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    anything happening at JSQ 2?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coralridge View Post
    guess not...lol
    Podium is topping out at 7 stories. It’s massive. I’ll take a pic in the morning if I think of it.
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    Default Mack-Cali Delays Urby II & Plaza 8 Starts By More than a Year

    These two projects were originally supposed to start construction in the second half of 2018, and now it's looking like they'll be starting in 2020 at the earliest...

    http://investors.mack-cali.com/Cache...734&iid=103187

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    Thumbs up Joffrey Ballet School Moving to NJCU

    Eat, sleep … and dance: Joffrey Ballet School coming to Jersey City’s University Place
    By Alex Wolmart
    Jersey City | Feb 20, 2019 at 11:33 am

    The University Place development in Jersey City is continuing to grow, with the latest announcement of more housing and a new home for New York's Joffrey Ballet School.
    Plans for the 22-acre redevelopment project on Jersey City’s West Side, University Place, have expanded to include additional housing units and a new home for the Manhattan-based Joffrey Ballet School.

    “This will give you a good sense of the excitement and energy that the (University PAC) and the Joffrey will bring to University Place and the West Side of Jersey City,” said Strategic Development Group CEO Anthony Bastardi.

    Bastardi, head of the Fairfield-based real estate development firm, announced the new plans last week. The 22-acre redevelopment is in partnership with New Jersey City University and being spearheaded by Bastardi. A nearly 500-seat performing arts center, academic and practice space, a residential component and a variety of restaurant options to be called “restaurant row” will be included in the project. Currently based in Manhattan, the Joffrey Ballet School will relocate to the development by 2021.

    “When combined with the public plaza, the three new eateries on ‘Restaurant Row’ and the other restaurants and retail located in RIVET 1 and RIVET 2, University Place will be ‘the place’ on the West Side to, live, eat, play, socialize and learn,” Bastardi said.

    Changes to the project include the addition of 160 luxury apartments — bringing the total planned from 160 up to 320 — and an increase to the building height from six to 10 stories.

    A 400-student NJCU residence hall and a 163-unit luxury apartment complex, RIVET, are already completed, and another residential building is currently under construction at the site.

    “The 930 apartment units in the five mixed-use and residential buildings, plus the 430-student resident hall will bring more than 2,000 residents to this vibrant new community,” said Bastardi.

    Under the new plan, NJCU will also be offering Joffrey Ballet School students a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree jointly with the certifications offered by the ballet and dance institution.

    http://www.roi-nj.com/2019/02/20/rea...versity-place/

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    Thumbs up HCCC Continues It's Expansion

    HCCC plans student center for Jersey City campus
    By Eric Strauss
    Jersey City | Mar 4, 2019 at 7:15 am


    A rendering of the planned student center at Hudson County Community College's Journal Square Campus in Jersey City.

    The Hudson County Community College board of trustees has approved the college’s first student center, repurposing an unused building into a new facility, it announced recently.

    Funding of up to $8.2 million was approved at the board’s January meeting and work is scheduled to begin this month, HCCC said in a news release.

    The new facility will be located at 81 Sip Ave. on the Journal Square Campus in Jersey City, HCCC said, at a property that has been vacant since the Fall 2017 opening of the college’s STEM Building. The project will completely renovate the 26,000-square-foot, two-story building, including new HVAC systems, elevators and a connection to the HCCC Gabert Library next door, among other features. It is expected to be completed in 2020.

    When complete, the building will include a student lounge, café, security command center, offices for student organizations and college departments, and more.

    “This is Hudson County Community College’s first dedicated student center building,” President Chris Reber said in a prepared statement. “This new facility will provide students with a place to study, to relax and to interact with one another, sharing ideas and building relationships. We are excited and very proud to begin working on this project, and look forward to opening its doors and welcoming our students early next year.”

    The project is part of HCCC’s ongoing capital improvement program, which has seen the college grow from just one building 20 years ago to nearly a dozen properties in Jersey City and the North Hudson Campus in Union City.

