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Re: Jersey City has big plans for 100 acres on West Side along Hackensack River
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I saw Sommerman asked about the rt 440 Bayfront project on the Radio Shack RIP thread. So I will throw an update onto this thread. Below is my original post with three links to the three rt 440 projects that I am aware of. They will span rt 440 from Society Hill to Culver Avenue.

I have also added two new links that I found: A link that gives up to date information on the rt 440 remediation progress scheduled to be completed in 2016. A new Bayfront link with drawings from an architect firm named Minno & Wasko.

Oh yeah and they have started to demolish the rt 440 JCMUA, DPW and JCIA buildings since they moved to the new Linden Avenue complex.

A really fantastic project!!

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This is what I got from reading the JJ over the years. There are really three projects for the “West side”.

Bay Front is from Society Hill down to Culver both sides of rt 440.

www.bayfrontjerseycity.com

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New Jersey City University…West Campus project (mixed in with Bay Front) over by the rt 440 Home Depot .

https://www.njcu.edu/west-campus/

NJCU master plan (.pdf)


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The new West Side project is across rt 440 across from the MUA and Toyota Dealer. This one is new haven’t seen it mentioned before.

City of Jersey City - West side plan (.pdf)



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Interesting remediation progress map and photos of work. (I always wondered what was going on behind the green door...oops I mean fence) Also has a good history of the project.

http://www.jerseycitychromiumcleanup.com/progress/

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JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY
Bayfront Redevelopment LLC

Bayfront is slated to become one of Jersey City’s newest waterfront communities. The site is located on the east side of Jersey City and ideally situated to take advantage of views to the Hackensack River and Newark Bay. The 100 acre development will have 23 acres of open green space; about 4-5 times the amount normally found in a typical Jersey City urban tract of the same size. The project will be built in phases, and the 1st 18-acre phase will include 6 blocks of residential and mixed use buildings and 8 acres of public green space that will offer waterfront walkways and passive park areas.

100 Acre site, 23 acres open space
4,200- 8,100 residential dwelling units
200,000 – 600,000 sq ft Retail space
700,000 – 1,000,000 sq ft office space
Includes a future transit Station (Hudson-Bergen Light Rail)

http://www.minnowasko.com/mw/bayfront/

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This is what I got from reading the JJ over the years. There are really three projects for the “West side”.

Bay Front is from Society Hill down to Culver both sides of rt 440.

www.bayfrontjerseycity.com

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New Jersey City University…West Campus project (mixed in with Bay Front) over by the rt 440 Home Depot . (click on the drop down in the green bar for a better description)

http://www.njcu.edu/programs/westcampus/aboutus.html

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The new West Side project is across rt 440 across from the MUA and Toyota Dealer. This one is new haven’t seen it mentioned before.

West side plan (.pdf)

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I just hope this actually gets done and it is not another pull the rug out from under the JC residents kind of election year bs deal. Like the Journal Square Towers grand announcement before the May 2009 election.


It's a nice vision for the future but if it's done in phases without any setbacks it will be at least 20 years before the area will look like the illustrations.

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is this project happening in phases? It looks a lot smaller on the area map than i thought it was originally.



This is what I got from reading the JJ over the years. There are really three projects for the “West side”.

Bay Front is from Society Hill down to Culver both sides of rt 440.

www.bayfrontjerseycity.com

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New Jersey City University…West Campus project (mixed in with Bay Front) over by the rt 440 Home Depot . (click on the drop down in the green bar for a better description)

http://www.njcu.edu/programs/westcampus/aboutus.html

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The new West Side project is across rt 440 across from the MUA and Toyota Dealer. This one is new haven’t seen it mentioned before.

West side plan (.pdf)

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I just hope this actually gets done and it is not another pull the rug out from under the JC residents kind of election year bs deal. Like the Journal Square Towers grand announcement before the May 2009 election.

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Jersey City Planning Board backs redevelopment for area between Route 440, West Side Avenue

By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal
on February 06, 2013 at 10:40 AM,
updated February 06, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Thirty acres on Jersey City’s West Side just east of Route 440 would become a redevelopment area with a new street grid and new residential and commercial development under a plan given initial approval by the Planning Board last night.

The Route 440/Culver Redevelopment Plan would allow the city to take industrial properties in the area by eminent domain if the owners do not redevelop the properties within the next five years.

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http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... ard_bac.html#incart_river

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And this is the .pdf of the plan, check out the maps at the end of where the light rail will extend too. When the light rail was first planned it was going to go down Culver. Looks like that idea is coming back.

West Side Plan


is this project happening in phases? It looks a lot smaller on the area map than i thought it was originally.

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I sure do hope this plan takes off sooner rather than later. I'm eager for some good restaurants and other cool shops in my neighborhood. The big ugly green building on 440 needs to go!

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The city should invest in renewable energy such as a large solar and wind farm. This could at least make some beneficial use of contaminated property without exposing residents to potential health problems

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Jersey City Planning Board backs redevelopment for area between Route 440, West Side Avenue

By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal
on February 06, 2013 at 10:40 AM,
updated February 06, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Thirty acres on Jersey City’s West Side just east of Route 440 would become a redevelopment area with a new street grid and new residential and commercial development under a plan given initial approval by the Planning Board last night.

The Route 440/Culver Redevelopment Plan would allow the city to take industrial properties in the area by eminent domain if the owners do not redevelop the properties within the next five years.

Full JJ piece…

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... ard_bac.html#incart_river

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And this is the .pdf of the plan, check out the maps at the end of where the light rail will extend too. When the light rail was first planned it was going to go down Culver. Looks like that idea is coming back.

