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    I wonder what that place looked like after Sandy. I know Bayonne lost power for at least a week after but I don't know how much flooding the east side had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mariab View Post
    I wonder what that place looked like after Sandy. I know Bayonne lost power for at least a week after but I don't know how much flooding the east side had.
    Well if Exchange Place had 7ft of water , I would assume that Bayonne had the same....

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    Bayonne City Council votes to dissolve city's redevelopment agency

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    By Michaelangelo Conte/The Jersey JournalThe Jersey Journal

    on June 20, 2013 at 9:00 AM, updated June 20, 2013 at 9:13 AM
    An ordinance dissolving the autonomous Bayonne authority tasked with developing the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor was introduced at the Bayonne City Council meeting tonight.Jersey Journal file photo

    An ordinance dissolving the autonomous Bayonne authority tasked with developing the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor was introduced at the Bayonne City Council meeting last as part of what city officials say is Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith’s efforts to consolidate and shrink city government.
    Also introduced was an ordinance that would authorize the sale of bonds not to exceed $75,000,000 to cover a portion the debt of the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority that will be transferred to the city. The debt was largely accrued as a result of the construction of infrastructure done on the Peninsula for services such as sewage and electricity, officials said.

    The city will directly assume about $60 million of the BLRA debt but the city has always been responsible for the sum and it does not represent an increase in the city’s debt, Bayonne Business Administrator Steve Gallo said.
    The Navy closed the Bayonne Military Ocean Terminal in 1999 and Bayonne took it over with plans for major development on its some 400 acres, although the flagging economy has stalled development. But Bayonne city attorney Charles D’Amico said the duties of the BLRA will now be assumed by the city council and an aggressive effort to develop the land will continue.
    D’Amico said Smith has already consolidated the city’s nine department into four and he said Smith believes the council is best suited to lead development efforts at the Peninsula since council members are elected and therefore accountable to voters.
    Gallo said dissolving the BLRA is projected to save the city about $2 million per year.
    A public hearing on the ordinances is set for 7 p.m. at the July 17 city council meeting.

    Since Bayonne took over the Peninsula, 450 housing units have been developed there and portions of the peninsula have been purchased from the city by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Global Terminals and some other companies.
    Last night, the council also adopted an ordinance allowing formation of an energy and natural gas aggregation program to look into possible savings that could be achieved by allowing the City of Bayonne to opt into a program in which it will be able to negotiate utilities prices for residents. Residents would be able to sign up for the program or stick with their current utilities service.
    Gallo said it is expected that the city will be able to get better energy prices for residents by bargaining for such a large group energy customers. John Fish, a representative of the company that would administer the program, Commercial Utility Consultant, said his company will determine the cost benefits possible and the city will likely have the option of signing up for the program by September.

    http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2...insula_at.html

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    I can't say I didn't see this coming. Without a rail connection to NYC and all the development in other areas that do have rail connections to it, I don't see how Bayonne would've competed.

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    That could have been resolved, at a hefty cost of course, although I don't know what the logictics of getting across 440 would have been. But either way, not every section of every community has close rail access. There are park & rides within reasonable distances for those who don't want to drive in. Also, for the people at Alexan, there is a LR shuttle so I imagine they would have expanded the service if more residences were built on the Peninsula.

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    People are misreading the article. Development will continue.

    They're disbanding the redevelopment authority, in order to save money, and folding those responsibilities into other city departments.

    They aren't saying there will be no more redevelopment in their city, LOL. Obviously the Peninsula and other developments will continue, as the economy and other factors permit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbal View Post
    I can't say I didn't see this coming. Without a rail connection to NYC and all the development in other areas that do have rail connections to it, I don't see how Bayonne would've competed.
    Its only 45mins by LRT and PATH to Manhattan.

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    Not to burst anyones bubble but do not expect for the rest of the Peninsula to be built out residential. The Port Authority bought a majority of it when Bayonne decided that it could not find enough takers to build residential on it. It will basically be a compliment to Port Jersey in JC across the channel.