    “This is yet another step the college is taking in the creation of state-of-the-art urban campuses that afford our students the very best in technology, safety and convenience,” HCCC board Chair William J. Netchert said in a statement.

    Di Cara | Rubino Architects of Wayne was awarded a $90,000 contract for architectural and engineering services, and APS Contracting Inc. of Paterson was awarded the $6.1 million contract for renovations.

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/81....0628507?hl=en

    http://www.roi-nj.com/2019/03/04/edu...y-city-campus/

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    Thumbs up St. Lucy's Facade & Bell Tower To Be Saved + New 150 bed Homeless Shelter

    Plan for old St. Lucy’s church in Jersey City gets council OK
    By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
    Posted Feb 27, 2019


    The old St. Lucy's church in Jersey City and, inset, an artist's rendering of how a new tower planned for the site would look.

    JERSEY CITY — A plan that gives a massive density bonus to a real estate developer in exchange for construction of a new St. Lucy’s homeless shelter won approval from the City Council on Wednesday.

    The council voted 7-1-1 in favor of amending the Jersey Avenue Light Rail Redevelopment Plan to allow for the density bonus. Councilman Rich Boggiano voted no and Council President Rolando Lavarro abstained. Both said they wanted the vote delayed, Boggiano because he is opposed and Lavarro because he wanted more time to examine the project’s finances.

    The plan allows Claremont Companies to build a tower with 443 units on the Grove Street lot currently home to the old St. Lucy’s church and school, which has housed a homeless shelter since 1986. Current zoning allows for only 57 units.

    In exchange for the upzoning, Claremont will build a new, 150-bed homeless shelter across the street that will also include 15 units of supportive housing. Claremont will also construct 12 affordable units in the new tower.


    Council members in favor of the plan said the construction of a new shelter, at the developer’s expense, is worth the density bonus.

    “It is a deteriorating shelter,” Councilwoman Denise Ridley said. “I am happy that somebody is taking the initiative to do something about.”

    “This city is full of homeless people from wards A, B, C, D, E, F,” Councilman Danny Rivera said. “We are getting a building that’s going to help this problem.”

    Boggiano said St. Lucy’s church — only the facade will remain after the property is developed — should be saved. He said he received comments of outrage starting Monday when he posted a rendering of the new tower on Facebook, a post that elicited 54 comments.

    “There’s now a storm rising about St. Lucy’s church and what they intend to do with it,” he said. “It’s hitting Facebook. There are a lot, a lot of people responding here.”

    Boggiano attempted to postpone the final vote on Wednesday but did not receive enough support from his colleagues.

    The church and shelter are located blocks from the Holland Tunnel.

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

    https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/02/pl...ouncil-ok.html


    New proposed homeless facility. Rendering by Steven S. Cohen, Architect.

    https://jerseydigs.com/20-story-towe...t-jersey-city/

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    Thumbs up Lively On It's Way to Going Live

    The Lively Tops Out in Jersey City, Brings Lackawanna Coffee into Retail Space
    By Jersey Digs - March 5, 2019


    The Lively, 321 Warren Street, Jersey City. Rendering courtesy LMC/Lennar.

    In downtown Jersey City, Lennar recently held a ceremony to mark the official topping out of their 18-story The Lively building at 321 Warren Street.

    The project marks Lennar’s, or more specifically, their subsidiary LMC’s first foray into Jersey City’s surging downtown market.

    “The topping out symbolizes a milestone in the development process and brings us one step closer to officially joining the resurging downtown district of Jersey City. The area continues to emerge as an attractive destination for new residents, and we’re thrilled to provide a unique luxury living experience in the heart of the energetic and eclectic Powerhouse Arts District,” said Greg Belew, division president of the New York Tri-State region for LMC.

    In addition to topping out, Lennar also announced that Lackawanna Coffee has signed on to open its third coffee shop in The Lively’s 1,343 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

    As a nod to its location in the Powerhouse Arts District, the project includes plans for a 14,200-square-foot theater. The new black box theater with a dramatic ground-floor lobby will serve as the area’s first large-scale theater, which will be operated by Nimbus Dance Works.

