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    Exclamation More art for JC!

    Artists invited to vie for $175G public art project

    Artists interested in being considered for a $175,000 public art project have until April 16 to answer a Request for Qualifications from the Hudson County Public Art Commission.

    The finished piece, funded by a 1 percent set-aside of the county's capital outlay budget, will be installed at the Central Avenue and Paterson Plank Road entrance to Washington Park in Jersey City.

    It will go inside a circle that's 48 inches in diameter and is now grass with some thornbushes that will be relocated to another part of the park, which straddles Jersey City and Union City.

    RFQs should include an application form, resume, slides or digital examples of past work, up to three letters of recommendation and an artist's statement.

    RFQs will be whittled down to five finalists who will each receive $1,500 and be invited to submit designs by July 6.

    The design submissions will be available for public review and judged by the eight-member commission, whose members are: William LaRosa, administrator of the county Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development; Benjamin J. Dineen, president of St. Dominic Academy in Jersey City; David Edwards, Hudson County Community College dean of instruction; Marion Grzesiak, executive director of the Jersey City Museum; Valerie Hufnagel, president of Hufnagel Landscaping Inc. of North Bergen; Ben Jones, an artitst and professor at New Jersey City University; Dean Marchetto, president of Dean Marchetto Architects in Hoboken; photographer and Jersey City Planning Board member Leon Yost, and Meredith Lippman, program development specialist with LaRosa's office.

    The winning design will be selected by July 30 with the installation targeted for the summer or fall of next year.

    Any type of public art will be considered, except works that incorporate light or water, members of the commission told The Jersey Journal editorial board today.

    "We want to keep our minds as open as possible,'' Grzesiak said. "We have no preconceived notions of what this can be.''

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    Thumbs up Smooth Sailing!

    Stocks volatile, but waterfront is calm

    Tuesday, March 06, 2007
    By ALI WINSTON
    JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

    Employees of financial firms on the Jersey City waterfront are taking the latest Wall Street roller-coaster ride in stride, saying yesterday's slight decline was just the latest in a series of long-overdue market corrections.

    The major indexes bounced up and down throughout the day, but the Dow ultimately finished 63 points lower yesterday, having fallen in eight of the last nine sessions. Analysts blamed worries about mortgage defaults, a strengthening yen and tumbling stock markets abroad.

    Those working at Jersey City firms - all declined to give their names for this story, citing confidentiality agreements with their employers - weren't fazed by yesterday's decline.

    "The market is shaking itself out," said one man who has worked as a stockbroker for more than 10 years. "A lot of people are sitting on the fence. Though the whole thing is volatile, it's nowhere near as bad as 2000," referring to the burst of the dot-com bubble.

    But some said the situation is likely to get worse. One employee, predicting the Dow would drop 2,000 points by the end of the year, blamed the double-whammy of falling stocks in China coupled with comments by former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan that a recession is coming.

    Though the markets were uneasy Monday, they were hardly out of control as the Dow traded within a 150-point range and stayed above the 12,000 mark, which it surpassed for the first time last October.

    According to preliminary calculations, the Dow fell 63.69, or 0.53 percent, to 12,050.41, having swung 75 points lower and 75 higher than Friday's close in earlier trading.

    The market saw the bulk of its drop right before the close, in a similar pattern to Friday, when the Dow flirted with gains only to drop 120 points late in the day.

    Market participants are bracing for a rocky week, especially as investors await the Labor Department's jobs report Friday. So far, economic data have been coming in mixed, suggesting a moderating growth but not recession.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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    There are two sizeable empty lots not far from my house (i live near the beacon..) that I found out are owned by the city. anyone have any idea on how I can find out whats going on with them? they're on fairmount ave.

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    Default Here Comes The Next Wave

    Mack Cali is getting ready to construct HARBORSIDE PLAZA 4!
    From the March 13, 2007 Jersey City Planning Board Meeting Agenda:

    Case: P01-098.1 Final Major Site Plan
    Applicant: Cali Harbor side (Fee) Associated L.P.
    Attorney: Glenn Kiencz, Esq.
    Address: Hudson Street & Columbus Drive
    Block: 10 Lot: 20
    Zone: Exchange Place North Redevelopment Plan
    Description: Plaza 4, Harborside Financial Center, 1,067,000sf office tower with 600 parking spaces and ground floor retail.

