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    The county should start stepping in here and try to make it so that we do not get an extreme difference when you travel from Hoboken to JC.

    And I don't mean building a bunch of river-view blocking towers like they seem to be doing in Hoboken either.

    That one rendering showing the two residential towers popping up look a little out of place, but even if other buildings were constructed in a similar manner in that area (making the towers 'fit in' more), they would be radically different than the current village-looking developments in Hoboken.

    Should there be some ruling preventing rampant overdevelopment?

    (PS, has anyone heard about improvements in the infrastructure? That is another prob Hoboken is having now, water electricity, sewerage, you name it.)

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    That was an old plan for that sight the new features much taller nicer towers. Thats is on Christopher Columbus right down the block from the Grove St. PATH Station. The building is actually going to have a PATH entrance to the station. One tower be residential and the other office.

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    I love residential development in JC, as long as they dont build offices to steal NYC firms

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    Well the Powerhosue district is underway with 2 warehouse being renovated for artists and a new building on second street beign built for artists. The Columbus Plaza development is on Christopher Columbus Dr. btwn Marin and Warren. At the site the new PATH entry is almost done and they have signs up with renderings of the building. It is going to consist of one residetnial tower 35 stories high with a low lying office building on its base with retail and a new entry to the Grove St. PATH station.

    Two sites to two of the new art residences. We are going to surpass DUMBO once this district is complete just becasue we have more room and warehouses in that area.

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    Subsidized housing plans get a thumbs-up in Hudson

    Thursday, April 28, 2005

    About two-thirds of Hudson County residents think towns should offer subsidized housing for artists, and a little more than half say such housing subsidies would enhance the arts in the area.

    The poll, conducted by New Jersey City University for The Jersey Journal, indicates "high levels of support for preferential treatment of artist communities," wrote the poll's supervisors, Fran Moran of NJCU's Political Science Department and Bruce Chadwick of the English Department.

    Such a plan is already in effect in Jersey City. Ten percent of new units in the Powerhouse Arts District are to be set aside as affordable work/live space for artists, with the intention of drawing more artists to the community and fostering the local arts scene.

    James Greer, a 47-year old Greenville resident who works Downtown, said it's a good idea.

    "Any situation where there's culture and diversity and where people can participate and be exposed to new ideas, that's great," he said.

    It is likely that this spring the 58-unit renovated and expanded warehouse at 140 Bay St. will be the first project to offer artists units in accordance with these guidelines, giving the city six lofts with hardwood floors, granite counters and roof-deck access to rent out to qualified artists.

    The city's artist certification board, which was first created under former Mayor Bret Schundler, has certified about 250 people as artists potentially eligible for the studios, said Leon Yost, who sits on the five-member board.

    When the first project under the zoning rules comes online, the city will hold a lottery, drawing names from the list provided by the certification board. The city will then determine who on that list is qualified for the affordable units based on the same federal affordable housing criteria, said Yost.

    But even without artists in buildings like 111 First St., other renters and buyers are clamoring to move in, said real estate agent Medhat Zak Dewaik.

    "I'm sure someone else will replace them," he said.

    In Dewaik's opinion, adding more upscale restaurants and stores to Newark Avenue is more important than maintaining an arts scene.

    With more than 50 other Powerhouse projects, including 150 Bay St. and 159 Second St., in the works, 140 Bay St. will likely serve as a "guinea pig" for the administration of the artists affordable housing aspect of the plan, Yost said.

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    Life is good in Jersey City
    Friday, April 29, 2005

    Jersey City residents are the biggest critics of their city, as well as its staunchest defenders. It seems things are not as bad as locals sometimes portray them. Men's Health magazine has come up with a list of those cities considered the happiest in the country and Jersey City ranks third, behind two Texas municipalities and ahead of another Lone Star State town.

    The method used to determine this list included checking antidepressant sales, suicide rates and the number of days the inhabitants reported being depressed. Federal agencies provided the data collected by Sperling's Best Places, an Internet firm that can be found at, where a number of different surveys are available.

    Laredo and El Paso are listed ahead of Jersey City and Corpus Christi, on the Gulf of Mexico, is ranked just below the Hudson County seat. A reason given for the top rankings is that states and local health services in these cities provide strong programs dealing with mental illness, including crisis psychiatric help.

