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    Quote Originally Posted by JCMAN320 View Post
    ^Yes and also the Butler Bros Building is condos I believe as well.

    KW Citylife office on Grove Street is doing a marketing at their real estate office for Gulls Cove II.
    They started pre-construction sales in late July/early August, and (as I mention above) were supposed to open an onsite sales office on Sept 15th. But this hasn't happened so I'm starting to wonder if the plans have been scrapped/postponed again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by West Hudson View Post
    They started pre-construction sales in late July/early August, and (as I mention above) were supposed to open an onsite sales office on Sept 15th. But this hasn't happened so I'm starting to wonder if the plans have been scrapped/postponed again.
    The GCII addition is only going to be 7 stories. It was always planned that way. You can see how high it will go from the lack of windows on the side of the existing building, and the original renderings.

    The hold up on the opening of the sales office is due to changes in the POS. Some changes where made because market conditions have changed since the original building opened. They are waiting for the state department of consumer affairs to approve the changes. They can't put any homes under contract until the changes are approved. A model home is already set-up in the existing building and a quite a few homes are already reserved for insider sales that were offered to the owners in the existing building.

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    Thumbs up JC Leading NJ's Big Cities Back to Local Control

    This is such a big deal for Jersey City. JC for years has still had more local control than any other big city in NJ. JC has had control by way of school governance and finance for several years now but now we finally get control of personal and school operations. Only school instruction remains in Trenton's control. This is a long time coming and shows that JC,s schools, while still having some issues, have come a long way and have improved to a point where we have earned local control back. We have been a model for the other large cities of NJ to follow for many years when it comes to economic development, open space, arts & culture, ground breaking legislation, mass transit, and now finally our public education system is starting to turn a corner. This is a day to truly be proud of.

    This relates to economic development in a huge way because while new families have been planting roots in JC for a quite a few years now, marking a turn where familes use to leave when they had school aged children, it shows that the schools are improving and encourage more families to stay. New comers have been making the voices heard with the JC School Board and this will be even more incentive to get involved.

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    After nearly 30 years, Jersey City gets back more control of schools

    By Kelly Heyboer | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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    on October 07, 2015 at 1:00 PM, updated October 07, 2015 at 3:14 PM


    The state Board of Education discussed returning local control to the Jersey City public school system Wednesday. Jersey City's skyline is pictured in this file photo. (Frances Micklow | The Star-Ledger) (Star-Ledger photo)

    TRENTON — In a historic vote, the New Jersey Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday to return more control of Jersey City's public school system back to the local government.

    State Education Commissioner David Hespe recommended the state give control of Jersey City's personnel and operation departments back to the local school board. The state had previously given the local government control of school governance and finance.

    That means only school instruction remains under the supervision of the State in Jersey City.

    Hespe said he will form a focus group in Jersey City to work toward turning over the rest of control of the district back to local residents.

    The state took over Jersey City's school district in 1989 after education officials said the "total educational failure" of the city's schools was hurting students. It was the first school system taken over by New Jersey's state government, which later took control of Newark and Paterson schools for similar failures.

    Jersey City officials at the meeting in Trenton said they were pleased with the state board's vote.

    Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said the board's unanimous vote, which included no debate, was anti-climactic, but important.

    "This has been 30 years in the making and it really means a lot to the people of Jersey City," Fulop said.

    Hespe, the state education commissioner, said the state reviewed the school district's operations before recommending turning most control back to the local officials. The operations and personnel problems identified before the 1989 takeover have been addressed.

    "All of those issues have been resolved," Hespe said.

    Kelly Heyboer may be reached at kheyboer@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @KellyHeyboer. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

    http://www.nj.com/education/2015/10/...l#incart_river
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    Does this mean they are paying for their own schools?

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    Thumbs up JC First NJ Big City to Regain Total Control by 2016

    Quote Originally Posted by Nexis4Jersey View Post
    Does this mean they are paying for their own schools?
    I have no idea yet. It did not say in the article that they are changing the classification of Abbot District.

    UPDATE: Jersey City to be first large city in NJ to win back total local control in 2016.

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    Jersey City schools to win back full local control from state in 2016

    JERSEY CITY Jersey City schools will regain full control of its school district by early next year, Mayor Steve Fulop announced this morning.

    The public-school district, which was taken over by the state in 1989, will regain local control in the areas of operations and personnel at today's state Board of Education meeting, Fulop said. The district already won back control of governance and finance in 2007, leaving only curriculum/instruction under state management. That area should be returned to the district by the spring, according to the mayor.