    I think this signals the beginning of the next wave of Jersey City's building boom....get ready for Part II!

    (p.s. here's a link to the agenda for those interested):
    http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/cale...ch_13_2007.pdf



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    Default New Major Residential Buildings Proposed for Newport, Baldwin Ave

    Two new buildings, one 30 stories, the other 17 stories, are being proposed for the parking lot infront of Target in Newport (Fourteenth Street).

    13. Case: P06-179 Preliminary Major Site Plan
    Applicant: Newport Associates Development Company
    Attorney: Charles Harrington
    Address: 75 Fourteenth Street
    Block: 20 Lot: 3.10
    Zone: Newport Redevelopment Plan
    Description: New mixed-use building with 341 dwelling units and 16,261sf of retail space. 29stories tall atop a 1-story retail base.

    14. Case: P07-021 Preliminary Major Site Plan
    Applicant: Newport Associates Development Company
    Attorney: Charles Harrington
    Address: 45 Fourteenth Street
    Block: 20 Lot: 3.15, 3.16
    Zone: Newport Redevelopment Plan
    Description: New 17-story mixed-use multi-family building with 146 residential units and 5,833sf of ground floor retail.

    In other news, a new 9-story building is being proposed for a lot near The Beacon....looks like that part of Jersey City is now starting to take off!

    16. Case: P06-079 Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan
    Applicant: Boca Co., LLC
    Attorney: George Garcia
    Address: 205-211 Baldwin Avenue
    Block: 1878 Lot: 5A, 5B, 6, and 7
    Zone: Central Business District
    Description: Construction of new 40 unit 9 story residential building.

    More news: The developer who wanted to build the Millenium Towers finally surfaced again and appears to be waiting out to construct that pair of towers until opposition from area residents simmers (I guess once NJ Transit starts building its residential development in that area, we may indeed see the Millenium Towers rise) - they are proposing a parking lot for both plots of property.
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    It seems to me that 45 14th Street and 75 14th Street is where Modell's and Staples are, not the parking lot of Target.

    Even numbered addresses are on the north side of the street, with odd ones on the south side.

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    Ian, I don't think they are building Millenium Towers just yet. I think they will hold off until after NJ Transit makes its proposal for the redevelopment of its land, and then construct the two towers. There was too much opposition to the proposal for Millenium a few years ago, so I think they are waiting for skyward momentum to build with a NJ Transit redevelopment proposal before they break ground so they have something to point to when re-proposing the towers for construction.

    I think that in the meantime, the developer wants to build a parking lot to make a few $$ (to pay property taxes) while waiting for NJ Transit to come in and resistance from the neighborhood to diminish. I guess within the next 2-3 years we may see the towers rise, but until then, it looks like we will have nothing more than a parking lot there...

    P.S. It looks like a made a mistake with the Newport developments - seems like they will be east of Washington Blvd.

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    Here are a couple of pictures I took last weekend in Jersey City.

    Grove Pointe and Waldo Lofts



    Athena and Trump.

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    Man, those parking garages are god awful. Is there retail in the base or is it dead streetscape?

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    I'm pretty sure the existing garage has nothing but cars. I don't know about the ones for the new buildings though.

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    actually, the existing tower in that pic does have a little retail (a chilis or something), but I agree its still god awful. I think theyre getting better about retail at the ground floors of the garages. But there is still way too much dependence on cars in the downtown area and hopefully new transit lines do take effect like the mayor seems to want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrooklynRider View Post
    Man, those parking garages are god awful. Is there retail in the base or is it dead streetscape?
    There is a Chilli's in front of that most of that parking garage on Washington.

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    If your talking about Marbella in the bick the all brick one with the peaked roof it has a Chilli's on the bottom and the Ahtena next to it will have retail so don't worry we know what were doing here in JC. LIC has the same problem with their watertable as well.

    I'm sure with the new hotel on 6th and Washington and the San Remo and Athena, and Trump and 111 First will add much needed retail along Washington. Great news about Harborside Plaza 4 finally going ahead. Also people don't forget that entire area around Washington spanning Newport and Harborside will get filled in with the Metropolitan and that entire mall there with BJ's will give way to 8 highrises built around retail and a park. Trust me people that area is only going to get better!!!
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    Talking Yes!!!!

