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    Thumbs up Site Prep Starts for Second Hudson Exchange Tower

    An asphalt eater and several pieces of very heavy equipment arrived at the site in the Metro Plaza parking lot earlier this week to start removing the surface lot to make way for the second Hudson Exchange North tower next to BJ's/Shoprite. They should be driving piles early in May.

    Looks like the third building boom of this economic cycle is starting to pick up steam, with the second phase of J2 in Journal Square having started construction along with 700 Washington Street. And construction on at least four more towers may be starting before the end of the year (Mack-Cali's towers at Harborside and near Grove Street; Silverman's tower by Grove Pointe; and 88 Regent in Liberty Harbor).
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    so J2 has actually broken ground? anything on the seond tower of 33 Park Avenue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coralridge View Post
    so J2 has actually broken ground?
    Yes

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    Thumbs up Welcome to Jackson Square

    Mayor Fulop Announces $44 Million Dollars for Additional City Hall Annex Buildings & Rebrand of The HUB to ‘Jackson Square’
    When Completed, The New Annex Complex Will Represents a $69 Million Dollar Investment in Bergen-Lafayette



    JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop was joined by State Senator Sandra B. Cunningham, Assemblywoman Angela V. McKnight and the Jersey City Council to announce the second phase of the City Hall Annex project, including two new buildings which will include municipal offices, community space, and a parking deck, as well as a rebrand of the HUB to ‘Jackson Square’. Together, the three buildings will represent a $68 million dollar investment in the area, the largest public investment the City has seen in decades.

    “Today is an important day for the future of this neighborhood and this City, and I am proud to announce the second phase of a project that will continue to bring life and investment back to the residents of Bergen-Lafayette,” said Mayor Fulop. “We are taking an active role in shaping the future of this square through this major investment, and we are confident in the ability for this complex to bring economic activity and opportunity to an area that deserves it. With community space, a parking deck, and dozens of City offices, the new Jackson Square will become a central location for municipal and community activity, and I am incredibly excited to continue making progress here.”

    The plans for the two additional buildings will be heard by the City Council at a first reading on Wednesday, April 25th. Once approved, the design of the buildings will begin immediately, with construction beginning in 6 months and completion expected within 12-18 months of the groundbreaking.

    “I am so proud to stand here today to celebrate the opening of the City Hall Annex, and I am especially proud of the new name for the square, which represents two African American brothers who came out of slavery and settled here. This is an area that we are proud to support, and we want the community to be proud to live here too,” said Senator Cunningham.

    The first of the two new buildings will be named after former Councilwoman Melissa Holloway, and will be located behind to the current City Hall Annex. The building will include a parking deck, meeting space, and a performance space available to the community. The building’s meeting space will be used for a variety of board meetings, including Planning, Zoning, Tenant/Landlord, and the Jersey City Redevelopment Authority. By including space for these citywide boards to meet in the Annex complex, the City hopes to encourage public engagement in the neighborhood, as well as bring evening activity to the complex on weeknights. Lastly, the second new building will include a community performance space that will be available for public use. The parking deck will be also available to the public after business hours and on weekends, helping to alleviate parking challenges of local residents.

    The second building, which is located adjacent to the Annex, will be a rehab project of the existing building at 342 MLK Drive.

    Between the two buildings, the City offices that will be relocated there include: Community Development, Housing Code Enforcement, Tenant/Landlord Relations, Commerce, Welcoming Communities, Office of Diversity, Office of Compliance, Resident Response representative, Mayor’s Office representative, and the Ward F Council Office.

    In addition to the new buildings, the area now known as the HUB will be rebranded as Jackson Square, helping to bring new energy and excitement back to this section of MLK Drive. The Square is being named after Thomas and John Vreeland Jackson, who were freed slaves that settled in the area in 1831. During the Civil War, their home became a safe house and an important link in the Underground Railroad.

    The City Hall Annex, which is financed through a lease-to-own agreement with the developer Brandywine over 25 years, was built at no cost to the city and will save approximately $700,000 in rent per year. The two subsequent buildings will be built or rehabbed through the same lease-to-own financing plan. In comparison to a traditional general obligation bond approach, the City will save $16 million through the lease-purchase agreement.



    http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/news...ibbon_cutting/

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    Lightbulb BelovED Middle School to Join Grade School Across the Street

    Rendering Revealed, Ground Broken For BelovED Community Charter School In Jersey City
    BY: ANDREW NELSON 7:00 AM ON APRIL 23, 2018


    BelovED Middle School, rendering courtesy of Urbahn Architects

    Last week, ground was broken on the site of a new Jersey City school. BelovED Community Charter School is building a new middle school at 535 Grand Street. The organization, currently serving 960 students, is named to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision for a “Beloved Community.” New Jersey Community Capital and Provident Bank have given $12.5 million for construction financing of the project. Friends 2 and Hollister Construction Services are responsible for the development.

