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    thanks JCMAN320 and Happy New Year to you and to all my friends on this site who keep a former JerseyBoy in Florida informed! c u

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    Thumbs up NJIT in JC Opens

    Quote Originally Posted by coralridge View Post
    thanks JCMAN320 and Happy New Year to you and to all my friends on this site who keep a former JerseyBoy in Florida informed! c u
    Happy New Year to you too!

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    NJIT cuts ribbon on Jersey City location, with 35 students and plans for many more
    By Eric Strauss
    Jersey City | Dec 20, 2019 at 1:17 pm


    New Jersey Institute of Technology
    Officials from New Jersey Institute of Technology cut the ribbon at the NJIT@JerseyCity location.

    New Jersey Institute of Technology has cut the ribbon on its NJIT@JerseyCity location, officially welcoming 35 data science students to the site, with a goal of doubling the number for the spring semester and reaching 500 students in three years’ time.

    The Newark-based college said in a news release that students in the Ying Wu College of Computing can earn a master’s in data science or graduate certificates in Big Data and data mining at the site, with a graduate certificate in data visualization program and noncredit data science accelerator programs planned for spring. Graduate programs in cybersecurity are in the works, NJIT said.

    Dean Craig Gotsman said most students are professionals in the finance and tech industries who work in Jersey City or New York City. All of the current students attend part-time, but the site will have options for full-time students in time.

    “I can almost promise that this site will bloom, it will flourish, and it would grow exponentially,” he said in a prepared statement. “We’re absolutely at the right place at the right time.”

    NJIT@JerseyCity is located at 101 Hudson St., near the Exchange Place PATH station. It was first announced in May.

    “You can’t talk about computer science today and not realize how rapidly it is moving,” NJIT President Joel Bloom said in a statement. “Campuses are going to continue to change and decentralize.”

    http://www.roi-nj.com/2019/12/20/edu...for-many-more/

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    Does JCMAN or anyone else have some info on the several buildings going up currently in the NJCU-partnered development? The third completed building looks like it will be opening soon for new residents and at least two, with one making major headway, is going up currently. When is the Performing Arts building, ten stories with 320 residences included...and the Shop Rite that's long been rumored going to be built out in the current planning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by citybooster View Post
    Does JCMAN or anyone else have some info on the several buildings going up currently in the NJCU-partnered development? The third completed building looks like it will be opening soon for new residents and at least two, with one making major headway, is going up currently. When is the Performing Arts building, ten stories with 320 residences included...and the Shop Rite that's long been rumored going to be built out in the current planning?
    Hey City. The second Rivet building has it's steel frame up above street level. Foundation work is still being done for the City Line East building at corner of Carbon Pl. and West Side Ave.

    The Performing Arts Center and 10 story apartment building along with the parking garage with ground floor Shop Rite should be breaking ground together once the current two buildings under construction get close to completion.

    Also just as update for development on the West Side; a new 5 story building has risen on the site of the old car wash on Mallory, the large developments at Water St. and Claremont Ave. and on Yale Ave. between Claremont Ave., West Side Ave. and Mallory Ave. are all above street level and in the process of being framed out. The stalled building at Fisk Ave. and West Side Ave. had their tax abatement revoked recently and the city may move to remove them from the property. And finally, the old Alpha Metals building on Route 440 between Culver Ave. and Claremont Ave. has been demolished in preparation of the light rail extension to Bayfront. The extension is scheduled to break ground Q1 of this year.

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    Yeah, thanks JCMAN.... it's really starting to come together there and one block is already finished, going to really be a great whole new neighborhood popping up before our eyes. And I'm glad you also expanded on the developments small and larger springing up throught the area between West Side and 440. It looks like they are getting ready for some serious infrastructure work on 440 prepping up for the first phase being announced of Bayfront, including the light rail extension, as well. The Fisk/West Side stalled project is an eyesore, though... hopefully with the failure of its developer the site gets sold fairly quickly and they finish the development instead of wasting time and tearing it down.

    I live across from the Claremont/West Side six story development that's part of the developments you bring up... coming along so fast, hard to believe six stories and over 600 residents, but you see the scope of the building(called the Element) and it's MASSIVE for such a relative low rise. The one on the other end of Claremont going towards 440 is also going to be expansive(though I think its similar in residential accommodation it will spread out over three buildings five to seven stories). And a number of other lots are ripe for eventual development as well.. a huge lot was cleared off of 440 and Culver Avenue which looks like it too will be a powerhouse even if low-medium rise. Lots of development on our West Side, and a lot of exciting projects are spreading out throughout Jersey City... it's not just downtown/waterfront, or even Journal Square, any more.

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    I think it is great that JC's skyline is growing so rapidly. It is so much less expensive than Manhattan and depending on where you work, it is a shorter commute. Much like living in LIC and commuting to Midtown East for work.

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    Thumbs up Marin Blvd. is Developing Quickly!

