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    Thumbs up Citibike to Add 15 New Stations This Year

    15 new stations planned for Citi Bike Jersey City — where should they go?

    By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
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    on February 17, 2016 at 11:32 AM, updated February 17, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    JERSEY CITY — Citi Bike Jersey City lovers, where do you want new stations? Jersey City wants your input.

    The bike-share system that launched on this side of the Hudson River in September with 35 stations citywide is planning an expansion, with 15 new stations and 150 more bikes in the pipeline for later this year.

    The system's operators are seeking input from residents on where the new bike stations should be. Visit the online survey to add your suggestions: http://suggest.citibikejc.com/14/40.70735/-74.09223

    "We want to get rider and resident feedback as to where it will be most useful to add stations and we will use that data to guide expansion," Mayor Steve Fulop said in a statement.

    A resident at a recent town hall meeting with Fulop said residents near the Danforth Avenue light rail station want one there.

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

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    Thumbs up Two More Projects for PAD

    KABR Group and Kushner Companies Purchase Warren at Bay

    By Huma Moid - February 29, 2016


    Rendering courtesy of KABR Group

    Kushner Companies and KABR Group announced today that they have purchased the iconic 124-134 Bay Street, commonly known as Warren at Bay, in the Powerhouse Arts District. Currently the two buildings on the property are being used as artist galleries and creative office and production space.

    The company’s concept for the building is to “feature individualized work environments designed for technology, advertising, media and information technology (TAMI) tenants.”

    “We are thrilled with the reaction from tenants looking for a very special retail and office that goes beyond cookie cutter space and is so close to the many destinations desired by today’s discerning consumer,” said Adam Altman, Managing Member of The KABR Group.

    Jersey Digs is especially excited for this project since KABR and Kushner’s concept for the buildings will honor the context of the community and will preserve the charm of the neighborhood’s history. In its past life the property was the the site of the former A&P auxiliary warehouse built in 1914 and 1915.

    Stay tuned for more details as this project progresses.

    http://jerseydigs.com/kabr-group-and...warren-at-bay/

    https://www.google.com/maps/@40.7212...2!8i6656?hl=en

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    Tower Proposed for Former Juan Ribbon Machine Shop

    By jerseydigs - February 24, 2016
    Update (2/24/16):

    New renderings have surfaced for the 144 1st Street project. These updated images show how the proposed building would look from the east, north and south directions. Although I’m not a big proponent of demolishing historic warehouses, I have to say I’m a fan of the design.


    Credit: LWDMR Architects


    Credit: LWDMR Architects

    Previously:

    Demolition in progress 1/2016

    The Juan Ribbon Machine Shop, most recently occupied by Parlay Studios at 144 First Street has a development proposal working its way through the city process. The proposed plan, designed by LWDMR Architects, calls for an 11 story tower with a roof deck.

    Final renderings aren’t currently available, however, there is a previous design here and PANDA has a lot of good information here.:http://www.padnajc.org/juan-ribbon-m...-presentation/

    The existing building was demolished in January 2016.

    http://jerseydigs.com/tower-proposed...-machine-shop/
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    Nice! That corner will look complete with the third tower. I really like how they look like three distinctive adjacent buildings instead of a megastructure. Unfortunately, the old warehouse looked quite rotten and not really salvageable. Hopefully the others can be saved for an adaptive reuse with additional floors. They are extremely strong, something that is not necessary for residential so they can handle more floors.

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    Really happy with those projects. The KABR one looks great and the one next to the Art House looks fantastic too. Great for PAD district!

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    http://urbanismvsmodernism.blogspot....l?view=sidebar
    And a few quick Jersey City shots from the PATH Train
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    Cool Butler Bros and PAD Reimagined

    REAL ESTATE
    Jersey City Warehouse Converted to Rental Lofts

    By RONDA KAYSEN l FEB. 26, 2016


    Modera Lofts, Jersey City
    CreditLuiz C. Ribeiro for The New York Times


    When the Butler Brothers building rose near the Jersey City waterfront 111 years ago, the immense brick structure was a testament to the city’s manufacturing prowess. Shaped like the letter E, the eight-story warehouse spanned a square city block and was a distribution center for the Chicago-based company’s catalog business and its Ben Franklin five-and-dime stores and Federated stores.

