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    Default Journal Squared - Official Ribbon Cutting (March 17th, 2017)




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    Default Downtown Construction Update

    Below are a few snapshots from this afternoon:

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    10 Provost Street

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    3 Journal Sq to start leasing; studios from $1600/month

    http://www.njbiz.com/article/2017032...ter-this-month

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    Default Early Plans Unveiled For Two-Tower Mega-Project In Jersey City’s Journal Square

    We just released the long-awaited update to our Jersey City Development Map. What better way to celebrate than with these just-revealed plans for another two-tower mega-project in Journal Square?

    Aerial Site View | Credit: GRID Real Estate

    Plans have been posted for a new mixed-use transit-oriented complex at 808 Pavonia Avenue, a lot located in Ward C adjacent to the Loew’s Jersey Theatre, the PATH tracks, and several houses just off of Tonnelle Avenue. A website launched earlier this month, that provides comprehensive information on the project as it moves through the approval process, states that the new development “provides a restart for Journal Square to recreate the Square at the center for arts and entertainment,” adding that “this complex site offers great opportunity to integrate the existing street grid, creating a walkable pedestrian neighborhood with arts and cultural facilities and small-scale retail to complement the Loew’s theater.”


    Proposed Towers | Credit: Studio V Architecture

    The website describes plans for two towers, one of which would be 55 stories tall with 591 residential units while the other, known as the western tower, would be 49 stories tall with 589 units. Each floor would contain between 12 and 14 units, and the towers would reportedly adhere to LEED certification guidelines. Due to the site’s location in Journal Square, residents of the complex would be conveniently located, with hundreds of businesses, two PATH train lines, and 15 bus routes within close walking distance.


    Walkway Rendering | Credit: Studio V Architecture

    However, the complex is slated to include far more than just apartments. There are plans for 6,400 square feet of ground floor retail space, a 10,000 square foot black box theater with 126 seats that will be a “possible new home for Jersey City’s Art House Production,” a 5,000 square foot museum with art exhibition space that could be created in “possible collaboration with MANA Contemporary,” underground parking with 450 spaces, an outdoor amphitheater, and a public landscaped promenade with skyline views, according to the website. Project plans also illustrate proposals for 32,260 square feet of amenities space, including a green roof, outdoor terraces, skyline cabana club, and a public roof garden.


    Public Roof Garden | Credit: Studio V Architecture

    The development website lists Jersey City-based Harwood Properties as the developer, while Midtown Manhattan-based Studio V Architecture is listed as the project architect and Thornton Tomasetti is listed as the project engineer. Grid Real Estate, LLC of Hoboken and DeCotiis, FitzPatrick & Cole, LLP, of Bergen County, and Lower Manhattan-based Balmori Associates, are also on the development team.
    Currently, the 2.215-acre property contains the Square Ramp parking garage and parking lot. NJ Parcels records show that it is owned by Journal Square Ramp, LLC.
    The project has yet to be heard by the Jersey City Planning Board, though the website states that “no variances to existing zoning are needed for development of the project” since it “has been carefully designed to work within the parameters of the Journal Square Redevelopment Plan.”
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    Love them! Large towers everywhere for JS!

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    is the only access to PATH JSQ station at Path Plaza or is there access from other streets? I ask because the map above of the new project looks like you would have to cross wha tlooks like a 6-8 lane road (Kennedy Blvd?) to get to Path Plaza.

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    Essentially there is only one entrance to the platform level, at Path Plaza. However, this entrance is accessible from the east via Magnolia Ave and from the walkway leading from Journal Squared, as well as from Summit and Sip via the Concourse East alleyway.

    Indeed from the west you have to cross Kennedy Blvd to get to Path Plaza. Pedestrian access could be better, but it's not a horrible pedestrian experience--I say this as someone who walks this way nearly every day.

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    The New JSQ Association is having a meeting on Wednesday, April 5 at 2737 Kennedy Blvd (Starting Points) to discuss the following projects. All are welcome to attend to learn more about the projects, or to voice your opinion for the projects if you live nearby:

    2 projects sponsored by the Namdar Group:

    • Homestead Assemblage – a proposed mixed-use ground-up development on multiple sites located in Journal Square between Newark Ave and the new Journal Squared Building (around Homestead Pl). The developer is proposing to deliver a pedestrian promenade starting from Newark Avenue and leading directly to the PATH entrance under the new Journal Squared Tower. The pedestrian promenade will be a cobblestone, pedestrian-only, street lined with restaurants and retail shops on the ground floor and a mix of other uses on the upper floors to include commercial, office, residential, and a hotel development on the upper floors. There are a total of five buildings proposed in the Homestead Assemblage, with building heights ranging from 18 to 25 floors.
    • Central Avenue Extension – a proposed mixed-use ground-up development to be located on the corner of Newark Ave (626 Newark Ave) and the proposed Central Avenue Extension. Hudson County has been planning to extend Central Avenue for about 10 years to better help support the connection of the Heights Community to Journal Square Transportation Center. The developer is proposing to construct and deliver the Central Avenue extension street as designed by Hudson County and seen on the Journal Square 2060 Redevelopment Plan. The project is proposed to include 3 mixed-use towers with ground and second floor retail along with offices on the tower base floors and residential units on the upper floors. The buildings are proposed to range in height from 23 to 27 floors.