    New York City was ranked 91st out of 101. We can only guess that this all stems from the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series. Boston is 71st, probably because its residents still cannot believe they won.

    Not that long ago, Sperling also did Jersey City justice when it used special software allowing people to enter their personal preferences in determining "America's Best and Worst Cities for Dating." Jersey City came in 11th as a best place for dating. It was edged out for the top ten by Honolulu.

    Is it all too good to be true? Perhaps it is. In another survey, the same outfit found that Jersey City ranked 19th out of 100 most stressful places to live. Among those cities more stressful are Miami, New York, Detroit and Denver. Phoenix is right behind Jersey City. What some people call stress, Jersey City people probably see as an invigorating way of life.

    Life is good in the middle of Hudson County. What does it all mean? Perhaps, it is not always easy to find greener grass than here - when Jersey City does have grass.

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    "A competetive NJ would be really good for the economy overall. *New York will be forced to, as Stockton said, ante-up to stay on the ball. *It's not like having some jobs in the suburbs is a bad thing; the *Chicago metropolitan has 60% of its commercial jobs in the suburbs, and it's still going strong."

    i'm from Joliet IL a suburb of chicago and the reason for all the jobs going into the suburbs is because they were chased there by soicalist anti bussness tactics such as high taxes tort taxes and bussness regulations . and because of that chicago suffered not improved . but people in chicago cant blame people in the suburbs for jsut playing the game better than they did in the city . thats something u have to think about chicago never had some god given moral right to those jobs and bussnesses . that goes to NYC as well NYC is the greatist city in the US and the world . but that isnt a god given right u have to rember before NYC it was London befor London paris ... at one time it was Rome at one time athens . rember that . and think about this maybe Jersy citys big gift to New york will be to keep u guys rembering that so that u keep yourself on your toes and keep NYC as the world greatist city .

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    Default JC Heights Historic Preservation, etc.

    Have there been any background studies done to include JC Heights neighborhoods as Historic Preservation districts?

    To some of the negative posts regarding the Heights, east of Kennedy: I didn't like it either--until I moved there. Some of the many pluses:
    1. Shorter commute. I used to live near Journal Square, and the PATH is wonderful (most of the time), but find the bus to NY suprisingly convenient. And, it isn't an un-doable walk to the PATH station, even on cold days in winter.
    2. Pershing Field and Reservoir No. 3.
    3. Central Avenue. Tons of good, cheap food and independent shops (and more 99-cent--and lower-- stores than should be allowed by law) keep the street bustling and alive.
    4. Architecture and gorgeous trees. Summit, Ogden and Reservoir Avenues to name a few.
    5. NY view.
    Some of the crime concerns me, but I think that goes for just about anywhere. The Jersey City police seem to be responsive to citizen complaints--it's a little way I can take responsibility for my own neighborhood.
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    New apartment tower, Newark Ave. upgrade
    Saturday, May 07, 2005

    Developers broke ground Thursday on a new high-rise apartment building in Downtown Jersey City, just opposite the Grove Street PATH station.

    The 29-story Grove Pointe luxury housing complex will be built by Schenkman/Kushner Affiliates of Bridgewater.

    The project's 525 units will be a mix of rentals and condominiums, with commercial retail space on the ground floor. The building will also contain 525 parking spaces.

    In addition, a one-block section of Newark Avenue will be refurbished, along with the triangular park at the entrance to the PATH station.

    Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy attended the ground-breaking, just blocks from City Hall.


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    Mayor Breaks Ground on Jersey City Luxury Complex

    JERSEY CITY – Mayor Jerramiah Healy and city officials celebrated the start of construction on Grove Pointe today, the newest luxury apartment and condominium complex from Schenkman/Kushner Affiliates. Grove Pointe is located in the heart of historic downtown Jersey City, close to galleries, restaurants, and businesses. It also affords convenient access to New York City.

    Grove Pointe, located on Newark Avenue between Grove Street and Luis Muñoz Marin Boulevard, is designed to appeal to the professional increasingly attracted by the employment opportunities and amenities of Jersey City. The 29-story building will consist of 525 luxury residential units, 67 condominiums and 458 rental apartments.

    Grove Pointe will offer discerning residents the features they desire, including an on-site swimming pool and world-class health club, along with the convenience of 535 spaces of on-site parking and a renovated PATH station allowing quick travel to midtown and downtown Manhattan. On the ground floor, the building will offer 20,000 square feet of retail space, complementing the existing retail of the historic downtown area.

