Obama administration moved to make such expeditious projects as this one the rule instead of the exception.

    Streamline the process, and don't demand a perfection that you'll never get anyway.

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    Thumbs up Parking good, surface lot bad.

    GOVERNOR CORZINE CUTS RIBBON ON FIRST PARKING FACILITY AT FRANK R. LAUTENBERG STATION

    June 1, 2009

    SECAUCUS, NJ — Governor Jon S. Corzine today celebrated the grand opening of a 1,100 space surface parking lot with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Secaucus Transfer Station. Previously, no parking was available at the Frank R. Lautenberg Station.

    “Today we reach yet another milestone in our ongoing efforts to expand mobility options, and improve mass transit services for New Jersey residents,” Governor Corzine said. “The opening of this new parking lot will provide easier access for thousands of passengers served by Frank R. Lautenberg Station each weekday. This, along with the upcoming Mass Transit Tunnel, will solidify the station as the core of New Jersey’s rail system of the future.”

    The property was purchased and developed by Edison Park Fast, a privately held, family-run real estate business. Construction was approved by the NJ Meadowlands Commission and NJ TRANSIT granted a license to access the lot.

    “In New Jersey, mass transit is a necessity. Our state's highways are the most congested in the nation and our workers have the third-longest average commute times. New Jerseyans need options that get them out of their cars, reduce emissions and improve travel times -- and this lot achieves those goals," said Senator Frank R. Lautenberg.

    “As the central connecting point of our commuter rail system—located less than 10 minutes from New York, the Frank R. Lautenberg Station is one of our busiest stations and it serves as the focal point of the system,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles. “The addition of parking at the facility will provide customers with new options and improved access to rail service throughout New Jersey and to New York.”

    Since 2004, ridership at the Frank R. Lautenberg Station has tripled to 17,000 average weekday passengers, making it the fourth largest station in the New Jersey Transit system. The station is one of the most attractive locations anywhere in the county with a rail major transit hub just 10 minutes from Manhattan with convenient major highway access and proximity to an international airport.

    The station will continue to serve as the hub that connects 10 of New Jersey’s 11 rail lines and allows for more frequent service within the state, including locations such as Newark Airport, Shore Points (via the NJ Coastline), Newark, New Brunswick, Trenton employment centers, and the Hoboken waterfront.


    In addition, the station will be the transfer point for all visitors and employees traveling to the Meadowlands Sports Complex and Xanadu. The Meadowlands rail link will open in July 2009, adding an additional 10,000-12,000 passenger trips.

    With the opening today of Edison Park Fast, consistent ridership increases and the expansion of intrastate rail service resulting from the Mass Transit Tunnel, the Frank R. Lautenberg Station has the opportunity to become a magnet for commercial real estate.

    “This is one more building block in an expansive transportation infrastructure that will take cars off the road, increase travel options, and create economic opportunities,” added Governor Corzine. “I look forward to the continued development in and around Lautenberg Station, and the opportunities it will bring to the residents of New Jersey.”

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    The Tall high rises have been scrapped , but there will be low rise apartments and condos along the tracks. And eventually replacing all the Warehouses just west of the JCT with a Dense Urban Community of Condos and Apartments. The First Row is nearing completion , and the next row which involves taking more warehouses is awaiting investors , but seeing that the whole complex is nearly rented out , it shouldn't be that hard finding anyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nexis4Jersey View Post
    The Tall high rises have been scrapped , but there will be low rise apartments and condos along the tracks.
    I don't think the highrises have been scrapped. They've been delayed, though, and the developers are waiting for financing.

    And, yeah, a lot of these warehouses are going to be converted to dense residential. This will be a whole new district, especically if the 7 train terminates here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASchwarz View Post
    I don't think the highrises have been scrapped. They've been delayed, though, and the developers are waiting for financing.

    And, yeah, a lot of these warehouses are going to be converted to dense residential. This will be a whole new district, especically if the 7 train terminates here.
    I think the project is dead , there website is gone and It has been 5 years since anything solid.... The 7 Train extension to Secaucus is unlike , although if it were to come to NJ there shifting it to Hoboken Terminal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nexis4Jersey View Post
    I think the project is dead , there website is gone and It has been 5 years since anything solid.... The 7 Train extension to Secaucus is unlike , although if it were to come to NJ there shifting it to Hoboken Terminal.
    The website is gone because the company is gone. They're reorganized and are AJC Properties or something. They still plan to develop, though.