    More news!!!! Haha god I love Jersey City!!!!

    Mayor pushes for 14.7-acre athletic complex
    Healy appears at caucus to champion Berry Lane Park project

    Ricardo Kaulessar
    Reporter staff writer 03/05/2007

    The mayor doesn't usually attened city council meetings.

    But that's what the mayor did this past Monday when he appeared before the council to encourage them to approve a resolution authorizing an agreement with the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA) for the construction of Berry Lane Park.

    The resolution was approved by the City Council at Wednesday's meeting.

    Berry Lane, located not far from the intersection of Communipaw Avenue and Garfield Avenue, is an undeveloped area that for years has been a longtime dumping ground for old tires and construction debris.

    The Berry Lane Park project is outlined in the City of Jersey City Recreation Master Plan, the 150-page plan which as a whole looks at the city's 65 parks and open space areas. The plan was put together between February and October of last year by T&M Associates based in Middletown, N.J. as a preliminary draft. A final draft is expected to complete by late spring.

    The project would be a new city park including a 14.7-acre citywide athletic complex with two baseball fields, a football field, and a soccer field, all synthetic turf; parking for 75 cars; and a restroom/concession building. The plan spells out an $8.1 million cost for the proposed park. This would make it one of the largest parks in the city.


    $8.1 million for park/complex

    The approved resolution gives a license to the JCRA, an autonomous government agency, to enter onto the Berry Lane property and to allot $500,000 for the agency to employ the services of contractors and other professionals.

    The JCRA has already sent out a request for proposal (RFP), an invitation for suppliers to submit proposal bidding on a specific product or service. The RFP went out to companies that specialize in landscape architecture and civil engineering.

    Also, since Berry Lane is located in the Morris Canal Redevelopment Plan Area, members of the Morris Canal Coalition, which serves a watchdog over development of the area, along with other residents within the vicinity of the proposed park, will have input in the design of the park It is believed Healy is going full speed ahead with the Berry Lane Project to compensate for his decision last month to develop the city-owned 13.5 acre Reservoir 3 located off Summit Avenue as a passive park.

    The city currently owns 5.6 acres that would be part of the Berry Lane project. The JCRA would be responsible for acquiring the rest of the land needed.


    Downtown redevelopment plan may be amended

    The City Council introduced an ordinance at its meeting that would change the Jersey Avenue Redevelopment Plan, which governs over Jersey Avenue from Tenth Street to Eighteenth Street in downtown Jersey City.

    The change to the plan would break up the redevelopment area specified in the plan into three distinct areas with their own plans: the Jersey Avenue Tenth Street Redevelopment Plan, the Jersey Avenue Park Redevelopment Plan, and the Jersey Avenue Light Rail Redevelopment Plan.

    The Jersey Avenue Tenth Street Redevelopment Plan includes Jersey Avenue north to south from 10th Street to 12th Street and west to east from Hoboken Avenue to Marin Boulevard.

    The Jersey Avenue Park Redevelopment Plan runs from western portion of Hoboken Avenue to Jersey Avenue, and from 12th Street to a northern portion of Hoboken Avenue. And the Jersey Avenue Light Rail Redevelopment Plan extends from Jersey Avenue to Marin Boulevard and from Fourteenth Street to the Hoboken border.

    Last week, the city of Hoboken announced its own redevelopment plan for the city's southern border with Jersey City (see www.hobokenreporter.com).

    City Planner Bob Cotter said at the Monday caucus that the different plans would accommodate the various projects currently underway or to be built in the future, including "Van Leer Place North" and "Van Leer Place South." Both will be located on Hoboken Avenue in Jersey City and together they will total more than 900 condominium units and 446 parking spaces.

    Those projects will also have 8,690 square feet of retail space, a 1-acre park, a walkway leading up Hoboken Avenue to the Heights, and a shorter walkway down to the NJ Transit Second Street Light Rail Station in Hoboken.

    The projects will be built by Hoboken developers George Vallone and Danny Gans in the next five to six years, on two sections of the old Van Leer Chocolate factory property.

    Site plans for those projects were approved last June by the Jersey City Planning Board and initial site work is slated for this spring. - RK

    Ricardo Kaulessar can be reached at rkaulessar@hudsonreporter.com


    ©The Hudson Reporter 2007
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    Thumbs up JC has Green buildings coming out of it's hide!