    “We are very excited about Jersey City and happy the community is excited about Grove Pointe,” said Jeffrey Persky, vice president of Schenkman/Kushner. “Jersey City has for some time attracted people with its jobs, convenience and dynamic city atmosphere. Grove Pointe will offer residents a new standard in luxury while embracing the vitality of Jersey City.”

    Grove Pointe is just steps away from the PATH station to New York. The project, which is scheduled to be completed in 2007, will include the revamping of a one-block section of Newark Avenue and the triangular park area at the entrance to the Grove Street PATH station.

    About Schenkman/Kushner
    Headquartered in Bridgewater, N.J., Schenkman/Kushner Affiliates is one of the largest privately held diversified real estate companies in New Jersey. It owns and manages more than 5 million square feet of office, warehouse and retail space, and owns 8,000 apartments, of which it also manages about 3,000. The company is a full-service real estate firm, handling everything from acquisition and development to leasing and management. The Schenkman/Kushner portfolio includes premier office space in New Jersey and other prime locations throughout the Northeast, as well as upscale residential properties in prime communities.

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    Journal Square on the move
    Concourse demolished, State Square building opened, Apple Tree house to be restored

    Ricardo Kaulessar
    Reporter staff writer 05/14/2005

    Journal Square is making a lot of noise again.

    And it's not only because demolition work started last week on a building near the Journal Square PATH station.

    The Square was once the main shopping and entertainment center of the city, with venues such as the Canton Chinese Restaurant, the State Theatre, the Five Corners Bakery, Liss Drugstore, and the still-existing Loew's Theater.

    Most are now gone from this area that, according to the old-timers, starts from Academy Street and runs to Newark Avenue.

    But new buildings are going up and being restored, as others are knocked down. Projects include:

    * The recent completion of the State Square building on Kennedy Blvd., which will welcome 130 tenants in June.
    * Thanks to new funding, the restoration on the historic Apple Tree House.
    * Demolition of old buildings, to be replaced with new ones near the Journal Square Transportation Center.
    Pat O' Melia, host of the radio show Hudson County's Talking who grew up in the Journal Square area, sees these actions as a sign of changes for the better.

    "They could only be good. They'll bring new people to the Square, a first step in the ongoing renaissance," said O'Melia last week.

    Knock down to build up

    Last week, demolition crews hired by the New York-based Tawil family, which has owned several properties in Journal Square near the transportation center since the mid-1980s, started tearing down the building with the address of 10 Tube Concourse, formerly the site of the Jersey Bargain Center discount store.

    The address refers to the alleyway that commuters walk down when they are coming from the buses in the terminals or the trains in the subway below that comprise most of the center.

    The Tawils own not only the 10 Tube Concourse building, but also the Hotel on the Square at 8-11 Journal Square and 17-23 Journal Square located near Sip Avenue, both of which will also be demolished in the next five to six weeks. The only buildings there not owned by the Tawils are 13-16 Journal Square.

    Marie Grasso, the owner of MMG Demolition in Staten Island, one of three companies retained by the Tawils for the pending demolition, said on Monday that first there will be a cleanup of the empty store, followed by interior demolition. Grasso said that they have to proceed cautiously since businesses located next to the 10 Tube Concourse, such as a Mexican restaurant and a donut shop with the addresses of 1-7 Journal Square, will continue to operate.

    There is also a parking lot behind the building that will continue to do business.

    "We have to be sensitive to the people who are still working in the area. They need to still earn a paycheck." said Grasso. "Working from the inside out prevents more damage from occurring."

    There is a fear expressed by the city's acting construction official, Ray Meyer, that if demolition is not done properly, there is the strong possibility of other buildings collapsing in a domino effect. Grasso said that after the exterior demolition work on 10 Tube Concourse is completed, the parapet walls of 8-11 Journal Square and 17-23 Journal Square that have shown damage will be taken down, eventually followed by demolition of 17-23 Journal Square.

    For now, there is an orange steel barrier put up about 100 feet from the 10 Tube Concourse building to limit the amount of traffic that traverses the concourse area as a shortcut to the bus terminals and the PATH station.

