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    Thumbs up JSQ Towers


    Wednesday, April 08, 2009

    The structures that have stood vacant for several years on the block next to the Journal Square Transportation Center in Jersey City are now gone, making room for a highly anticipated twin-tower project.

    Dozens of union workers joined developers and politicians next to rubble and bulldozers yesterday to trumpet the latest step toward the future $500 million One Journal Square development.

    Construction of the mixed-use complex will begin this year and take three years to complete, officials said.

    Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy called the demolition a "great step forward," noting the development will generate 800 construction jobs, with at least 160 of those jobs going to Jersey City residents through a project-labor agreement. Once built, the project will provide 300 permanent jobs, he said.

    Final construction plans need to be submitted to the Office of the Construction Code Official before a building permit can be issued, city officials said.

    Most of the land is already owned by the development's main investor, the Multi-Employer Property Trust (MEPT). But a portion of the 1.5-acre site is still owned by Hudson County and has to be conveyed to the developers, officials said.

    Jersey City-based Harwood Properties, whose principal is Lowell Harwood, is one the partners building the development.

    When complete, the development will include 1,615 rental residential units within two towers - one 68 stories, the other 50 stories. The project will also have 70,000 square feet of retail space and 680 parking spaces, said Liz Opacity, a spokeswoman for the developer.

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    Default 680 parking spots!

    Why so many parking spots on top of a Path station?

    With exception to JFK Blvd most of the streets surrounding Journal Sq are old and narrow. Combined with the court house and the dmv office traffic already sucks during peak times. Not to mention all the buses coming in and out of the bus depot. I thought this was supposed to be smart transit oriented planning...

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    Default Massive Construction north of PATH/Routes 1 & 9 by Hackensack River

    A little off topic, but does anyone know what's going on just north of the PATH line/routes 1 & 9 by the Hackensack River? I think it's related to route 280 construction but not sure...there's a ton of equipment on many acres over there (very large site) with a ton of infrastructure-type materials onsite (large-diameter concrete piping, for example). It almost looks like they could be putting in roads for a new community, but like I said, it could be related to highway construction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbal View Post
    A little off topic, but does anyone know what's going on just north of the PATH line/routes 1 & 9 by the Hackensack River? I think it's related to route 280 construction but not sure...there's a ton of equipment on many acres over there (very large site) with a ton of infrastructure-type materials onsite (large-diameter concrete piping, for example). It almost looks like they could be putting in roads for a new community, but like I said, it could be related to highway construction.
    It's likely that the activity you're seeing is related to one of two things.

    1. NJDOT is spending $20M to make some band-aid repairs to the Pulaski Skyway and buy time to decide what to do about replacing it.

    2. Also, NJDOT is spending $250M to replace the viaduct over St Pauls Ave and Tonnele Circle.

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    It's the 2nd option. They will improve the and elminate the Tonnelle and Chrolette Circle intersections. Elimination of traffic lights addition of flyways, improve access to the Skyway from Tonelle Ave, and upgrade the whole area.

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    The Jersey City Shore

    Plans unveiled for rare public park
    on city's Hudson waterfront

    Starr Whitehouse and nARCHITECTS have designed a park for the Jersey City waterfront.
    Courtesy JCWPC

    In recent years, New York City has finally been reclaiming its moribund industrial waterfront. But across the Hudson, Jersey City has been at it for decades. The problem, as some see it, is that while New York has mostly been redeveloping its waterfront as parkland, Jersey City has almost exclusively built office and apartment towers on its shores since redevelopment began in the 1980s.

    “Sure, there’s the promenade, but that’s basically just a steel railing,” Matthew Johnson, president of the Jersey City Waterfront Parks Conservancy, said of the city’s current open-space offerings. “We want more of a natural feel.”

    The proposed park would stretch from the Goldman Sachs tower across little basin via a bridge to the peninsula.

    And so the conservancy unveiled plans for Paulus Hook Park on March 26. Designed by Starr Whitehouse and nARCHITECTS, the 9-acre park on the southern end of downtown seeks to weave together a half-dozen disparate lots into a destination for the area. “With the tremendous amount of residential development that has sprung up in Jersey City, there are a limited number of parks to serve this new community,” Johnson said.