    Now, like so many relics of the past, the warehouse at 350 Warren Street is being reimagined as 366 residential lofts, and rechristened for a new generation as Modera Lofts, with monthly rents starting at about $2,070 for a 446-square-foot studio. Reminders of its grittier past hang from the walls: In one apartment’s den, steel pulleys from the original elevators poke through the exposed brick. Original wood beams crisscross the ceilings of the 500,000-square-foot building with brick walls measuring two feet thick.

    “You don’t see something like that on this scale — it’s quite extraordinary,” said John Gomez, a founder of the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy and an architectural historian who is writing a book about Gothic architecture. “The Butler building is a time capsule for the Arts and Crafts style of building on an industrial scale.”

    For some residents of the Powerhouse Arts District, which lies between Paulus Hook and Newport, the warehouse’s restoration stands as a victory for a neighborhood that has seen many defeats. Designed by the architect Jarvis Hunt, whose uncle Richard Morris Hunt designed the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty, the Butler Brothers building was among the last post-and-beam industrial buildings of the early 20th century.

    The neighborhood, roughly 11 blocks bounded by Marin Boulevard and Second, Washington and Steuben Streets, was designated a special district by the city in 2004. Yet some of the buildings that give the area a distinct character have faced the wrecking ball over the past decade. Among them was 111 First Street, a former tobacco factory that was an artists’ residence and a neighborhood hub. It was demolished in 2007 to make way for a Rem Koolhaas-designed residential tower that has not yet been built. A neighboring warehouse, 110 First Street, was demolished in 2004, replaced by a 36-story rental tower, the One, that opened last year.

    The Butler Brothers building also faced an uncertain future when a previous owner attempted to demolish it to build a high-rise. After the city rebuffed those demands, Mill Creek Residential, a Dallas-based developer, bought the property with Rockwood Capital in April 2014 for $38 million. At a 2013 meeting with the community, residents were skeptical about the new owners’ intentions.

    “We felt embattled by this constant loss of the character of the neighborhood, and that led the neighborhood to be very wary,” said Marc Neal Simon, a local resident and a member of the Powerhouse Arts District Neighborhood Association who attended that early meeting. Instead, “we were wonderfully surprised to see the care that Mill Creek gave to this project.”

    For residents, the Butler building’s survival is evidence that renovation can be a lucrative alternative to demolition. But restoring a deteriorating century-old factory does not come cheap. In this case, it cost $150 million. The roof was replaced, the facade was repointed, and masons enlarged the brick openings for all 1,200 windows. For three months, workers sandblasted the brick walls and wooden beams, sanding the columns by hand. “When we first walked into this, it was intimidating,” said Richard Murphy, the managing director of Mill Creek's northeast division, noting that the building “had not been loved in decades.”

    The loft-style apartments retain original elements, including a bedroom in one apartment with four brick walls. Rooms are oddly shaped, and some have no windows — a partition wall brings light and air. While most rooms have the original exposed wood slat ceilings, a few barrel-style ceilings are made of terra cotta.

    Leasing began in December, with the first residents expected to move in this April. One-bedrooms range from $2,650 to around $3,675 a month; two-bedrooms from about $3,550 to $4,650; and three-bedrooms from $5,195 to $5,700.

    The building will have a gym, a lounge, a rooftop deck and office space for tenants who work from home. It will also house 14 artist’s studios, with rents starting at around $1,000 a month for a 280-square-foot space. In May, a 3,500-square-foot gallery, the Novado Gallery, will open on the ground floor. “We watched the district get chewed away slowly,” Mr. Gomez said, “but now it’s getting restored.”

