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    Thumbs up Hoboken Riding the Rails

    Hoboken rail yard redevelopment plan, recommendations head to city council

    By Kathryn Brenzel | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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    on December 03, 2014 at 10:03 AM


    The city presented proposed redevelopment plans for Hoboken Terminal and the NJ Transit rail yards. The 2.176 million square foot mixed-use project features buildings that do not exceed 13 stories tall.
    Kathryn Brenzel | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com


    HOBOKEN — As proposed plans for redeveloping the Hoboken rail yards move forward, the city planning board also recommends that the city council consider the project's height and how it will affect existing businesses.

    The planning board ruled on Tuesday night that the latest released redevelopment plan complies with the city's master plan, but it also passed along several recommendations for the city council. Recommendations included considering the proposed height of the commercial buildings in the plan — a maximum of 22 stories, 24 if certain design requirements are met— and assuring that existing buildings will still be accessible.

    The suggestions are just that— the council isn't required to make any changes based on these recommendations.

    During the public hearing, Dian and Mario Fini, who own Teak on the Hudson and several other businesses on Hudson Place, said they were concerned about the proposed pedestrian plaza at Warrington Plaza and Hudson Place. They fear that the plaza will eliminate vehicular access to their businesses, a problem they know all too well.

    After Hurricane Sandy, their businesses suffered because Hudson Place was barricaded, preventing customers and delivery trucks from driving up to their businesses. Mario Fini said a pedestrian plaza would likely be a positive addition, but the city needs to keep property values of existing businesses in mind.

    "It has lots of merit," he said. "But a hybrid would be better."

    The city released the latest iteration of the redevelopment plan in October, considerably paring down the scale of previous plans for the site. The new plan calls for approximately 2.2 million square foot mixed-use project— with 125,000 additional square feet of commercial space possible.

    Two-thirds of the proposed project's buildings would consist of office space, with buildings reaching a maximum 24 stories. Residential buildings would reach up to 13 stories and include roughly 583 units, 10 percent of which will be designated as affordable housing.

    Some residents and board members expressed concern over the height of the buildings, citing that the scale of the proposed project was not in synch with Hoboken's "character."

    Commissioner Ann Graham, who was the only board member to vote against passing the plan back to the city council, said she was skeptical about the demand for the project's proposed buildings and whether they would prove economically viable.

    "The character of Hoboken is already in deep trouble because people can't get in and out of the city," she said.

    The city increased the amount of commercial space — from a maximum 19 stories— allotted in a 2012 draft, to help cover additional costs for flood prevention measures needed at the site after Hurricane Sandy. These suggested flood mitigation measures include separation of the sanitary and storm sewers, sewer pumps and storm surge protection at Warrington Plaza.

    The planning board also recommended that the residential and commercial spaces are filled at a balanced pace, a concern raised by Terry Pranses, a member of the Hoboken Rail Yards Task Force.

    "There will be a rush to fill all the residents' spaces, then none of the commercial will happen," he said.

    Other recommendations included accommodating for an increase in pets owned by residents of the new building, adding more open space to the project and creating incentives for creative and diverse architectural design.

    A special meeting for the city council is slated for Dec. 10 to discuss the rail yard.


    The city presented proposed redevelopment plans for Hoboken Terminal and the NJ Transit rail yards. The 2.176 million square foot mixed-use project features buildings that do not exceed 13 stories tall.
    Kathryn Brenzel | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com


    Kathryn Brenzel may be reached at kbrenzel@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiebrenzel. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    Thumbs up Hoboken council approves railroad redevelopment