    "I want to thank the volunteers that worked with our team over the last six years to implement sweeping change during the Board of Education elections," Fulop said in a statement. "They paved the way for a new superintendent that would be focused purely on student outcomes."

    Schools Superintendent Marcia V. Lyles, hired in 2012 after Fulop and his allies forced her predecessor to retire, also praised today's news, which represents a significant victory for Lyles as she mulls whether to seek a renewal of her contract, which expires in December.

    "This is an affirmation of everything we've been working towards for the past several years," Lyles said in a statement released by Fulop's spokesman. "We're looking forward to regaining full control."

    Fulop made the announcement almost simultaneously this morning on his political website, stevenfulop.com, and via his City Hall spokesman, a shift in how the mayor, who is mulling a run for governor in 2017, has released such news in the past. Lyles allies chafed at Fulop making the announcement before the state BOE decided, with one telling The Jersey Journal it was "bad form." Lyles herself declined to comment before the BOE's action.

    The mayor's words of thanks to volunteers who worked with him to elect local BOE members comes as his relationship with many of those volunteers has soured. Many say he abandoned them once he was elected mayor in 2013 so he could win the support of the statewide and local teachers unions.

    The state took control of the 28,000-student district in 1989, saying its "total educational failure" had deprived its students of a thorough and efficient education.

    Terrence T. McDonald may be reached at tmcdonald@jjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @terrencemcd. Find The Jersey Journal on Facebook.

    http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2...l#incart_river

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    To answer your question Nexis from another article:

    "Jersey City's district currently receives $418 million annually in state aid, versus about $110 million from local taxpayers, an imbalance that has led to grumbling from Republican lawmakers who represent suburban districts that receive little state aid.

    City taxpayers have expressed fear that regaining total local control of the school district would translate into less state aid, but Theresa Luhm, an attorney with Newark-based public interest law firm Education Law Center, said there's no more threat of the state withholding aid now than there was before today's announcement.

    "The schools are funded under the state funding formula, which applies to every single district in the state," Luhm told The Jersey Journal. "That didn't change. It will change nothing in terms of funding.""

    http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2...l#incart_river
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    Lightbulb "High Line" Liberty Bridge Linking JC-NYC

    This will most likely never happen but a pedestrian bridge linking JC and NYC has been discussed for decades now. It would have to be well over 230ft high to allow for cruise ships and military vessels. The bridge would start at the 6th Street Embankment in JC and end at BPC in Manhattan. This has gotten play on Gothamist, Curbed, and I wouldn't be surprised if it gets in the metro area papers tomorrow morning and news casts. He's up to 943 signatures out of 1,000.

    Hey a guy can dream can't he?

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    N.J. man envisions pedestrian bridge linking Jersey City, NYC

    By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
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    on October 08, 2015 at 10:58 AM, updated October 08, 2015 at 1:21 PM


    Jeff Jordan Architects has created renderings for a pedestrian bridge linking Downtown Jersey City with New York City. Courtesy of Jeff Jordan Architects
    Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal



    JERSEY CITY — A city man is causing a stir with his idea for a pedestrian bridge linking the Sixth Street Embankment to Lower Manhattan.

    Kevin Shane dreamed up the concept and joined with city-based architect Jeff Jordan to create renderings depicting what they call Liberty Bridge.: http://jjarchs.com/#/liberty-bridge/

    The span is envisioned as a pair of interwoven paths inside a box truss frame. The 5,000-foot long, 200-foot high bridge, which would also be open to cyclists, would reach into New York's Battery Park.

    Asked if he's surprised by the attention his idea is getting, Shane said he's "hoping for more."

    "I want to see this come to fruition and it needs to start somewhere," he said.

    Shane has created an online petition calling for Mayor Steve Fulop, Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to back the plan. It has over 500 supporters so far. https://www.change.org/p/steven-fulo...etition-letter


    Jeff Jordan Architects has created renderings for a pedestrian bridge linking Downtown Jersey City with New York City. Courtesy of Jeff Jordan Architects
    Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal



    Jeff Jordan Architects has created renderings for a pedestrian bridge linking Downtown Jersey City with New York City. Courtesy of Jeff Jordan Architects
    Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal


    Terrence T. McDonald may be reached at tmcdonald@jjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @terrencemcd. Find The Jersey Journal on Facebook.

    http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2...rt_2box_hudson

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    They should do it, but absolutely have to make direct access to it by elevator from the waterfront. Otherwise it will land way too far west of where people will want to go. Hope it gets some financial support, and that they don't decide to make a highway bridge instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by towerpower123 View Post
    They should do it, but absolutely have to make direct access to it by elevator from the waterfront. Otherwise it will land way too far west of where people will want to go. Hope it gets some financial support, and that they don't decide to make a highway bridge instead.
    Elevator to the Waterfront on both sides is included. It couldn't become a highway bridge it would have to be scrapped all together due to lack of land for infrastructure and there would be nothing for roadways to connect it to on either side. This is planning on connecting to the 6th Street Embankment Park once it gets clear of the lawsuits.

