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    Thumbs up Bayonne Gets Overdue Firehouse

    Bayonne's new state-of-the-art firehouse is city's first in 40 years

    By Jonathan Lin | The Jersey Journal
    on November 17, 2014 at 4:51 PM, updated November 17, 2014 at 9:33 PM


    The Bayonne Fire Department held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new $4.1 million firehouse located on Chosin Few Avenue at the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal

    Bayonne's new $4.1 million firehouse officially became part of the community today at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Bayonne city officials and high-level Hudson County politicians.

    Bayonne Fire Chief Greg Rogers, Mayor Jimmy Davis, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, U.S. Rep. Albio Sires and U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. welcomed the state-of-the-art, 10,600 square-foot facility this morning with words of praise for firefighters and those who brought the station to fruition.

    "The 16 firefighters who were located in tight confines of a small trailer now have a new home," Rogers said, referring to the tent and trailer that had served as a temporary fire station since Dec. 2008.

    "This station, ladies and gentlemen, is now the largest...most functional...most accommodating...and the prettiest fire station that the city of Bayonne has ever had," Rogers added to the applause of the roughly 50-person audience.

    Aside from TV cameramen, reporters, photographers and firefighters, a group of 2nd graders from the Nicholas Oresko School in Bayonne were part of the audience, wearing plastic fire helmets as the politicians spoke.

    The 160-foot wide firehouse, located on Chosin Few Avenue at the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, received a $3.5 million federal grant in late 2009, with the rest of the cost shouldered by the city of Bayonne.

    Designed by RSC Architects of Hackensack, it is the city's first firehouse to be erected in 40 years, and the first standalone firehouse (not shared for any other municipal purpose) to be built in over 80 years, Rogers said.

    Among the facility's bells and whistles are high-end, industrial washers and dryers for heavy turnout gear, an exhaust elimination and monitoring system, as well as a training suite and exercise room. The fire house also includes a living room, privacy curtains in sleeping quarters and bathroom amenities designed for both sexes. A control tower and a drainage system that separates oil and contaminants are also among the features touted by officials today.

    Davis said he was pleased to be able to introduce Bayonne's first new firehouse in decades, and that his term as mayor so far has been marked by "firsts."

    "I've been here for five months as mayor, and the firsts have been pretty good around here," he said. "We had our first female council president, and we also had our first female firefighter."

    When Menendez took to the podium, he said municipalities from across the country had competed for federal grant money, and that Bayonne was better able to demonstrate its need than other locations.

    "It's a great day for Bayonne, it's great day for New Jersey and it's a great day for those who put their lives on the line in keeping people safe every day, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year," he said.

    Shortly after the elected officials spoke, they donned gloves and safety glasses and cut the "ribbon" -- a long, hollow metal rod with red, blue and white stripes -- with a special tool used for emergency rescue efforts.

    Firefighters at the ceremony also participated in the tradition of a "push-in," where they got behind the fire station's new "foam tender" truck used for industrial fires and pushed it into the building.

    Bayonne Council President Sharon Ashe Nadrowski, Councilman at large Juan Perez, First Ward Councilman Tommy Cotter, Second Ward Councilman Sal Gullace, Third Ward Councilman Gary La Pelusa, Sr. and Bayonne superintendent of schools Patricia McGeehan also attended the ceremony.

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    Thumbs up Tent of Wonders for Bayonne

    Plans for entertainment venue at Bayonne's MOT 'progressing smoothly': production company

    By Jonathan Lin | The Jersey Journal
    on January 12, 2015 at 6:04 PM, updated January 12, 2015 at 6:06 PM


    A roughly 30,000 square-foot pavilion could be set up along Chosin Few Way in the Military Ocean Terminal by late spring, allowing concerts and other events to come to Bayonne, according to Donnell Benjamin Productions. This rendering from the company shows what the pavilion might look like.
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    BAYONNE Plans to establish an entertainment venue at Bayonne's Military Ocean Terminal by the beginning of the summer are "progressing smoothly," according to the production company setting it up.