    One of the main challenges behind connecting the six separate plots is that they are owned by as many government agencies: Liberty State Park, the New Jersey Department of Military Veteran Affairs, the Morris Canal and Banking Company, the Colgate Center Property Owners Association, and the city.

    The park was originally conceived as an alternative to the corporate and condo towers that have overtaken the Jersey City waterfront.

    As if that were not enough of a challenge, the conservancy is also working against nascent development interests. Indeed, the group was founded two years ago after word had spread that some groups had expressed interest in building on various sites within the planned park. Thanks to the recession, the conservancy hopes it may have bought enough time to get the park past the planning stages and into the political ones. “It may be the perfect opportunity before somebody decides to build one of these pieces,” Johnson said.

    At the heart of the park is a 1,000-foot-long shank-shaped spit of land that is already a public park, though it is little more than a plot of grass that is quickly eroding—a foot per year, estimates Johnson—because of heavy ferry traffic. One of the first tasks the designers will undertake if the park gets built is shoring up the peninsula against further erosion.
    One of two proposed concession stands in the park designed by nARCHITECTS.

    Beyond that, the plans call for a largely passive park, based on extensive community surveys. The surveys started with 25 different uses, from the most active (soccer fields and jogging tracks) to the most passive (walking paths and lawns for picnics and sunbathing). Johnson said the reaction was overwhelming for the latter, though a volleyball court will be included for a local group that currently plays on the extant park. A dog run is also being added, by popular demand.

    Active uses aside, the idea is to provide a peaceful respite with views of the city and respect for the surroundings. “The community really understands that,” Stephen Whitehouse, principal of Starr Whitehouse, said. “They value the basic landscape, the sweep of that outdoor landscape and the sweep of the city and the river and the sun. Yes, there are some activities they wanted, but they really wanted a park that respects the space, one that integrated with the natural landscape that already exists.”

    The "infinity bridge" is meant to serve as both circulation and symbol for the park.

    Or at least used to. Across the Little Basin from the peninsula, the spaces are mostly vacant. The iconic Colgate Clock is still there, but otherwise the land is occupied with parking, a dilapidated shoreline, a basketball court, and a roller hockey rink. In addition to the new landscape, the designers want to add an education component on the north side of the basin detailing the history of the canal that once led inland from the site, including a tie-up for a historic barge. A Korean War memorial on a secluded part of the site will be moved to a more prominent location on the northern plot and surrounded by perennial gardens.

    The signature piece of the park is the “infinity bridge,” a swooping figure-eight of wood that joins the peninsula to the northern side of the park. Designed by nARCHITECTS, the bridge is meant to visually represent the connectivity and continuity of the park with its surroundings and history while also serving the practical purpose of easing circulation within it. “The longer you can walk in green the more transformed you can become,” said Laura Starr of Starr Whitehouse.

    Site plan

    The project is still in the planning phases, though Johnson said that he has spoken with all the associated public agencies about the project and they have all been supportive so far. “We’re confident this park will be built,” he said.

    Matt Chaban

    Copyright 2003-2008 | The Architect's Newspaper, LLC.
    Last edited by ZippyTheChimp; April 15th, 2009 at 10:05 AM.

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    I dont buy the 'infinity bridge'. Two bridges are not required at that point, it looks like they both hit the same grade on both sides so why have two? And infinity just because the floor treatment joins the bridges? Very weak.

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    Not required but nice visually and I'm sure interesting in person. But in the end it will probably be scrapped for lack of funds.

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    Default Centex Bought Cookson Electronics?

    Cookson Electronics has been for sale the last few months. Any truth to the rumor that Centex has bought it to expand Westside Station?

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    Hey JCwestsider welcome I'm a fellow westsider as well. I haven't heard that if it's true this is excellent news!!! I'll keep my ear to the floor.

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    Default CANCO LOFT A (free) car in every (penthouse) garage

    A (free) car in every (penthouse) garage

    Monday, May 18, 2009 By AMY SARA CLARK

    Canco Lofts in Jersey City is offering a perk its owners hope will rev up sales: A free car with every penthouse purchase. The 500-unit condo

    complex on Dey Street put its first 202 units on the market 18 months ago, but so far only 98 have sold. Sales of the penthouse units have been particularly sluggish - only one of 44 have been taken so far, according to Jodi Stasse, Canco's director of marketing and sales.

