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    Give us your tired, sick, vomiting masses.

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    Cool SilkLofts Going Smoothly

    Bayonne developer breathes new life into historic old Maidenform factory

    By Felix Alarcon/The Jersey Journal
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    A preview of the SilkLofts luxury apartments development housed in a century-old building which used to be the Maidenform factory, on Avenue E in Bayonne, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal

    Among Bayonne's surge of new development and luxury housing spanning the peninsula, one project is harking back to the city's industrial glory days.

    SilkLofts, at Avenue E and 18th Street, is transforming the century-old Maidenform factory into Brooklyn-style luxury lofts.

    "From early on, I recognized the bones of the structure was different," SilkLofts President Doug Stern said. "My idea was to bring a Brooklyn style loft to Bayonne and give the people the luxury of a loft building they've never seen before. There's integrity and value in things that are old. I value those things."

    The developer of the interconnected five-story complex went to great lengths to protect the former factory's integrity by salvaging the bricks and reusing longleaf yellow pine for columns.

    In fact, in 2010, the site was approved as a historic preservation project by the National Park Service.

    But when Stern purchased the property in 2009, the size of the project was startling.

    "I had doubts at first," he said. "But flash forward through the tough economic times, and the building challenges, I wish I now had 10 more of these."

    The Maidenform factory birthed the modern bra and even served during WWII as a place where military parachutes and carrier pigeon vests were manufactured, using largely silk. The factory is intimately tied with Bayonne's industrial roots.

    Once one of the city's largest employers, at its peak, 1,300 workers toiled there daily.

    The Brooklyn-style lofts, with exposed brick and high ceilings, include five studio units, 26 two-bedroom units, 48 one-unit bedrooms and six artist's lofts. A lengthy courtyard is set to serve as a pocket garden.

    "I envisioned a place where people love where they live," Stern said. "It really permeates in what we're doing. This is a place where people can build longstanding relationships."

    The 11-foot -tall windows provide views of the Bayonne Bridge, the Manhattan skyline and what Stern calls "urban art" -- landscapes you only find in cities.

    "The urban art with the trains (and industrial sites in the distance) are a homage to the city's past and future," Stern said.

    SilkLofts will also offer another luxury for Bayonne: three parking lots.

    With such amenities, Stern said he hopes to attract the "back-office New York young professional" and people who love the Brooklyn or Downtown Jersey City scene but don't want to pay the huge fees.

    Monthly rentals, he said, will begin at $1,500.

    SilkLofts is expected to release a priority list in April for the the units, with early occupancy scheduled for May. It will be scheduling tours before April and is looking to occupy the first 24 residences in the next three to four months.

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    Good news, I always liked that building, although if I consider moving up there in the future I hope everyone else doesn't discover what a great little town Bayonne is first!

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    Thumbs up Developmentd large and small

    Yeah Bayonne really is a cool little town! Here is a story about 6 new three family homes. Nothing as exciting as the SilkLofts but still positive development.

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    Bayonne City Council approves 5-year tax relief for 6 Skyhail properties

    By Felix Alarcon/The Jersey Journal
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    on March 20, 2014 at 3:45 PM, updated March 20, 2014 at 3:46 PM


    The Bayonne City Council last night approved a five-year tax abatement for six, three-family homes, developed by Skyhail LLC of Bayonne. (Journal File Photo)

    The Bayonne City Council last night approved a five-year tax abatement for six, three-family homes, currently being built by Skyhail LLC of Bayonne.

    The developments, located at 176-182 W. 54th St. and 382-384 Ave. C, will pay no taxes on improvements in the first year. For the next four years they will be responsible for paying 87.5 percent of the taxes.

    According to the ordinance, Skyhail is not exempt from land taxes throughout the five-year period.

    Bayonne first instituted a five-year short-term abatement program in 1997 in effort to encourage the city's homeowners and builders to invest in and upgrade their properties, Bayonne spokesman Joe Ryan said.