    Plans Revealed for Jersey City’s Laurel & Saddlewood Redevelopment
    By Chris Fry -February 12, 2020


    Proposed redevelopment of nearly two acres in Downtown Jersey City. Rendering by Beyer Blinder Belle.

    A plan to replace a full block of attached townhomes in the middle of Downtown with a tiered high-rise that includes several community benefits could take its first formal step forward very soon.

    Earlier this week, Lennar Multifamily Communities (LMC) held a meeting through the Harsimus Cove Association detailing their plans for a 1.81-acre parcel in the neighborhood. The lot falls between First and Second streets and straddles Marin Boulevard and Grove Street, with two dead-end roads called Saddlewood Court and Laurel Court cutting through.

    Redevelopment intentions emerged last year when the Jersey Journal reported on a city-prepared study that determined the lot qualified as being in need of redevelopment and “more specifically, as a Condemnation Redevelopment Area.” The property is currently home to 38 prefabricated homes that were moved to the land in the 1970s.

    During the meeting, LMC Vice President Charles Epstein said that the property’s homeowners initially approached the company about purchasing their homes. He added that LMC has agreed to deals buying all the properties from homeowners at market-rate prices except for one. The holdout, the company claims, is a local developer who purchased the home as part of an effort to redevelop the entire block.

    The proposed redevelopment of the parcel has been drawn up by New York-based Beyer Blinder Belle and would see a high-rise built along Marin Boulevard rising about 50 stories at the tallest point. The structure would then gradually step down as it heads toward Grove Street and Manila Avenue, bottoming out to three stories at the lowest point.

    The project, which is being called Laurel & Saddlewood for now, would contain about 810 rental apartments and include 41 units designated as affordable housing. 14,000 square feet of retail space would be featured on the ground floor facing Marin Boulevard and as part of the deal, a 50,000-square-foot public school would be built along First Street.

    The school in the plan, which would be deeded to the city upon completion, would house Pre-K to 5th grades and should serve around 300 to 350 students. Laurel & Saddlewood would also feature a parking garage with 294 total spaces and representatives for LMC say they want to paint a mural on the parking garage portion of the development.

    In addition, the existing Philippine Plaza on the land would be almost quadrupled in size to about 11,400 square feet. LMC has met with representatives of the plaza and agreed to keep the existing memorial at the site while creating a true public park at the space, which is decidedly underutilized.

    The design of the development would feature brick materials throughout and glass components on the tower portion. LMC says the tiered slope of the project allows many opportunities for terraces or green roofs and a stormwater management system would be included in the development to help alleviate flooding in the neighborhood.

    LMC is not seeking any tax abatement for the project and their current proposal for Laurel & Saddlewood is the result of working with several neighborhood associations over the last year. The company, a subsidiary of Lennar, is behind the nearly completed The Lively and has also built several luxury developments along the Weehawken waterfront.

    A step toward this development becoming reality could be taken Thursday, as the city council is scheduled to vote on a resolution that would declare the parcel a condemnation redevelopment area at their February 13 meeting. After that, a formal redevelopment plan for the area would need to be drawn up by the city and approved by the council, after which LMC could then submit a site application to the planning board.

    Representatives for LMC said during the meeting that they are hopeful the council could approve a redevelopment plan sometime in March, which would put them on track to submit formal plans to the city this summer. If all goes smoothly, the company hopes to break ground on the development in September 2021.


    The residential redevelopment would include retail and a public elementary school. Rendering by Beyer Blinder Belle.

    Jersey Journal Article 2019: https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/08/ar...velopment.html

    https://jerseydigs.com/plans-reveale...redevelopment/

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    Love this! Those current townhomes are hideous

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    That development looks wonderful … hopefully the current homeowners were fairly compensated and the houses were deteriorating so they were going to come down in the near future anyway. I wish there more affordables in this but you get 41, and rare to see any affordables being done in the downtown area especially nowadays with the virtual elimination of tax abatements. A much needed elementary school and sizable public plaza are very important bonuses as well. Hope they get quick approval so they can begin with demolitions and site prepping for construction next fall.

    I live in the West Side section and right now construction there is booming..live right across the 631 resident "The Element" and there seems to be a couple more buildings going on in the NJCU -led project between West Side Avenue and Route 440.. does JCMAN know which ones are in progress? The companion to the Rivet I believe but there is another very large development next to it bordering Carbon Place... and I think other groundbreaking is occurring closer to 440 but not certain. Is Shop Rite or the Performing Arts building one of them?

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    In 2019 there were two proposals with 20% affordable housing in them, one north of the Holland Tunnel and one near Grand St/Bates St/I-78. Fulop killed one north of the Holland Tunnel because of opposition from the Hamilton Park Association. And the other one also seems dead, because of opposition from the Van Vorst Park Association.

    Don't ask my why it's fair for wealthy homeowners in million-dollar brownstones to dictate whether affordable housing gets built a full half a mile away from their respective associations...I mean Bates Street is pretty far from Van Vorst Park and Fourteenth street is across a highway from Hamilton Park but they were given the final say.

