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    Lightbulb Health Care and Condos

    BAYONNE PLANNING BOARD MEETING
    New health care facility


    Monday, February 25, 2008
    By RONALD LEIR
    JOURNAL STAFF WRITER
    and housing proposals

    A new midtown health care facility and more downtown housing are on Bayonne's drawing board.

    The Bayonne Planning Board will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall to review an application by Bayonne Med Realty, LLC, to put up a five-story building at the northeast corner of Broadway and East 22nd Street, the site of the old Irwin's Discount Department Store.

    The developers, who bought the property from Irwin and Ann Rausch for $1.9 million last August, had planned to convert part of the old store into a medical facility but the building partly collapsed and ended up being demolished.

    Now, the developers - Dr. Robert Federman, of Fort Lee; Dr. Richard Lipsky, of Woodcliff Lake; and Donald Drapkin, of New York - want to build an elevator-equipped five-story building on the 8,250 square foot lot. It would have retail space on the ground floor, a "Maya Health Care Center" on the second and third floors, and rental office space on the top two floors.

    The developers' application, filed by Sayreville attorney and Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski, says that they are negotiating with Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish to lease off-street parking for their project.


    The application describes the proposed clinic as a "federally qualified health care facility" which would employ 60, provide "primary health, oral, and other medical services, regardless of ability to pay," and operate Monday to Saturday, including two nights a week.

    For possible retail tenants, the developers say they're considering "such uses as a chain drug store or a Borders bookstore."

    At 6 p.m. on March 11, the Planning Board will hear testimony on an application by Bergen Point Associates, LLC, proposing to construct a 59,236 square foot, 5-story mixed-use building on a 13,738 square foot lot on the east side of Broadway between Dodge and Silver streets as a continuation of the Bergen Point Village project.

    Partners Steven DeMaio, Steve Cmielewski, Francis Szklarski, and Jerome Brenner propose a ground-floor commercial space, with 28 for-sale apartments on the upper floors, and on-site parking for 33 cars. They also plan to provide a "small green area" on property owned by Trinity Episcopal Church at the northwest corner of Broadway and Fifth Street.

    Plans call for 16 one-bedroom units, priced at $280,000 per unit; and 12 two-bedroom apartments, priced at $325,000 per unit.

    The project's total market value is projected at about $8.5 million; it would generate net annual revenues of about $100,000.

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    Arrow 8 Condos To Rise Like A Phoenix

    8 condos for lot bared after fire

    Thursday, March 06, 2008

    Despite the downturn in home sales, one Bayonne development team remains optimistic about succeeding in that vein.

    The Bayonne Zoning Board of Adjustment gave those hopes a boost when it voted last month to greenlight plans by Three Eighty-Four, LLC to put up an eight-unit condominium building at 382-384 Avenue C, between 16th and 17th streets.

    Two buildings formerly at the site were torn down after a fire last September.

    The developers plan to install four one-bedroom units and four two-bedroom units in the new structure, which will provide nine on-site parking spaces.

    City Planner John Fussa said the developers will be required to contribute $56,000 to the city's Affordable Housing Trust Fund.


    The zoning board approved the project with a number of conditions that included the strengthening of a fence bordering a rear parking lot and widening each ground-level parking space to 81/2 feet.

    RONALD LEIR

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    Arrow The Streets Are Paved With Eminent Domain

    Road to 'Peninsula' paved with eminent domain

    by Ronald Leir Thursday March 13, 2008, 7:48 PM

    The Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority has seized a small strip of land by eminent domain to create an additional access point to the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor now being developed for luxury housing, offices, hotels and other uses.

    BLRA Executive Director Joseph Nichols said that the 360-foot-long access road near the intersection of Pulaski Street and Pulaski Lane will be "vital" to servicing truck traffic expected to come from a portion of the Maritime District expected to become an auto marine terminal.

    Nichols said that last month State Superior Court Judge Maurice J. Gallipoli signed an order conferring title to the property owned by Pulaski Real Estate LLC, of Kearny, to the BLRA.

    Nichols said that the BLRA has deposited $495,000 -- which it reckoned to be the fair market value for the .88-acre property -- in a court trust account, pending the completion of negotiations between the BLRA and Pulaski Real Estate on a final price for the land.

