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    That looks so much better!

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    State of the City Address is tonight at City Hall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lammius View Post
    State of the City Address is tonight at City Hall.
    I'll be in attendance. Looking forward to plans for the year ahead.

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    Thumbs up Highlights of the State of the City Address

    Recap of the 2019 State of the City Address
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    Lynn Hazan · Mar 21, 2019

    Every year, the mayor delivers a State of the City address to update the community on what the city’s been working on and future plans. Here is a quick recap of what went down yesterday at City Hall.

    You can watch the full State of the City address on YouTube.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Drdg...ature=youtu.be

    Accomplishments Thus Far
    1. Surpassing the administration’s staffing goals with nearly 970 JCPD officers.

    2. Reductions in all major areas of crime

    3. Five straight years without a tax increase and 4 credit rating upgrades.

    4. The closing on the property for the Bayfront Purchase Agreement, a nearly $100 million dollar project for one of the largest mixed-income communities in the region.

    5. Signing on to the Vision Zero initiative, a national effort towards eliminating roadway fatalities and injuries through a powerful, data-driven Action Plan.

    6. The award of $3.5 million dollars in federal funding to begin construction on the City’s portion of the 111-mile pedestrian and bicycle trail which travels across Northern New Jersey following the former Morris Canal route.

    7. Increasing the environment protection of our drinking water at the Jersey City Water Treatment Plant.

    8. The payroll tax passed for non-local residents on corporations, in which 100 percent of all funds collected will go to Jersey City schools.

    What We Can Expect in 2019
    1. Begin construction on the second and third building of the Jackson Square development.

    2. Redesign and expansion of Caven Point to serve thousands of more residents. The goal is to acquire the land behind Caven Point and use the narrow, longer area for parking while repurposing the current parking lot into additional ball fields.

    3. Investment to formally open Reservoir 3 with path, lighting and fencing.

    4. Integrate the first city-run bus system in the state. The RFP will soon go out for a partner transportation provider to better connect the south side of Jersey City to the PATH system. City-wide bus route will be re-evaluated to expand mass transit options in the south side of Jersey City.

    5. Bring indoor vertical farming facilities throughout Jersey City in different locations that will yield thousands of pounds of healthy food to communities that sometimes struggle for access.

    6. Start lead remediation project for Jersey City schools. The MUA will start installing a lead filtration system in certain schools and the goal is to have all schools remediated by January 2020.

    7. Charging stations available outside of City Hall, City Hall Annex, and DPW for vehicles and public use.

    8. The implementation of the plastic bag ban on June 28th.

    9. Plans to create new recreational spaces, including a skate park in Berry Lane Park.

    10. Installation of solar panels to Department of Public Works buildings in addition to adding energy-efficient vehicles to municipal fleet.

    11. Looking to increase the number of surveillance cameras in the city for the sake of increasing safety on the streets

    12. The Newark Ave plaza will be redone with new lighting and pavement.

    13. One-stop shop for affordable housing resources built in the Fall. All of the city resources will be aggregated to streamline the process, making it easier for residents to get the help they need.

    14. Money put toward enforcement to crack down on bad landlords in the city.

    15. Creation of new affordable housing through inclusionary zoning ordinances. Requesting 20% of new projects that get a zoning change to include affordable housing inside the project.

    16. New homeless shelters alongside additional affordable housing units with the rehabilitation of St Lucy’s Shelter.

    https://www.chicpeajc.com/jersey-cit...-city-address/

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCMAN320 View Post
    Recap of the 2019 State of the City Address
    3 min read
    Lynn Hazan · Mar 21, 2019


    What We Can Expect in 2019
    [...]
    4. Integrate the first city-run bus system in the state. The RFP will soon go out for a partner transportation provider to better connect the south side of Jersey City to the PATH system. City-wide bus route will be re-evaluated to expand mass transit options in the south side of Jersey City.

    https://www.insidernj.com/press-rele...-city-address/

    https://hudsoncountyview.com/at-stat...contamination/
    It appears that Lynn's rush hour experience in NJ has been limited to Jersey City...otherwise she might realize that a city-operated bus system has already existed for years in Hoboken (the HOP).
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    What about any progress on the Bayfront project? The city is supposed to start work on the infrastructure, then open up bids in stages to develop the project over the next decade or so... still aiming for 35% affordable housing(including senior and workforce oriented housing)? The plans for rezoning to include more affordable housing overall is commendable and needed, but I still think the city outside of Bayfront is too timid overall... Journal Square development should come with more affordable housing components. The downtown area has rotten away with offering very little besides overpriced "market" units. Even along the West Side in the NJCU development which overall I believe is good for the community and the city, we're looking at "market" rates of $2,500-$3,000 for one bedrooms..lol, we're not downtown right across from NYC..$3,200-$4,000 for two bedroom units are ridiculous. The Baker Building development off of the Garfield light rail station has $1,600-$1,800 one bedroom apartments and $1,900-$2,100 for two bedrooms and under $2,500 for three bedrooms...THAT I feel is what should be going for luxury developments in areas of JC outside downtown and probably Journal Square too. But a good portion, 20-25% at the very least, should go affordable units...mixed income neighborhoods are a lot better than segregating subsidized housing units into the poorer areas of the city.