    Donnell Benjamin Productions, a subsidiary of a TV program company, got the green light from Bayonne council members in October to establish a venue at the former military base for concerts and exhibitions.

    Robert Donnell, managing member of the company and the former owner and operator of the Meadowlands Convention Center in Secaucus, said on the phone today that he expects to have a 30,000 square-foot pavilion set up in the MOT before the beginning of the summer.

    "Things are progressing smoothly," he said. "We are approaching our final plan...We are prepared and we are moving along at the rate that we should."

    He said that construction on the pavilion hasn't started yet, but that Bayonne city officials have issued a lease to the company.

    Roughly 3,000 people will be able to sit under the pavilion in weatherproof seats, and with the addition of lawn seating, the venue could hold up to 5,000 people, Donnell said.

    Bayonne city spokesman Joe Ryan has said that events at the Military Ocean Terminal are expected to take place from April to October, and that details are yet to be worked out.

    While nothing has been booked yet, Donnell said that he expects the pavilion to host events such as musical performances by Willie Nelson and Charlie Daniels, as well as expos, the Big Apple Circus and sporting events.

    "It might be set up by April, but we're not prepared to book anything until the beginning of June," he said. "We have a lot of preliminary interest from a lot of people...Everyone seems anxious for us to get a start date."

    Radio station Z100 and country music stations have also expressed interest in holding events at the Military Ocean Terminal, he said.

    Donnell said arrangements with sponsors have not been finalized at this point.

    "(There are) different ideas for sponsors. We haven't concluded any arrangements with any of them...Time will tell what we have to offer," he said.

    Bayonne city officials have given Donnell a Jan. 26 deadline for submitting final plans for the entertainment venue, after which point construction will begin, he said.

    Editor's note: Donnell said today that the pavilion will cover a 30,000 square-foot area, not a 40,000 square-foot area, as previously reported.

    Jonathan Lin may be reached at jlin@jjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @jlin_jj. Find The Jersey Journal on Facebook.

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    I would love to attend an event there. Great surroundings and at night you can't see the abandoned warehouse and dry dock repair anyway. Who knows they'll probably tear it down.

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    Thanks for the different pov of Bayonne. Good pics Nexis.

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    I definitely haven't been in Bayonne for a while. Wished I'd brought my camera with me.

    The temporary hard shell tent at the cruise port has been replaced by a permanent building with drop off areas and gangways(?) at different heights for boarding passengers, and also a cell phone waiting area. No other sign of new development on that peninsula yet.

    On the peninsula that's home to the Global Marine Terminal the waterfront observation area has been blocked off by those orange & white plastic barrels. No idea what they're planning there.

    New condo going up at West 44th & JFK. The Park Bayonne, for which I couldn't find anything on it online. Also a new residential development further downtown on Broadway, I think, but I wasn't paying much attention to it.

    Also another factory/condo conversion and for the life of me I forgot where. Damn camera.

    Recent demolition of an old building on Avenue E in the East 20s I'm pretty sure, maybe where that gas station was, but there is still an Exxon nearby so it may have been something else.

    Still incredibly, nothing at all going on at that empty lot behind Bayonne Medical Center at Broadway.

    Got a close-up look at the Bayonne Bridge reconstruction and it's pretty impressive, though didn't see much movement the few minutes I was there.

    Good to see new things happening for Bayonne.

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    Wow , crime is so bad they wrote an article on it.... Some Jersey City & Stamford buildings have had similar issues...

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

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    And this related one a few days later, about increased security there.
    http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/inde...elated_stories

    I first heard about residents' unease there about a year or two ago, when I checked the complex out on an apartment review website. The relative isolation of that place is both a blessing and a curse: It's not sandwiched in a congested area of Bayonne so there's more breathing room, and not as easy for foot traffic to just wander over the tracks and 440, but then criminals who do find their way there have the cover of an enclosed complex with virtually no witnesses, and an easy getaway if they have the means.