    Port Authority to buy former Military Ocean Terminal in Bayonne in effort to expand ports
    Published: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 9:27 PM Updated: Friday, June 25, 2010, 5:44 AM
    By Steve Strunsky/The Star-Ledger



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    A 1997 aerial view of Military Ocean Terminal, Bayonne. City officials have approved the sale of the 130-acre site to Port Authority.

    BAYONNE — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is buying a huge chunk of the former Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne and all of the Global Terminal container port in Jersey City as part of a plan to ensure the future growth of the region’s ports.

    Under terms of the deal disclosed by the Port Authority tonight, Bayonne will receive payments totalling $235 million spread over 24 years, including $135 million for the 130 acres of Ocean Terminal, plus almost 100 underwater acres surrounding the peninsula. The agency will pay the city another $100 million for permanent roadway easements to assure that trucks and other vehicles always have access to the site. Bayonne officials gave preliminary approval to the deal last night.

    The Global Terminal deal is expected to be formally announced today, According to an official close to the negotiations, Global Terminal’s current owners will continue to operate the container port under a lease with the Port Authority, which will own the 98-acre property. Instead of cash up front, the agency will pay Global a so-called tenant’s development allowance of up to $150 million toward the total cost of $312 million for an expansion of the terminal, said the official, who asked not to be identified because the Global deal had not been formally announced.

    Global declined to comment today.

    For Bayonne, the Marine Terminal sale is a reversal of its original plan for the site, renamed the Peninsula at Bayonne in 2002, after it bought the land from the Department of Defense.
    Bayonne envisioned the two-mile-long peninsula — with its breathtaking views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and Staten Island — as a residential community, with some commercial and recreational amenities, to set it apart from the industrial uses that had long dominated the city’s waterfront.

    But that was then. Now, with a weak economy, a depressed housing market, and a new city administration in place, local officials say Bayonne’s needs and its plans for the peninsula have changed.

    Taxes and Jobs

    "Our focus here in this administration is tax stabilization and job creation, and the initial master plan that we inherited, which called for 6,700 residential units, brought us neither," said Christopher L. Patella, executive director of the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority.

    Tonight, the development authority board authorized Patella to complete the sale. He declined to confirm the terms of the deal.

    The original plans for the peninsula development were forged under Bayonne’s longtime mayor, Joseph V. Doria, who left the office in 2007. Patella said the current administration of Mayor Mark Smith supports development of the site as a container terminal, which he said would make sense for the region as well as the city.

    "In light of the problem they’ve been having with the Bayonne Bridge, this facility would be an ideal solution," Patella said.

    Getting Clearance

    The bridge’s widely publicized problem is its 151-foot clearance above the Kill Van Kull, which limits the size of container ships headed to the Port Newark/Elizabeth Marine Terminal container complex, and Staten Island’s Howland Hook terminal. Officials fear thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in commerce could be lost to competing ports as skyscraping container ships from Asian arrive at East Coast ports once an expansion of the Panama Canal is complete in 2014.

    The solution Patella was suggesting was that large container ships could simply put in at a new Bayonne peninsula terminal or the expanded Global terminal.

    But a spokesman for Gov, Chris Christie said the Bayonne peninsula and Global projects do not constitute a solution to the bridge problem. Rather, the two acquisitions are parts of the governor’s broader, ongoing plan to maximize the region’s port operations, said the spokesman, Michael Drewniak.

    "This brings together a critical component of the governor’s economic development plans for New Jersey, and especially our northern ports," Drewniak said.

    http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/201...rove_port.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by mariab View Post
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    Nice try Mr Patella. No dice. Newark WILL NOT BE USURPED OF PANAMAX SHIPS.

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    Newark has nothing to worry about. Bayonne/Newark = Apples/Pears.