    "The program provides for any increased property taxes on any new improvements to be incrementally phased from zero to 100 percent over five years, making the improvements more affordable, encouraging new building and property improvement, and ultimately increasing our tax base," said Ryan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCMAN320 View Post
    Yeah Bayonne really is a cool little town! Here is a story about 6 new three family homes. Nothing as exciting as the SilkLofts but still positive development.

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    Bayonne City Council approves 5-year tax relief for 6 Skyhail properties

    By Felix Alarcon/The Jersey Journal
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    on March 20, 2014 at 3:45 PM, updated March 20, 2014 at 3:46 PM


    The Bayonne City Council last night approved a five-year tax abatement for six, three-family homes, developed by Skyhail LLC of Bayonne. (Journal File Photo)

    The Bayonne City Council last night approved a five-year tax abatement for six, three-family homes, currently being built by Skyhail LLC of Bayonne.

    The developments, located at 176-182 W. 54th St. and 382-384 Ave. C, will pay no taxes on improvements in the first year. For the next four years they will be responsible for paying 87.5 percent of the taxes.

    According to the ordinance, Skyhail is not exempt from land taxes throughout the five-year period.

    Bayonne first instituted a five-year short-term abatement program in 1997 in effort to encourage the city's homeowners and builders to invest in and upgrade their properties, Bayonne spokesman Joe Ryan said.

    "The program provides for any increased property taxes on any new improvements to be incrementally phased from zero to 100 percent over five years, making the improvements more affordable, encouraging new building and property improvement, and ultimately increasing our tax base," said Ryan.

    http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2...t_river_hudson
    Here is one of the properties on Avenue C:


    New houses at 382-384 Avenue C in Bayonne (Michael Dempsey/The Jersey Journal)

    http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/inde...t_river_hudson

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    Wow are those bad.

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    Old Maidenform building. No pics of the bedrooms, and I wish they would stop designing these places with the bathroom right next to the kitchen, but other than that a nice-looking place.



    http://www.trulia.com/rental/3153339...yonne-NJ-07002

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    Quote Originally Posted by mariab View Post
    Old Maidenform building. No pics of the bedrooms, and I wish they would stop designing these places with the bathroom right next to the kitchen, but other than that a nice-looking place.



    http://www.trulia.com/rental/3153339...yonne-NJ-07002
    Although annoying because of smells and similar hygiene problems, it is a matter of efficiency. By placing the kitchen's sink and dishwasher close to the bathroom, there is less of a need for extensive water pipes. Also with proper ventilation, neither room needs windows so they can be placed in the back closest to the entrance of the unit. Instead, those windows can be used for bedrooms and living rooms. Apartments want to be skinny and deep to reduce hallway space, which can't make any money but is 100% required. The wider the window frontage, the longer the hallways to serve the same units. I really like that Maidenform building and it is a perfect building for a loft conversion.

    Those Bayonne Boxes above are hideous! Why are they getting a tax break anyway? Is Bayonne development really that slow that they have to give incentives to value-engineered boxes as opposed to multi-family urban development or office buildings?

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    reduce hallway space, which can't make any money but is 100% required.
    Studios don't have them, unless you mean outside hallway space which is unavoidable.


    When you have a house full of people, which in my family, as in most, means a kitchen full of people, that can be a turnoff. My cousin's single family home has a setup like that, although I don't know how old her house is, but it's right on the kitchen. Oy! Would it have been prohibitively more expensive to reroute the pipes, even just to put the door facing a different direction?

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    Thumbs up 6 Developers Vie for rest of MOTBY & Medical Building for Broadway

    The Maidenform building is a gem and I'm so glad it was saved. I agree they are hideous; yeah I really do think development in Bayonne is that slow they need to incentivize Bayonne boxes. Still shocks me that Bayonne doesn't have ferry service. It has been considered in the past but for whatever reason NY Waterway doesn't feel it can be successful. In other news Bayonne has found 6 developers to try and build a new mixed use development near 440 on the old MOTBY.