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    Thumbs up 2 JSQ Getting a Makeover

    Renovations at 2 Journal Square to Start in April
    New retail and restaurant spaces will be included in the building's revamp.

    By LJ - March 28, 20190


    Renderings: HLW

    One of Journal Square’s most iconic buildings is getting a makeover.

    Renovations at 2 Journal Square will start in mid-April. Gaia Real Estate has tapped design and architecture firm HLW to revamp and modernize the 300,000 square-foot office building. In the past, HLW has renovated and designed facilities for the likes of Google, Ironstate/Mack-Cali, and LeFrak.

    Originally built in 1987, 2 Journal Square sits across the street from the Stanley Theater and the JSQ PATH Station. In an effort to draw modern clientele to the building, 2 Journal Square will get new interiors and amenity spaces. The lobby will also get a tech overhaul that’ll include a smart directory for quickly identifying tenants.

    Journal Square residents will also be happy to know that 2 Journal Square will feature approximately 30,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space at ground level. The hope is that the new retail will continue to revitalize the neighborhood and offer residents new places to shop and eat. (In addition to Jollibee, of course).

    To make the building more visually appealing to pedestrians, the façade of the ground floor retail spaces will also be reoriented parallel to the streetscape. (It’s currently a bit of a hot mess with a zig-zag pattern).

    Renovations at 2 Journal Square will wrap up by September 2019.





    https://www.jerseycityupfront.com/re...tart-in-april/

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    Thumbs up Another Development Breaks Ground on the West Side

    Renderings Revealed, Ground Broken at 100 Water Street in Jersey City
    By Chris Fry - March 29, 2019


    100 Water Street. Rendering via Minno Wasko.

    Just a few short years ago, some were wondering if Jersey City’s “other” waterfront was capable of having a building boom like the one happening along the Hudson River. This month, another piece of evidence has emerged demonstrating the comeback of the Hackensack River, as one of the more ambitious developments in the West Side neighborhood has started construction.

    Back in 2017, plans for 100 Water Street were initially approved by the city’s planning board. The project combines a whopping 11 lots that are all owned by 100 Water Street Development LLC, a subsidiary of Fields Development Group.

    The totals for the entirety of the project are impressive: 621 residential units, 29,086 square feet of retail, and 373 structured parking spaces. The residential units, intended as rentals, break down as 126 studios, 308 one bedrooms, and 187 two bedrooms. A phasing plan was approved by the planning board in January of this year, which was a precursor to construction activity that is humming along at the property.

    Jersey Digs has uncovered renderings of the project’s first phase, which is designed by Minno Wasko of Lambertville, N.J. Phase I of 100 Water Street has actually been divided into two separate phases of its own, the first part of which consists of constructing a five-story building containing a total of 145 residential units and 123 parking spaces.

    A total of 8,346 square feet of commercial space will be split among the first phase’s six storefronts, with four of them measuring 850 square feet. The largest retail spot, on the corner of Clarke and Bennett Avenues, will clock in at 3,625 square feet, while the final storefront will consist of 1,321 square feet.

    After that’s completed, Fields will commence the second leg of Phase I, which will rise four stories and add 88 units to the Clarke Avenue side of the property. Additionally, Yale Avenue, which currently ends just west of Mallory Avenue, will be extended through to Bennett Street as part of the work, and a new connector road between Claremont Avenue and the Yale Avenue extension would also be built.


    Amenities featured for the first phase of 100 Water Street include a bicycle room with space for 117 bikes, a resident lounge, and a pool on the first floor of the building. A portion of the initial building’s roof will sport a landscaped courtyard.

    As a temporary measure, an interim leasing trailer and two parking lots will be constructed as part of Phase I. The development has two more phases, the second of which will construct a six- and seven-story mixed-use building featuring 310 residential units and 11,057 square feet of retail. This phase of the development will build out the remainder of the project’s 373 garage parking spaces.

    The final phase will construct the tallest section of 100 Water Street, a seven-story mixed-use building with 78 residential units and 9,683 square feet of retail. Between the extension of several roads and the elimination of curb cuts around the property, 31 on-street parking spaces will be created around the project.


    The development falls within the Water Street Redevelopment Plan Zone, so no affordable units are required. Fields has not yet announced an estimated completion date for the project’s first phase.


    Aerial view of 100 Water Street development. Plan via Minno Wasko.



    Facade detail. Rendering via Minno Wasko.