    The four-story structure will yield 53,000 square feet within, for grades six through nine. Students will have outdoor recreational facilities, a parking lot, 20 full-sized classrooms, four half-sized classrooms, gym, multipurpose room, and cafeteria.

    Urbahn Architects is responsible for the design. The design includes a cantilevered section on the second floor above the parking lot. Energy efficiency had been considered for the project, including LED lights, thermal insulation, and low-emissivity windows. Classrooms will have vinyl composite tile floors with color patterns.

    The Head Coach of Hollister, Chris Johnson, made the following statement about the project.

    "We are very excited to once again be collaborating with BelovED and Urbahn Architects on the delivery of this new middle school. We love being part of these projects because we know how important it is for families and their children to have access to a great educational facility. The children are our future and there is no better feeling than to know that new leaders are being raised in the schools we build."

    Now that construction is underway, completion is expected by the summer of 2019.

    https://www.newyorkyimby.com/2018/04...rsey-city.html

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    Exclamation What else is new......

    Kushner’s One Journal Square Project Violates Redevelopment Agreement
    By Chris Fry - April 24, 2018


    One Journal Square, view from Bergen Avenue. Rendering via Woods Bagot.

    The latest chapter in the saga to redevelop one of Journal Square’s most prominent properties has created yet more intrigue, and more questions were raised last week about the viability of one of Jersey City’s biggest redevelopment projects.

    One Journal Square, a vacant lot directly next to the neighborhood’s PATH station, was purchased by KABR Group and Kushner Companies in 2015. The following year, the companies won approvals for 1,725 residential units spread out over two towers, one rising 79 stories and the other 46. 910 parking spaces, over 88,000 square feet of retail, and almost 127,00 square feet of office space occupied by co-working giant WeWork were set for the development.

    But problems with the project started showing up early last year. WeWork pulled out of the deal and took $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.

    The project was scaled back and approved again following the issues, this time featuring two 56-story towers totaling 1,512 units of housing between them. A Kushner Cos. spokeswoman stated that they planned to be “shovel ready” for One Journal Square sometime in 2018, but the company has only secured $57 million in financing for the project as of January.


    Evolution of the project. Renderings via Woods Bagot.

    One Journal Square now apparently does not meet the requirements of a redevelopment agreement they entered with the city. The Jersey City Redevelopment Authority (JCRA) sent a letter to KABR Group attorney Laurence J. Rappaport last week informing them of several issues that could leave the project ineligible for a tax abatement and redevelopment area bonds the developers were originally seeking.

    The JCRA cited several violations of the redevelopment agreement in their letter, saying that Kushner Companies and KABR Group have failed to start construction by January 1 of this year, have failed to submit firm financing commitments to them, have failed to obtain or waive redeveloper contingencies before they expired, and have failed to submit an annual administrative fee that was due last April.

    In addition, the JCRA voiced concerns about the many changes that have been made to the project such as the termination of the joint venture with WeWork, which was considered a unique aspect of One Journal Square.

    After the letter was revealed, Mayor Steven Fulop tweeted that city officials are “tired of delays” on the One Journal Square project and added that “hopefully this will now move to a different partner that can complete the project.” The mayor had previously tweeted last year that “we don’t see support for incentives or abatements from the city for this project” following the initial controversies surrounding the development.

    Separately, foundation work is underway on the 72-story second phase of KRE Group’s nearby Journal Squared development. There has been little activity at the One Journal Square property and another bad week of news has cast fresh doubts about a property with a history of bad luck.

    https://jerseydigs.com/kushner-compa...t-jersey-city/

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    Just Jared:

    I'm convinced this site is cursed; the fact that this is the only site in the City where projects can't get off the ground but it is one of the best sites in the NY Metro Area is astounding! And let's not forget that Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) called on the Dept of Homeland Security and the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate this project all due to Jared Kushner's involvement with it, making fraudulent claims, and being part of the Trump White House.:https://hudsoncountyview.com/u-s-sen...re-affiliates/

    Jared Kushner is also having problems with his project at 666 Fifth Avenue as well.:https://ny.curbed.com/2017/8/31/1623...venue-finances

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    Thumbs up Newport Building Out

    Construction Appears Imminent at Jersey City’s 700 Washington Boulevard
    By Chris Fry - April 27, 2018


    700 Washington Boulevard site, Jersey City. Photo by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.

    Less than a year after opening their Ellipse development, LeFrak looks like they are readying one of the last undeveloped waterfront swaths for another high-rise project that was approved last year.

