never mind, I figured it out, and I have pictures online
Are you sure about that? if you notice the site, the builder of Washington Commons left a three foot wide sidewalk between Washington Commons and the property-- more than enough of an easement to justify putting windows in on the Washington Common's building. I know the folks on the kannekt forums are quite convinced there won't be anything taller than 2 stories there, but unless its deeded that way or Jersey City has height to area ratio zoning, I don't see why the owner of the lot couldn't got to five or six, obscuring the views of the first few floors.
never mind, I figured it out, and I have pictures online
Last edited by ianmac47; March 13th, 2007 at 10:17 AM. Reason: More information
I apologize if this is irrelevant to any of the previous posts, but, I feel I owe JC (and its residents....yea, you too JCMAN) an apology. I had an interview down in the finicial district and had the oppurtunity to look at JC from the 22nd floor. I never knew it looked as nice as it does. I was very impressed.
Thank you dynamic I appreciate it. This is why we get so aggrevated when people hate and think that they're stereotypes are fact. JC is a city on the rise and the on the move and has been quitely improving since the 80s.
I do appreciate the apology but trust me you are not the worst JC offender. lol. Glad you can see JC through our eyes.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
City wants loan to buy land that isn't for sale
The Jersey City City Council will vote tomorrow on whether to apply for a $4.9 million state loan to help buy and develop as open space the Sixth Street Embankment — land a private developer owns and has shown no intention of selling.
In July 2005, Steve Hyman purchased the eight-block elevated old railroad embankment and plans to build two-family homes.
But almost immediately, city officials challenged the sale, claiming the previous owner, Conrail, had no right to sell property without first giving the city the option to buy it for the same $3 million price Hyman reportedly paid.
This case in pending before the federal Surface Transportation Board in Washington.
In the meantime, Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy has announced he wants the embankment to be used for an extension of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail tracks and environmental activists have continued their campaign to preserve the land as open space. Healy envisions an extension of the light rail through the Bergen Arches into Secaucus.
Assistant Business Administrator Gregory J. Corrado told council members at their caucus yesterday that the city’s plan is to use half the embankment for the light rail tracks and the other half for open space.
Ward A Councilman Michael Sottolano objected to the city taking on added debt for a property it doesn’t own.
Corrado said the loan wouldn’t add much to the city’s debt load.
See the full story in tomorrow's Jersey Journal.
Not sure if this is really the best place to write this, but just curious JCMAN --
On my way home from my piano lesson at 11am Saturday we passed the construction site at Max Video (it's been there FOREVER) and I noticed a bunch of people that I assumed to be workers playing soccer. I was on my way out again at 5PM and I saw them and they were still playing! I was pretty surprised. I was thinking maybe it was just a group of people that was using that lot to play - but I saw them for a third time at around 6PM today and they were still playing soccer.
What's going on?
Lol Locoako, they are the workers and they have done it on occasions I actually think it's cool because I have seen people stop and watch them. They do it on their brake. Apparently it was a long break .
The site is actually going to be joined with the garage. I thought it was going to be condos, but apparently I was wrong it is going to be a bank a Bayonne Community Bank. I can't confirm it yet but I will try and find out tomorrow at the city council meeting on the 6th street embankment.
Also down the street from the Station at Westside on Culver Ave. has been a project quitely under construction called the Culver Lofts. Looks to be 5 stories with about 20 units. There is a poster at the site I will try and get a picture of it to post.
9 projects will vie for fund money
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
The Jersey City City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on resolutions supporting nine applications to the Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund.
The grant applications total $6.4 million, though the trust fund only contains roughly $5 million.
The Jersey City applications include money for the historic Apple Tree House on Academy Street, the Harmon Street Pool, Berry Lane Park, Cliff Park, Bayside Park and the City Hall Council Chambers.
The biggest application is $2.4 million to install artificial turf on the football and soccer fields at Caven Point. The application also calls for installing lights on the soccer field, officials said.
Aqueduct work may affect water
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Authorities are encouraging residents in Jersey City and Hoboken to moderately cut back on water consumption until next Wednesday because of repairs being made to the aqueduct that serves the two cities at the Boonton Reservoir, authorities said yesterday.