    Morristown attorney John Buonocore Jr., who is representing Pulaski Real Estate in the matter, said: "The parties continue to talk amicably and are hoping to resolve the situation."

    Pulaski Real Estate hasn't contested the BLRA's right to take the land for a public purpose -- creating a roadway. "Using eminent domain is the quickest way to establish title to the property," explained BLRA general counsel John Coffey II. "The only thing being disputed is the price," he said.

    Both sides are to appear before Gallipoli in the Brennan Courthouse in Jersey City at 9 a.m. on March 28 to hash out the matter.

    In legal papers filed with the court, the BLRA lawyers contend that the cost of any environmental cleanup of property that may be required would have to come out of the $495,000 the agency has already deposited. If any additional cash is needed for the cleanup, it would be up to Pulaski Real Estate to come up with the money, the papers said.

    The 90-acre portion of the former MOTBY site is expected to be developed as a "roll-on/roll-off" car transfer facility, but ownership of the land has remained in dispute ever since the BLRA voided a deal to sell the land to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for $50.5 million. The BLRA eventually sold it to a rival firm, PortsAmerica, for nearly double the price. The P.A. is suing to get back the property.

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    Thumbs up BMC School To Stay Open

    Owners pledge to keep BMC's nursing school

    Monday, March 24, 2008
    By RONALD LEIR
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    The new owners of the Bayonne Medical Center have pledged to continue its two-year School of Nursing, which has been an arm of the hospital for more than a century, said school director Nancy Bonner.

    Bonner said the school will remain at its current Hook Road location, at least through June 2009.

    "There are no plans to close," Bonner said. "In fact, we're looking for another full-time instructor with a master's degree in nursing," she said.

    Bonner, who took over as director in December 2007 after having served as a faculty member since 1982, said that the school figures to graduate 27 students this June.

    Last year's graduates all passed the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurse qualification on their first try - no small achievement since the National Council of State Boards of Nursing listed the national pass rate of first-time exam takers for 2006 as 83 percent, according to BMC spokeswoman Christina Filip.

    Pass rates for Bayonne first-time test takers were 93 percent for 2005 and 83 percent for 2006, Bonner said. "The New Jersey State Board of Nursing requires each school to achieve an 80 percent or better pass rate over a three-year period," she said. If a school falls below that mark, it's placed on probation and can lose its state accreditation.

    Of last year's 26 graduates, Bonner said that nine got jobs at Bayonne Medical Center; three have left to work for other employers, she said.

    Between "10 and 12 percent" of the students are male, she said.

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    Red face Bayonne Gets New Shopping Center

    April start expected for shopping center

    Thursday, March 27, 2008
    By RONALD LEIR
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    Bayonne should see its second highway shopping center start taking shape soon.

    That's the latest forecast by Eric Alderman, a principal with Cameron Bayonne LLC, which is building Bayonne Crossing, the $130 million, 360,000-square-foot "power" center planned for the east side of Route 440 between New Hook Road and East 22nd Street.

    "Construction won't start any later than April, and full completion should happen by the fall of 2009," Alderman said.

    In the meantime, Alderman said, the 25-acre site has been cleared except for an industrial property that is to be relocated; an environmental remediation plan to remove and/or cap underground contaminants has been approved by the state, and leasing of prospective tenants "is going well."

    The anchor tenant will be Lowe's, the national home improvement chain store, and Circuit City and Starbucks have also signed on, according to Michael O'Connor, executive director of the Bayonne Economic Development Corp., which helped assemble the project.

    In all, there will be 24 tenants - "all national and new to Bayonne," Alderman said.

    He declined to name them but said they will include electronics, clothing, general merchandise and furniture stores; casual and specialty restaurants; banks, and personal services such as "high-quality nail salons."


    The project is expected to provide 800 retail jobs, Alderman said.

    It is to include parking for more than 1,400 cars, new sidewalks and curbing connected to various public plaza areas that can accommodate future bus stops.

    The main entrance to the site will be via Route 440 North; secondary access points will be from New Hook Road and East 22nd Street.

