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Contractors to beat path to the 'Hub' for permits
Thursday, September 20, 2007
By KEN THORBOURNE
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER
Jersey City's Construction Code Office opened a satellite this week inside the Extra Supermarket at "The Hub" shopping center on Martin Luther King Drive.
The office is part of a continuing effort to bring foot traffic to the Hub and take city services off the waterfront, city officials said.
The Construction Code Office - until now only located at 30 Montgomery St. - is where contractors file for building permits, receive certificates of occupancy, pay sewer connection fees, and register with the city, officials said.
Located one block off the waterfront, parking at 30 Montgomery St. is a hassle, while at the Hub there's an open lot and the parking is free.
"The primary complaint about the Construction Code Office is that it is inaccessible to the general public," said Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy at Tuesday's ribbon-cutting.
"This new office offers a remedy to that problem," Healy added. "There is ample parking and it is easy to locate. With this new location we are bringing services to the people."
This office represents the third city office that's opened at the financially challenged shopping complex.
Also there is the Police Community Relations Unit and the Division of Commerce, which provides most non-food-related licenses.
The construction satellite office will have a staff of three and be open weekdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., officials said. The turnaround time on building permits is two days, they said.
"I'm excited about these city services," said Ward F Councilwoman Viola Richardson. "And it brings activity down to the Hub."
State DOT, city in talks today on 440 flooding
Thursday, September 20, 2007
By KEN THORBOURNE
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER
It's no secret to Country Village residents, dozens of business owners or the thousands of commuters who try to cross the intersection of Route 440 and Communipaw Avenue when it rains - that when it rains, it floods along Route 440 in Jersey City.
Jersey City officials hope to strike a deal today with the state Department of Transportation to have the state regularly clean and maintain DOT-owned catch basins and outfall pipes along the route.
MUA Executive Director Daniel F. Becht and MUA Chief Engineer Joseph Bechmeyer say it is DOT's lax oversight in the upkeep of these water conduits that is responsible for the severe flooding along the route.
"DOT takes responsibility for the maintenance of Route 440 and its drainage system," said DOT spokeswoman Erin Phallon. "We're meeting with Jersey City tomorrow to develop a plan for the future maintenance of the drainage system."
DOT Supervising Engineer Anthony Gould will attend today's meeting in Jersey City, Becht said. It is the result of a meeting held last week with DOT Commissioner Kris Kolluri, which was set up and attended by state Sen. Joseph V. Doria Jr., Bayonne mayor.
Ward A Councilman Michael Sottolano, who also attended last week's meeting, accused the DOT of throwing up roadblocks when Jersey City offered to use its own resources.
"We could have cleared a couple of outfalls already," Sottolano said. "They (DOT officials) are totally dragging their feet."
The DOT balked because Jersey City wanted to be reimbursed and wanted a "blank check" to do the work, Phallon responded.
"Although Jersey City offered to clean the catch basins, they were unable to provide a cost estimate, a traffic plan, a construction plan, or any assurances or indemnification to protect the roadway in case of a construction problem," Phallon said.
JCMAN Thought Of The Day: The DOT does a piss poor job in general of maintianing 440. They don't cut the medians unless they are near 3 ft tall, and when they do, they don't even pick up the litter that has collected in them, they just mow over it cutting it up into smaller pieces of litter. About damm time that JC calls the BS card on them.
At the Zoning Board meeting this evening, developer Vincent Perez said that he intends on beginning construciton "immediately" on a 5-story, 34-unit building on Bay Street near Grove Street. It will take the place of one of the largest remaining parking lots near the Newark Ave retail corridor as well as a small deteriorating building. I believe only two members of the Board gave the project a "no" vote after residents of nearby 227 and 229 Bay Street voiced concerns over the increased height of the building (the area is zoned for a maximum building height of 40 ft, but 217 Bay will be 61 ft in height). Of course, the property has already changed hands since being approved for development several months ago, so it may in fact switch hands again before anything is built on it. At least one person questioned whether the property would switch hands again once approvals were granted.
The building looked like it would fit into the surrounding neighborhood with its historical-looking features, but some area residents didn't like the mix of red brick and green paneling.
It should be interesting to see how soon this thing breaks ground if it is in fact to move forward soon...
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I cant wait till all these futuristic buildings are built for JC. It will really bring out the skyline
It's my little gift to JCMan320.
Thx Brooklynrider much appreciated, I'll return the favor.
Found this on an engineering company's website regarding 109 Columbus (currently U/C, but construction has been on hold for a few months now...):
"EP Engineering provided full MEP design services for this new 50,000 square foot mixed use building containing 18 residential units and a multi-floor retail space. EP Engineering’s services on this project included HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems. The project included the design of a new electrical service, building transformer vault, and the design of new plumbing utility connections. 109-113 Columbus Drive is currently under construction."
(P.S. this thread was falling wayyyy to far down the list, so I had to do something to bump it up )
Talks on ending floods on 440
Monday, October 01, 2007
Jersey City officials are hopeful that a sit-down held last week with state Department of Transportation officials will lead to the end of severe flooding along Route 440.
At the Sept. 20 meeting, DOT brass assumed responsibility for clearing the clogged, DOT-owned catch basins and outfall pipes along the route, but no timetable was nailed down, MUA Chief Engineer Joseph Beckmeyer said.
"They (DOT) said they would begin the cleaning operation," Beckmeyer said. "They didn't give me a schedule. They had to review a contract with their private hauler. They were going to get back to me."
A few weeks ago, the MUA offered to do the work - and then send DOT the bill.
The state balked at that arrangement since it didn't want to give the MUA a "blank check," plus there were unresolved traffic and indemnification issues, DOT spokeswoman Erin Phalon said.
The flooding along Route 440 has hit businesses and Country Village residents hard, and often turns the intersection of Communipaw Avenue and Route 440 into a lake, MUA officials said.
"Hopefully there is going to be full cooperation and the problem will be solved," Beckmeyer said.