    Whenever I drive past the guardhouse I wonder how many cobwebs are in that shack because I never have seen anyone in there. Maybe the police should put a satellite station near there, like they do at some shopping centers, especially with the upcoming development that's going to happen there.

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    Trulia link for the new Park Bayonne at Kennedy & 44th. Renderings mostly but I'm sure they'll update when finished. Prices higher than some of the other luxury buildings in town.

    http://www.trulia.com/rental-communi...07002/#photo-1

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    Former Alexan CityView employee charged with all burglaries at apartment complex, police say

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    http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/07/bayonne_city_council_to_consider_46th_street_redev .html#incart_river
    Bayonne City Council to consider 46th Street redevelopment plan tonight





    - A redevelopment plan that would allow an apartment complex to be built up to 10 stories tall in a neighborhood of mostly two-story homes will be considered at the City Council meeting at City Hall tonight at 7 p.m.
    The plan, which targets the northwestern corner of 46th Street and Broadway, will be open for public comment before it is voted on, if the council decides to take a vote on it.
    The city's five council members could take a final vote to accept or reject the redevelopment plan; table the plan for another meeting but leave it unchanged; or table the plan for another meeting while considering making amendments to it.
    If approved by the council, the plan would help pave the way for developer Lance Lucarelli of The L Group to build what he has said would be a nine-story building with retail stores on the first floor and 88 apartment units on the upper floors.
    Normally, following the city's Master Plan, a building can be built at 46th Street and Broadway with a max height of 45 feet, according to city Business Administrator Joe DeMarco. Under the redevelopment plan, the max would go up to 120 feet.
    Lucarelli's building would also include a parking garage with 149 parking spaces, 105 of which would be designated for tenants, 26 for retail stores and 18 for neighbors willing to pay roughly $150 per month, Lucarelli said.
    In the weeks leading up to tonight's meeting, Third Ward City Councilman Gary La Pelusa Sr. and many of his constituents have spoken out against the plan, saying that the building Lucarelli has in mind wouldn't fit the character of the neighborhood.
    Meanwhile, DeMarco and Mayor Jimmy Davis have come out in favor of the plan, saying they believe it will help the city move forward economically. However, it's unclear where other city officials stand on the issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nexis4Jersey View Post
    Former Alexan CityView employee charged with all burglaries at apartment complex, police say

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    No wonder. Some of the crimes were too specific, such as motorcycles being stolen, and knowing when the owners weren't home. If it is him I hope they throw the book at him.



    As far as 46th St redevelopment, 10 stories isn't that high, as long as they don't allow too much density for high-rises. One of the things that makes Bayonne special is the abundance of light because it's a peninsula, and also there's not too much high-rise development there.

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    The City Council unanimously voted Wednesday night to postpone a vote on a five-year tax abatement for a project that a developer says would transform a vacant city lot into an upscale, 38-unit apartment building.
    Council President Sharon Nadrowski told The Jersey Journal the council is still waiting on numbers from the city tax assessor to make their decision. Councilman at-large Juan Perez was absent from the meeting due to a family emergency.
    In April, Mitchell Burakovsky of Skye Development, LLC asked the city council to approve a 20-year tax abatement for the project at 298 Broadway, but that request was rejected when none of the council members motioned to put it to a vote.