    "Over the next 25 to 30 years, this project will generate more than $50 million in net taxes and Urban Enterprise Zone sales tax proceeds for the city of Bayonne," Alderman said.

    The state Department of Environmental Protection has tagged much of the development tract a "brownfields" site, meaning that it's an environmentally compromised property. But ExxonMobil, as the former landowner, has accepted responsibility for helping clean it to standards acceptable to DEP.

    Some of that cleanup may actually start before the closing, Alderman said.

    Cameron Bayonne is relying on Keybank, N.A., as its primary construction lender, but, it's also getting a boost from the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority, which is issuing $24.5 million in bonds to pay for "extraordinary costs" associated with the environmental cleanup not being borne by ExxonMobil, along with "capitalized interest" to pay debt service on the bonds.

    A small portion is earmarked for construction of a pedestrian bridge over the highway - probably closer to the 34th Street Light Rail Station.

    The Bayonne City Council has approved an arrangement for Cameron Bayonne to make annual payments in lieu of taxes so the development can anticipate what its long-term financial liabilities to the city will be.

    Various government agencies are contributing money and expertise to help make Bayonne Crossing what the city is calling a "showcase brownfield development project" for New Jersey.

    The New Jersey Redevelopment Authority gave a $25,000 planning grant and financed some site acquisition with a $4 million loan; the New Jersey Economic Development Authority gave $600,000 in a combination of brownfield grants and loans; the New Jersey DEP Brownfield Development Initiative and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Brownfield Office provided technical guidance, O'Connor said.

    "This project is going to be the catalyst for further retail development on other brownfield sites along Route 440 and throughout the rest of the Bayonne community," he said.

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    Exclamation Bayonne Is A Pain

    Car exporter's Bayonne move may be thwarted by P. A.

    Wednesday, April 09, 2008
    By RONALD LEIR
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    A transportation company specializing in exporting cars is looking to move into a Bayonne waterfront property that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey wants to acquire "for marine terminal purposes."

    APA Logistics, which is moving from Elizabeth, is leasing about 225,000 square feet of space at an industrial property at 150 Pulaski St., whose landlord is listed as Dynamic Handling. Mark Tannen, who brokered the deal for CB Richard Ellis, declined to give the financial terms.

    "It was for fair market value," Tannen said. The building has 45 loading docks and includes 10,000 square feet of office space.

    The P.A. apparently is flexing its power to seize land by moving to condemn the Pulaski Street property and two adjoining industrial properties to the east, listed as 180 and 180A Pulaski St.

    Asked why APA would occupy a property that the P.A. may, ultimately, seize for its own uses, Tannen said: "We'll have to wait and see what happens." APA President Tom Downs couldn't be reached yesterday.


    Meanwhile, the BLRA is hoping to nail down a deal with Dynamic for a property swap. In exchange for taking away the land to create a new road, the BLRA proposes to give Dynamic 11.4 acres of land immediately south of its property for $2.8 million, BLRA Executive Director Joseph Nichols said.

    RONALD LEIR can be reached at rleir@jjournal.com

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    Arrow OTB To Come To Bayonne

    Big M betting parlor coming to Bayonne?

    by Ronald Leir Wednesday April 23, 2008, 7:01 PM

    Have a favorite horse you want to bet on? You might be able to place that bet in Bayonne, year-round, in the near future.

    The New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, the agency that operates the Meadowlands Racetrack, wants to set up its second off-track wagering facility on a six-acre tract on Route 440 North, just off the East Fifth Street exit.

    Last October, the NJSEA opened its first OTW in a strip mall in Woodbridge, where $2 million is wagered weekly. The state Legislature has authorized 15 OTWs for New Jersey. Bayonne has until May 15 to decide whether to accept the proposal or to slam the teller window shut.

    Interim Bayonne Mayor Terrence Malloy said that he wants to visit the Woodbridge OTW before he makes up his mind, but First Ward Councilman Ted Connolly, who has already visited that facility, said he'd welcome one in Bayonne.

    "I'm impressed with what they have down there and I think this will be a real good shot in the arm for Bayonne," Connolly said. "Based on the state's figures on lottery sales, we know that people here like to gamble and we'd probably get a draw from Staten Island as well."

