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    Quote Originally Posted by citybooster View Post
    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.
    It's really bad. Call 201-795-6000 to make your concerns about the streetscape known to Tom de Gise, the county executive. I called and they got back to me personally.

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    Thumbs up Urby JSQ Breaking Ground 2020

    I'm hoping it can be somewhat improved a street level but otherwise I really don't have an issue with the new County Courthouse and Admin building. It looks like a modern federal style building and it needs to be much larger than the current one to properly accommodate the existing county population and the projected growth as the County continues to grow with Jersey City, Harrison, Hoboken, Weehawken and Bayonne leading the way in that department.

    In other news, Urby JSQ across from JSQ'd looks to be breaking ground soon! Bye-bye surface lot, hello DENSITY!!!

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    EXCLUSIVE: Renderings Revealed, Timeline Announced for Journal Square Urby
    By Chris Fry -February 25, 2020


    Approved development: Journal Square Urby, 571-577 Pavonia Avenue, Jersey City. Rendering via Ironstate Development.

    A modern urban living concept that’s been a big success in the New York area is officially bringing their second Jersey City project to Journal Square, as Ironstate Development is moving forward with a 25-story high-rise set for a parking lot near the city’s westernmost PATH station.

    Back in October last year, we broke the news about Journal Square Urby being in the works. The development is set to rise on five lots at 571-577 Pavonia Avenue that total over 19,000 square feet with the Journal Squared development rising across the street in one direction and the historic Brennan Courthouse in the other.

    Jersey City’s planning board granted final site plan approval last year for the project, which will be developed as a partnership between Ironstate, Panepinto Properties, and Kimmel LLC. A new tower will rise 265 feet at the corner of Summit and Pavonia avenues under the plans, while a new entry plaza between the development and the adjacent Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church will be constructed.

    The development will include a total of 340 market-rate units consisting of 159 studios, 120 one-bedrooms, 16 two-bedrooms, and 45 three-bedrooms. Amenities inside Journal Square’s variation on Urby include a second-floor gym facility with an attached yoga studio and a sprawling roof deck featuring a pool deck, dog run, an indoor space sporting a communal kitchen, and a landscaped patio area.

    While Journal Square Urby does not include any parking on-site, the development’s ground floor will sport a 2,607-square-foot café space fronting Summit Avenue. 1,349 square feet of office space meant for a leasing facility is also featured in the design. An early conceptual rendering of the development included a mural on the Summit Avenue side of the building.

    “With a focus on experience and community, Journal Square Urby will offer smartly-designed residences — which include studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments — and shared communal spaces that encourage natural opportunities for neighbors to meet and interact,” Ironstate said in a press release.

    Madison-based HLW International is serving as the Executive Architect on the development, while the award-winning Dutch firm Concrete is working on the project’s design. Ironstate says Journal Square Urby will feature an architectural aesthetic and layout that will complement the existing neighborhood scale at the street level while providing a visually dynamic tower that breaks out into three distinct masses.

    Journal Square Urby will be the fifth development of the brand to hit the NYC-metro market and the second in Jersey City. It follows launches on Staten Island’s north shore in 2016, the 69-story Jersey City Urby waterfront tower in partnership with Mack-Cali in 2017, Harrison Urby in 2017, and Stamford Urby in 2019.

    Ironstate says their latest Urby is currently in design and tentatively scheduled to break ground during the third quarter of 2020, with initial delivery anticipated for 2022.

    The neighborhood around Journal Square Urby will be busy over the next few years, as Hudson County is constructing a new courthouse just a block from the development. Jersey City has also committed to turning a parking lot across from the Journal Square Urby property into a three-acre park that could begin construction when the new courthouse is complete.



    Site of future Journal Square Urby, 571-577 Pavonia Avenue, Jersey City. Photo by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.



    Proposed Journal Square Urby. Drawing by HLW Architects via the application


    https://jerseydigs.com/exclusive-ren...y-jersey-city/

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    Thumbs up Berry Lane Park spurring development.