    Poll on NJ.com shows 73% think it's a good idea. Mayor Fulop said he would "love to see it" happen, but said he didn't think it was "anything more than a dream right now."
    http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2...rt_2box_hudson
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    Well, while it probably won't go anywhere for awhile if the Embankment mess with Hyman ever gets settled feasibility studies should commence immediately upon that. Something like this should get done. It will not replace PATH, nor should it advertise itself as that. It would be something that can ease the load on the PATH system and as a fully green enterprise would be something totally worth encouraging... plus the prestige it would grant Jersey City as a true gateway of America would make it world famous.

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    I highly doubt it will get built...its just another Fantasy idea... It will also ruin the skyline , which will lower property values and would be impossible to use during the winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nexis4Jersey View Post
    I highly doubt it will get built...its just another Fantasy idea... It will also ruin the skyline , which will lower property values and would be impossible to use during the winter.
    Absolutely right. I remember seeing similar ideas pitched right after 9/11 when the new WTC proposals were being showcased. A bridge would definitely detract from the view of both skylines and I'm sure there would be other unforeseen problems that would come along with the idea.

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    ^Something tells me that Modera ain't opening this Fall...actually their website says Feb 2016.

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    Thumbs up Jersey City To Legalize Airbnb

    ^^In regards to the pedestrian bridge I disagree. I think it can happen if the right funding comes along. The views from Brooklyn and Queens looking across the East River to Manhattan aren't ruined by those bridges being there. Pedestrian means is the only means Jersey City doesn't have to access to Manhattan. We have subway, ferry, auto, and bike share access but no direct pedestrian or bike access. Brooklyn and Queens have that access. I think it can happen but with the right backing and support.

    In other news Jersey City wants to legalize Airbnb to make it another form of lodging that is taxable.

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    Jersey City Proposes Legislation to Legalize Airbnb


    By MATT A.V. CHABANOCT. 11, 2015


    Ed Ramirez began renting out space in his apartment in McGinley Square area in 2013. Credit Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times

    JERSEY CITY — With Wall Street offices, brownstone-lined streets, star chefs, and even Citi Bike, New Jersey’s second largest city often resembles a more affordable, if less glamorous, mini-Manhattan — a sentiment a growing number of tourists now share, as they look here for cheaper accommodations.

    Yet Jersey City could soon have something New York does not. On Monday, Mayor Steven M. Fulop will introduce legislation to legalize the use of all short-term sleepover web services, like Airbnb and HomeAway. The law is expected to be approved by November.

    In exchange for agreeing to let some of Jersey City’s 262,000 residents rent out a couch, a bedroom or even their entire apartment or house on Airbnb, the company would charge users the same 6 percent hospitality tax currently levied on guests at the city’s dozen hotels.

    Mr. Fulop anticipates the tax would generate between $600,000 and $1 million annually on the more than 300 Airbnb listings in the city. That would be added to the roughly $6 million the city makes on its hotel rooms each year.

    Though some remain skeptical of Airbnb and its disruptive effect on both the hotel industry and the housing market nationwide, Mr. Fulop has decided to embrace it.

    “Maybe it’s my age, or my friends who love Airbnb, but it’s certainly not going away,” the 38-year-old mayor said in an interview. “You can either try and fight it and resist change, which I’m not sure is going to work, or you can try and figure it out and work together.”

    Airbnb is illegal in New York State except under certain circumstances. Hosts are allowed to rent a room or two, so long as they remain on the premises, rather than vacating and renting out the entire apartment or home, as would be allowed in Jersey City.

    This is seen as a protection against properties being turned into de facto hotels, of which there have been some instances, though it is a matter of debate how prevalent that practice is.

    “Any objective analysis will tell you there has been a housing crisis in New York for decades now, and 30-plus years of housing policy hasn’t changed that, so I don’t think we’re the problem here,” Chris Lehane, a former aide to Bill Clinton who recently became the head of global policy for Airbnb, said.