    Alex Dadoyan, NJSEA assistant vice president of racing development and distribution, said the Bayonne facility would include a restaurant similar to the McLoone's at the Woodbridge site and could generate a combination of 100 full- and part-time jobs, including OTW staff, security, maintenance, and food service.

    "Doors would open at 11 a.m. for the benefit of our customers, and we'd probably open for business at around noon," Dadoyan said. "We'd bring in racing from all over the country on big flat screen TVs and people would wager in real time, with real track payouts."

    The facility would offer wagering on races at the Meadowlands and races at other tracks that are now simulcast at the East Rutherford track.

    Once all city and state approvals were secured, Dadoyan estimated it would take anywhere from six months to a year for the Bayonne facility to be operational.

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    Chosen site will require cleanup

    Thursday, April 24, 2008

    Old truck cabs and trailers now litter the land where a state agency wants to put a Bayonne horse betting parlor. Below the ground lies contaminants

    But city officials, the landowner, and the state agency say those are hurdles that can be cleared with time and money.

    Because the state has classified the land proposed for a Bayonne off-track horse betting parlor as a "brownfield," or contaminated site, the property owner, Don Weiss, of Short Hills, would have to clean the land to standards set by the state Department of Environmental Protection before the project could go forward, according to Michael O'Connor, executive director of the Bayonne Economic Development Corp.

    In late 2006, the city packaged the site with about 30 others as part of a "scattered site" redevelopment plan. The designation makes the property owners eligible for state grants providing technical assistance for land remediation.

    Weiss, who is receptive to the NJSEA office, said the cleanup costs would likely exceed $2 million.

    Weiss had previously received the city's OK to develop the property as a self-storage depot, but a rival operator sued to stop it and won. Now, with vehicle hulks rusting on the site, Weiss concedes: "It's admittedly an eyesore."

    The NJSEA picked Bayonne because it has "strong highway access, a large concentration of population, both nearby and within a certain radius, and certain demographics," Dadoyan said.

    O'Connor said the out-of-the-way highway location makes it an ideal place for the OTW.

    "It's hemmed in by two freight rail lines, it backs up to the IMTT petrochemical plant, it's isolated from any residential neighborhood, and it's criss-crossed by numerous pipelines, all of which make the place difficult to attract development," O'Connor said.

    "But this use of the property will generate jobs and taxes - it's a winning bet for Bayonne."

    RONALD LEIR
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    Arrow OTW For Bayonne by Jersey Journal

    EDITORIAL
    Gambling good for Bayonne? You bet


    Monday, April 28, 2008

    Should Bayonne become home to one of 15 statewide off-track betting parlor?

    The Jersey Journal believes the Peninsula City should take advantage of this opportunity and accept the proposal. The proposed location is not near homes, schools, or churches. The wagering facility where people can place bets on horse races that are simulcast on video screens will provide needed revenue to the state and more employment for the city and surrounding area.

    The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, the agency that operates the Meadowlands Racetrack, wants Bayonne for its second off-track wagering facility on a six-acre tract on Route 440 North, just off the East Fifth Street exit.

    It is now littered with old truck cabs and trailers, between two freight rail lines and backs up to the IMTT petrochemical plant. An off-track wagering facility and an adjoining restaurant would be the best use of this brownsfield site that would require about $2 million to clean up the area to the satisfaction of the state Department of Environmental Protection.

    Bayonne's proposed betting facility could be similar to that of Woodbridge's OTW and could generate a combination of 100 full- and part-time jobs, including betting parlor staff, security, maintenance and food service.

    Located in a strip mall, the restaurant at the Middlesex OTW, McLoone's, has some video monitors but it also has a separate entrance from the large off-track wagering area to provide a family dining atmosphere.

    City officials said Bayonne may have been selected based on the state's figures on lottery sales. The facility would offer wagering on races at the Meadowlands and races at other tracks that are simulcast at the East Rutherford track.

    A Bayonne OTW would probably also draw bettors from Staten Island, which can only help the local economy.

    Bayonne officials should not even wait until the May 15 deadline to accept the proposal.