    This work being done will be the culmination of six months of negotiating with the Tawil family to get them to start remedying the poor structural conditions of the buildings. It was in November that the Journal Square properties in question were found to have building violations including falling concrete, cracks in the facade of one of the buildings, electrical problems, and even homeless people residing on floors of another building.

    Since then, the city has fined the Tawil family $11 million as an attempt to prompt them to start demolishing their buildings.

    As for the future of the demolished sites, there is speculation that the Tawils will be allowed to build new structures. But a source who has been in on private talks with the mayor and Tawils believes that another developer will be brought in to start developing on the sites

    A State of things to come

    On May 4, local officials and developers gathered for the opening of the new State Square building.

    The 12-story building located on Kennedy Boulevard at the site of the old State Theater in Journal Square contains 130 rental residences, including 100 market-rate apartments and 30 affordable housing apartments; 15,000 square feet of retail space, and an eight-story parking garage for 395 cars.

    At a cost of $31 million, the building is the product of a collaboration of Jersey City-based Panepinto Properties, the Alpert Group of Fort Lee, Hoboken-based Applied Housing, Harwood Properties of Jersey City, and former U.S. Congressman Frank Guarini that started 19 months of construction in August 2003. The principals of the project were at the ceremony.

    One of those principals, David Barry of Applied Housing, gushed about State Square and its impact on Journal Square.

    "Journal Square has a ton of potential and it just really needed a shot in the arm, and I think this building will give it that shot," said Barry. "There's been very little new development on Journal Square in the past 20 to 30 years. But it's got a great retail presence, great transportation links. We feel great about the building; we think it's a beautiful building, we think this is what Journal Square needs, and it will spur further revitalization of the Square."

    Joseph Panepinto, president of Panepinto Properties, told of how he was approached by Lowell Harwood of Harwood Properties in 1998 with a contract to purchase the old State Theatre property. Panepinto also talked about the difficulties of getting this project started.

    "This is a true public-private partnership. This project is a very, very busy project, very difficult to finance and very difficult to get investors," said Panepinto.

    Ward C Councilman Steve Lipski, who represents the Journal Square area, also spoke about State Square presence at a time when the 10 Tube Concourse building in Journal Square near the PATH Station will soon be undergoing a transformation.

    "You see a property that's been abandoned for over 20 years. This morning, I was just out with the contractors who represent the owners to draw up permits to demolish one of the buildings," said Lipski, "and part of the reason they are doing that is because of the risk that this group is willing to take and get this project started."

    George Cahn, spokesman for the project, said that the apartments will start being occupied by June 1 and leases will be signed for the retail space in next two months.

    This old Apple Tree House

    There are a number of old homes in Jersey City. Many dating back to the late 1800s have been restored, especially in Downtown Jersey City. But restoration takes time, public involvement and lots of money.

    That's the case of the Apple Tree House located on Academy Street in Journal Square. Also known as the Van Wagenen House because of the family that owned the house from the late 1600s to the late 1940s, the house is believed to be one of the oldest in the city, and according to legend, was the site of a meeting between George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette under an apple tree in front of the house.

    The house was also the location of the Quinn Funeral Home for a number of years, but recently has been abandoned and fallen into disrepair.

    But since 2001, there has been much activity toward restoring the house, currently owned by the city.

    Recently, the city commissioned a report from Holt Morgan Russell Architects, based in Princeton, which detailed the history and architecture of the house.

    On May 4, there was a ceremony on the grounds of the Apple Tree House to announce that the Jersey City Economic Development Corporation is granting $1.3 million in Urban Enterprise Zones (UEZ) Funds toward the restoration of the Apple Tree House.

    UEZ refers to business zones designed in municipalities such as Jersey City, where designated businesses charge 3 percent sales tax, half of the 6 percent state sales tax.

    The UEZ revenues collected can then be used by the municipality to be applied toward public improvements.

    City officials and activists involved in restoring the Apple Tree House were on hand for the ceremony. Restoration work is to start this summer.

    ©The Hudson Reporter 2005

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    New residential developments that all will be completed in the next 3 years:

    Artist District Residences

    I see another population jump and our skyline getting even more impressive!!!!
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    I like that JC is somewhat like Manhattan. Its skyline is a great compliment to the best across the river. WHat is the artist housing? Is it at special prices JUST for artists?

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