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    Quote Originally Posted by coralridge View Post
    about how far along is 99 Hudson? San Remo?
    No news on San Remo is some time. Last news I can find on it is here: https://newyorkyimby.com/2014/03/rev...-san-remo.html

    99 Hudson is about half the height of it's neighbor 77 Hudson Street at 24 floors currently. The link below is to 99 Hudson's home page with a video about the building, renderings, and a construction cam.
    http://99hudsonliving.com/building

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    thanks JCMan320! Happy New Year to everyone...

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    is Journal Squared still just a hole in the ground? Does anyone know how leasing is going at JSQ1, Vantage and Urby?

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    Thumbs up Second J2 Tower May Start Construction Soon

    From RE-NJ.com:

    Set to rise 71 stories, the second luxury tower will be the tallest of the three and is slated for completion by spring 2021, KRE Group President Jonathan Kushner said. It will deliver 704 new units to the now fast-growing Journal Square neighborhood, along with some 60,000 square feet of new amenity space that will be open to all residents of the complex.


    Link: https://re-nj.com/kre-turns-its-focu...uared-project/

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    Thumbs up Fulop Wants 50% Affordable Housing at Bayfront

    Fulop calls for more affordable housing at Bayfront site
    Updated Jan 9, 2018; Posted Jan 9, 2018


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    Renderings of Bayfront Jersey City, a massive residential development planned for Jersey City's western waterfront. Courtesy of Jersey City


    By Terrence T. McDonald l tmcdonald@jjournal.com
    The Jersey Journal

    JERSEY CITY -- In a major shift that would transform a 100-acre mixed-use community planned for Jersey City's western waterfront, Mayor Steve Fulop said his administration will seek to make 50 percent of the planned residential units on-site affordable housing.

    Fulop announced the proposed change, which could increase the number of affordable units on the Bayfront site by 900 percent, in a letter he sent today to Honeywell International. Honeywell co-owns the formerly chromium-contaminated site with Jersey City and will partner with the city to find developers for it.

    "Throughout the past few months we heard consistently about the need to increase the availability of affordable housing units in new construction," Fulop's letter reads. "Given that the redevelopment plan recognizes its adaptability to meet the changing needs of market demand, the city and its residents, this is the right thing to do at this time."

    The move comes as more residents express fear that with each new tower of luxury housing that rises in Jersey City, individuals of modest means will get pushed out of the city entirely. Last year the new Ellipse tower in Newport made news because of its priciest rental, a four-bedroom apartment that fetches $10,995 a month. The annual cost is more than double the city's median household income.

    Honeywell spokeswoman Victoria Ann Streitfeld declined to say whether the company supports or opposes Fulop's move.

    "The Bayfront Redevelopment Plan was passed unanimously by the Jersey City Council in 2008," she said. "Honeywell has worked in partnership with the City and looks forward to the Bayfront redevelopment."

    The Bayfront site is located along Route 440 just south of Hudson Mall. The redevelopment plan that sets its zoning calls for a maximum of 8,100 residential units and a minimum of 4,200, in addition to offices, retail shops and parks.

    The developer eventually chosen to transform the massive site is currently required to make 10 percent of the units affordable (half of those can be built in other areas of the city). Fulop's letter said his administration will seek to amend the redevelopment plan to make the requirement 50 percent, all on-site.


    The change would have to be approved by the planning board and the City Council.

    During last year's mayoral race, Fulop and his opponent, Bill Matsikoudis, both pledged to require more affordable housing at Bayfront and at another formerly chromium contaminated site owned by PPG. Fulop defeated Matsikoudis handily and began his second term on Jan. 1.

    Local activists who organized under the banner Jersey City Together pushed the candidates to make the pledge, saying they feared Bayfront would become another Newport-like area with rents affordable only to the very wealthy. Kushner Cos. once expressed interest in developing the site, with sources telling The Jersey Journal they intended to market it exclusively as a religious enclave for the Orthodox Jewish community.

    Jersey City Together is a successor group to the Interfaith Community Organization of Jersey City, which sued Honeywell in federal court over the site's chromium contamination. A judge in 2003 ordered Honeywell to clean up the site.

    Jersey City Together leaders are cheering Fulop's news.

    "For decades, the chromium contamination on this site was a weight around the neck of Jersey City, poisoning those who lived and worked on the sites and impeding development," said the Rev. Will Ashley, of Abundant Joy Community Church. "Now that it's clean, we have an opportunity to do something truly great for our city's residents."

    The cleanup of the site is complete and Honeywell is working on getting environmental approvals, Streitfield said.

    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...t_bayfron.html

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    Default One of the best urban parks in the United States is getting ready for an expansion!!!

    240 Acres of Liberty State Park’s Interior to Undergo Restoration
    By Chris Fry - January 16, 2018


    Aerial view of the restoration. Plan via Friends of Liberty State Park.

    Jersey City’s most prominent waterfront park is about to get even better and greener, as the state is set to spend $40 million cleaning up and reclaiming a large swath of Liberty State Park between Freedom Way and the Turnpike Extension.

    Many areas of Liberty State Park have been open to the public since the 1970s following a massive cleanup from when the area was dominated by rail yards, but a 240-acre interior section has always been closed off. The area has residual contamination from industry that once dominated the area, but the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced late last week that settlements from polluters will be used to transform the area into a “mosaic” of freshwater wetlands, salt marshes, forests, and grasslands.

    “We are beginning the long-overdue restoration of an area that lies at the heart of this great park, but has long been off-limits to the public,” DEP Commissioner Bob Martin said in a statement. Sam Pesin, president of Friends of Liberty State Park, was thrilled with the announcement. “[This plan] will become an international model for urban nature restoration,” he said.