    HOBOKEN — The city council on Tuesday night approved plans to redevelop the Hoboken rail yards, the latest step in a process that has dragged on for more than a decade.
    Eight out of nine council members voted in favor of the plan, saying that it represented a necessary step to negotiate plans for each parcel of land involved in the project. The next move is to enter an interim cost agreement with NJ Transit or its designated developer, LCOR. Council members stressed that the redevelopment plan isn't the final say for the property, since much of the details will be negotiated prior to finalizing redevelopment agreements.
    "This is literally a beginning. It's not an end," Councilman Ravider Bhalla said before the vote.
    Councilwoman Beth Mason voted against the plan.
    "This plan is too big for Hoboken," she said. "I believe there is definitely a more common sense plan."
    Some council members voiced concern that not passing the latest iteration of the redevelopment plan would open the door for NJ Transit to introduce a larger scale, less agreeable vision — such as a plan introduced in 2008 that called for a 9 million square foot project featuring a 70-story tower.
    Councilman David Mello said that he felt pressured to act on the current redevelopment plan.
    "For me, NJ Transit is shoving this process down our throats," he said. "Shame on NJ Transit for taking their eye off what they are supposed to do and putting their eye on a money grab."
    An NJ Transit representative at the council meeting declined to comment, directing all questions to the agency's press office.
    Other council members said the plan was carefully constructed to create a positive addition to Hoboken, one that includes indoor public space, minimum requirements for three-bedroom housing units and affordable housing.
    "I believe this is good plan," said Councilman Timothy Occhipinti. "The revitalization of Warrington Plaza? I can't wait."
    The council's vote came after the city planning board green-lighted the plan earlier this month and compiled 13 recommendations for the council to consider, based on a public hearing. Residents on Tuesday night again voiced concern over the proposed height of the project and how it would affect traffic in the area
    Helen Manogue, coordinator for Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition, said the plan threatens the “small-scale charm of city.”
    “The traffic this plan will generate and the impact on our infrastructure will be considerable,” she said.
    The council on Tuesday night also passed a resolution to accept the board's recommendations. The council, however, revised the resolution to make clear that it may revisit the issue of the project's height in the future — a previous version of the resolution indicated that the council would not review issue. Also as part of the resolution, a traffic study will be conducted prior to the city entering into a redevelopment agreement.
    The latest redevelopment plan, introduced in October, calls for a 2.2 million square foot mixed-use project, two-thirds of which would be office buildings reaching a maximum of 22 stories tall— 24 if LEED certification is met. Residential buildings would be up to 13 stories tall under the proposed plans.
    In a memo sent out Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Dawn Zimmer urged the council to approve the plan. She said it will bring jobs to Hoboken, add affordable housing and encourage the use of public transit. She noted that the city has battled NJ Transit's previous plans for the site, one of which called for a 9.2 million square foot project.
    "While I respect the voices of our citizen activists, we as elected officials have an obligation to look at all the factors and understand that a plan that is not economically feasible will put the city at risk in any possible legal or legislative challenge," she said.

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    I am ecstatic to see that the Railyard developments will finally move along. It will have a huge positive affect on that dead zone close to the train station and open up a large area for developments, especially as the rest of the city is filling up. This only leaves the far northwestern corner for developments.

    The following images are from last Wednesday and are posted at http://urbanismvsmodernism.blogspot.com/?view=sidebar

    Starting with the new waterfront office building.




    Small renovation on Washington Street


    Park avenue by 2nd Street


    100 feet away...


    Along Newark Street






    Cast Iron Lofts


    Jackson Street




    302 Monroe Street


    9th and Monroe




    10th and Monroe




    12th Street between Jefferson Street and Adams Street




    12th Street between Grand Street and Clinton Street


    Along the 14th Street Viaduct




    15th Street and Park Avenue


    Willow Avenue by 7th Street



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    Hoboken is really the place to be in NJ. These developments are architecturally beautiful and Hoboken is booming.

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    Great pics Tower. One sidenote though; the Cast Iron Lofts are in Jersey City not Hoboken.

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    Lightbulb Hudson Tea Joins City in Taking on Shipyard

    Waterfront towers would endanger surrounding communities, Hoboken condo association says

    By Kathryn Brenzel | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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    on February 12, 2015 at 3:00 PM, updated February 12, 2015 at 3:39 PM


    The site of Monarch at Shipyards on 15th Street near Sinatra Drive in Hoboken is photographed on Thursday, Mar. 8, 2012. Photo by Lauren Casselberry/The Jersey Journal

    HOBOKEN--Two waterfront giants are clashing in court over whether Hoboken can bar developers from building on its piers.

    Hudson Tea Condominium Association Inc. has joined a lawsuit in order to oppose the "Monarch at the Shipyard," a controversial project that calls for two high-rise towers along Hoboken's waterfront. The project's developer, Shipyard Associates LP, filed the lawsuit against Hoboken last year, claiming that the city used newly-passed ordinances to unfairly blocked its project and diminish the value of its property. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk granted Hudson Tea's motion on Tuesday to join the lawsuit as an intervenor.

    Representatives for Shipyard did not immediately return calls for comment.

    The association claims that flooding at Shipyard's property--which lies adjacent to Hudson Tea--poses a danger to its tenants. The association states that building in the city's most flood-prone areas, like Shipyard's property, should be "avoided at all costs because it is simply unsafe for the surrounding community," according to the group's motion to intervene. During Hurricane Sandy, an "overwhelming torrent of water" filled Shipyard's property on Sinatra Drive.

    Representatives for Hudson Tea did not immediately return calls for comment. The association joins the Fund for a Better Waterfront, which is also an intervenor in opposition to the project.

    In December 2013, Hoboken passed a pair of ordinances that banned commercial and residential development on the city's waterfront piers and increased flood protection requirements on new construction. Shipyard has called the ordinances ploys to deprive of it of its property.

    The project calls for two 11-story towers at Sinatra Drive and Shipyard Lane. Hoboken has challenged plans for the property, claiming that Shipyard wrongfully abandoned its 1997 plans for the site, which included three tennis courts and a tennis pavilion on the North Pier.

    The fight over the Monarch has played out in heated planning board meetings and in a series of lawsuits in state Superior Court. In October, the Hudson County Freeholders upheld the county planning board's rejection of the project. A state Superior Court ruled in favor of Shipyard's application for the project in January 2014, a decision that Hoboken is appealing. The city is also challenging the state Department of Environmental Protection's 2011 approval of the project. Hudson Tea is also an intervenor in other lawsuits involving in the project in Superior Court.