The repairs - which began Monday - may lead to lower water pressure and cause the water to be slightly discolored, though officials stressed water does not need to be boiled and poses no health risk.
"There are no toxic materials in the water, just small particles of dirt and residue from the pipes," said Daniel Becht, executive director for the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority. "If the water comes out a little brown, we recommend waiting around thirty seconds for the water to clear."
Becht characterized the repairs as "routine, standard operating stuff."
During the time that the aqueduct is out of commission, Jersey City and Hoboken will rely on a reserve supply of water.
Jersey City notified its residents of the situation with a city-wide recorded phone call; Hoboken did not notify its residents.
Just to bring up again the empty lot behind Athena between First and Second Streets on Warren, with the light rail line to the east-- does anyone know if there are any plans for that lot?
I know part of it is suppose to be park and dog run and the other part is zoned for a building.
Vote on Embankment loan application fails
Friday, March 16, 2007
By KEN THORBOURNE
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER
With Jersey City still pursuing legal options to wrest ownership of the Sixth Street Embankment from a private developer, the City Council voted 4-3 not to apply for a state loan to help buy the abandoned railroad turnaround.
Speaking for the majority, Ward A Councilman Michael Sottolano said at Wednesday's meeting that he saw no reason for the city to take on debt for a property it doesn't own.
Besides, he added, the legal pursuit of the embankment has dragged on for more than a year and its outcome is still unclear.
City Council President Mariano Vega countered that the vote was simply to apply for the $5 million loan and the council would have to vote again to accept it.
The city's legal challenge to the sale of the embankment to developer Steven Hyman could result in the opportunity to buy the property and this money would put the city in a better position to make the purchase if that time came, Vega said.
"Obviously, they (the council) don't understand what's at stake and the timeliness for acquisition," said Stephen Gucciardo, a member of the Embankment Preservation Coalition, disappointed by the final vote. "We absolutely question the will of this council."
The EPC identified the low-interest loan source for city officials and has raised $3.2 million from other government sources to buy the embankment.
Voting with Sottolano against the loan application were Peter Brennan, Viola Richardson, and Mary Spinello.
Siding with Vega and voting for the loan application were Steve Fulop and Willie Flood.
that sucks, looks like more typical housing will fill what could have been a great opportunity.
Condos Helping to Revitalize Jersey City
By Maria Siakavellas, Correspondent
MARCH 15, 2007 -- Jersey City, N.J. -- As housing costs continue to skyrocket in New York City, many residents are looking to call neighboring cities home. One such market is Jersey City, N.J., which has recently been undergoing a revitalization and attracting attention from many multifamily developers such as the Athena Group, which is building "A" Jersey City, a 33-story condominium community there.
“When we started this project, it was one of only three in the area,” Roger Goodhill, senior designer with New York-based Hillier Architects, told MHN. “Now there is definitely so much more development going on. The Jersey City market is becoming quite strong.”
The 250-unit building located in Jersey City’s Arts District boasts a combination of traditional brickwork and contemporary glass architecture in order to meld the old with the new.
“Our position was to design an urban collage that integrated the urban brick architecture of the area’s old warehouses with more contemporary glass high-rises,” said Goodhill.
Residents of the $110-million community will enjoy individual balconies that are recessed into the building’s façade to provide a more cohesive design. Sculptures and paintings are also being commissioned to be included throughout the complex in order to appeal to the artsy, younger demographic that the development is targeting.
To date, nearly 180 units are sold and project completion is slated for fall 2007. Floorplans include studio, one- and two-bedroom units. According to Goodhill, “A” Jersey City is one of the first buildings in the area to focus on the lower portion of its structure as opposed to its place in the skyline--a feat, he says, considering parking must be incorporated on the ground floor rather than underground.
“The bottom doesn’t look like a car port but rather an old factory building,” said Goodhill. “We really considered how it would fit into the street as opposed to the skyline. We’d like to make things more pedestrian friendly.”