    I would say that 7 train to Secaucus is pretty likely. Who knows when, but it has strong support from Bloomberg, Cuomo & Christie.

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    I don't see even with a 7 Extension how that area would become a place to build something that large , its still the middle of nowhere and the return investment would be low... The Gateway project has a more likely chance , considering it just got $$$ for Engineering....Cuomo and Chrisite support the Gateway project , Bloomberg supports the Penn station expansion.... The MTA seems to be bending the 7 idea towards Hoboken Terminal since they realize there are no plans to increase capacity at Secaucus and costs would be half to Hoboken...

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    Cool Aloft Hotel to Be Built in Secaucus

    Didn't know where else to put this since this the only Secaucus thread I could find. First off the second phase of the Xchange at Secaucus Junction is under construction. Also "Aloft Hotel" is going to be built at the Plaza in Harmon Meadow.

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    Starwood plans state-of-the art 'Aloft' hotel opening in Secaucus

    By The Jersey Journal
    on March 10, 2014 at 5:04 PM, updated March 10, 2014 at 5:05 PM


    Rendering of Aloft Secaucus, planned for 2016.

    Promising state-of-the-art technology and innovation, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced that it will open an "Aloft" hotel in Secaucus in 2016. Owned by Sun Development and Management, Aloft Secaucus will be built at the Plaza at Harmon Meadow and it will feature 172 spacious, loft-like rooms and a lively, social atmosphere, officials said.

    “Aloft Secaucus will draw both visitors and local professionals who will appreciate the hotel’s modern, urban design and vibrant social scene as well as its proximity to New York City,” said Brian McGuinness, senior vice president, specialty select brands for Starwood. “Aloft is always on the forefront of new markets, fueled by the enthusiasm of savvy travelers across the globe.”

    Aloft Secaucus is one of 62 expected to open in the next two years. So far one Aloft is open, in Beachwood, Ohio.

    Starwood officials are touring the proximity to all the shops, restaurants, and businesses in the Plaza at Harmon Meadow mixed-use, complex, including the Meadowlands Exposition Center and the Mall at Mill Creek.

    The eight-story hotel will be a short ride from MetLife Stadium, the Meadowlands Racetrack, the IZOD Center and the site of the American Dream Meadowlands Mall and Complex, which is scheduled to open in late 2015.

    The Aloft hotel will feature 3,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space, an indoor Splash pool and fitness center, officials said.

    Starwood officials say the Aloft Secaucus will feature Smart Check In, the first mobile check-in using RFID technology to truly bypass the front desk. The technology, which allows guests use their smart phone to check-in and open their guest room door, is now being rolled out at select properties.

    In addition, Aloft has partnered with Design Within Reach (DWR) to outfit the public spaces of the hotels, and its W XYZ bars with live, free access to local emerging artists as well as some of the hottest bands in the country through the brand’s Live at Aloft Hotels concert series.

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

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    I'm still skeptical if Xanadu/American Dream/Giant POS will ever open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCMAN320 View Post

    modern, urban design
    ^ I hope they're kidding about that part!

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    I think they are about that and Secaucus's "vibrant social scene".

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    Well the shopping's pretty good there -

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    Thumbs up High Tech Gives Way to Plumbing Tech

    Ferguson Enterprises setting up shop at longtime Panasonic site in Secaucus

    By Nicolas Fernandes/The Jersey Journal
    on June 20, 2014 at 9:07 AM


    The plot of land that was once home to the Panasonic facility is being redeveloped as the new site of Ferguson Enterprises, a plumbing equipment supplier.
    Nicolas Fernandes/The Jersey Journal


    For the first time in over 40 years, the site of the former Panasonic headquarters in Secaucus will have a new tenant.

    Hartz Mountain Industries is currently in the process of redeveloping the former Panasonic facility on Meadowlands Parkway, which will serve as the new warehouse and store for Ferguson Industries, the country’s largest plumbing supply distributor.

