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    Thumbs up Montgomery Gardens Phase 1

    New homes to rise where Montgomery Gardens was demolished
    Updated on September 27, 2017 at 7:37 AM Posted on September 27, 2017 at 7:35 AM

    By Kristen Keller
    The Jersey Journal


    Montgomery Gardens Family Phase I
    A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held for the Montgomery Gardens Family Phase I project in Jersey City, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, at the site where the Montgomery Gardens public housing complex used to stand. (Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal


    Where three buildings were once leveled with the flip of a switch, a new building will rise. And it started the old-fashioned way -- with a few shovels in the ground.

    Jersey City officials, along state and federal officials and the developer, broke ground last week on a mixed-income apartment complex at the site of the former Montgomery Gardens public housing complex.

    The Montgomery Gardens Family Phase 1 project, being developed by Michaels Development Company, is being funded by a combination of sources, including $13.9 million in federal Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery assistance.

    The building will have 126 units one- to four-bedroom units, including seven for homeless families. There will be 26 units available as public housing replacement units, 52 available as project-based Section 8 units, 43 available to individuals who do not exceed 60 percent of the median income in Hudson County, and five units available at market rate.

    "We are grateful to once again be partnering with the Jersey City Housing Authority to bring beautiful, high-quality affordable housing to families of all income levels," Gary Buechler, president of The Michaels Development Company, said in a statement.

    The plan also includes a community space with a warming kitchen, computer learning center, management and maintenance offices onsite and a fitness facility.

    The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency provided $23.5 million in construction and permanent financing through the Conduit Bond program, which enables developers to issue bonds through the agency at competitive interest rates.

    "This project is another example of how this administration is working to keep Jersey City affordable, having built more affordable housing in four years than the prior administration built in 10," Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop said. "This site will transform outdated, obsolete public housing to a mixed-income community with priority given to former Montgomery Gardens residents."

    The 10-story former Montgomery Gardens towers were imploded on Aug. 29, 2015.

    For the 26 public housing replacement units, preference will be given to former Montgomery Gardens' residents were relocated and want to return.

    This project follows the development of the Catherine Todd Senior Living Center, which had it grand opening in June. There are also future plans to demolish the last two public housing buildings and replace them with 80 affordable housing units.

    http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/inde...rt_river_index

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    Default New Rendering (AGAIN) of One Journal Square (GASP)

    Not a fan of the new renderings (Maybe it's the metallic gold being used in the design)! It also looks like they're inspired by the last rendering of Two World Trade.





    Scaled Back One Journal Square Gains Approval (via Jersey Digs)


    If you tried to sell the story of One Journal Square to a filmmaker, they might dismiss it as being too far-fetched and perhaps hard to follow. But it looks like new life has been pumped into a project that some assumed was dead, as Jersey City’s Planning Board signed off Tuesday on the latest version of the troubled development.

    The property in question, directly next to the Journal Square PATH station, is a key piece of a revitalization effort in the neighborhood and was once home to the Hotel on the Square building before it was demolished in 2009. Plans were presented around that time for a complex called City Centre Towers, but no work was ever performed at the property and the land was eventually purchased by KABR Group and Kushner Companies in 2015.

    A 57-story, 744-unit tower was approved for the lot shortly after the purchase, but then came the supersizing. Kushner and KABR won approvals last year for 1,725 residential units spread out over two towers, one rising 79 stories and the other 46. Both would be built on top of 10-story base that was to include 910 parking spaces, over 88,000 square feet of retail and almost 127,00 square feet of office space.

    But problems with the project started showing up earlier this year. Co-working giant WeWork, who were set to operate over 100,000 feet of office space in One Journal Square, pulled out of the deal, taking $59 million in tax breaks from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority with them. Controversies surrounding Kushner’s solicitation of Chinese investment under the EB-5 visa program also drew criticism, and the companies later dropped their request for a 30-year tax abatement they were seeking from the city.

    While some questions might remain about One Journal Square’s controversies, the development’s new design has been unanimously approved by the Planning Board. While still large, the latest version of the project is definitely scaled back. Designed by Australia-based Woods Bagot, it will still feature a 10-story base and two towers, but they will be 56 stories each. Nonetheless, both buildings will rise 758 feet into the air and essentially be 66-stories tall, sporting 1,512 units of housing between them.

    While the podium area of the project remains pretty similar to earlier versions, the most obvious difference in the new design of One Journal Square is the towers themselves. Beyond the height, the new rendering features three distinct sections that appear angled from each other. 864 indoor parking spaces will be included in the project’s base, and retail units and office space will also be featured in the new version of One Journal Square.

    The Journal Square Plaza in front of the building will be revitalized under the plans, taking a dilapidated stretch featuring a fountain that hasn’t worked in over half a decade and replacing it with seating areas, a lawn, and planted trees. Both Kushner and KABR haven’t responded to inquiries about the project, but it looks like there might be a next chapter to this ongoing saga.

    https://jerseydigs.com/scaled-back-o...ains-approval/
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    No, not nearly so derivative and bad. A great improvement actually from the earlier design and the stacking is much more graceful and subtle. Like the parapet as well..usually agree with you Domirican, but I think they will turn out a LOT better than you think. Of course, it depends on the follow through and this time, they MUST get going!

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    ^ I agree DominiRican; why couldn't they cut down the height of the and keep the original design. This current design isn't bad just not a fan or it will take a while for me to warm up to.