    RELATED: Councilman's confusion on vote postpones decision on redevelopment plan

    Burakovsky then set his sights on getting a five-year tax abatement for the project, which would offer 29 two-bedroom units, nine one-bedroom units and 19 indoor, street-level parking spaces.
    The city council voted in June to introduce the shorter abatement for final consideration in July, but ended up tabling the measure last night instead of putting it to a final vote. The measure will now be up for consideration at the next City Council meeting on August 19 at 7 p.m.
    Generally speaking, critics of abatements -- which are meant to incentivize development that otherwise wouldn't occur -- say they provide a financial win-win for the developer and the municipality but mostly or completely leave out the county and school district from getting a cut of the payments in lieu of taxes.
    But that's not the case here, both Burakovsky and city Business Administrator Joe DeMarco previously told The Jersey Journal.
    The city, county and schools will all receive money under the five-year tax abatement but at a discounted rate, since the tax on the building will be at a discounted rate, Burakovsky and DeMarco said.
    Under the terms of the proposed five-year tax abatement, the developer will pay full land taxes but will make payments in lieu of taxes on the building on a "phase-in" schedule, according to city spokesman Joe Ryan.
    The schedule will be as follows, he said: zero percent tax for the first year, 20 percent tax for the second, 40 percent tax for the third, 60 percent tax for fourth, and 80 percent tax for the fifth year. After five years, the building will be taxed under the conventional tax system.
    Jonathan Lin may be reached at jlin@jjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter@jlin_jj. Find The Jersey Journal on Facebook.
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    Nice. Look forward to a more realistic rendering. I think it should have more garage parking spaces.

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    http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/inde...onnes_mot.html

    By Jonathan Lin | The Jersey Journal
    on October 20, 2015 at 7:01 AM


    BAYONNE — City officials and developers are going forward with big plans for Bayonne's former Military Ocean Terminal after putting years of development-stalling litigation over the 2-mile-long peninsula behind them.
    Their vision? To transform MOTBY's mostly barren landscape into a thriving residential community with places to shop and things to do, and in the process generating a steady source of tax revenue to fill the city's $20 million structural deficit and more.
    Collectively, preliminary plans call for more than 2,500 residential units, a hotel, corporate offices, an outdoor retail center, a park, an extension of the Hudson River walkway, a pedestrian bridge going over Route 440 to provide access to the 34th Street Light Rail station, another pedestrian bridge linking the MOT to South Cove Commons, and a ferry service to New York City.
    At a recent Bayonne Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Bayonne Golf Club overlooking the MOT, Bayonne Business Administrator Joe DeMarco encouraged developers to get to know their neighbors and the local officials they'll be working with.
    "As you prosper, so does the city of Bayonne," he said.
    DeMarco gave The Jersey Journal a walking tour of the MOT, explaining along the way which developer is developing what — and where — and when.
    Here are the projects planned for the MOT:
    The first development that's expected to break ground is a 400-unit residential building by Millburn-based developer Fidelco Realty Group, which is the developer for the northwestern portion of the peninsula, Harbor Station North. On top of 450,000 square feet of residential space, the building will contain 7,000 square feet of service retail, developers said.
    Site-plan approval of the project is expected before the end of the year, with construction slated to follow in the spring of next year. Additional development phases are expected to bring the total number of residential units to 850.
    Next up would be construction on three-story residential buildings totaling roughly 525 units by Woodbridge-based developer Atlantic Realty (the Halpern family) on a more central portion of the peninsula, Bayonne Bay West.
    That's slated to begin in the summer, at around the same time that developer Kate Howard LTD, whose principal is NYC-based Waitex group, starts putting in the infrastructure needed to develop the southwestern portion of the peninsula, Harbor Station South.
    In the spring of 2017, Kate Howard LTD is expected to break ground on a 300-room hotel, roughly 450 units in the form of townhouses and low-rise and mid-rise residential buildings and an outdoor retail center, according to DeMarco and the developer.
    Around the same time, development on Bayonne Bay East by New Brunswick-based developer Boraie Development LLC is expected to take off, consisting of 600 residential units and some retail space.
    In addition, any company developing property along the MOT's southern edge would have to add to the Hudson River walkway, DeMarco said.
    As for the plan for a pedestrian bridge going over Route 440 that would link the MOT to the 34th Street Light Rail station, that's scheduled to be built within 2 years, he said. The city would bond for that bridge, and Kate Howard LTD would then pay the bond.
    The other pedestrian bridge that would link the MOT to South Cove Commons remains to be approved, DeMarco said.
    Meanwhile, the idea of running a ferry between the MOT and New York City is being seriously discussed.
    "All the developers have expressed in different ways a willingness to help support a ferry. So we're now at the point of having some serious negotiations with the Port Authority about how to go about finding an operator and supporting that operator," DeMarco said.

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