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Re: Roberto Clemente Field Just Sold?
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I imagine the HPNA will share their data, but at this point they still want to hear more from residents.
People are also free to weigh in personally by attending public meetings and writing to JC.

Posted on: 2017/1/30 20:46
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Re: Roberto Clemente Field Just Sold?
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Getting back to the initial purpose of this thread, please take the Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association's survey regarding the proposed redevelopment plan for Roberto Clemente Park, which includes 30 and 40 story buildings that would likely displace the main fire station on Marin and cast long shadows on the historic district and park, without promising sorely needed greenspace and public amenities:

http://hpnajc.org/News/4548492

And while some commenters here are in favor of reopening 7th Street to Marin Blvd, I'm strongly opposed, as this would drive significant Tunnel traffic from other areas through a quiet part of downtown without any benefit to our local community.

Posted on: 2017/1/30 20:04
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Re: Brownstone Stoop and Facade Work in JC
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Hondo202 - How has it worked out?

Does anyone have personal experience to share from getting their stoop redone a couple of years ago and can share how well it has held up across a few winter / thaw / summer seasons?

Thanks!

Posted on: 2015/9/15 14:46
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Re: Historical Preservation Commission
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This article has some pointers as well, particularly regarding that different people men different things when they say "a new window" and that this can explain some of the price difference - brick to brick replacement (i.e. all visible exterior trim around window) or just sash kits...

http://www.nytimes.com/1997/09/04/gar ... -what-s-a-new-window.html

This may not be applicable: but one thing I wish I had considered when replacing the windows was to order factory installed child locks - doesn't add that much to the cost. The generic aftermarket ones just don't look as nice.



Posted on: 2015/7/23 18:05
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Re: the game of escalating variances in The Village
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Abandoning the zoning rules and handing out variances changes the return on investment calculations for developers.

It will lead to more historic and older buildings being demolished and the character of the neighborhood will be permanently altered.

For example, if there is a three story building in place on a lot and the zoning allows a developer to build 8 stories or more, of course the developer will tear down the existing buildings when they can, knowing that they can get at least twice the number of units and twice the amount of revenue in a new building (often more as the lot coverage will increase)? It makes business sense, and to think anything else would be na?ve.

To my knowledge there is nothing stopping a developer to tear down buildings in the village or even along any section of Newark Avenue ? there are no historic districts there (http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/historicpreservationcommission and what is called the HDSID is a (semi?) voluntary organization that does not really protect structures). I really hope I am wrong, please point out the specific rules (e.g. municipal code) if I am. I have not found anything that suggests otherwise.
Case in point is that two historic buildings close to Newark have been demolished in the last month or so.

This one on 320 First Street, on the back of a lot facing Newark Ave was demolished in the last couple of weeks (in addition to a few other older buildings on the lot). It is seen top left in this image:

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Here recently on google maps:
https://goo.gl/maps/bij2K


An old townhouse on 328 Barrow was recently demolished. Until recently it was the home of Cintron Barber. The side of the building can be seen at far left in
this 100+ years old photo. (The right of the photo shows the elevated rail road tracks that used to go down Railroad Avenue, nowadays called Columbus.)

With a facade renovation at $10k it would really have been a great part of the street scape.

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Here on google maps recently:
https://goo.gl/maps/AuE72

The zoning rules serve to maintain the overall character of a neighborhood. And specifically the height rules reduce the incentive to tear down existing structures - most of these are older/historic in the village.

Changing the zoning rules is something that the whole community should be concerned about to safeguard thoughtful development that enhances rather than demolishes the village.


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Erobinsonh wrote:
jrsygrl - and other Village residents who are interested - the Visioning meeting is on Thursday at 7:30pm at Studio 365, 365 Second Street (between Monmouth and Brunswick)

http://www.jcvillage.org



Posted on: 2015/6/22 16:45
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Re: Gargantuan Tower Proposed for Barrow and Christopher Columbus
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A 17 story building would really be out of place. There is nothing even close to that tall around it. It would be seen from all, and cast shadows on, the 3-5 story historic buildings and street surrounding it. In all directions.