    Developer ready to break ground on 2 residential towers overlooking Berry Lane Park
    Today (February 25, 2020) 1:42 PM
    By Ron Zeitlinger | The Jersey Journal


    A rendering of the Parkview Apartments, a two-tower residential development planned for Van Horne and Woodward streets in Jersey City. (Monteforte Architectural Studio)EJA

    Plans for two nine-story residential towers to rise over Jersey City’s largest park will soon get a step closer when ground is broken on the project.

    The Parkview Apartments complex, on Van Horne and Woodward streets, two floors of parking and seven floors of housing, said officials with Dresdner Robin and Monteforte Architectural Studio, are providing engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, surveying and planning services for the project.

    The development calls for 170 rental units — 65 one-bedroom, 95 two-bedroom and 10 three-bedroom — 18 of which are moderate-income units. The buildings at 87-99 Van Horne St. and 72-78 Woodward St. are being developed by Wallabout Realty Holdings.

    A date for the groundbreaking has not been set. Construction is expected to be completed by 2021.

    “This project modernizes an entire city block, bringing infrastructure and community improvements to the area surrounding the Garfield Avenue Light Rail station,” Joseph Mele, director of civil engineering at Dresdner Robin, said in a statement. “Our firm has worked closely with the developer and community stakeholders to ensure that this project becomes a worthy complement to nearby Berry Lane Park and the city’s overall growth.”

    Dresdner Robin secured project approvals for a range of local and regional regulatory review agencies. The complex was designed by Ocean Township, N.J.-based Monteforte Architectural Studio.

    A new road will connect the dead ends of Woodward Street and Van Horne Street, improving access in the area. A new streetscape is planned to complement the roadway and pedestrian connectivity will be provided for the nearby Garfield Avenue Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Station, officials said.

    “The typology of this project had to complement its surroundings, rather than becoming an obstacle,” said Principal Architect James Monteforte. “To do so, we designed two towers emerging from a base that holds the unit together. The essential aesthetic of the Parkview Apartments is to be a beacon of life and vibrancy to the surrounding community.”

    Dresdner Robin officials said they worked with the Jersey City Planning Board to create one contiguous tract of land, allowing for a unified, larger-scale development.

    The firm also performed an array of design services for Berry Lane Park, just west of the development. The 17.5-acre park, which opened in 2016 on a former brownfield site, includes basketball and tennis courts, baseball and soccer fields, a playground, rain garden, 600 trees and a splash pad water park.

    “Jersey City had an extraordinary vision for Berry Lane Park, which has been instrumental in stimulating a largely underdeveloped area,” Mele said. “Upon completion, Parkview Apartments will inspire continued growth as it overlooks the vibrancy of the park.”

    https://www.nj.com/hudson/2020/02/de...lane-park.html

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    Great news on both. I wish they would break ground on the other Urby too

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    Love the Berry Park towers and especially the Urby Journal Square area one! With the nearby two 28 story Bergen Arch towers on Hoboken Avenue and a stretch of several other buildings looks like a number of 20-30 story towers for the Journal Square area just off the Path Station that provide a nice middle contrast to the high rises going up in the area.

    I still don't like the new administration/county building, just looks all wrong for a residential area, too sprawling. Hopefully they can tweak the design at least as you say , JCMAN, at street level...though I really would rather they change a lot more.

    Hamilton gave a nice brief setup on what was going on with the NJCU and nearby developments on the West Side. Wondering when more new on Bayfront and the light rail extension to 440 will be coming and if you can, JCMAN, any more info a bit more in depth about the West Side/NJCU project in particular? What about the Performing Arts building which will be part of a 10 story, 320 unit development? Is it supposed to go all the way to 440, I wouldn't think the Shop Rite rumored to be going in that development wouldn't have an entrance on the highway but the development there stops well short of the highway... there's still a large NJCU parking lot butting against the highway. I heard from someone that a union rep said the Shop Rite, while going forward in the not too distant future, is on hold for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by citybooster View Post
    Love the Berry Park towers and especially the Urby Journal Square area one! With the nearby two 28 story Bergen Arch towers on Hoboken Avenue and a stretch of several other buildings looks like a number of 20-30 story towers for the Journal Square area just off the Path Station that provide a nice middle contrast to the high rises going up in the area.