    In May, Jersey Digs exclusively reported on the company’s development at 700 Washington Boulevard, which would bring 338 residential units and 16,490 square feet of commercial space to the neighborhood. The proposed breakdown of the units in the latest building is 38 studios, 134 one bedrooms, 129 two bedrooms, 35 three bedrooms, and two 4+ bedroom units.

    Designed by New York-based HLW International Architecture and Engineering, the two taller towers are set to rise 24 and 12 stories respectively, while a five-story middle section will connect them and feature a 3,324-square-foot rooftop amenity space. The building will sit directly along the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway with an exterior that will utilize insulated glass window walls, metal VTAC louvers, and light gray stucco.

    The property of the future 700 Washington is currently inaccessible by road, so LeFrak will be creating an extension of 18th Street from its current end at Washington Boulevard. A cement mixer sat on the land for years but was recently moved off-site and construction activity has begun. While LeFrak hasn’t officially announced anything or given an official name to the building as other Newport properties have, pile driving has started to take place at the site.

    LeFrak has not responded to a request for comment on their next move, perhaps because the company is currently completing the Revetment House along 10th Street in Hamilton Park. The company does have a few other projects approved, including the office-driven Pier Six and another mixed-use development along 18th Street.

    But 700 Washington is probably the best location of all their Jersey City development options, residing along the Hudson River and next to the Newport Green. The construction activity kicks off the final large chunk of Newport’s Northeast Quadrant, which pushes up against the Hoboken border. The sum of the quadrant was divided into seven separate lots by LeFrak last year via the city’s Planning Board, which appears to suggest the company foresees seven buildings will eventually call the land home.


    700 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City. Rendering via HLW International Architecture and Engineering.


    Aerial view, Rendering via HLW International Architecture and Engineering.

    https://jerseydigs.com/construction-...d-jersey-city/

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    Default Harborside 8 & 9 Concept

    I'm really hoping that this is just a conceptual rendering and that they don't intend on building another multi-tower complex where all the buildings look the same...that would be an awful waste of prime land.

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    Thumbs up Pile Driver Arrives at Second Hudson Exchange Tower Site

    Well, it looks like this one is definitely on. This is about to become one incredibly dense neighborhood.

    From yesterday:


    Last edited by West Hudson; May 6th, 2018 at 10:54 AM.

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    Thumbs up 87 Newkirk Ave. Filling Out JSQ

    Construction Officially Begins on 87 Newkirk Street in Journal Square
    By Gillian Blair - May 8, 2018


    87 Newkirk St. rendering. Courtesy of Namdar Group.

    Last Thursday, May 3, Mayor Fulop and the Namdar Group officially broke ground for the 87 Newkirk Street development near Journal Square. The 15-story building will bring 132 apartments to the neighborhood as well as 25,000 square feet of shared office space and 1,500 square feet of retail space.

    87 Newkirk Street is the first Jersey City project for the New York-based Namdar Group — a family-owned-and-operated real estate investment and development firm in Great Neck. The project team also includes C3D Architecture, Severud and Associates (structural team), and KEA as the MEP engineers.

    “Namdar Group strategically invests in markets that have significant growth potential, and Jersey City — particularly the Journal Square neighborhood — certainly fits that criteria,” stated Effy Namdar of Namdar Group. “We’re extremely excited to embark on our first project here, and we would like to thank Jersey City leadership for supporting our vision.”

    Mayor Fulop reiterated that Namdar Group’s focus now and moving forward is off the waterfront and Effy Namdar stated they are “all in on Journal Square.” The event was brief to beat last week’s heat, but the unseasonably high temps did not diminish the enthusiasm for the development. Mayor Fulop concluded that 87 Newkirk Street will be a great asset to the neighborhood.



    https://jerseydigs.com/construction-...e-jersey-city/

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    Lightbulb Whole Foods Moving to Harborside

    Whole Foods eyeing new Jersey City location
    Updated 11:32 AM; Posted 11:32 AM


    Whole Foods was set to open near the Grove Street PATH station in 2020 but plans have changed. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

    By Terrence T. McDonald
    The Jersey Journal

    JERSEY CITY — Whole Foods is eyeing a new location for a Jersey City store after dropping plans to open one near the Grove Street PATH station, sources told The Jersey Journal.