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    Thumbs up Bayonne Might Get China Internationl Trade Center

    Bayonne may get China center

    Friday, May 02, 2008
    By RONALD LEIR
    JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

    A global businessman from China wants to convert his 23-acre industrial property on Bayonne's east side to accommodate a hotel and commercial/retail center to attract Chinese tourists and business travelers

    Howard Li, founder/chairman/chief executive officer of Waitex International, Inc., is asking the City Council to designate him as conditional developer for the "Bayonne International Commerce Center" and wants the city Planning Board to ready a redevelopment plan for the site at Pulaski Street and Route 440, just north of the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor.

    But the council, at the urging of members Ted Connolly and Gary LaPelusa, voted Wednesday night to put off consideration of Li's proposal to May 21, despite pleas by Michael O'Connor, executive director of the Bayonne Economic Opportunity Commission, for it to act.

    Li was unreachable this week but, in separate interviews, O'Connor and Li's attorney, Robert Cavanaugh, said that Li proposes to demolish his 350,000-square-foot Waitex warehouse and replace it with a hotel and trade center.

    Li, whose companies control 3 million square feet of warehouse space in the United States and manufacture, import and export men's and women's clothing to major U.S. department and specialty stores, took over the Pulaski Street warehouse from another operator in 2000, according to an investment Web site report.

    In January 2006, President Bush appointed Li to the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, whose mission is to promote equal economic opportunities for Asians in the American market.

    Exactly what Li envisions for the property is still a bit unclear.

    O'Connor said Li "is looking at various concepts for an international commerce center modeled after those existing in Hong Kong and Taiwan, for example," and Cavanaugh mentioned an Asian "cultural center."

    Both mentioned plans for a hotel. O'Connor said it would have 400 rooms, but Cavanaugh said it could be 900 rooms.


    "The need for a retail center/hotel is significant in this area for many Asian travelers who come into New York, from China in particular," Cavanaugh said.

    Cavanaugh said part of the hotel could be dedicated as a regional convention center for trade shows and other events and that part of a proposed 550,000-square-foot retail/commercial complex could be devoted to "marketing" activities.

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    Arrow Midtown Bayonne

    Big plans for midtown Bayonne

    Thursday, May 29, 2008
    By RONALD LEIR
    JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

    New apartments, upgraded retail space, a parking garage, and a public plaza will be the ingredients of a redeveloped central business district for Bayonne.

    That's the expectation of city officials following the City Council's vote last month to designate Bayonne Developers Associates LLC, a joint venture of KOR and Time Equities, as conditional redeveloper of the Broadway Corridor Redevelopment Area.

    The six-acre tract, which includes 17 privately owned parcels, two public housing sites and municipal parking lots, is bordered generally by 19th and 21st streets and Broadway and Avenue E. Officials say public housing tenants would be untouched by the proposed redevelopment. The site is near the 22nd Street Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station off Avenue E.

    A city screening committee recommended KOR/Time Equities over proposals submitted by a group headed by the Alessi Corp. of Bayonne and by P&F Management Co., of Hillside.

    Michael O'Connor, executive director of the Bayonne Economic Development Corp., said the joint venture's "demonstrated ability to see long-term projects through to completion, their financial resources, and their vision for the Bayonne Town Center" gave them an edge.

    KOR/Time Equities is a player in Downtown Jersey City. The companies recently put up "Montgomery Greene," a 19-story, 113-unit luxury residential condominium tower with a 124-space valet garage in Exchange Place which, according to KOR president Harry Kantor, is "95 percent occupied.

    "We were attracted to the assets Bayonne has, in terms of quality of life, and we think Bayonne could be well-served by what we're bringing to the table," Kantor said. "Our intention is to reinvigorate the Broadway Corridor and to leverage access to Turnpike and rail travel."

    The city's conceptual plan for the Corridor calls for a "mixed-use transit village" with "upwards of 500 new and/or improved residential units, 100,000 square feet of commercial space, structured parking, and a public amenity of 5,000 to 10,000 square feet," said City Planner John Fussa.

    "We don't anticipate using eminent domain," O'Connor said. "We won't push anyone out. We can work with property owners to provide opportunities to find renewed value in their land."

