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any renderings? it's a shame that whitlock cordage is not complete and i feel they should add a lightrail stop at pacific


He showed them on a whiteboard, and they looked quite good. I'm not aware of any available electronically. Yes, Whitlock Cordage is a clusterf##k; with the opening of Berrylane Park nearby, and the existing Lafayette Park and the pool they would combine to really anchor the area and foster development of the whole area eastward and clean up the hood.


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any renderings? it's a shame that whitlock cordage is not complete and i feel they should add a lightrail stop at pacific

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The developer of the parcel on Suydam, off Communipaw, near the Liberty State Park Light Rail stop spoke tonight at the Morris Canal Conservancy meeting.

It will be a total tear down and rebuild, and the parking lot will disappear. For the proposed 83 units 40 indoor parking spots are going to be available. Apparently the builder, in this zoned area, has no obligation to provide any onsite parking. The drawings look quite nice, with a bit of a historic warehouse appearance. It will be a mix of 1, 2, and 3 bedroom rentals, with 1 br rents starting at $1500. He said 30% will be 2brs. No mention of parking fees was brought up, or amenities. No retail on site, which isn't surprising given it's at the end of a dead end street.

That's all I can recall. If the planning board approves demolition will proceed in September and he hopes to open for rental in December 2015.


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Yes, renters pay $90 at the Foundry if they want an unassigned spot. And for the Suydam location, they do have a sizable parking lot adjacent to the building that could easily be repaved and restriped to accommodate 80 (or more) cars.

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Just to clarify on the parking at The Foundry and the LSP Park & Ride lot: as Monroe points out, the owners get a dedicated spot. As for renters, they get a free spot, but not a dedicated (i.e., numbered) spot. I don't know of any renters paying to park on the lot, but maybe they are now charging newer arrivals, since parking is probably maxed out.


Not to quibble, but nothing is free. I am a renter and $90 was built into the monthly payment. That was 3+ years ago so it may be more now.

Besides, why worry about parking?? The sidewalk on Monitor Street has plenty of free spots, haha.

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Just to clarify on the parking at The Foundry and the LSP Park & Ride lot: as Monroe points out, the owners get a dedicated spot. As for renters, they get a free spot, but not a dedicated (i.e., numbered) spot. I don't know of any renters paying to park on the lot, but maybe they are now charging newer arrivals, since parking is probably maxed out.

As for the LSP Park and Ride, it is only $57.50 per month, so essentially a steal. The trick to LSP is to stop at any of the ticket machines on the 20th before the beginning of the month. That's when parking passes go on sale. Also, if a machine tells you it is out of parking passes, try a different one. It has happened to me twice that a machine may be out of them, but the other ones still have passes for sale.

As for the people who think they may be "affected" because of more development, I am sure it can all (or, almost all of it) be boiled down to parking. Because, honestly, how is new development in our area going to be detrimental to the neighborhood?? No one is entitled to free parking. Park at the LSP Park and Ride lot. Or, drive around to find a spot. Either way, I think this new development is great news and (hopefully) a harbinger that the area's development and improvement is back on track.

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For those that live in the Foundry, do most of the residents there have cars? Just curious if they primarily take mass transit since the new building would prob be targeting a similar demographic.


The Foundry has a gigantic parking lot. Resident owners get dedicated parking spots, tenants pay a per month fee. Some residents find it a bit cheaper to rent a monthly spot at the LSP Light Rail lot next door, although I understand it's month by month, so you have to renew continually. And sometimes they run out of monthlies if you don't sign up at the beginning of the month.

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For those that live in the Foundry, do most of the residents there have cars? Just curious if they primarily take mass transit since the new building would prob be targeting a similar demographic.

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amp, I'd suggest contacting the Morris Canal Development group, it was said last night that a representative of the developer would be attending the next meeting to discuss the project. You'd be able to get a direct answer that way.

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As someone who lives on the block, I do have some concerns. 80+ units more than triples the number of residences on a short one-block dead-end street. And as we are at the very end of Communipaw, there isn't much immediate spillover in terms of parking, etc. I'm not anti-development but am very much concerned about how this will impact current residents.

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Definitely great news for the Lafayette area, I think it was 87 units to be exact. Do you remember if they were condos or rentals?

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A bit of BeLa news that I heard last night-the warehouse on Suydam, off Communipaw, that had a 2 alarm fire last year has been purchased and the developer wants to build over 80 apartments (although I didn't hear if the building was being repurposed or replaced). In any case, that's good for the neighborhood.


Rentals, and they're asking for 83 as I recall.

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Also heard that the empty lots around the park on the Garfield side have been bought by investors.

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Definitely great news for the Lafayette area, I think it was 87 units to be exact. Do you remember if they were condos or rentals?

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A bit of BeLa news that I heard last night-the warehouse on Suydam, off Communipaw, that had a 2 alarm fire last year has been purchased and the developer wants to build over 80 apartments (although I didn't hear if the building was being repurposed or replaced). In any case, that's good for the neighborhood.


Rentals, and they're asking for 83 as I recall.