    The project includes modernizing the facade of the former Panasonic warehouse, raising its 24-foot ceiling to 32 feet, demolishing the interior, and modifying the space to accommodate Ferguson.

    Hartz has been renovating the site since October.

    “The Ferguson facility is very specific to the company’s business strategy *and is the latest example of our ability to reinvent prime locations to attract esteemed users,” Ernest A. Christoph, senior vice president of sales and leasing at Hartz, said in a press release.

    The plumbing supply company is leasing 450,000 square feet of the 650,000-square-foot building. Based in Newport News, Va., Ferguson has 1,350 locations and about 19,000 employees.

    Panasonic was also leasing two office buildings at the site, which Hartz has since knocked down.

    “The Harmon Cove district and former Panasonic facility is a great fit for our needs and will allow us to get product to our customers quickly and efficiently,” said Don Swain, Ferguson’s manager of real estate development.

    Mayor Michael Gonnelli is satisfied that the space will be occupied.

    “I think it’s great for the community that there is a tenant,” he said. “I didn’t expect anything more or anything less, but I’m glad there’s a tenant.”
    The 45-acre parcel served as home to Panasonic’s corporate headquarters and warehouse operations since 1969, but the company moved its facility to Newark in September.

    Panasonic received more than $100 million in tax breaks from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit Program, which requires the company to be located near a transportation hub, hire 250 employees by 2016 and 200 employees by 2023.

    Ferguson’s warehouse and store are scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2015.

    Hartz plans to market the remaining 200,000 square feet of the site.

    http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/inde...t_river_hudson

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    Thumbs up Data Center and Warehouse!!

    Secaucus developer to build 303,000 square-foot warehouse in Harmon Cove

    By Matthew Speiser | The Jersey Journal
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    on November 07, 2014 at 10:35 AM, updated November 07, 2014 at 12:15 PM


    The plot of land that was once home to the Panasonic facility is being redeveloped as the new site of Ferguson Enterprises, a plumbing equipment supplier.
    Nicolas Fernandes | The Jersey Journal


    A Secaucus-based real estate developer is moving forward with design and entitlements of a 303,000 square-foot warehouse/data center at the remaining undeveloped portion of the former Panasonic site.

    Hartz Mountain anticipates it will be finished with design and entitlements for the facility -- located at 46 Meadowlands Parkway within Secaucus' Harmon Cove Industrial Park -- by January 2015. The company then plans to start construction with a completion date set for next fall. The former Panasonic headquarters was razed earlier this year.

    "The hottest segments of the real estate market are warehouses and data storage facilities, and the best location for both of them is in Secaucus," said Emanuel Stern, president and COO of Hartz Mountain industries.

    "The Harmon Cove Industrial vacancy rate is less than 3 percent and we are confident that 46 Meadowlands Parkway will lease prior to completion, especially due to its prime location, and the fact that New Jersey continues to draw data center facilities, e-commerce, food distribution and third party logistic firms."

    Stern said several market drivers have made this decision a no-brainer for Hartz, including New Jersey's incentive programs, a low supply of "Big Box" space in the area, and Harmon Cove's close proximity to the New Jersey Turnpike, Route 3, and New York area ports.

    Other considerations include the raising of the clearance height of the Bayonne Bridge -- a project expected to be completed by fall 2015 -- allowing easier access to massive container ships.

    Stern added that Ferguson Plumbing will be moving into an adjacent warehouse at 50 Meadowlands Parkway.

    The warehouse will be built with a 36-foot clear ceiling height, 500 pounds per square foot floor load, 60-by-55-foot column spacing, early suppression fast response sprinkler system, fluorescent T-5 lighting, 44 truck parking spaces, 460 car spaces, 15,000 square foot of office space, and ample electrical capacity, along with other features.

    "This is a pinnacle moment in Hartz history," said Stern. "Just as my father constructed the original buildings that Panasonic occupied for 40 years, I am now repositioning the site and building this high profile facility so that any tenant that occupies can remain here for years to come."

    http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2...l#incart_river

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