    The other projects are:

    • 500 Summit Avenue - across from the former Burger King site. The proposal is for a 42-story residential building with ground floor retail and interior parking. The proposal also calls for the construction of a public park and community space.
    • 28 Vroom Street – a five-story residential building with twenty-four units with balcony and outdoor space for the residents

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    Seems like there are alot of proposals in the JSQ area but no action....March came and went without the expected One JSQ ground breaking. I really do think that builders are having trouble getting financing in this market...but perhaps in the next cycle alot of these projects will finally get off the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by West Hudson View Post
    Seems like there are alot of proposals in the JSQ area but no action....March came and went without the expected One JSQ ground breaking. I really do think that builders are having trouble getting financing in this market...but perhaps in the next cycle alot of these projects will finally get off the ground.
    I agree, that some of these proposals are long-term projects, not near-term projects. But what I worry about is that there's a lot of alarmism about the number of proposed projects even though a lot of them may not get built for years, if ever (see all the headlines about "37,000 units coming to JC"?). And that alarmism lends credence to calls to restrict development and downzone--I mean, yeah, if everything that was proposed was getting built all at once, it would be unlivable. The kicker is Zoning/Planning Board approvals are only grandfathered in for 2 years after a rezoning. So if the city starts downzoning JSQ as it's threatening to do, a lot of these projects might have their approvals expire before the next cycle.

    So, worst-case scenariou would be that we may get not that much built this cycle, PLUS development restrictions that pretend as if all these units were actually getting built.
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    So many incredible ideas... calling JCMAN 320, calling JCMAN 320... are they going ahead with One Journal Square or landbanking here like some fear? Just saw Nexis in SkyscraperCity mentioning that possibility... Hamilton and others here too are wondering what the heck is up with the Kushner group.. Jared should NEVER have gotten the political bug, because his dad is way too cautious. Please Kushners... put it up or get out. Jared's becoming increasingly a sore point with his deep involvement in his father in law's Administration. If it doesn't start soon it may never go up(as long as that side of the Kushner family) owns it because it might become too toxic. Strike now while the iron is hot or give it up to a company with a dependable top management.

    And it makes absolutely NO sense. Like has been mentioned a good number of the proposal won't become reality for some time. I wouldn't expect, for instance, the single 72 story, 799 ft tower this same group wants to develop to get going before the 2 tower One Journal Square project is done. 500 Summit even if done won't go up likely for several years either. The market for the newly opened first tower of KRE's Journal Squared three tower project is already very brisk so excessive conservatism at this point seems really unwarranted. We can have a few big projects going on at a time. It IS essential infrastructure and transportation improvements get done as rapidly as possible. But one big building being up and another mid sized one(the Panepinto one in between the small office complexes over the PATH tracks) being well on the way to completion isn't going to stress the area all at once to the breaking point. Caution is warranted so overbuilding doesn't happen in a very short time frame but guys, the market as it is now can and will support some more immediate development going on. Absolutely NO excuse whatsoever for landbanking anything. Especially when that first Journal Squared tower is attracting lots of interest and is selling briskly.
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    The closing of the Catholic high school is great news. Looking forward to an 80-story tower to be built on the site of the demolished parochial academy!!!!

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    So here's the lowdown from the JSQ neighborhood meeting:

    500 Summit Ave

    • HAP says that they're fully financed and ready to start digging, as soon as they get approvals.
    • In fact, they've already closed the parking lot on the site.
    • But approvals are the hard part...the city settled litigation with them several years ago to allow them to erect a 42-story tower as-of-right, but the current councilman is vehemently opposed to the tower, and has persuaded the city to renege on its agreement. That has resulted in renewed litigation...it's likely the city will lose because its settlement was legally binding, but who knows how long it will all take to play out in court. It's kind of frustrating that, of all the projects in the Square, the project that has seen the most pushback from neighbors is the one most ready and eager to get shovels in the ground.
    • As has been mentioned previously, they would construct a 42-story, 458-ft tower with a .75 acre park/playground, ~700 apartments, and ~260 parking spaces.
    • Here are the renderings of the base:


    Homestead Pl and Central Ave Extension

    • This project requires a rezoning (an amendment to the JSQ 2060 Plan) in order to take place.
    • They probably won't have trouble getting the rezoning. They've shown it to several councilmen, and all were very enthusiastic, as was the City Planner. And at the neighborhood meeting, everyone who spoke was supportive of the plan and very excited about it. It seems like a slam dunk.
    • The plan Homestead assemblage is actually 4 towers in heights ranging from 18 or 19 to 25 stories. Two more towers would be on the Central Ave Extension site on the northwest intersection with Newark Ave.
    • The sites under consideration for the Homestead project are: The vacant lots on the north side of Van Reipen Ave across from Homestead Pl where two houses once stood; the synagogue on the south side of Cottage Pl; and the municipal parking lot on Newark Ave. But the rezoning will also cover the two horrible McLaughlin Funeral parking lots on Pavonia Ave. Apparently they can't get them to sell, but hopefully the rezoning will encourage them to redevelop these eyesores.
    • This project would result in a pedestrian extension of Homestead Pl to Newark Ave, inspired by Stone St in Manhattan
    • The developer, Namdar Group, does not control the municipal parking lot on Newark Ave. The JCRA will issue a Request for Proposals to sell this lot, and they will submit a proposal involving a hotel on that site, to include a parking garage to replace the existing lot.
    • Here's a conceptual rendering, looking south toward the Journal Squared tower in the background:
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    EastMillinocket, the high school is currently zoned for 13 stories max. The site abuts the Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association's home turf. This is a neighborhood that is very against development, since it includes a historic brownstone district. The Association and City Planning put out a Google poll to gauge the neighborhood's opinion on rezoning the site for higher density, and the results weren't good. 75% voted to keep the site zoned for 13 stories max. Don't know how that will affect the future of this site, but it's an election year, so there's that:

    http://www.hpnajc.org/News/4594931



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    The Art House building has been closed, vacated and closed off in anticipation of demo! It's the site of tower 2, and I doubt they would've closed it off if they weren't committed to building tower 2. Demo is supposed to take place sometime in the next few weeks.

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