    Fussa said the city envisions a mix of low-and mid-rise residential buildings "and perhaps one building of 10 to 12 stories, but height will be secondary to density for this project."

    A combination of "loft residential, condominium, or apartment flats" would be permitted, he added.

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    Exclamation Holy Crap

    "HOLE IN THE GROUND"
    Pull plug on planned


    Wednesday, June 11, 2008
    By RONALD LEIR
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    clinic for Irwin's site

    A development team that wanted to open a medical clinic on the site of the old Irwin's Discount Department Store in midtown Bayonne has killed the project.

    Sayreville attorney/Assemblyman John Wisniewski, representing Bayonne Med Realty (BMR), LLC, notified the Bayonne Planning Board last week that, "at the request of my client, I am hereby withdrawing my client's application (for site plan approval)."

    Wisniewski said yesterday, "My client made a business decision that it was not in their interest to pursue the project so the application is terminated. The client has the property up for sale."

    BMR and its principals - Dr. Robert Federman and Dr. Richard Lipsky, both of Bergen County, and Donald Drapkin of New York - had sought the Planning Board's OK to put up a six-story building at Broadway and 22nd Street and to use two floors as a "federally qualified health center" to provide primary health care to indigent clients.

    But representatives of the Bayonne Medical Center griped that the plan threatened the viability of a similar FQHC it wanted to implement at the hospital for some clinical operations that would be a revenue shot in the arm. BMC officials also contended that BMR failed to satisfy city land use requirements on parking and lot coverage.

    "Now Bayonne has a second hole in the ground," one city wag said, referring to a nearby vacant Broadway site where there is only an unfinished foundation for what was to have been a movie theater.

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    Lightbulb Bayonne Ferries?

    Commuter ferries may return to Bayonne

    Wednesday, June 25, 2008
    By RONALD LEIR
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    Manhattan commuter ferry service may be returning to Bayonne.

    At a special meeting tomorrow night, the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority commissioners will be asked to authorize a ferry operation agreement with Statue Cruises, LLC.

    BLRA Executive Director Joseph Nichols couldn't be reached but Statue Cruises spokeswoman Tegan Firth confirmed that the company, headquartered in San Francisco, "is currently in talks with the BLRA to come up with an agreement to provide ferry service for Bayonne."

    If an agreement is reached, Firth Statue Cruises - which now has contract with the National Parks Service to provide ferry service between Battery Park in Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island -would ferry passengers between the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor and Battery Park.

    Firth said that both sides were looking at "an initial start-up demonstration" of the proposed ferry service - beginning around Labor Day - that would run "two to four months" this fall "to get a sense how it's working before turning into a more permanent operation."

    Initially, Firth said, the ferry would run during morning and evening rush hours and then "if the demand was there," the company might expand the service. Firth said the company will be offering 90-minute New York Harbor ferry excursions from Battery Park, starting next month.


    How much the New York crossing would cost hasn't yet been determined.

    Firth said the BLRA has advised the company that "a ticket office is available for use (at the Peninsula) but the landing area (passenger terminal) we'll create."

    The BLRA master plan for the Peninsula has designated the area just beyond its offices on the south shoreline as a ferry terminal site.

    Bayonne residents last enjoyed ferry service, between Brady's Dock in the city's Bergen Point section and lower Manhattan, in the early 1990s. In 1999, a private firm offered weekend ferry service from Brady's Dock to baseball games at Shea Stadium and Yankee Stadium.

    In November 2002, the BLRA negotiated an agreement with NY Waterway to provide ferry service to Manhattan from the Peninsula but later voided the contract when the ferry company refused to honor a 2003 start-up date with no one yet living at the former military base.

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    Exclamation Bayonne Windmill

    Bayonne to study wind power plan

    Wednesday, September 10, 2008
    By JONATHAN SHAPIRO
    JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

    By late next year, Bayonne's sewage may be pumped out of the city by wind power.

    The total cost of building a wind turbine system is $4 million, but Steve Gallo, the executive director of the Bayonne Municipal Utilities Authority, says it will save the city $250,000 to $350,000 a year.

    "Energy costs are up, and they will continue to go up, there's no stopping it. . A windmill gives us consistent power for free," Gallo said.