    I still don't like the new administration/county building, just looks all wrong for a residential area, too sprawling. Hopefully they can tweak the design at least as you say , JCMAN, at street level...though I really would rather they change a lot more.

    Hamilton gave a nice brief setup on what was going on with the NJCU and nearby developments on the West Side. Wondering when more new on Bayfront and the light rail extension to 440 will be coming and if you can, JCMAN, any more info a bit more in depth about the West Side/NJCU project in particular? What about the Performing Arts building which will be part of a 10 story, 320 unit development? Is it supposed to go all the way to 440, I wouldn't think the Shop Rite rumored to be going in that development wouldn't have an entrance on the highway but the development there stops well short of the highway... there's still a large NJCU parking lot butting against the highway. I heard from someone that a union rep said the Shop Rite, while going forward in the not too distant future, is on hold for now.
    Regarding Bayfront, the JCRA I believe put out an RFP for infrastructure services related to the implementation of electrical, sewer and road construction. They should be awarding it soon I would think. The HBLR extension to Bayfront should begin construction Q1 of this year. The West Side Branch of the HBLR has been closed for the last 9 months due to the JCMUA needing to fix cracks and replace sections of the force main that runs under the ROW out to Passaic Valley Sewage Treatment plant in Newark. Service is scheduled to restart this March. However, in anticipation of the extension construction, NJ Transit has been re configuring the West Side Ave. station so the extension construction can connect at West Side Ave. with out disrupting service to the station.

    The two new buildings that are under construction now at University Place are "Rivet II" and "City Line East". The performing arts center, officially called "UPAC" will be just west of "Rivet II" at the corner of University Place Blvd. and Hernandez Way. Groundbreaking for "UPAC" is scheduled to break ground either end of summer or early fall 2020 from what I've heard. "UPAC" will also contain a school space on the ground floor for the Goffrey Ballet School which is moving from Manhattan to NJCU. The Shop Rite/Garage will be directly west of "UPAC" bound by Hernandez Way, University Place Blvd., NJ 440 and Carbon Place. University Place Blvd. currently ends at "T" intersection with Hernandez Way; it will eventually extend west to NJ 440. The parking lot at Gothic Knights Way and NJ 440 is permanent for foreseeable future. The initial plans for University Place had a hotel being built on the site but the economics of the time just didn't allow for it. The may change eventually as the surrounding area is now rapidly developing and I personally think a hotel connected to NJCU and along NJ 440 makes sense.
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    Thank you so much for the update, JCMAN! I appreciate the clarification of the timeline for the NJCU developments and the light rail extension.

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    Thumbs up Element Financed

    Quote Originally Posted by citybooster View Post
    Thank you so much for the update, JCMAN! I appreciate the clarification of the timeline for the NJCU developments and the light rail extension.
    No problem City! West Side the best side .

    Keeping the JC West Side development theme going, below is an article regarding 400 Claremont Ave. known as the "The Element". The project is probably about 70% framed out right now but they now have full construction financing.

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    $84 Million Construction Loan Announced for 631-Unit Building in Jersey City
    By Rory Arnold -February 27, 2020


    Fully financed: The Element, 400 Claremont Avenue, Jersey City. Rendering via Progress Capital.

    Back in March 2019, we reported on plans to tear down a former industrial site to build a new 631-unit residential development on Claremont Avenue in Jersey City.

    Now, Progress Capital has announced an $84 million construction loan along with $36 million of equity to develop the new six-story apartment building known as The Element. The deal was arranged by founding partner Kathy Anderson.

    The Element will be located at 400 Claremont Avenue and will consist of 631 units, 277 of which will be micro-units spanning less than 500 square feet.

    Progress Capital has cited strong demand for these types of smaller studio apartments amongst millennials who are willing to sacrifice square footage for amenities and a key location. The Element will be located very close to the West Side Avenue Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station and will also offer two private shuttles to the PATH.

    The Element will also include over 70,000 square feet of amenities, which will include a fitness center, yoga studio, game room, full-size heated pool, and children’s playroom. Tenants will also have access to a rooftop terrace with an outdoor bar, fire pits, grills, and a dog walk.