    Towered over by neighboring buildings, the seemingly small 18-story building, designed by Fogarty Finger, will house 180 apartment homes offering residents a more boutique experience while still providing the perks of luxury high-rise living.

    LMC officially broke ground on the project last summer. Now, with vertical construction complete, LMC anticipates a fall 2019 opening for The Lively.


    The Lively tops out at 321 Warren Street, Jersey City. Photo courtesy LMC/Lennar.


    The Lively, 321 Warren Street, Jersey City. Rendering courtesy LMC/Lennar.

    https://jerseydigs.com/lively-321-wa...city-tops-out/

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    Thumbs up Record Sale of Office Property

    LeFrak sells Jersey City office building to iStar for $170M
    By Rich Bockmann | March 05, 2019 04:39PM


    iStar CEO Jay Sugarman (left), The LeFrak Organization’s Richard LeFrak, and 570 Washington Boulevard in Jersey City (Credit: Getty Images and iStar)

    The LeFrak Organization, which has spent more than three decades developing the massive planned community Newport in Jersey City, parted with one of its office buildings for $170 million. iStar bought the 350,000-square-foot Newport Office Center 6 in the heart of Jersey City’s downtown from LeFrak, sources told The Real Deal.

    The purchase, which closed last week, works out to about $485 per square foot.

    Representatives for iStar and LeFrak declined to comment. Cushman & Wakefield’s Adam Spies and Kevin Donner worked with their colleague Gary Gabriel – who’s based in Cushman’s East Rutherford, New Jersey office – to market the property and negotiate the sale on behalf of LeFrak. The brokers couldn’t be reached for comment.

    The sale is the most expensive deal for a Jersey City office tower since February of 2016, when Gramercy Property Trust sold the tower at 90 Hudson Street to Spear Street Capital for $181 million.

    The 10-story Newport Office Center 6, which has a street address of 570 Washington Boulevard, is part of the 300-acre mixed-use Newport mega-development that the LeFrak family has been working on since 1986. Family patriarch Samuel LeFrak paid $50 million in 1985 to acquire 600 acres of Jersey City waterfront, which eventually became the planned complex of Newport. Within the complex is eight office buildings, 18 residential buildings and two hotels.

    LeFrak, now headed by Richard LeFrak, developed Office Center 6 in 2003 as a built-to-suit office property for JPMorgan Chase. In 2009, New Jersey officials put together an $85 million incentive package to lure the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation across the river from its offices in Lower Manhattan to set up shop in LeFrak’s building.

    DTCC, which is the largest tenant at 570 Washington, moved about 1,600 employees to New Jersey in 2013, and retains offices in Manhattan at 55 Water Street.

    DTCC appears to have signed a sublease with JP Morgan, whose lease with LeFrak expires at the end of 2021, according to marketing materials for the building’s office space.

    iStar, meanwhile, is working elsewhere in the Garden State. The Midtown-based real estate investment trust has reportedly proposed building a new beach club on the Jersey Shore in Asbury Park, where the company is the city’s master waterfront developer.

    In New York, the company late last year sold a development site it had owned in Coney Island to nonprofit shelter-provider New Destiny Housing Corporation for $10.4 million.

    iStar also paid $153 million last year to buy the fee position at 635 Madison Avenue from SL Green Realty.

    https://therealdeal.com/2019/03/05/l...star-for-170m/

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    Thumbs up This project is moving fast! Demolition of site has already occurred.

    Plans for 631-Unit Jersey City Building Could Soon be Approved
    By Jared Kofsky - March 7, 2019


    Proposed mixed-use development: The Element, 400 Claremont Avenue, Jersey City. Rendering via The Real Deal.

    Recently enlarged plans to turn what was until recently an active industrial site near a Jersey City light rail station into one of the biggest new developments in Ward B could possibly be approved as soon as next week.

    Since last January, Jersey Digs has been following a proposal that involves tearing down the massive complex that has been used over the years by companies such as Elementis Specialties, Daniel Products, and the Synres Chemical Corporation in order to construct a mixed-use complex. The site at 400 Claremont Avenue and nine neighboring properties, all located within close proximity to the West Side Avenue Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station, were sold in 2018 for $17 million to a company called 400 Claremont Urban Renewal, LLC.