    ^ City at this point yeah I'm sick at staring at this vacant lot. This project will help turn JSQ almost over night just based on its location in the Square.
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    I'm not usually a fan of cantilevering, but the effect isn't nearly as blatantly uninspiring and overdone as the BIG design for WTC2... it's much more subtle and elegant, as far as that's possible when you do that kind of thing. The older designs actually looked more awkward to me..didn't like the windows, just looked a bit off and agree with someone on Skyscraperpage who alluded it to looking like one of those generic modular disappointments being constructed in Brooklyn(used to be Atlantic Yards, now for whatever reason they're calling it "Pacific Park"), but yes it's about time to stop with the redesigns and get building something. Rich Boggiano of all people said he even wouldn't be opposed to a tax abatement so long as it wasn't set for 30 years.... 20 years could get it done even with the Mayor not getting back on board and continuing to resist abatements of any kind. Seriously, there's been nothing built on this land in over 10 years... weeds are fast growing again and you'll see garbage there too and it's time to stop that stuff. You're so right, JCMAN.... once they build here the effect on the Square will be transformative overnight and the Kushners have to realize this and stop talking promises and start delivering results. They said if the Planning Board accepted this proposal they could start very early in 2018 and we've got to hold them to it or press the Mayor to force them to sell if January comes and they hem and haw about uncertainty of getting started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by citybooster View Post
    I'm not usually a fan of cantilevering, but the effect isn't nearly as blatantly uninspiring and overdone as the BIG design for WTC2... it's much more subtle and elegant, as far as that's possible when you do that kind of thing. The older designs actually looked more awkward to me..didn't like the windows, just looked a bit off and agree with someone on Skyscraperpage who alluded it to looking like one of those generic modular disappointments being constructed in Brooklyn(used to be Atlantic Yards, now for whatever reason they're calling it "Pacific Park"), but yes it's about time to stop with the redesigns and get building something. Rich Boggiano of all people said he even wouldn't be opposed to a tax abatement so long as it wasn't set for 30 years.... 20 years could get it done even with the Mayor not getting back on board and continuing to resist abatements of any kind. Seriously, there's been nothing built on this land in over 10 years... weeds are fast growing again and you'll see garbage there too and it's time to stop that stuff. You're so right, JCMAN.... once they build here the effect on the Square will be transformative overnight and the Kushners have to realize this and stop talking promises and start delivering results. They said if the Planning Board accepted this proposal they could start very early in 2018 and we've got to hold them to it or press the Mayor to force them to sell if January comes and they hem and haw about uncertainty of getting started.
    Yea the more I've been looking at it, the new design is growing on me and at least is interesting and not overly generic like the previous design. Hopefully the finished product is pops more than the rendering. I agree everything I've been hearing is that they have been having on going meetings with Port Authority about making sure the construction of the project doesn't interfere with the operations of PATH that accounts for some of the hold ups and revisions. But you are correct in that once everything gets approved they can get going relatively quickly.

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    Thumbs up Limestone cladding has begun at 99 Hudson

    Facade Installation Begins On 99 Hudson Street, Jersey City
    BY: NIKOLAI FEDAK 8:00 AM ON OCTOBER 3, 2017


    99 Hudson Street, rendering via China Overseas America, Inc.

    Jersey City‘s soon-to-be-tallest skyscraper at 99 Hudson Street has had a fairly speedy rise into the skyline following its ground-breaking back in January of 2016. YIMBY last checked in on the project in August of last year, when foundation work had just begun, and since then, the building has sprouted well above ground. Now, the tower is rising above the garage and retail portion, and facade installation has also begun.

    The site is being developed by China Overseas America, Inc., and Perkins Eastman is the architect. It will stand 79 stories and 900 feet to its rooftop, handily surpassing the Goldman Sachs tower at 30 Hudson Street, which is 781′ tall.

    Within, there will be 1.5 million square feet of space, including 15,000 square feet of retail space, and 14,000 square feet of public space. The bulk of the square footage will be divided amongst 781 condominiums.

    The exterior will be limestone, and as shown in the latest photos from JC_Heights, the skeleton of the podium floors is now being clad. Work on the tower is up to the twelfth floor, with another 68 to go before topping-out.

    Completion is expected for 2018, and opening is expected in 2019.


    99 Hudson Street Facade, photo by JC_Heights


    99 Hudson Street, photo by JC_Heights


    Rendering of 99 Hudson Street, view of Grand and Greene. Via City of Jersey City.

    https://newyorkyimby.com/2017/10/fac...rsey-city.html

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    ^Yeah, 99 Hudson is going to be gorgeous...it's massive at well over a million square feet and can't wait to se what else will go up when Goldman Sachs finally develop the other two properties they own...the 50 Hudson lot right next to their tower at 30 Hudson which will soon be supplanted by 99 Hudson as tallest in the city, and 55 Hudson on the opposite side of 77 Hudson... both could go at least 800 ft. and really fill in the skyline directly across Lower Manhattan.

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    Looks like they broke ground this morning (the hole they're digging is in the upper right corner):


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    is this Journal Square? Also, what is the building that looks like it is u/c in the distance in the bottom picture? thx

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    Yep, it's Journal Squared II. And the building U/C in the back is the tall tower of the Hudson Yards twins.

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