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    So much for an art district , most artists cannot afford 2k a month for rent... Jersey City is slowly bleeding away its creative class...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nexis4Jersey View Post
    So much for an art district , most artists cannot afford 2k a month for rent... Jersey City is slowly bleeding away its creative class...
    If you see above the artists studios set aside with rents at $1,000. They tried to make the district all artists only apartments and the subsidy required was so great that developers weren't even interested in developing in the district. Each building that is constructed is required to set aside artist housing. Furthermore Jersey City is now requiring developers to build affordable units into their buildings if they want a limited tax abatement. Two large projects that are under construction as of now with 80% market rate, 20% affordable are the KRE project on Marin Blvd next to the JCFD HQ and the building rising on the former Pep Boys lot.

    To your other point that JC is "slowly bleeding away its creative class" isn't accurate. I am sure there are artists that have left for less expensive cities, but that vast majority arent leaving and artists are still moving here. While yes JC has certainly gotten expensive in Downtown, many artists still reside in that section of the city. Others have moved to the Heights, which is seeing wave of young residents and artists to the point that new coffee shops, bars, and art galleries have opened up. The Heights is a very hot market. Journal Square has seen artists move there in droves which is assisted in the creation of Mana Contemporary, which is one of the largest art museums in the United States. The West Side of Jersey City around Lincoln Park and working its way south towards NJCU as also begun to see artists move there and also young people that live in that area have taken up the arts.

    IMO Jersey City's creative class is in no threat of disappearing as of now. Jersey City, a city that is top 10 in one of the most artist friendly cities in the United States, is very aware that along with its many other strengths that its creative class it one of its most important and strongest.
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    If I may add my own 2 cents into this conversation. I agree with JCMan about creative class. Jersey City still has a huge amounts of neighborhoods that are still relatively affordable for these people. I mean come on its not Hoboken. We cannot look at Jersey City and think that because of this amazing economic growth that means the entire town is just some luxury development hotspot. Realistically, the city has a good handful of neighborhoods that are still economically underdeveloped (relatively speaking) and others that are booming. This is a major American city, and just like every major American city some areas are a bit harder to develop then others. However, that is not a bad thing. A healthy city is one that makes sure there is room for every economic class. I think JC is doing just that planning smart to make sure it accommodates the elites, the middle classes, the lower classes, and the creative groups. Thus, while 2K a month is alot, realistically that price is for a much more desirable area or one that doesn't have the same restrictions to it in order to appeal to the creative class.

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    So next week I plan on walking 11.2 miles in Journal Sq , Downtown Jersey City , Hoboken , Jersey City Heights , Newport , Exchange Place , and Historic Downtown. Covering 14 Projects in Journal Square , 45 Projects in Downtown Jersey , 20 Projects in Hoboken.... Additionally if Sunset is still available I will do 6 projects in Lower Manhattan and 12 in Midtown Manhattan. For a Grand Total of 150 Projects + some Railroad Photography...

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    Thumbs up "Official" Groundbreaking for Hudson Exchange and Affordable Units

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaynor Diaz View Post
    If I may add my own 2 cents into this conversation. I agree with JCMan about creative class. Jersey City still has a huge amounts of neighborhoods that are still relatively affordable for these people. I mean come on its not Hoboken. We cannot look at Jersey City and think that because of this amazing economic growth that means the entire town is just some luxury development hotspot. Realistically, the city has a good handful of neighborhoods that are still economically underdeveloped (relatively speaking) and others that are booming. This is a major American city, and just like every major American city some areas are a bit harder to develop then others. However, that is not a bad thing. A healthy city is one that makes sure there is room for every economic class. I think JC is doing just that planning smart to make sure it accommodates the elites, the middle classes, the lower classes, and the creative groups. Thus, while 2K a month is alot, realistically that price is for a much more desirable area or one that doesn't have the same restrictions to it in order to appeal to the creative class.
    'Transformative' 12-tower project underway in Downtown Jersey City

    By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
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    on March 09, 2016 at 2:08 PM, updated March 09, 2016 at 2:11 PM


    Construction of a new residential high-rise near Newport Mall in Jersey City, called Hudson Exchange, the first of 12 towers planned for the site over the next 20 years, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal

    JERSEY CITY — Declaring the start of a new era for Downtown Jersey City, Mayor Steve Fulop and developers today celebrated the start of construction of a new residential high-rise near Newport Mall, the first of 12 towers planned for the site over the next 20 years.