    At the time of the sale, a spokesperson for Cole Schotz P.C. declined to name who was in charge of the LLC but confirmed that a five-story building with 600 residential units was planned. Then, roughly a month later, additional information was revealed, showing that Art Johnson and the team behind 25 Senate Place was behind this project as well and that this proposal was modified to call for a six-story 598-unit building.

    Plans for 15,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space along with a fitness center, coffee bar, golf simulator, rooftop community garden, and private bowling alley in this Marchetto Higgins Stieve-designed building were also announced, though few details on the pricing of the units were mentioned aside from a statement from Johnson being quoted as saying that the apartments would be offered at “a price point that’s attractive for Jersey City.”

    A demolition permit was issued in November 2018, according to city records.

    However, a legal notice that was just released shows that as the project nears the planning approvals stage, changes have been made to the proposed development. The project now calls for 631 units to be included along with 12,044 square feet of retail space and 279 parking spaces, according to the notice. The Real Deal also reported last month that the $120 million project is being referred to as “The Element,” it is expected to benefit from opportunity zone funding, and there are also plans for a “saltwalter pool” at the development.

    400 Claremont Urban Renewal, LLC is seeking Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan approval, according to the notice. Variances such as floor-to-ceiling height, sidewalk width, and signage are being sought. The hearing on the company’s application has been scheduled for the Jersey City Planning Board’s meeting on Tuesday, March 12, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

    Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to be heard by the Jersey City Planning Board and other commissions are subject to change.

    https://jerseydigs.com/631-unit-buil...e-jersey-city/

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    Cool Whole Foods Market and Northeast HQ Coming to JC

    Sources Say Whole Foods Jersey City Deal is Very Close
    By Chris Fry - March 11, 2019


    Whole Foods Market could be coming to Mack-Cali’s Harborside 4A, Downtown Jersey City. Stock photo via Wikimedia Commons.

    Speculation as to if, when, and where Whole Foods will be opening in Chilltown has been a big topic of conversation ever since the company pulled out of a 2017 redevelopment deal that would have brought the grocer to Hudson County. Good news appears to be on the way, as the company looks close to a deal that would both open a market and set up their northeast headquarters in the city’s Downtown.

    Credible buzz about Whole Foods coming to Jersey City has been heating up since the middle of last year, when the Jersey Journal reported that the company was focusing on opening a store near the Grove Street PATH station. Late last month, CoStar wrote that Mack-Cali was negotiating leases with Whole Foods, talks confirmed by their CEO Michael DeMarco.

    “We’re literally at the one-foot line,” DeMarco told CoStar of the Whole Foods lease talks. “It’s two deals. It’s a store and a lease for office space for their northeast headquarters.”

    Mack-Cali owns several buildings along the waterfront in Exchange Place, including the massive Harborside Terminal complex that’s currently undergoing a revamp. While that property is the likely landing space for the Whole Foods corporate offices, recent activity suggests that another property down the street is being targeted for the market.

    Several sources have hinted to Jersey Digs that Mack-Cali’s Harborside 4A property, located at 286 Washington Street, is where the market will be opening. Two retail spaces at the building are currently vacant, and a Five Guys outpost is the only current tenant operating out of the ground floor. However, a recent construction permit posted at Mack- Cali’s nearby 101 Hudson Street for a “new quick-serve restaurant” suggests Five Guys will be moving to that space, although the chain has not responded to our request for confirmation.

    If Five Guys does vacate the 4A property, Whole Foods will have three storefronts spanning an entire block to combine for their market. Whole Foods has officially listed Jersey City as one of their “stores in development” on their website: https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/com...es-development, although they’ve yet to release a statement on where the store will be and have thus far declined to confirm the reports.

    However, it’s worth noting that Whole Foods took a similar route when planning their upcoming Weehawken store, as they initially listed the market as in development before officially announcing they were opening in the Lincoln Harbor complex just weeks later. Rumors about the location of the Jersey City market heated up over the weekend on a Reddit board.