    The BMUA approved a resolution Monday that would allow the BMUA to solicit companies to do a cost/benefit analysis of his windmill project.

    "The numbers are looking good right now . the analysis will likely show we will be making money on the deal," says Gallo.

    Bayonne's sewage treatment plant on Oak Street currently uses $20,000 to $30,000 a month worth of electricity, Gallo said. The windmill likely would be located on the sewage plant site.

    "One 1.5 megawatt wind turbine will potentially cover the $20,000 to $30,000 per month for the site's electricity and then some," Gallo said. "Any additional electricity produced by the windmill, we can sell back to the electric company."

    Last month, the New Jersey Clean Air Program approved a $900,000 rebate grant that would be paid after the windmill becomes operational. After subtracting the grant money, Bayonne's cost of building the 420-foot wind turbine would be $3.1 million, according to Gallo.

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    Default Six Vie for Redevelopment Rights

    Last updated: December 23, 2008 02:57pm

    By Eric Peterson



    Bayonne, NJ

    BAYONNE, NJ-Local officials have narrowed the list of possible redevelopers down to six, and the focus of the competition are three waterfront sites in this Hudson County city. While officials decline to detail the specifics of the various proposals, mixed-uses are expected to emerge, and as many as three of the six could get the nod for portions of the tract.

    The six finalists were culled from a process that began in July with the issuance of an RFP by the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority. More than 2,000 companies were contacted, according to Joseph Nichols, BLRAís director, and more than 70 groups took what he terms "an active interest" in the RFP. "Thatís very encouraging," he says, "especially given the state of the economy."

    The RFP solicited bids for what are called the Loft, Landing and Bayonne Point tracts within Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, a former industrial area. Altogether, they account for 71 acres within the 430-acre Peninsula redevelopment area--portions of which have already been built out in recent years.

    The finalists are an interesting mix, beginning with cruise operator Royal Caribbean International, which already operates a port facility within the Peninsula site. Lutheran Social Ministries, based in Burlington, meanwhile, specializes in developing and operating affordable and market-rate housing.

    SSJ Development of Atlanta--a company that specializes in luxury housing--is also in the mix. So are Lofts Redevelopment of Hoboken, an affiliate of Russo Development that specializes in mixed-uses with an emphasis on industrial; and another Hoboken, NJ-based company--Pegasus Group--which has a track record of turning industrial buildings into residential lofts.

    The final contender is Peninsula Developers LLC, which is actually a partnership of three different companies. The New Brunswick-based Boraie Development, which had a mixed-use proposal on the table two years ago that didnít play out, is joined by the locally based Perone Bayonne and the Coral Gables, FL-based Seaway Group, which operates a portfolio of hotels. While details of the proposals havenít been released--subject to ongoing negotiations with the various parties--Nichols expects BLRAís selection process to be completed by next summer, although some of the specifics may emerge earlier in 2009.

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    Aiming to add an acre to shopping center plan

    Tuesday, January 13, 2009
    By RONALD LEIR
    JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

    The proposed Bayonne Crossings shopping center on Route 440 may be getting bigger. If the City Council accepts an administration recommendation, it will authorize the Planning Board to amend the Route 440 Corridor East Redevelopment Plan - subject to a public hearing - to include another acre of land along the site's eastern border near East 22nd Street.

    City Planner John Fussa said that the developer, Cameron Bayonne Group, LLC, would acquire the land. "It would potentially square off the back of the site," Fussa said.

    Fussa said the vacant parcel is part of the old AGC Chemicals Americas property, most of which has been cleared for sale to Cameron.

    If Cameron gets this added acre, Fussa said, the developer would have more flexibility in configuring the shopping center and "it may improve circulation and access" for the site. And the overall site will benefit from getting this additional parcel environmentally cleaned up as well, he said.

    Details on how Cameron will acquire the land have yet to be disclosed.

    Neither the city nor the developer has said when construction of the project will begin.

    ExxonMobil has accepted responsibility for cleaning up most of the site, but the state Department of Environmental Protection has yet to sign off on the remediation plan and Cameron is still awaiting approval of its construction loan, officials said.

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