For a sense of what the street scape could look like when a 17 story building is added next to lower historic buildings, I strolled down Wayne St to between Grove and Marin, next to 95 Columbus.

95 Columbus is particularly poorly integrated with surrounding area with only garages at street level on Wayne, but it gives a sense of what a 17 story building and 4 level garage can do to the street scape.

A 7 story building - that the current plan allows for - would also be taller than all surrounding buildings on Columbus, Wayne and Barrow, but not completely out of place. And should still provide the developer plenty of money. If the developer can't make money out of that lot with a 7 story building they are in the wrong business.

I know you have a vocal group of "followers" on this board, and I miss the food trucks, but thanks Aaron for highlighting this variance application.

Posted on: 2015/6/3 1:01
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Re: Carrino Provisions
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Butcher there was very nice; have gotten a great steak, and some ground beef and pork so far. Noticed the new fish display tonight, had great looking scallops.

Posted on: 2015/2/19 4:02
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Re: PPG and Chromium in Jersey City - Garfield Avenue
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I still don't understand the Mayor's argument here...

PPG bought the site, destroyed it, and has now repaired it in accordance with their agreement.


From reading the articles I am not quite sure either, but would like to understand.

Am also not familiar with how clean-up works - so insert speculation alert here.

But one argument that I could see them put forward is if the the way the clean-up has been conducted somehow prevents future development and it is explicitly stated in the agreement that the purpose is to prepare for future development.

For example if rather than removing all contaminated soil, PPG is installing a barrier to encapsulate the contaminated soil, and this barrier is installed at a too shallow depth to allow the subsequent installation of streets, sewer, etc.

Again speculation - does anyone know the facts?

Posted on: 2015/2/10 14:43
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Re: High-rise development at Metro Plaza (Shoprite, BJs, Pepboys)
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not too clear looking the map, does this development include the giant dirt mountain area directly west of the power house? It's been a dirt mountain for years, surprised noone is putting another glass building on there considering the prime location.

I think the address is 111 first street per google map.


Nope - 111 First is a separate lot, with the old warehouse on the site demolished pre-crisis in 2007 in order to put up this behemoth.

But as you rightly point out, one great recession and eight years later, all that the developers have to show for their investment is a dirt mound.


As you say 111 First Street is not part of the plan.

Not meaning to be picky, but I actually think that the behemoth in the link is on 110 First St (which was also the site of a historic warehouse).

I believe 111 First St. is the site of the Lorillard Tobacco Warehouse that was knocked down 8 or so years ago, to make place for - drum roll - the dirt mound.

http://www.njcu.edu/programs/jchistor ... ges/Lorillard_Tobacco.htm

Posted on: 2015/2/6 21:34
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Re: Grove Street development
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i think these developers really did a disservice to theor image/brand name.


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When I first saw the renderings I thought they looked bland, essentially a pile of red bricks without any architectural details, but given that it was Silverman and that they have developed some nicer properties in JC, I thought they knew what they were doing on this one too. But it has not turned out great.

As pointed out below the brick itself looks cheap (though I don't know if it is). Simply too uniform and does not have the textured/faceted look that natural clay brick usually has.

Does anyone know when and how Hamilton Square South (the second phase of Hamilton Sq) will be up for review and community input. Lower half of page here:
http://silvermanbuilding.com/next-up/

This is another Silverman building that will have a massive impact on the aesthetics of a neighborhood.

Posted on: 2015/1/28 20:18
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Re: Jersey City Must Eats
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Kraverie wings

Blue Lotus

Pizza Rustique pizza & meatballs

Nicole's

Koro Koro

Pecoraro

Choc o pain

Cocoa bakery

Cookies & Crepes

Posted on: 2015/1/12 1:34
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Re: Milling on 7th Street
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Understand your initial question as it has happened to me - car being towed when "no-parking" signs being put up after car was parked. But in this case I believe the signs were up since last Friday. It's a hassle and pain, and costs a lot of money. Sorry.