    The upscale grocery chain is close to finalizing a deal to open in one of Mack-Cali's Harborside buildings, near the Hudson River waterfront, the sources said.

    The city in 2016 announced a location across Marin Boulevard from City Hall, but those plans have been scrapped, the sources said.

    A Whole Foods spokeswoman would say only that the company is "as committed as ever to bringing the highest-quality natural and organic foods to Jersey City."

    A 365 by Whole Foods Market — described by Whole Foods as "a smaller-store concept where value meets quality" — is scheduled to open in Weehawken in the fall.

    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_river_index

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    Default 99 Hudson (from Sat 5/26)

    This building is a huge leap for Hudson County architecture:








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    Quote Originally Posted by JCMAN320 View Post
    Kushner’s One Journal Square Project Violates Redevelopment Agreement
    By Chris Fry - April 24, 2018


    One Journal Square, view from Bergen Avenue. Rendering via Woods Bagot.

    The latest chapter in the saga to redevelop one of Journal Square’s most prominent properties has created yet more intrigue, and more questions were raised last week about the viability of one of Jersey City’s biggest redevelopment projects.

    One Journal Square, a vacant lot directly next to the neighborhood’s PATH station, was purchased by KABR Group and Kushner Companies in 2015. The following year, the companies won approvals for 1,725 residential units spread out over two towers, one rising 79 stories and the other 46. 910 parking spaces, over 88,000 square feet of retail, and almost 127,00 square feet of office space occupied by co-working giant WeWork were set for the development.

    But problems with the project started showing up early last year. WeWork pulled out of the deal and took $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.

    The project was scaled back and approved again following the issues, this time featuring two 56-story towers totaling 1,512 units of housing between them. A Kushner Cos. spokeswoman stated that they planned to be “shovel ready” for One Journal Square sometime in 2018, but the company has only secured $57 million in financing for the project as of January.


    Evolution of the project. Renderings via Woods Bagot.

    One Journal Square now apparently does not meet the requirements of a redevelopment agreement they entered with the city. The Jersey City Redevelopment Authority (JCRA) sent a letter to KABR Group attorney Laurence J. Rappaport last week informing them of several issues that could leave the project ineligible for a tax abatement and redevelopment area bonds the developers were originally seeking.

    The JCRA cited several violations of the redevelopment agreement in their letter, saying that Kushner Companies and KABR Group have failed to start construction by January 1 of this year, have failed to submit firm financing commitments to them, have failed to obtain or waive redeveloper contingencies before they expired, and have failed to submit an annual administrative fee that was due last April.

    In addition, the JCRA voiced concerns about the many changes that have been made to the project such as the termination of the joint venture with WeWork, which was considered a unique aspect of One Journal Square.

    After the letter was revealed, Mayor Steven Fulop tweeted that city officials are “tired of delays” on the One Journal Square project and added that “hopefully this will now move to a different partner that can complete the project.” The mayor had previously tweeted last year that “we don’t see support for incentives or abatements from the city for this project” following the initial controversies surrounding the development.

    Separately, foundation work is underway on the 72-story second phase of KRE Group’s nearby Journal Squared development. There has been little activity at the One Journal Square property and another bad week of news has cast fresh doubts about a property with a history of bad luck.

    https://jerseydigs.com/kushner-compa...t-jersey-city/

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    Just Jared:

    I'm convinced this site is cursed; the fact that this is the only site in the City where projects can't get off the ground but it is one of the best sites in the NY Metro Area is astounding! And let's not forget that Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) called on the Dept of Homeland Security and the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate this project all due to Jared Kushner's involvement with it, making fraudulent claims, and being part of the Trump White House.:https://hudsoncountyview.com/u-s-sen...re-affiliates/

    Jared Kushner is also having problems with his project at 666 Fifth Avenue as well.:https://ny.curbed.com/2017/8/31/1623...venue-finances
    Jared Kushner problems or should I say "sudden" problems are so obviously politically motivated by the Democrats that run these cities.
    If Trump never ran for office, this proyect would have been underway. There. I said it.

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    is J2 actually under construction or just a hole in the ground? any other high rise projects actually underway in JSQ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coralridge View Post
    is J2 actually under construction or just a hole in the ground? any other high rise projects actually underway in JSQ?
    It’s a hole in the ground. I thought the pile drivers were on site this spring to do foundation work but they were just putting in the bulkhead so that excavation could continue.

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