    The project will start by capping soil at the land and creating a new salt marsh, which will feed into the Hudson River by a new channel that connects the river with the park’s interior. Water plays a big role in the existing park, and the restoration project will reclaim 48 acres of tidal wetlands and 26 acres of freshwater wetlands.
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    The revitalization will preserve nods to the area’s history and include several different systems of pathways. A rail path section will build a boardwalk over some tracks that are still left over from the early 20th century, while a water path system will showcase various wetlands in the park. A modular path system will also be created and shift according to the vegetation that naturally grows in the park, hoping to create a more “wild” feel for that section.

    Dramatic entrances will be built as part of an effort to connect the existing park to the restored sections. A new structure dubbed Tower Bridge will connect people from the refurbished concrete mixing tower to a new greenery area in the southwest area called Liberty Hill, which will feature an elevated plateau section and an overlook area.

    Liberty Hill will also include a woodland walk, a wet meadow walk, and a labyrinth “maze” component. In addition, a link will be constructed from the main park over Phillip Drive via a dramatic cable suspension bridge that both pedestrians and bicyclists will be allowed to use.

    The project has been made possible by the hard work of preservationists over the years. Several plans for a golf course and a waterpark have been floated for the restricted area, but were defeated in large part due to public pressure. Just a few weeks ago, a plan to build a new private marina at Liberty State Park’s southern end was pitched, although that appears to be dead following opposition, a court ruling, and a governor change in Trenton.

    The first phase of the restoration will focus on a 23-acre section that will create paths connecting the area near Liberty Science Center to the park’s existing trail system. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will bid out the project and manage its construction, while the DEP will oversee the process. No timeline has yet been announced.


    Aerial view of the paths. Plan via Friends of Liberty State Park.


    Freshwater tide area. Rendering via Friends of Liberty State Park.


    Wetlands. Map via Friends of Liberty State Park


    Modular path. Rendering via Friends of Liberty State Park.


    Liberty Hill. Plan via Friends of Liberty State Park.

    https://jerseydigs.com/240-acres-lib...o-restoration/

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    Thumbs down 808 Pavonia Site Put Up for Sale

    Looks like when the Harwoods presented that eye-popping highrise proposal to the Planning Board a few months ago, their intention was simply to jack up their property value so they could earn a larger profit on a sale to a developer:

    http://www.bluegatepartners.com/experience/808-pavonia

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    Quote Originally Posted by West Hudson View Post
    Looks like when the Harwoods presented that eye-popping highrise proposal to the Planning Board a few months ago, their intention was simply to jack up their property value so they could earn a larger profit on a sale to a developer:

    http://www.bluegatepartners.com/experience/808-pavonia
    Ugh!! I really can't stand the Hardwoods. I know they have done a lot philanthropically for JC but development wise they only seem to be able to do parking garages.

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    I'm not surprised. It's what they did the the One Journal Square site when they bought it.

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    Welcome to the miserable world of landbanking. We in Newark have had it for decades.

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    Good news is that it's NOT being landbanked... it's being flipped to someone who'd actually develop it, or something even better hopefully. Good... landbanking is something the Harwoods and now the Jared Kushner family is doing with 1 Journal Square, and if they don't start soon with their promised attempt to develop it this year Mayor Fulop should force the Kushners to sell like he did Harwood's partners on One Journal Square.

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    Quote Originally Posted by citybooster View Post
    Good news is that it's NOT being landbanked... it's being flipped to someone who'd actually develop it, or something even better hopefully. Good... landbanking is something the Harwoods and now the Jared Kushner family is doing with 1 Journal Square, and if they don't start soon with their promised attempt to develop it this year Mayor Fulop should force the Kushners to sell like he did Harwood's partners on One Journal Square.
    I do feel 1 JSQ is going forward from everything I have heard. Behind the scenes they are still working with Port Authority on orchestrating the stages of construction. But that's all I know so far, haven't heard much else. Harwood is the worse when it comes to this kinda crap. Indeed City though that is good news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCMAN320 View Post
    I do feel 1 JSQ is going forward from everything I have heard. Behind the scenes they are still working with Port Authority on orchestrating the stages of construction. But that's all I know so far, haven't heard much else. Harwood is the worse when it comes to this kinda crap. Indeed City though that is good news.
    One JSQ is back in front of the Hudson County Planning Board this week, which I think is a good sign.

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    Thumbs up New Renderings for 331 Marin

    From the first and third pics below, it looks like the plan is to keep the PSEG building and other small buildings on that block instead of demolishing them (and I guess demo just the one building that stands today between the two parking lots on Marin). Even though it's sort of cookie-cutter in a lot of ways, I really like this design (looks sort of Art Deco with the parapet features and setbacks). I believe this will start construction by summer.

    Courtesy of Marchetto/Higgins/Stieve:








    Link: mhsarchitects.com/inprocess/mgm-marin-blvd/
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    Thumbs up Plaza 8/9 & 25 Columbus to Go U/C This Year

    According to the slide below from Mack-Cali, they've acquired the giant parking lot next to Washington Commons (across the street from Cast Iron Lofts), and plan on starting construction on both the Plaza 8/9 site and 25 Columbus this year (so I guess they've jumped into a joint venture with L+M Development). But it looks like Urby phase 2 might not start this year...

    Regardless, it seems like this is shaping up to be the biggest boom year in JC real estate since 2014. It appears that a waterfront site in Newport north of the Newport Green (just south of the Hoboken extension of the HBLR) is undergoing site prep as well. The concrete plant that was there for decades was removed a few weeks ago and there's alot of heavy equipment there leveling the site.

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