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    Six developers in running to build 'tourist destination' at old military base in Bayonne


    The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor on March 30, 2014. Michael Dempsey/The Jersey Journal

    By Felix Alarcon/The Jersey Journal
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    on March 30, 2014 at 4:00 PM, updated March 30, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Six developers are in the running to develop a 57-acre site at the old military base in Bayonne with housing, retail, and tourist-related amenities, such as a luxury hotel and ferry service across New York Bay, city officials announced Friday.

    “The development groups submitted an impressive array of proposals for the future of this prime waterfront area," said Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith. "We are very optimistic about the responses that we have received.”

    Even though the city sold 130 acres at the old military base that juts out into New York Bay to the Port Authority in 2010 for $235 million, there are still dozens of sites the city intends to develop on the property and the 57-acre tract known as the Harbor Station South, is one of them, city officials said.

    According to the 21-page request-for-proposal the city issued in December, the city “envisions the 57-acre site as a transit-oriented mixed-use development with a preference for retail and commercial development that includes amenities that complement the adjacent Royal Caribbean cruiseport operations such as a luxury hotel and supporting retail services.”

    The RFP encouraged respondents “to propose mid-rise residential, commercial office space, neighborhood and destination retail,and hospitality services for the site.

    The Bayonne Peninsula Ventures Group, a partnership between Bergstol Enterprises and the Cameron Group submitted a proposal that calls for 547,474 square feet of retail businesses, two hotels, residential development, and potential ferry service.

    The Waitex Group -- whose principals include Waitex, Gaw Capital, the Nan Fung Group, and the Shui On Group -- has submitted plans to develop 440,337 square feet of retail space, a 900-room luxury hotel, a 112,000 square foot convention center; a 150-room Extended Stay Hotel, a museum, and a media center/lecture hall.

    DeBartolo Development and Advance Realty submitted a proposal for 440,000 sqare feet of retail, 900 residential units and 100 townhomes, a hotel with 350-plus rooms, and an 80,000 square foot conference center.

    JMF Properties and K. Hovnanian Homes have proposed building 213,300 square feet of retail, a hotel with 100-120 rooms, and residential areas featuring 210 rentals, 136 townhomes, and 60 condominiums; a healthcare/assisted living facility, and public spaces.

    Somerset Development, LLC has proposed 131,500 square feet of retail/office development; 566 luxury rentals; and 241 townhomes.

    The Richmond Company plans include 370,000 square feet of retail businesses, a hotel with 150-200 rooms, 400-500 residential rental units, and public spaces.

    Three of the developers -- DeBartolo/Advance, Waitex, and Bayonne Peninsula -- have so far been asked been asked to prepare video presentations of their proposals that will be continuously shown on BAY-TV, the city's cable station, city officials said.

    The goal of the development city officials said is to create a “destination” location for residents, visitors, and tourists in the region.

    http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2..._river_default

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    Bayonne OKs redevelopment plan for shopping district

    By Felix Alarcon/The Jersey Journal
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    on April 11, 2014 at 9:07 AM


    The empty storefronts and blighted buildings on Broadway between West 23rd and West 24th streets are on their way out as the city looks to build a medical facility in the shopping district.

    The empty storefronts and blighted buildings on Broadway between 23rd and 24th streets are on their way out, giving way to a developer’s plan to build a medical arts facility in the shopping district.

    The Bayonne Planning Board and the City Council have approved the redevelopment plan for the block and appointed Florida-based Rendina Cos. as the redevelopment company.

    “Rendina has a long history of successful projects with a focus on health-care facilities,” Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith said. “We are excited about their concept. It will include professional office space, medical facilities, commercial and retail facilities and much more.”

    The plans for the building are not finalized, and officials said the city and the developer are working together.

    “We’re still discussing the size,” said Bayonne Business Administrator Stephen Gallo at a special council meeting in City Hall Wednesday.

    “They’re looking at three floors; we’re encouraging them to go to five floors.”

    In January, the planning board voted on a redevelopment study on the city block in hopes of changing the mostly blighted, empty, boarded-up storefronts of the central shopping district.