    To help stir interest, through July 30, Canco is offering penthouse buyers a Passion Coupe Smart Car, which retails for around $15,000. The two-story units start at $550,000 for one-bedrooms and go up to $675,000 for the three-bedroom, two-bath units with Manhattan views.

    Stasse said most people interested in the penthouses are renters in Manhattan who don't have cars. The complex is a 10-minute walk from the Journal Square PATH train station.

    "(But) they realize once they're in New Jersey it would be nice to have a car," even for weekend jaunts down the shore, she said. Stasse said Canco chose the Smart Car because of its eco-friendly reputation. It gets 41 miles to the gallon, she said.

    So far, no one has taken advantage of the car offer, which started May 1. But Stasse is hopeful since other than banners on the complex, the deal hasn't been advertised.

    This isn't the first time a New Jersey developer has gone down the free-car-with-purchase road.

    After the 1989 stock market crash, a Morristown developer offered a Ford Mustang to townhouse buyers and another developer tried a luxury-car-with-McMansion promo, said Ron Simoncini, president of Axiom Communications, a real estate marketing firm.

    "I've never heard of anybody actually taking the deal," he said. "But I think they're doing it right in terms of being able to generate a little bit of visibility."

    Across the country, developers are offering free cars to drum up business

    In Ravenna, Ohio, buyers get a Ford Focus with your $124,000 condo, and in Asheville, N.C., last summer, a Smart Car was thrown in with the purchase of a $2.1 million solar-powered condo.

    Last June, Canco negotiated a better tax abatement deal with the city, claiming stalled sales. The new deal reduced payments in lieu of taxes for buyers from 16 percent of gross annual revenue to 10 percent for the first 10 years, 12 percent for the next 10 years and 14 percent for the final 10 years.

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    Exclamation Updates!!!

    Some updates from the jcconstruction.......Liberty Harbor is on too finishing it's first phase...there are rumors to be a beer garden type restaurant there and numerous services and shops are about to open. A new behemoth of a buiding has jumped up and topped out quickly at the corner of Grand & Marin.......Grove St. Bikes has opened up giving Downtown a sorely needed service......Also a new luxury building has popped up on Washington St across from the main post office.

    From the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency:

    "THE MONTICELLO, a new mixed use, mixed income rental development project located on Monticello Avenue on a .96-acre site, THE MONTICELLO will total 225,000 square feet, with 120 rental apartments, 25,000 square feet of retail space that will include a supermarket, and 170 indoor parking spaces. The building will be LEED certified and will include energy star appliances and products. THE MONTICELLO will offer a variety of amenities, including a gym, center courtyard, rooftop garden, concierge and housekeeping service, indoor parking, high-speed internet and a shuttle to and from surrounding commuter hubs. Once a bustling retail location, THE MONTICELLO will rejuvenate that presence with this new development."

    New mixed income affordable housing in townhous form is finishing up in Lafayette replacing projects.....the Whitlock Cordage complex is nearing office building for the JCMC.......the Powerhouse is getting set for it's renovation......and luxury buildings on Newark Ave and street scape improvements.

    To build park on old PJP site

    Friday, May 08, 2009

    Against the backdrop of the Hackensack River and in the shadow of the Pulaski Skyway, Jersey City and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials announced Wednesday that a former federal Superfund site will be transformed into a 32-acre park.

    P.A. representatives did not show up empty-handed.

    P.A. Deputy Executive Director Susan Bass-Levin said the bi-state agency will kick in $4 million to create the "Marion Greenway Park" on part of the old PJP landfill site.

    "We can take this land back and give it back to the people," Bass-Levin said, flanked by city officials, including Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy.

    The park will include two soccer fields, a quarter-acre extension of the Hackensack River Walkway, an open lawn/fairgrounds, a 1.6 mile-long jogging/walking path, and acres of wildflowers and trees, officials said.

    Jersey City plans to purchase the site, which is next to the AMB warehouse site, from its current owner, Edwin Siegel, for $12.4 million. The pricetag for the park is $8 to $10 million and the city plans to pay for it through grants, officials said.

    The park, which abuts the busy Route 1/9 truck route, is not currently accessible by public transportation, but will have parking, officials said. There are no immediate plans for a bus route to the site, officials said.