Posted on: 2014/12/12 0:52
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Re: Jersey City council to vote on controversial MUA franchise fee changes
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Quote:

Yvonne wrote:
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Does anyone know where to find the actual figures of how much JCMUA pays the city each year in franchise fees?

The surplus that is now going to be paid to the city is on top of the fees that are already paid every year.


It would be listed in the budget. The 2014 budget should be on the city's website.


Thanks, I had looked but not hard enough...

Looked again and found the numbers in the budgets here:
http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/officialdocuments/

If anyone is interested, on top of the surplus money that is now probably going to be paid to the city, JCMUA already pays the city $13 million per year.

This is surplus from JCMUA operations - i.e. the difference between what we pay in water bills compared to the cost of providing the water and sewer service.

One would have thought that some of that money could go into improving the crumbling combined sewer/overflow system and/or water supply.

Posted on: 2014/11/26 16:23
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Re: Jersey City council to vote on controversial MUA franchise fee changes
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Does anyone know where to find the actual figures of how much JCMUA pays the city each year in franchise fees?

The surplus that is now going to be paid to the city is on top of the fees that are already paid every year.

Posted on: 2014/11/26 5:14
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Re: Telco Loft on Erie
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Quote:

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diamat wrote:
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@alexis007: which project is the one on montgomery street? Do you have an address? I didn't know they had other projects in JC already. thx.



650 Montgomery St, McGinley Sq
http://www.bruncon.com/projects/completed/20/

I must give them credit for building a very nice facade facing 1st Street that blends in well with existing buildings. I believe that's where the garage is as well.

Have not been inside though.


the building on 1st street is an entirely different development.


You are right, did some more research and while it's under the same redevelopment plan, it's done by a completely different developer, Arthur Pronti.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... usins_duo_to_redevel.html






Posted on: 2014/11/13 3:49
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Re: Telco Loft on Erie
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Quote:

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@alexis007: which project is the one on montgomery street? Do you have an address? I didn't know they had other projects in JC already. thx.



650 Montgomery St, McGinley Sq
http://www.bruncon.com/projects/completed/20/

I must give them credit for building a very nice facade facing 1st Street that blends in well with existing buildings. I believe that's where the garage is as well.

Have not been inside though.

Posted on: 2014/11/12 3:53
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Re: Area between Tunnel and Hoboken
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There is this dinky little street, Rademan Place, just off of 14th Street. Six little wood-frame row houses, 3 each side, facing each other with a stone courtyard in-between. Traffic from the tunnel/RT139 zooms by outside, Gas stations either side, Holland Gardens looming behind, reminds me the children's book "The Little House".

Anyone know anything about it, or anyone who lives there? A relic from the "Horseshoe" past?

Google Streetview




Robin.




Yes, survivors from the past. Interesting photo of the area here:

http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a10971/

Those buildings are out of view though, slightly out of frame on left. A good landmark to get oriented by is the clock tower to the left in the old photo that is still standing today. The rest of the old buildings are history...




Posted on: 2014/11/8 5:35
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Re: Eminent Domain on Metropolis Towers
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The site where the Metropolis buildings are now standing used to be the heart of downtown JC - the City Hall was located there in the 19th century.

This is a then and now photo showing a short part of the stretch of Newark that used to continue through the Metropolis towers site:
http://www.jerseycitythenandnow.com/2 ... derson-st-marin-blvd.html

And this photo shows the site, towards Columbus (aka Railroad Ave) after all old buildings had been razed and before anything had been built - an amazing photo:
https://flic.kr/p/ivddtC

The lower industrial buildings just behind the elevated railroad in center of photo were Henderson Yards, with repair buildings for Path trains. That's now the location of 50 Columbus. A different era...

Posted on: 2014/10/27 13:55
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Re: What's going there?
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Any word on the restaurant that was supposed to open in the old dry cleaners on Erie & Pavonia? They had done so much work initially but it's totally stalled.

Posted on: 2014/10/23 2:32
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Re: Late night noise/vib
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Yes. But was indoors and thought the source was much closer...