    The block has only two retail businesses active, Barney Stock Shops and Avenue.

    The rest of the buildings are boarded up or closed. Talks with the two stores are ongoing about their future on the block, officials said.

    At the special meeting, Gallo said the three-mile-long shopping district “is essentially unsustainable,” as the city begins to tackle Broadway’s stagnancy.

    “Successful ones are usually shorter,” said Gallo. “The notion that (the) Broadway (shopping district) can be three miles long won’t work. (With this project) it will bring in professional people and it will help stimulate the local businesses there.”

    Gallo cited Montclair and Hoboken as prime examples of thriving shopping districts that Bayonne hopes to emulate.


    Rendina Cos. is still evaluating which parcels of land will be required for the project.

    The city can use condemnation, if necessary.

    Along with the medical building, the project will include provisions for parking and possibly a parking deck on Del Monte Drive, near Broadway.

    “This exciting new project will create hundreds of new permanent jobs for Bayonne residents and will put people on the streets in our central business district,” said Smith.

    Gallo added, “Once the project is underway, Mayor Smith has not ruled out using redevelopment tools to designate other areas of Broadway.”

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    Excellent. They can't start both projects soon enough and I hope some of the retail is high-end. They could use it.

    Btw could they have picked a crappier picture of the peninsula? I would have given them one for free, jeez!

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    Cool New Terminal Coming to Bayonne

    Royal Caribbean set to build $55M guest terminal at Bayonne's Cape Liberty port

    By Mike D'Onofrio/The Jersey Journal
    on June 01, 2014 at 3:17 PM, updated June 01, 2014 at 6:10 PM


    A computer model of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines' $55-million guest terminal that will be constructed at Bayonne's Cape Liberty Cruise Port. (Photo Courtesy of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines) Mike D'Onofrio/The Jersey Journal

    The revitalization of the Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne has entered the next phase.

    Since reaching an agreement with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on May 27, Royal Caribbean Cruises is set to continue its multi-million dollar project to create a state-of-the-art port, said Harrison Liu, a spokesman for Royal Caribbean International.

    The agreement will allow the cruise company to build a $55 million guest terminal that will include 125,000 square feet of space for check-ins, customs and immigration and luggage processing.

    Construction of the terminal began in March and it is expected to be completed November.

    The next phase of the project will be the construction of a 900-car parking structure adjacent to the guest terminal, Liu said. Construction of the parking structure is expected to begin later this year.

    The new terminal will accommodate Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, which will begin departures from Cape Liberty in November, Liu said.

    The massive 167,800 ton, 4,180-passenger cruise liner, dubbed by the company the "world's most technically advanced ship," is still under construction.

    Royal Caribbean has been using Cape Liberty as a terminal for several of its cruise liners since 2004.

    The Port Authority's Board of Commissioners originally approved a plan to allow Royal Caribbean to develop the Bayonne port in 2013.

    After the original approval, then-Port Authority Deputy Executive Direct Bill Baroni, who resigned in December over the George Washington Bridge scandal, said the new terminal is expected to attract more than 600,000 people to Bayonne's port every year and jolt its economy.

    "This new terminal will help create jobs in construction and will have a long term economic benefits on our region," Baroni said in 2013.

    "When a ship like this calls a port, that ship brings about $1 million a trip to the city in local economic activity. Once completed, the terminal is expected to bring in 600,000 people every year."

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    I was there about two weeks ago and could see there's already something going on there, and this must be it. They even fenced off part of the lot for the 9/11 monument. In the meantime, the lawn around the perimeter hasn't been mowed, the flower beds are full of weeds, and there's dog crap all over the sidewalks. Leashed dogs are allowed but I think the owners need to be leashed more. They should ban all pets within monument property and round up some volunteers for weekly in-season maintenance.

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    Thanks for the Bayonne pics, Nexus. In the first mural pic, that is the Bayonne Public Library in the background through the arch, and in the second mural pic, one of the high school buildings is in the background.

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