    Remediation of the land will begin later this year and the park will be completed by fall 2010, said Corporation Counsel Bill Matsikoudis.

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    They went for around 75% of listed price. Any thoughts on The Beacon? Great building/unit, terrible location is my impression . . .

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    Lightbulb Bye-bye Illegal Apts.

    Jersey City Mayor Healy wants to put 'illegal' apts on tax rolls

    by Amy Sara Clark / The Jersey Journal
    Thursday May 28, 2009, 8:47 PM

    In Jersey City, thousands of homeowners have illegal apartments tucked away in basements and attics. And if Mayor Jerramiah Healy has his way, he'll make honest landlords out of all of them.

    But several persons, including at least one city official, said Healy's idea might be impossible to implement and would flout zoning rules already in a place.

    "We'd like to consider an amnesty program to recognize them (the landlords with illegal apartments) and have them increase their tax payments to the city," Healy said during an interview last week. "There are literally thousands (of illegal apartments) out there. It will bring in a significant about of money to the city's coffers."

    City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill estimated that each illegal apartment that went legit would bring in between $522 and $833 extra money per year to the city due to the increased value of the property.

    City Zoning Officer Tony Lambiase estimated that 25 to 30 percent of the buildings in Jersey City have illegal apartments, and perhaps 80 percent of these units could be brought up to code, which would include creating secondary exits in case of fire.

    Several persons questioned the practicality of Healy's idea, which the mayor acknowledged needs to be fleshed out.

    "I understand the mayor would like to make it legal for the people living in the illegal units, but I don't know how it's done," said city Planning Director Bob Cotter.

    Bringing each case before the Zoning Board of Adjustment would overload the system and is arguably illegal, since zoning variances are meant to be granted only rarely, Cotter said.

    One option would be to change the city's zoning laws, Cotter said. Most of Jersey City falls under the "R-1" category, which allows one- or two-family homes. Illegal apartments are usually added to two-family houses, Cotter said.

    The city could change the R-1 category to allow three-families, but then the city could see a huge influx of new basement apartments, which, Cotter said, would make the population too dense for its infrastructure.

    Barbara Petrick, president of the Sergeant Anthony Park Association, agreed. "Higher density is something that can be okay (but only) if it's built for it," she said.

    Rebecca Hoffman, president of the Riverview Neighborhood Association, said she didn't think many landlords would take the mayor's offer since under state law, three-family homes are considered "multi-family buildings" requiring a slew of expensive upgrades such as sprinklers and second egresses.

    Plus, they'd have to pay more in taxes.

    "It's a complicated issue, but I guess the bottom line is I don't think this really addresses the problem," Hoffman said.

    The city needs to enforce the current zoning laws and build more affordable housing so people wouldn't need to live in illegal apartments, she said.

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    Default Not quite Terrible

    Block944 --

    Good info Block944. Terrible is not the right word...but yep, the area needs a little work. I live here. Sheriff's office moved in to the governmental complex on Mill Rd just North of the Beacon. Plenty of cop cars around now for a change. Go by the lot that used to be a mess of broken bottles and 'activity', but no more. Its all lined with cop cars now. Nice change. The park they build across from the center is nice as well compared to what it was 3 years ago.

    I had two break-ins due to my proximity to an alley and a bang-bang motel that I wish they would demolish, but the neighborhood is still improving.

    Still 75% of value is sad. May be a sign of the times everywhere, not just JC. But...I'm sticking to my guns. I say we are out of this thing in 2 years. JC is way to close to the City to loose marketability, and JSQ where I live is too close to transportation to be undervalued for more than 2 years.

    Economy is feeling for a bottom. Housing has not hit one, but it is coming damn close. Banks are not lending like they should but at least they are lending a little. I am not seeing lines across the news like I did in September when it said 'banks stopped lending.' ?????!!!!????

    The good news for JC is despite the economic mess we, and the entire world have fallen into, JC 'relatively' is not too bad. Sure, there are many construction projects that stopped or did not get funding once the permits were pulled (one right across the street from me). But many are going forward even IN this mess. Anyone try looking at the Miami skyline of unfinished, deserted construction. The 75% sucks, but this too shall pass. Give me 2 YEARS, thats it, and I will give you a JC rising again.

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