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    Well there's nothing going on at the site at Broadway and 30th St. From what I can see through the fence, it just looks like weeds growing. Also went past the old Maidenform building on Avenue E, and that seems to have stalled too. The promising signs are a freestanding cherry picker and some earth mover, which I don't think they would leave if the project was completely dead. One side of the building looks like it had new glass, but I always think that should be one of the last outside things to be done (too tempting a target for vandals).

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    Thumbs up Small development plan next to LRT

    Bayonne gas station operator surprised to learn of redevelopment plan

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    on October 22, 2013 at 8:00 AM, updated October 22, 2013 at 8:17 AM


    THE BLOCK OF 224-230 AVE E. in Bayonne, where the city wants to build a housing complex. The area houses an active Exxon station. (ALYSSA KI JOURNAL PHOTO)

    The Bayonne Planning Board wants to build a multi-story housing complex and retail hub on Avenue E near 21st and 22nd streets, and the plan is a surprise to at least one businessman.

    Affected is 224-230 Avenue E, formerly the Bayonne Plumbing storage facility and an active, neighboring Exxon gas station. The property has already been declared an area in need of redevelopment.

    Avak Pashalian, 60, said he has been operating the Exxon station for a month. He said yesterday he is planning a grand opening for Nov. 1 and was unaware of any redevelopment plans.

    Plans for the redevelopment were approved by the Planning Board in a special meeting last Wednesday night and sent to the City Council for action.

    The board’s consulting planner, Anthony Rodriguez from T&M Associates, talked about his vision for the redevelopment at last week’s meeting.

    Under Rodriguez’ proposal, block 454 and lots 1 (Bayonne Plumbing) and 2 (Exxon) have potential for commercial and residential use.

    Proposed is a five-story, 160-unit multifamily development that would have above or below ground parking. The city would have to use eminent domain to acquire the Exxon property, said Rodriguez, but the plumbing supply property can be purchased.

    Owners were notified of the meeting, but none attended.

    A second site proposed for redevelopment is near Mechanic Street near Route 440, but it faces environmental obstacles. The land was formerly used for oil storage.

    “It would take 20 years to redevelop that land,” said Theodore Garelick, chairman of the Planning Board.

    If the city were to acquire the land, it would have to take the responsibility of the cleanup to Environmental Protection Agency standards.

    The area is currently owned by the Clayton Co. Gordon Mills, an engineer from the company, said, “My main concern was that the city might implement imminent domain. I’m comforted that that won’t happen. We’d like to work with the city.”

    http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/inde...l#incart_river

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    This site is located right next to the 22nd Street Light Rail station, which you can see poking out behind the Exxon Station canopy.
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    I went right past there Sunday. Bet they'll fetch good money being next to the LR station. I hope Maidenform doesn't fall by the wayside. Bayonne's slowly waking up and it's good to see.


    A second site proposed for redevelopment is near Mechanic Street near Route 440, but it faces environmental obstacles. The land was formerly used for oil storage.

    “It would take 20 years to redevelop that land,”
    That's just shameful. Whoever's responsible, clean it up plain & simple. It should be anyway. Whatever the developers have in mind probably won't even be viable in 20 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mariab View Post
    I went right past there Sunday. Bet they'll fetch good money being next to the LR station. I hope Maidenform doesn't fall by the wayside. Bayonne's slowly waking up and it's good to see.




    That's just shameful. Whoever's responsible, clean it up plain & simple. It should be anyway. Whatever the developers have in mind probably won't even be viable in 20 years.
    Yeah it definitely will. It'll be a welcomed addition along Avenue E. I am thinking it might be as big or slightly larger than the new apartment building that just opened up by the 45th Street Light Rail station.

    I think the Maidenform conversion will continue. I went by there about 3 weeks ago and I saw work going on inside so hopefully its a small lull for whatever the reason.

    Its shameful that so many of these old industrial corporations here in NJ just up and left and never did anything about cleaning up their toxic sites and now the State and cities have to go around chasing them to do so. More than likely Mariab you're right; those sites take years to clean up and even just as long to start cleaning up.

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    Do you know the address for the new one @ 45th St?

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