    Site of development: 100 Water Street, Jersey City.

    https://jerseydigs.com/100-water-str...e-jersey-city/

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    Big mistake not requiring an affordable component, especially to something garnering 621 units. What about the 400 Claremont..631 units right across from the West Side Light Rail and park and ride? And the entire NJCU development? No affordables either despite 1,000 units overall. I'm waiting on Bayfront but they dropped the ball here in the West Side area big time. And is everyone in these developments still going to pretend $2,500+ for a one family and $3,500+ for a two family unit is really market based for the area? We're not downtown or Journal Square and though I strongly support development... building neighborhoods where either nothing existed or the previous industrial/manufacturing use was obsolete and otherwise there'd be nothing but weeds and decay. But I'd like more people to benefit and so many will be priced out...is EVERYTHING for the professionals and well to do? A lot of people are making under $60,000 and they shouldn't be ignored.

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    Thumbs up Phase 1 Of Montgomery Gardens Complete

    New affordable housing springs at old Montgomery Gardens site
    Updated Apr 1, 2:55 PM; Posted Apr 1, 10:40 AM


    Gallery: Mill Creek Gardens ribbon-cutting ceremony

    By Adrienne Romero | The Jersey Journal

    JERSEY CITY – Where towering, ominous public housing buildings once stood there is now the start of an inviting and friendly community of homes.

    On Tuesday, Mayor Steve Fulop, with the Jersey City Housing Authority (JCHA) and The Michaels Organization, unveiled the first 21 of 126 units of Mill Creek Gardens, on the site of the Montgomery Gardens public housing complex. The remaining units will be available in phases over the next two months as construction is completed.

    Of the 126-mixed income units, Mill Creek Gardens will offer 121 modern affordable housing units to working families.

    “Preserving and increasing the amount of safe and affordable housing throughout the city is a major priority as our community continues to grow,” Fulop said in a statement. ... This next phase is a big step toward providing more working families with an affordable and safe place to call home.”

    The new low-rise complex will consist of two-to four-bedroom units. Montgomery Gardens, built in 1953, had six high-rise buildings and 440 residential units. It was demolished in 2015.

    Within the new development, three streets are named for three distinguished Jersey City residents: Dr. Johnathan C. Gibbs Jr., Professor Jean Anyon and Mary Ward.

    Gibbs was a Jersey City surgeon, physician and founder of the Gibbs Memorial Health Center. Anyon was a scholar of education policy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York who studied inner-city school systems. Ward helped found the first African-American Catholic church in Jersey City — Christ the King on Ocean Avenue.

    The Mill Creek project is funded in part by $2.5 million from the Jersey City Housing Authority and another $2 million from the Jersey City Affordable Housing Trust Funds.

    “Jersey City is developing rapidly,” said Lynne Patton, HUD regional administrator for New York and New Jersey. “To see the rebirth of the distressed Montgomery Gardens site and its beautiful new construction that will serve as the new home to dozens of low-income Jersey City families is the reason why HUD exists.”

    https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/04/ne...dens-site.html

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    The real phase 1 of this development was taking one of the old high rises and re-purposing it into the Catherine Todd Senior Building: https://tmo.com/news/obsolete-high-r...-living-center. The last phase of this development will be to demolish the last two public housing towers that boarded up and secure and replace them with 80 affordable housing units that blend into the development.

    Citybooster I share your sentiment. The City, the current administration, has been building affordable housing like crazy. They have built more affordable housing since Fulop got into office than the last 4 administrations combined. I concede though that they will never catch up to the market to provide enough. However with these developments on our West Side, I'm thinking to subsidize those buildings with affordable units might have made the financing for the projects in a new unproven area nonviable. I know with the NJCU development it basically came down to if the University wanted to keep its tuition affordable or include a lot of affordable units on site and miss out on revenue to keep costs at the University low. They already have the 400 unit dorm building for students which they aren't making money on. The project revenue from the new units and leases from the restaurants will be a major source of revenue for the University that will keep education attainable for students.
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    ^Thanks, JCMAN and appreciate your comments. I know Fulop wants Bayfront to have around 35% affordable apartments and holefully there will be a way to viably achieve that noble goal. Appreciate your perspective on the NJCU affiliated development, sometimes you have different worthwhile priorities that you must choose between and affordable college is definitely a major priority. My only thing with the Montgomery Gardens is that density is necessary to really tackle the affordability crisis and going from 440 units to only 121 affordable units seems self-defeating. The projects that previously existed had become unsafe and dangerous but some degree of density is more practical to help the most people possible. Fortunately though at long last we do have an administration that at least wants to make some headway towards expanding the housing stock to those who aren't making at least six figure salaries and hoping it continues through the nest administrations.

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    is JSQ #2 still under construction? any other "big" projects underway or close to underway in JC?

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    I believe phase 2 of the development near newport is UC. The big mack-cali building is UC. Possibly the new Newport building?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coralridge View Post
    is JSQ #2 still under construction? any other "big" projects underway or close to underway in JC?
    Yes JSQ #2 is still going. The project at Columbus and Warren St. Downtown is a big project under construction with a new public school. I posted about that on page 370. And Vantage tower #2 is under construction over in the Liberty Harbor neighborhood. The Water St. development I posted above is a big project for the West Side. And NJCU West Campus is about to break ground on their 4th building and demo and old maintenance building to start construction on their 5th building. That will just leave the UPAC with it's apartment building and the garage with Shop Rite to be constructed.

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