    Kathryn Brenzel may be reached at kbrenzel@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiebrenzel. Find NJ.com on Facebook

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    I am strongly in favor of just about any development projects, but they should be kept off of the piers. The piers should instead be used for recreational purposes that support the community, with the towers built on firm land. That big open site in the image seems like a perfect place on solid earth!

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    Quote Originally Posted by towerpower123 View Post
    I am strongly in favor of just about any development projects, but they should be kept off of the piers. The piers should instead be used for recreational purposes that support the community, with the towers built on firm land. That big open site in the image seems like a perfect place on solid earth!
    Totally agree. That section was a giveback that was supposed to be open space for the town as part of the approval of the other towers they have there. Shipyard has been exploiting a loophole because the city didn't do something within a certain time and now they are making an end-run trying to put these towers up that nobody in town wants. I am beyond pro-development, but part of what makes an urban campus great is the human amenities that come along with great projects. Shipyard has been developed and open for a long time and that company has been enjoying their profits. Its time they FINALLY make good on the open public space that was how this whole thing got approved to begin with.

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    Development progress from Tuesday
    The following images are from my blog, http://urbanismvsmodernism.blogspot....l?view=sidebar

















    9th and Monroe




    1125 Jefferson






    Along the 14th Street Viaduct








    14th and Park


    Willow Avenue developments












    Newark Street and Willow Avenue


    That will look like this.

    http://hoboken411.com/archives/1021

    130 Park Avenue


    Adjacent 120? Park Avenue
    Last edited by towerpower123; March 27th, 2015 at 03:46 AM.

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    Thumbs up Tower Crane Up at Willow14

    After a multi-year pause at the site, it looks like construction has restarted at Advance Realty's Willow14 project. A tower crane is now up and moving:


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    Nice!!! I was wondering when something would start at that prime site!

    From Advance's own site,

    http://www.advancere.com/portfolio/p...willow-14.aspx






    http://hoboken411.com/archives/60506

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    Default ....And Sure Enough...

    (btw - a "bottoming out" ceremony was held 2 1/2 years ago to mark completion of the underground parking structure, at which time Advance said they anticipated "the building will be ready for occupancy by the end of 2013". Also, the building won a 'Smart Growth' award in 2011, which makes me wonder how Advance won a Smart Growth award each of their two Hudson County projects that didn't actually start construction (the other being for Riverbend in Harrison). These Smart Growth awards seem sort of fishy...)


    From NJBiz.com:

    Luxury apartment building starts to rise in Hoboken

    By Joshua Burd, April 13, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    A rendering of Willow14, underway at 14th Street and Willow Avenue in Hoboken. - (ADVANCE REALTY)

    Vertical construction is underway for Advance Realty's new 140-unit luxury apartment building in northern Hoboken, the Bridgewater-based developer said Monday.

    Sitting at the corner of 14th Street and Willow Avenue, the building will rise seven stories and include 20,000 square feet of retail space. The so-called Willow14 site also will sit atop a four-story underground parking garage, which Advance said it completed before starting vertical construction.

    Delivery is slated for the first quarter of 2016, according a news release.

    “Demand continues to surge in the New Jersey residential market for luxury apartments that provide a complete array of high-end amenities and, at the same time, offer a premier location and convenient access to key transportation hubs,” Michael Sommer, managing director at Advance Realty, said in a prepared statement. “While Willow14 was designed with a strong focus on its state-of-the-art apartment features and spectacular amenities, residents will also benefit from the property’s prime location at the gateway entrance of Hoboken, one of the hottest markets in the state.”

    Willow14, which will feature a host of high-end amenities, is about a mile from the Lincoln Tunnel entrance and toward the northern border of the Mile Square City.

    Advance Realty said it has retained The Marketing Directors, led by Jackie Urgo, as the exclusive marketing and residential leasing agent for the property.


    Link:
    http://www.njbiz.com/article/20150413/NJBIZ01/150419935/Luxury-apartment-building-starts-to-rise-in-Hoboken

    (so I wonder if they will hold an official groundbreaking ceremony this week for Riverbend blocks E & F...)


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    The Sidewalks on the 14th Street Viaduct need to widened and bike lanes put in....Hoboken and the County need to quit stalling with that...

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    From Yesterday

    Hoboken

    130 Park Avenue


    Park Ave - Hoboken,NJ
    by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr

    120 Park Avenue


    Park Ave - Hoboken,NJ
    by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr

    Willow 14


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    Hoboken Rising - Willow & 14th
    by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr

    12th Street between Grand Street and Clinton Street


    Construction on 11th Street in Hoboken,NJ
    by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr


    Construction on 11th Street in Hoboken,NJ
    by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr

    Newark & Willow


    Hoboken Under Construction - Newark & Willow
    by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr

    Somewhere on Park ave


    Park Ave - Hoboken,NJ
    by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr

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