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Definitely great news for the Lafayette area, I think it was 87 units to be exact. Do you remember if they were condos or rentals?

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A bit of BeLa news that I heard last night-the warehouse on Suydam, off Communipaw, that had a 2 alarm fire last year has been purchased and the developer wants to build over 80 apartments (although I didn't hear if the building was being repurposed or replaced). In any case, that's good for the neighborhood.

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A bit of BeLa news that I heard last night-the warehouse on Suydam, off Communipaw, that had a 2 alarm fire last year has been purchased and the developer wants to build over 80 apartments (although I didn't hear if the building was being repurposed or replaced). In any case, that's good for the neighborhood.

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Word has it that it's already under contract.

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Thank you for the responses! Very helpful. Anyone know anything about the recent history of 45 Astor?

The house was purchased as a flip. Some investors came in, bought the house, gutted it to the bones and put up new drywall, flooring, kitchens, etc. They set it up as a two family with an unfinished basement.

It really depends on what you are looking for in a home of this nature. If you want character, history and a feel of the building that connects back to when it was first built, this home is probably not exactly right. If you want new construction and a two family brick row home, then it would work.

You can always message me for more details on the area.

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Welcome to the neighborhood Verlp!

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Hi JCTexan, my husband and I are in contract to purchase a home on Astor Place. We are moving from a condo on the Hoboken/JC border. We have been pleased and encouraged by the responses to our questions from those who live on the street, and look forward to joining the neighborhood. We also looked at 45 Astor - it is set up as a two family right now. Feel free to message any questions.

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@JCTex- I inbox you the info of a realtor that's from the area and knows it well, she works in the Keller Williams Hoboken office.

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I don't think it's the same one you're thinking of. This is a row house on Astor Pl so they're all the same size. That being said, it's a 3-story townhouse (not made of brownstone) that does have a kitchen on the first floor right as you walk in. Just curious if any of the neighbors on this thread know anything about the house in terms of resale. There appears to be mold in the basement, and the rehab/redo isn't yet completed (it's got about 5% left unfinished).

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Is that the huge house with a mother in law suite aka kitchen as soon as you walk in? When we saw it it still needed a lot of work to be finished. It was gigantic though.

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Thank you for the responses! Very helpful. Anyone know anything about the recent history of 45 Astor?

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Lived here for the past 3 years and and really love our neighborhood. We also looked further down in BeLa because of the light rail but decided on Astor for the architectural and historical factor. Bergen Hill is listed in the New Jersey and National Registers of Historical Places (link below pg5) and it is one of the 5 historic Jersey City districts which includes Hamilton Park, Harsimus Cove, Paulus Hook and Van Vorst Park, but really hasn't received much press about it. There is also a book/designation report I purchased before buying with pics and descriptions of every home and the history dating back to the 1700's. Attaching a link to that as well since I'm pretty sure there will be some that will argue the validity of my post.
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Astor Place is nice, but that is certainly not South of Communipaw, so it never occurred to me to suggest that area. I have been familiar with the area going back about 5 or 6 years. Back then, you could tell it was starting to turn a corner. Several burned out rowhouses were being gut renovated. I got to poke my head inside of one and I was very impressed with the work being done. Despite its area, it looks rather quiet. One downside I can see: traffic from Summit into Grand and Communipaw is heavy at times, and the surrounding roads are nothing short of atrocious. Potholes everywhere, and whatever surfaces are free of potholes, are very, very uneven.

The Library Hall Lofts should have anchored a neighborhood revival, but the economy tanked and that area has languished a bit.

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We're looking at Astor Place. In your experience, is it fairly safe? People seem to take great pride in their homes in that area, and the neighborhood association seems like its strong (thanks, Google!).

I’ll suggest you go through some of this as a few people that live in the area have posted on it:
http://jclist.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=31797

If you have any questions on the area, don’t hesitate to send a private message over.

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Wasn't someone shot a few days ago the next block over from Astor?

Not that I’m aware of.


Now you're aware.

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

Interesting... That street is rather crappy to start with. I walk my dog down it regularly and often times it is around then. They have a cop posted on the corner every morning, but I guess that isn't in effect during the commute home...

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We're looking at Astor Place. In your experience, is it fairly safe? People seem to take great pride in their homes in that area, and the neighborhood association seems like its strong (thanks, Google!).

I’ll suggest you go through some of this as a few people that live in the area have posted on it:
http://jclist.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=31797

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Wasn't someone shot a few days ago the next block over from Astor?

Not that I’m aware of.


Now you're aware.

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

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We're looking at Astor Place. In your experience, is it fairly safe? People seem to take great pride in their homes in that area, and the neighborhood association seems like its strong (thanks, Google!).

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Wasn't someone shot a few days ago the next block over from Astor?

Not that I’m aware of.

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Wasn't someone shot a few days ago the next block over from Astor?


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Yes, it's very safe. I've lived here 7 years and, I have never had a problem.

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We're looking at Astor Place. In your experience, is it fairly safe? People seem to take great pride in their homes in that area, and the neighborhood association seems like its strong (thanks, Google!).

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