    The development is also set to offer 15,500 square feet of retail space along with 279 covered parking spots.

    The Element will be one of the first large developments to be built in a Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ) along New Jersey’s Gold Coast. As a result, the investors will receive considerable tax benefits.

    https://jerseydigs.com/84-million-co...e-jersey-city/

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    The only disappointment I have with The Element is unlike the original proposals that included one, there won't be a bowling alley with this one, apparently. Though the full size pool is sweet!

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    The article doesn't say that Urby will definitely break ground this year. It says that it's targeted to break ground this year. I hope it will, but if you look at Harborside Urby II, it was originally scheduled to break ground in early 2019. For instance, on page 41 of this filing.

    http://investors.mack-cali.com/Cache...15a867f927.pdf

    Now they're saying Harborside Urby II won't break ground until late 2020.

    The timelines on these projects are subject to considerable delays and modification. All depends on whether they get financing to break ground.

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    Tried linking but get an error message, Hamilton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by citybooster View Post
    Tried linking but get an error message, Hamilton.
    Try this link. Page 41:

    CLI Supplemental Operating and Financial Data

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    Thumbs up Just Call us Park City, NJ.

    New Three-Acre Park Coming to Jersey City’s Waterfront
    By Chris Fry -March 4, 2020


    Under construction: The Hudson River pier just beyond the new building Ellipse in Newport will become a waterfront park. Photo by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.

    More greenery is set to adorn the Hudson River walkway in a neighborhood where several high-rises have been popping up, and it looks like proper construction on Jersey City’s latest park will begin soon.

    LeFrak completed the build out several years ago on their 41-story Ellipse development, part of which was constructed on a former shipping pier. While the company’s next project at 700 Washington Boulevard, dubbed The Beach, went vertical last year, various construction work on the pier directly in front of the Ellipse building has caused speculation that another development could be coming to the site.

    While renderings of Ellipse had featured general greenery on the pier to the east of the building, LeFrak has been silent about the matter in terms of specifics. Construction work stabilizing the pier has been ongoing for months and Jersey Digs can now confirm that a notable firm has indeed designed a 3.47-acre open space and recreation area for the parcel that includes a landscape feature.

    LeFrak recently submitted plans to the city for the parcel, known by the address of 15 Park Lane South. The future public greenery is designed by New York-based MNLA, whose work includes the nearby Newport Green. They also designed the landscape architecture for Little Island, a 2.4-acre park that’s under construction along Manhattan’s west side.

    No formal name has been publicly given to the park and an announcement has yet to be made by LeFrak about the upcoming greenery. The company has not responded to our request for comment on the matter and inquiries placed to MNLA and Jersey City-based Dresdner Robin, who is listed as the engineer of the project, have yet to be answered.

    Some cement and paver walkways have already been installed on the pier, which has been cleared and looks ready to go. An official announcement could be coming from LeFrak in the coming months.

    https://jerseydigs.com/waterfront-pa...t-jersey-city/

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    Thumbs up Harborside 8 Approved

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamilton View Post
    The article doesn't say that Urby will definitely break ground this year. It says that it's targeted to break ground this year. I hope it will, but if you look at Harborside Urby II, it was originally scheduled to break ground in early 2019. For instance, on page 41 of this filing.

    http://investors.mack-cali.com/Cache...15a867f927.pdf

    Now they're saying Harborside Urby II won't break ground until late 2020.

    The timelines on these projects are subject to considerable delays and modification. All depends on whether they get financing to break ground.
    I think this Urby project being separate from Harborside will probably proceed as scheduled. In related news, Harborside Plaza 8 has been approved by the City of Jersey City and has been listed under "Priority Start" under their upcoming projects portfolio and they would like a 2020 ground breaking but we will see.

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    Jersey City Approves Mack-Cali’s 68-Story Harborside 8 Development
    By Chris Fry -March 5, 2020


    Harborside 8. Rendering by Elkus Manfredi Architects.

    The vertical building boom along the Hudson River’s west bank has undoubtedly changed the Jersey City skyline over the last decade and a new development looking to replace part of a parking lot with a sky-high building has cleared its first major hurdle.