    The View Will Be Fine From This ‘Green' Building

    By JILL CULORA
    Special to the Sun
    March 9, 2007

    Just across the Hudson River, in Jersey City, N.J., construction is under way on a golf clubhouse that may be more green than the fairways outside. Liberty National Golf Course clubhouse, which will be a soaring glass addition to the New York Harbor skyline, is designed to meet the standards of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System. The aggressive requirements — set by the U.S. Green Building Council — are aimed at improving the overall energy performance of new buildings.

    Designed by Lindsay Newman Architecture and Design, a Lower Manhattan firm, the $30 million clubhouse is part of a project conceived by Willowbend Development LLC that will include three nearby residential towers to be completed in 2009. The Liberty National golf course — operated by Liberty National Golf Club — is located on nearly a mile of New Jersey waterfront on the western shores of the Hudson River. The $129 million golf course opened in June 2006 and is expected to vie for major championships such as the US Open, Ryder Cup, and President's Cup.

    The look of the course's ultramodern clubhouse was inspired by the vistas that will make it an unrivaled attraction: "The views were the overall form giver," partner Cat Lindsay said.

    In their design, Ms. Lindsay and partner John Newman strove to create a structure that not only maximizes the expansive views, but uses them to enhance the functional needs of the club. With three different vistas, the sailshaped building will offer space for distinct uses: the area that has a view of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty will house a bar and restaurant that will be open to the public; the ocean-view space will be reserved for private functions, and the golf course view will house the pro shop, library, and deck.

    The clubhouse, Ms. Lindsay said, was designed to be the "jewel at the end of a path," referring to the half mile driveway and seemingly demure stature — from the driveway it looks about the size of a large house, 75 feet wide and 35 feet tall. But from the water the building is 250 feet long and 73 feet tall.

    "You don't want to give it all away at the beginning. The entryway purposely appears small," Ms Lindsay said. "But after being greeted by the concierge, members and guests enter rooms with 30-foot-high ceilings with panoramic views of Lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, the Verrazano Bridge, and the 18th fairway of the Liberty National Golf Course."

    Part of the entryway has led to tension between design and execution: Two curved glass panels each measuring 16 feet tall have pushed the limits for shaping glass with curves about 90 degrees each. "The size is the constraint we are wrestling," Mr. Newman said. "Anyone can heat up a piece of glass and bend it. It is more challenging to heat and manipulate this size of glass and get it to the site and installed with both the manufacturer and installer warrantying it."

    The panels will be formed by Barcelona-based Cricursa, an architectural glass producer that specializes in curved glass. Cricursa marketing director Joan Tarrus said these panels would be especially complex to make because they involved laminating layers of glass as well as forming the dramatic curves. In the production process, the company uses annealing and tempering equipment and techniques to ensure the glass is strong enough to withstand building and environmental stresses. "There is a nice reference where such a panel can be seen in New York City," Mr. Tarrus said. "It's in a high-end residential building at 497 Greenwich St. where the façade folds several times, inboard and outboard."

    According to Mr. Newman, the interior of the four-story building will be elegant, but not extravagant, in an effort to lead the eye to the grand views.

    In a second phase of the Willowbend development, located at former Caven Point Army Terminal adjacent to Liberty State Park, three residential towers with a total of 1,000 units will be built with construction beginning on the first tower early next year. When complete the towers will contain 3 million square feet of luxurious living space. And the fact that the towers will overlook the clubhouse introduced design challenges.

    "The roof material had to be pristine — without any visible penetration — because it's a prominent feature from the towers," he said.

    Mr. Newman said the tall glass plates of the clubhouse windows would withstand hurricane winds because of the heavy steel holding the glass in place and the roof tiedowns. Protection from solar exposure included sloped walls, glass coatings, and cantilevered eaves.

    But it's not only the effect of the environment on the building that was considered. The LEED standards are concerned with how the building impacts the environment: LEED is based on an approach sustainability that recognizing performance in five areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. The Condé Nast building at 4 Times Square became the first LEED-certified high-rise building in America in 1999. Many government and corporate entities are adopting LEED standards, but few buildings have met the requirements. If it works here, it may be proof that while golf courses might not be environmentally friendly, the clubhouses can be.

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