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Re: Post your Pimp Sightings Here
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Saw him resplendent in lime green at 12 noon. He was casually strolling by BJ's and Shoprite.

Surely brightened up the surroundings

Posted on: 2006/5/25 18:38
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Re: Tax abatement for Newport this Wednesday
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Yes, the people in abated properties pay the PILOT instead of taxes for 20 years. But, if the property is sold in that time, the new owners pay the PILOT which is recalculated on the most recent purchase price. Therefore the city gets an increasing amount from the PILOTs from abated properties.


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I'm confused about the tax abatement issue...I have one quick question:

When an abatement is issued, does that mean the people buying the individual condo units also have tax abatements for 20 years? Or, does it just mean the development itself doesn't pay taxes?

And, I agree with what others have said here...Newport definitely doesn't seem worthy of tax-abatements any longer. It's not in need of development, but plenty of other areas in the city are.

Posted on: 2006/4/26 21:40
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Re: Wary council backs abatement for American Can condo plan
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I thought abatements were only supposed to be given to stimulate development in areas where there was no market incentive to build, and also to provide "affordable housing".

Posted on: 2006/4/14 22:08
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Re: Hamilton Park Renovation Community Report
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Thanks for saying this Minnie, I remember that day and it was a great day and a wonderful community project.

A great way to meet our neighbors.
I love the gardens as do many others and look forward to complementary areas being constructed around the other half of the park.


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so many residents
participated, and went home with aching backs. I was in the park every day, watering, and I know the impact they had on people, even if they?re not perfect and have a temporary fence because that?s all we could afford.

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the joy we felt the day we broke ground. For I know in my heart, that it was this day, that caused those same
angry members to realize that gardens in Hamilton Park are not so bad afterall, and are really quite popular.

Posted on: 2006/3/25 21:04
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Re: Planning Board Meeting 3/14 Agenda
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Thanks for the cheat sheet 25mcwilliams

Posted on: 2006/3/14 18:17
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Re: Planning Board Meeting 3/14 Agenda
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I agree. WHYYYYYYY????

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DanL wrote:
No question, this the redevelopment plan proposed for St. Francis Hosptial will completelly change the character and use of the area and park while not providing any rational why.
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Hopefully, City Planning will finally provide some rationale for this massive upzoning of a historic residential district.

Maybe even explain why they are proposing high-rise buildings 50% taller than the tallest building being built in the brand new Liberty Harbor North neighborhood off Grand St.

Posted on: 2006/3/13 23:03
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Re: Planning Board Meeting 3/14 Agenda
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The height of buildings on previously low-rise streets like Ninth and Erie Streets is a big concern. A nine-story building in place of the garage and a five story building next to the much smaller brownstones on Ninth Street is reason to be afraid of some parts of this project.

Also, how will local merchants be affected by the new retail in the neighborhood, will there be duplication of services we already get or will there be chains?

Posted on: 2006/3/13 14:36
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Re: Planning Board Meeting 3/14 Agenda
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Dont't take a chance. Sometimes the agenda is juggled. Be there as early as possible.

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LoraJ wrote:

Being #18 on the Agenda, wonder what time that will be?



Hmmm.. you might want to bring your knitting project.


I notice that all the posts about change coming to Hamilton Park were lost.
Did anyone see the lead story about the St. Francis Development in the Jersey City Reporter?

Posted on: 2006/3/13 13:02
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Re: Planning Board Meeting 3/14 Agenda
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I notice this meeting is at 5:30PM, not 6PM or 6:30PM as the other meetings. The St. Francis Hospital Redevelopment issue is very important for Hamilton Park residents

Posted on: 2006/3/10 12:06
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Re: schroeder lofts - hamilton park
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I have to agree with jc_insomniac
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Why does it feel like we just got bamboozled by a couple of realtors? Hmmmm?

Posted on: 2006/3/3 1:11
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Re: IMPORTANT FEEDBACK PLEASE ON PARKING - STEVEN FULOP
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I have to agree, penalize landlords/developers. And make them prove that spaces are rented to BUILDING RESIDENTS!

Many of us rented in JC with the promise of off-street parking and when we have unloaded the moving van, we are then told the spot went to someone else and there is a waiting list of up to a year. Some landlords/developers have 2 and 3 spots for themselves or associates and you are left out in the cold.
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I would be much more in favor of a system that penalizes the building for empty spots. That would force the building to lower monthly prices until the spots are filled or open the spots to outside residents (or both). Unless the developer/building management faces a penalty, there is no reason they shouldn't raise their prices and capitalize off their new found monopoly.

Posted on: 2006/2/22 18:26
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Re: Does the HPNA represent the community?
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Congratulations on your election, LoraJ!

Sorry, I missed the meeting.
Can someone post the agenda (if there is one) and advance notice of the meetings on this list- to alert those of us who sometimes neglect to look at their calendars?

Posted on: 2006/1/5 18:38
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Re: Does the HPNA represent the community?
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medfever555 wrote:
you all got what you deserved; once the lawyers got involved the party was over.


Were the lawyers that medfever555 referred to the two HPNA board members (lawyers) that craftily changed the bylaws to protect HPNA from the alleged ?carpet baggers?? Regardless of what he/she meant, at the last HPNA meeting on 12/7/05 there were 15 eligible voters present at mid meeting. HPNA total membership is about 45, and half to a third of those members (includes the HPNA trustees and officers) actually participate during the year, so 15 or 20 people ARE the HPNA. There are over a thousand people in the HP neighborhood eligible to join the association. Since the bylaws were changed they (the HPNA which for all practical purposes is the board) have the ability to put into office whomever they choose. Don?t expect people with independent views to be elected to trustee position, and certainly not to officer positions.



If these facts are accurate the residents in Hamilton Park are in a very bad state. How can the interests of the community be served if there are only 45 members of HPNA?

ONLY 45 members! Shouldn't as many people as possible in the community be encouraged to join and be able to vote and participate in the board? Why do residents have to PROVE themselves worthy by time limits and service as trustees? I don't believe other neighborhood organizations have either these membership or service requirements for leadership.

Accepting the status quo, how will HPNA make sure that it is reflecting the wishes of the community? Will they be conducting surveys of all residents as they did for the Hamilton Park plan? How can the residents of Hamilton park register their views on urgent critical questions if they have a one month lag on their voting privileges and can only have certain people representing them.

These are questions that come to my mind when reading the posts.


Posted on: 2005/12/11 8:54
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