    Both Whole Foods and Mack-Cali have not returned requests for additional comment, but if the past is any indicator, an official announcement could be coming soon.


    Recent construction permit posted, 101 Hudson Street, Jersey City. Photo by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.

    https://jerseydigs.com/whole-foods-j...ington-street/

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    Default Pile Driver Arrives at 25 Columbus Site

    A pile driver was delivered today to the site of the 57-story 25 Columbus tower. I'm guessing they'll do some test piles over the next week and start full-blown piling around April 1st.

    In other news, it looks like full blown piling is about to start (maybe on Monday) at the site of the second Vantage tower in Liberty Harbor.

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    Default 25 Columbus Dr. Renderings

    Quote Originally Posted by West Hudson View Post
    A pile driver was delivered today to the site of the 57-story 25 Columbus tower. I'm guessing they'll do some test piles over the next week and start full-blown piling around April 1st.

    In other news, it looks like full blown piling is about to start (maybe on Monday) at the site of the second Vantage tower in Liberty Harbor.
    I noticed both those sites ready to go as well. For any one that needs a refresher, below is what 25 Columbus will look like with a link to a story about it. It will include a new interior park, out door plaza, retail space, and a new JC public school.

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    Credit: Handel Architects/L+M Development Partners



    Credit: Handel Architects/L+M Development Partners



    Credit: Handel Architects/L+M Development Partners



    Credit: Handel Architects/L+M Development Partners



    Credit: Handel Architects/L+M Development Partners


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    Thumbs up Bright and Varick Moving Forward

    Sans Micro-Units, Bright and Varick Project Moves Forward
    By Chris Fry - March 18, 2019


    New design for Bright and Varick Street development. Rendering courtesy Point Capital.

    A controversial development in the heart of Downtown Jersey City has been significantly scaled back following a long debate, and new ownership just broke ground on a revamped project that’s significantly less dense than what was initially approved.

    A compromise conclusion has been reached for the Bright and Varick development, which was first pitched by Rushman-Dillon all the way back in September 2013. That company had presented plans to the city for a five-story, 87-apartment “micro-unit” building consisting of apartments averaging 340 square feet. The project covered 100% of the land and had no on-site parking spaces included, which was allowed as-of-right under the Bright and Varick Redevelopment Plan that contained no density maximums or minimum parking requirements.

    The planning board did reject the proposal in January 2014, but Rushman-Dillon sued and was eventually awarded approvals for the project following a long court battle. With the green light in place, the property was sold last year to Jersey City-based Point Capital Development, who promptly presented new plans for the site to the Van Vorst Park Association (VVPA).

    The saga has ended in what Point Capital Principal and Founder John Fio Rito calls “a mutually beneficial compromise agreement.” He told Jersey Digs that the company, the Fulop administration, the VVPA, the Jersey City Redevelopment Authority, and Jersey City’s Housing, Economic Development & Commerce Department have all signed off on a plan to reduce the project’s density by 55% to a total of 40 units, which will follow a more conventional configuration of one- and two-bedroom apartments and ditch the “micro” layout style.

    The bulk and size of the new development are essentially unchanged, as the revamped version primarily consists of reconfiguring the interior space of the building. However, there are a few aesthetic changes to the façade materials, which will replace the fire engine red brick with a dark grey and white brick plus yellow wood and metal accents. The development is designed by Palermo Edwards Architecture.

    Fio Rito noted that the new Bright and Varick development also adds 15 parking spaces and now includes a 1,100-square-foot ground floor retail component that the community requested. There’s no tenant in place for the storefront yet, but Fio Rito said he is “willing to entertain anybody interested” and envisions a coffee or bagel shop type business.

    Passersby might have noticed some work taking place at the site, which involves the removal of an asphalt cap and excavation of foundations leftover from previous structures that once stood on the land. Fio Rito said Point Capital has now obtained a proper construction permit and begun laying the new foundation at the property.


    Previously approved micro-unit development, Downtown Jersey City. Rendering via Rushman-Dillon.

    https://jerseydigs.com/bright-varick...s-jersey-city/

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