    In October last year, Jersey Digs first reported on a proposed development from a corporation named Plaza VIII & IX Associates LLC. A subsidiary of Mack-Cali’s Roseland Residential Trust, a submitted application wished to develop part of a 169,000-square-foot surface parking lot the company owns located at 242 Hudson Street and 3 Second Street.

    Jersey City’s planning board approved Mack-Cali’s application during their February 18 meeting by a 5-1 vote. The vision for the land is bold, as a 68-story building that rises just over 708 feet at the highest point is in the cards.

    Known as Harborside 8, the development will feature 680 residential units broken down as 206 studios, 266 one-bedrooms, 183 two-bedrooms, and 25 three-bedrooms. Because the property falls within the East Waterfront District of the Harsimus Cove Redevelopment Plan, no affordable units are included in the project, as none are required.

    Besides the living spaces, a total of 505 parking spaces are included in Harborside 8. 329 of them will be inside a garage within the building’s first eight floors, while the remaining 176 spaces will be located on a portion of the surface parking lot set to remain for now under the plans.

    Designed by Boston-based Elkus Manfredi Architects, the ground floor of Harborside 8 will sport two retail storefronts, one facing the Hudson River spanning 5,437 square feet and the other facing Hudson Street and totaling 3,225 square feet.

    The entire 10th and 11th floors of the building will be exclusively devoted to amenity space and the sheer number of perks is notable. Among the included comforts are a yoga studio, a personal training area, a fitness center, children’s room, multiple collaborative work rooms, a maker space, a demonstration kitchen, an outdoor amenity terrace, a pool, golf simulators, a dog run, a club room, library, conservatory, dining area, and wine bar complete with catering kitchen.

    Outside Harborside 8, a new road will be constructed just north of the development between the building and the remaining parking lot. A new lawn and plaza will be built along the east side of the building next to a drop-off area where the new road will dead end.

    The remaining surface parking lot at the property has been subdivided into a second parcel and Mack-Cali has indicated that a two-tower development called Harborside 9 will eventually be built there. The recent approvals granted by the board don’t incorporate that development, but they do include a revision to the layout of the nearby Lutze Biergarten.

    Per that portion of the plans, four permanent kiosks featuring green roofs plus one roof deck will be built along the western portion of the current biergarten. The kiosks will surround a communal table seating area and the rest of the facility will consist of the current “grove” portion, lawn area, and a new play area next to the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway.

    Those looking forward to the upcoming season of Lutze Biergarten need not fear a temporary closure, as it looks like any construction won’t impact their summer opening. Mack-Cali has already applied to the city’s planning board to extend the interim use approvals for the biergarten through 2021 and operation allowances are in place for this year.

    In terms of when Harborside 8’s tower could see shovels in the ground, Mack-Cali’s 2019 4th Quarter Report stated that the company has targeted a 2020 groundbreaking timeline for construction. The development is listed as a “priority start” under its multi-family portfolio, although the company hasn’t made any formal announcement about the approvals or possible construction just yet.

    Harborside 8’s impact on the skyline is going to be significant. Including structures either built or currently under construction, this development will be the sixth tallest in the entire state behind Atlantic City’s Ocean Resort Casino. If you include the recently approved Avalon Tower and the currently-stalled 30 Journal Square, Mack-Cali’s latest project still ranks as the eighth tallest in New Jersey.


    Site of development: 242 Hudson Street and 3 Second Street, Jersey City. Photo by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.



    The scale of Harborside 8. Elevation via approved plan.



    The redesigned Lutze Biergarten via the approved plan.

    https://jerseydigs.com/jersey-city-a...8-development/

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    This combined with the two tower Harborside 9, which will happen after Harborside 8 is built out and generates enough rentals( believe they will be both about 50 stories and around 600ft, with 1,060 rentals between them) and the three Urby towers really will build up a new neighborhood(and Mack-Cali also owns the huge lot behind Harborside V that used to be owned by Evertrust which has the potential for another impactful two tower project further down the line). Hopefully there will be a more 24/7 pacing to the area because it still feels kind of dead on weekends and later evenings.

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