Posted on: 2014/10/15 16:39
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Re: Proposed development on Van Vorst between Sussex & Morris
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I'm not arguing that there should be no development on Van Vorst St. What I have a problem with is a *fifteen-story* tower as opposed to a six-story building. Such a giant tower is totally out-of-character for the neighborhood. There is a reason that there's a 6-story max to begin with-- it's an historic district. Exceptions to the height restriction should be exceedingly rare.


Agreed.

The proposed 15 story building would be at the end of Sussex, a street that is lined only with historic 3/4 story brownstones and wood frame buildings.

A 15 story building would dwarf the existing structures.

And even if thinking that a 15 story building would be a good idea for the neighborhood, the concessions offered by the developer are paltry compared to the additional profit from the units in those additional 7-8 floors.

A much better bargain could be had.

Posted on: 2014/9/24 17:03
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Re: What's going there?
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What about the sizable lot next to Choc-o-Pain on Jersey Ave?
They're pile-driving, anyone know what for? (Aside from the Whole Foods/Trader Joe's...)

Posted on: 2014/9/24 2:56
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Re: Homeowner's Insurance
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Curious to know where anyone with a historic house - especially with a flat roof - gets insurance, and what the going rates are.
Ours is through Chubb, but the policy price has more than doubled over the past 2 years, though we haven't made any claims.
Am ready to switch but options are limited for flat roofs.
Thanks!

Posted on: 2014/9/4 16:52
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Re: Brownstone facade leaks - repair and repointing
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Recently I have seen a number of repointing / cornice renovation projects that are done by a company called Jetco.

Has anyone experience from working with them? Do they do quality work? How are their prices?

Posted on: 2014/8/26 20:29
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Re: Oil Tank - How do I find out if property has one?
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You can contact the building department and ask for permits pulled and inspections done - there should be both for the oil tank.

Useful to do before closing on a property too - a leaking oil tank can be a huge liability when it comes to clean-up (including of neighboring properties).

Posted on: 2014/7/23 18:37
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Re: kitchen Countertops
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Has anyone experienced having to reinforce the floor in any way to support the weight when replacing formica with stone / quartz countertops in an older row house?

Posted on: 2014/7/17 2:54
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Re: Cherry Picked - new ice cream shop on Grove
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I thought I would feel bad for going somewhere other than Torico's for ice cream, but had Cherry Picked's flavor with chocolate pretzels in it. Can't remember the name, but it was delicious!

Quickly overcame any guilt and will be back to try other flavors too...

Posted on: 2014/7/16 17:29
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Re: New concrete sidewalks - Jersey Ave
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Quote:

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well this is certainly a topic that warrants an outrage.


Well, it may not be up there with peace on earth...

But if the colors are as mismatched as implied it does indeed warrant a comment.

These concrete sidewalks will be with us for 20+ years.

Posted on: 2014/7/15 1:52
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Re: Pothole Inventory Report List
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Has anyone else had problems with getting pot holes in public streets repaired recently?

My neighbor and I independently and unbeknown to each other reported several portholes on our street mid-May and they have still not been fixed - almost 2 months later.

We raised the requests on JC web site and have been in touch with RRC via email - still no fix.

Anyone else with similar experience? Anyone that have had pot holes repaired quickly recently?

Posted on: 2014/7/3 13:38
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Re: Do you recommend particular Roofer?
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Quote:

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Is this the Capital Roofing you all refer to.

http://capitolroofingco.com/


That's the one.

We used Capital and are very happy. Our roof was substantially cheaper per sq ft than the quote you got even though it was a 'tear off' (all old layers removed) but it did not involve replacing roofing deck (ply wood) / beams.

Price depends in the roofing material and guarantee though. Some roofs have 10 year warranty and others 25 years, so ensure to compare apples to apples.

Two tips:
a) have the roof painted with silver roofing color when you put down the roof to increase comfort and reduce A/C cost. Under circumstances a cheap add-on.
b) in the quote, specify the cost per sq ft should they need to replace any part of the underlying roofing deck That way you both know the parameters / cost for any additional work.



Posted on: 2014/5/1 17:54
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