    Mr. Fulop said he believed legalizing Airbnb would make it easier to monitor and regulate short-term rentals, not harder. “We need to work with Airbnb, not against them,” Mr. Fulop said. “After all, look at what technology did to the music industry and the taxi industry.”

    Even so, Airbnb opponents in New York remain vigilant, and new laws in Jersey City will not change that.

    “Since when does New York City look across the Hudson for a policy blueprint?” Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal, a Democrat from Manhattan, said in a statement. “Whatever happens in Jersey City stays in Jersey City. With scarce affordable housing and unified opposition to illegal hotels here, this development will have zero impact on the law in New York.”

    Over the past year, Airbnb has been legalized in dozens of cities, most notably in its hometown, where San Francisco officials collect a 14 percent tax. Cities ranging from Grand Rapids, Mich., and Nashville to Portland, Ore., and Santa Rosa, Calif., have also implemented taxes.

    Many mayors have taken Mr. Fulop’s view of Airbnb, including Michael Nutter of Philadelphia, who legalized the service with a 8.5 percent tax just before Pope Francis arrived last month and a year ahead of the Democratic National Convention.

    It was the Super Bowl in 2014 that spurred interest in Airbnb in Jersey City, when people were scrambling to find accommodations near MetLife Stadium.

    Today, Airbnb spaces on offer range from an $850-a-night duplex overlooking Hoboken and Manhattan to a cluttered, windowless room that, at $20 per night, might be one of the cheapest rooms in the area.

    “I think coming from New York, there’s this stigma about New Jersey, but if you live in Europe or Latin America, you have no idea,” Francois Baron said. After moving to Chelsea with his partner two years ago, they decided to rent out two units in their brownstone on Airbnb, so they could continue to store furniture and art there. Two other units are rented out on a long-term basis.

    With residents embracing the service, Jersey City’s elected officials felt they had to do the same. When residents in some of the high-rise buildings lining the Hudson River raised concerns to Councilwoman Candice Osborne, she proposed legalization, and taxation, of the service.

    “You can fight it all kinds of ways, but at the end of the day, it’s someone’s personal property, and it’s a service people want to use, so there is only so much you can do,” Ms. Osborne said.

    Just ask Ed Ramirez. He began renting out space in his apartment in June 2013 in the McGinley Square neighborhood and was so impressed with Airbnb, he convinced friends and neighbors to use the service. He now manages 30 listings for between $40 and $110 a night. Under the new law, he would have to get a license, as would anyone with more than five listings.

    Mr. Ramirez said it was hard to find long-term tenants for most of his units, but renting them through Airbnb proved more lucrative. And local businesses, like restaurants, also benefit from the flow of renters. He does not see the new tax as an impediment to his business.

    “That’s the beauty of technology. We can adjust our prices on the fly if nobody is staying,” he said. “It’s like running a hotel out of the palm of your hand, except the rooms aren’t all in one building and the model is more progressive. Everybody benefits.”

    A version of this article appears in print on October 12, 2015, on page A16 of the New York edition with the headline: Jersey City Proposes Legalizing Airbnb to Generate Tax Revenue From Rentals.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/12/ny...rbnb.html?_r=0
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    Cool JC, 12 Largest Downtown in US By Office Space, Gets A Little More Company

    Financial systems company leasing 41,000 square feet on Jersey City waterfront

    By Michaelangelo Conte | The Jersey Journal
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    Harborside Plaza 3 in Jersey City's Exchange Place financial district on the Hudson River waterfront.

    A global financial software company has agreed to rent more than 41,000 square feet of office space at Harborside Plaza 3 in Jersey City, which will keep the company in the waterfront office building through 2023, Mack-Cali Realty Corporation announced today.

    SunGard Financial Systems (http://www.sungard.com/) provides software and IT services to institutions in virtually every segment of the financial services industry.

    Harborside 3 is a 12-story, 725,600-square-foot building connected by a ground-floor retail promenade to Plaza 1 and Plaza 2. It is located on the Hudson River waterfront in the Exchange Place financial district.

    The agreement comes on the heels of Mack-Cali's recently announced three-year strategic plan for the transformation of Harborside.

    The revamped Harborside will add new retail, fitness centers, and food concepts, including restaurants and bars. Additionally, Mack-Cali recently topped-out a 763-unit, multi-family residential building, adding another residential option for young professionals in Jersey City.

    http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2...l#incart_river

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