    Fulop and developer Abe Naparstek said the project, known as Hudson Exchange, is one of largest, most transformative projects in the nation. The $223 million first tower, which will rise 35 stories and include 421 units plus 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space and a parking garage with 264 parking spaces, is expected to open in late 2017.

    The tower, under construction on the site of the old Marin Boulevard Pep Boys, will also include 85 affordable-housing units, part of a Fulop administration effort to bring more affordable housing to the luxury high-rises along the Waterfront. A 397-unit tower planned for a lot across Marin Boulevard will include 80 affordable units, and the mayor said there are a few more similar projects "on deck."

    Fulop told The Jersey Journal that it's not fair that in recent years affordable housing has been relegated to neighborhoods far from the posh high-rises along the Hudson River. Just because a building is located Downtown, he said, that doesn't mean a person of modest income should be excluded from living there.

    "It really doesn't create diverse neighborhoods," he said. "It's important to have everybody have an opportunity to live in every corner of the city."

    Market-rate rents for the building are expected to range from $2,325 for one-bedroom apartments to $3,500 for two-bedroom units. Rents on the comparable affordable units will range from $954 to $1,194.

    The developer will handle renting the affordable units, with the city acting as a check to make sure the residents in the units do not make more than 50 to 80 percent of the area median income, which in Hudson County is $63,600.

    The affordable units come at a price for city and state taxpayers. The council last year awarded Forest City a 25-year tax break for the tower under construction now plus $10 million in redevelopment bonds that will be issued by the city. In addition the state New Jersey Economic Development Authority approved $40 million in state tax credits for the project. The affordable units revert to market-rate housing when the tax deals expire.

    Naparstek has argued that without those deals, the tower may not have received financing at all, let alone with 20 percent of the units set aside as affordable.

    "There's a huge demand for that type of housing," he said. "It creates a more dynamic, diverse community."

    The long-term plan for the entire 18-acre site, now called Metro Plaza, includes a revamped street grid that will connect the site to the neighborhood across Marin Boulevard and to the Waterfront, plus a public plaza.

    Forest City is already making a list of people interested in the affordable units. To add your name to the list, email hudsonexchangewest@forestcity.net.


    Rendering shows developers' plans for the 35-story tower called Hudson Exchange on the former site of the Downtown Jersey City Pep Boys. This would be the daytime view from the southwest. Courtesy of Jersey City Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal


    Rendering shows developers' plans for Metro Plaza, a shopping center in Downtown Jersey City located between Second and Sixth streets. Courtesy of Jersey City
    Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal


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

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    Do they have a schedule for when the others will start or is it just one finishes, the other will then start? They should do more than one at a time. I know financing is tight and not easy to obtain at that level, but the market is hot now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msands7 View Post
    Do they have a schedule for when the others will start or is it just one finishes, the other will then start? They should do more than one at a time. I know financing is tight and not easy to obtain at that level, but the market is hot now.
    The other 80/20 highrise that is currently under construction is actually around the corner from this site on Marin Blvd between 8th and 9th Streets behind the Unico Tower. Its being built by KRE and is also 80/20. http://jerseydigs.com/kres-marin-res...15-marin-blvd/

    I think they are trying to get as many out the door as possible. There are currently 1,255 units of affordable housing under construction through out Jersey City, 165 of those units are in the two projects we are referencing. The current administration has constructed as many affordable units in 3 years as it took the Healy administration to construct in 8 years.

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    Default 99 Hudson

    By the way everyone 99 Hudson is a now a dirt lot fenced by high fences with green tarps. They had been digging up the parking lot the last two weeks. Bulldozers and trailers are on site as is a pile driver and large crane. This site is moving at a break neck pace; 99 Hudson is well underway and Jersey City will soon have yet another new "tallest building in New Jersey."

    The growth this City is undergoing is unprecedented and in New Jersey unrivaled.

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