    So for this project they included less affordable but gave them a school and park instead.

    The following projects broke ground along West Side Ave last year (plus i believe the Shoprite has also broken ground?):


    26 UNIVERSITY PLACE BLVD (199 Units; part of the NJCU block)
    13 & 35 CARBON PL (152 Units; part of the NJCU block)

    400 CLAREMONT AVE (632 Units, between Mallory and West Side Ave; "The Element")
    132 YALE AVE. (145 Units; phase I of a bigger project along 440 known as 100 Water Street)
    74 POLLOCK AVE. (60 Units; along Mallory Ave about a block south of Yale Ave)
    Last edited by Hamilton; February 20th, 2020 at 02:42 PM.

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    Thanks very much for the updates on the West Side area projects plus the background on the school/park plan on the Laurel/ Saddlewood development, Hamilton!

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    sure. I realized I mixed up 400 Claremont and 132 Yale, so please see above for a correction.

    132 Yale is the one along 440, it is the first phase of 100 Water Street:


    Last edited by Hamilton; February 20th, 2020 at 02:44 PM.

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    Cool NEW County Courthouse for JC

    Renderings Revealed as New Hudson County Courthouse Moves Forward
    By Chris Fry -February 18, 2020


    The future Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex along Newark Avenue, Jersey City. Rendering via Hudson County Improvement Authority.

    The long road to building a modern court complex along one of Jersey City’s major thoroughfares made some substantial progress last week, as three resolutions were approved by a county board related to the construction of the project.

    One of the largest public developments in the state, the Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex, has been in the works for several years. The $345 million scheme will replace Hudson County’s outdated Administration Building at 595 Newark Street with a new structure across the street set to feature 24 courtrooms, jury assembly spaces, various offices, and the Sheriff’s Department.

    Several parcels set for the eventual complex were cleared in late 2018 and New York City-based Rafael Viñoly Architects has drawn up a master plan for construction of the new facility. The five-story complex, which will be certified LEED Silver, will include a 75-seat public food court, a self-help law library, a children’s play area, training spaces, and a 459-space parking garage built into the design.

    As part of the project, the county will eliminate nearby Cook Street and realign several local roads to allow Central Avenue to extend and connect with Newark Avenue. Conceptual renderings of the new court complex show the facility’s entrance along the Central Avenue extension, while the garage portion is to be built near the property’s intersection with Route 139.

    The Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently took a major step towards reconfiguring the roadways, as they passed a resolution at their February 13 meeting awarding a $2.6 million contract to Garfield-based Zuccaro Incorporated. The company’s work will build an extension to Central Avenue and then widen Oakland Avenue per plans that are already in place.

    A second resolution passed by the board authorizes the county to seek bids for the construction of the Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex. The Hudson County Improvement Authority will act as redeveloper on the project, which they aim to have completed by 2023.

    A third resolution passed by the board deals with the potential creation of nearby open space. Late last year, an agreement was announced between Jersey City and Hudson County to facilitate construction of a three-acre public park at the site of the current Administration Building.

    Under the Memorandum of Understanding that was approved by the board, the county will turn over control of 595 Newark Avenue to Jersey City, who will then pay for the demolition and removal of the existing structure and be responsible for building the park. It’s worth noting that the memorandum is non-binding, but both county and city officials have pledged their commitment to green space at the parcel.

    Regardless of the resolution’s wording, the park is a long-term proposition. Construction of that portion won’t be able to commence until the new judicial facility is completed, so Jersey City can likely look forward to starting the process of demolishing the Administration Building and creating the park sometime in 2023.

    For fans of historic architecture who might be concerned about all this redevelopment, the Brennan Courthouse is staying put and will continue to be used for court business.

    Construction of the new court complex will undoubtedly change the landscape along this busy stretch of Newark Avenue, which has drawn new eateries including Café Peanut, Ling Long Xuan, and Freetown Road over the last year. An exact timeline for the development’s groundbreaking should emerge in April, when the county hopes to select a bid for construction of the complex.



    Aerial view of the future Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex. Rendering via Hudson County Improvement Authority.



    Aerial view of the future Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex, the public green space at 595 Newark Avenue, and the historical Brennan Courthouse. Rendering via Hudson County Improvement Authority.



    The Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex will feature 24 courtrooms, jury assembly spaces, various offices, and the Sheriff’s Department. Rendering via Hudson County Improvement Authority.



    The Administration Building at 595 Newark Avenue will be torn down and turned into public green space. Photo by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.


    https://jerseydigs.com/new-hudson-co...rd-renderings/

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    I like how the Laurel & Saddlewood proposal steps back and up from the street.

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    I HAVE to say it... the Administration Building replacement is pretty crappy. The current building was bad, but the new one is if anything more expansive and looks awful as part of an urban streetscape.

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