West Side Plan

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as if many people don't already live on de-contaminated land. its time for people at the wsj to get over themselves.

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Cleanup Mapped for N.J. Toxic Site

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By LAURA KUSISTO
May 21, 2012, 9:41 p.m. ET
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JERSEY CITY—Not long ago, city officials here and Honeywell International Inc. HON +0.75% were at war over the fate of more than 100 acres of chromium-contaminated land on the city's gritty western edge.

Now they are development partners.

The city and the Morris Township-based technology and manufacturing conglomerate want to develop an old industrial dumping ground into a sprawling new neighborhood called Bayfront on the shore of the Hackensack River.

Its up to 8,100 residential units, one million square feet of office space and 20 acres of parks and plazas are still far from reality. Ground won't break until 2016 at the earliest, and no one expects the project to be finished before 2040.

But it took an important step forward last week when NJ Transit began an environmental assessment of a crucial element of the plan: extending the Light Rail 3,700 feet to connect Bayfront to the rest of the region's public transit.

NJ Transit said Monday it is behind the project. "An extension of the light rail to this area would both support the development and address traffic congestion along Route 440," a nearby highway, said spokeswoman Nancy Snyder.

To be sure, Bayfront's success is uncertain. Transit authorities say the Light Rail extension would cost about $213 million, it would cost the city and Honeywell more than $80 million to move two large facilities to make way for the project, and Honeywell will have to spend $500 million to clean up the site. It isn't clear that anyone will want to live on contaminated land in an industrial neighborhood.

The project's progress will be closely watched—locally as a measure of another Jersey City attempt at revitalization and nationally as a test of Honeywell's ability to make it in the real-estate business under its unusual deal with the city.

"The reality is most industrial companies don't want to be in real-estate business. It's typically not a comfortable fit," said Mary Hashem, an executive vice president at Brownfield Partners, a real-estate development firm that specializes in contaminated sites.

Honeywell—primarily a maker of aerospace, building control and safety products—has been involved before in the redevelopment of several contaminated sites around the country, including Inner Harbor in Baltimore and El Segundo, Calif.

Participating in the redevelopment could help improve its image in the community and potentially make back some fraction of the cost of the clean up. They would also be able to oversee the redevelopment to make sure it is done responsibly.

Rick Kriva, Honeywell's vice president for global real estate, said the main motive of the company—which has 1,700 employees in New Jersey—is to help rejuvenate Jersey City. "Honeywell is an important part of the community. We feel that this is the right thing to do," Mr. Kriva said in an interview.

The project has drawn criticism, including from Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy's potential re-election opponent, Steven Fulop, a city councilman.

In the current economic and political environment, Mr. Fulop said the project is unlikely to get the funding it needs from cash-strapped state and federal governments for the Light Rail component. He said it would likely have to be scaled back.

"Nobody in the city wants to continue to see it be vacant, but at some point the city is going to have to potentially recalibrate how it's approaching that development with Honeywell," said Mr. Fulop.

The site's history of contamination dates back to the late 19th century, when wetlands were filled in by chromium waste from a nearby plant owned by Mutual Chemical Co., which made the substance used as an anti-corrosive in shipbuilding, among other purposes. The plant closed in 1954.

The slag was covered over with gravel. On top of the slag were built the Valley Fair Department Store, a drive-in movie theater and other small businesses. The trouble became clear in the 1980s when the walls of the department store began to crack from the chromium heaving underneath.

The buildings were vacated, and the site largely has been abandoned ever since. Honeywell took over in the late 1990s when it merged with the site's former custodian, Allied Signal, an equipment manufacturer.

In 2005, the city decided to make a move, suing Honeywell to clean up the site and for up to $80 million in lost tax revenue. They settled in 2008 after agreeing to develop the area together.

"This is something that started out as litigation and a dispute, where we were simply seeking to compel Honeywell to clean up this chromium and to get this revenue," said William Matsikoudis, an attorney for the city. "It evolved into this public-private partnership to create a transformative development on our city's west side."

Now, the city and Honeywell are working out the project's design, which would include two large parks. When the site is sold to developers to carry out those plans, they would split the estimated $100 million to $300 million: 60% for Honeywell and 40% for the city, based on how much land each contributed.

Mr. Healy, Jersey City's mayor, talks of creating a "green coast" on the city's west side that would rival what he sees as the successful revitalization of the city's east side.

The site is one of the largest and most polluted of dozens of chromium-contaminated sites in Jersey City's 15 square miles.

"What was once highly toxic brownfields will become…residential neighborhoods, significant open space and community features," Mr. Healy said in a statement.

Environmentalists see the project—should it ever be completed—as a boon not only for the city but for the Hackensack River, a neglected body of water with a history of heavy pollution.

"It's going to be a real improvement over the broken-down, post-industrial landscape that's dotted the river there for the last 30 years," Bill Sheehan, of the Hackensack Riverkeeper, an environmental group.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001 ... 04577418612818490738.html

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Thanks, Bayside Park looks pretty good, it took a while but they did a great job. The webmaster jump the gun and threw it inside this thread, don't know why?????

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Things got screwed up here. Tylers thread about Bayside Park was moved to this thread.

The original thread was about the future Bay Front development …from Society Hill down to the around the Hudson Mall along 440. www.bayfrontjerseycity.com

Bayside Park is in Greenville it was just refurbished. (cool old picture in that Bayside link)

The talk about a Wal-Mart…or Costco is for the old PJP landfill property across from Wonder Bagel / Holy Name Cemetery on Sip and 440. Next to Lincoln Park. Long history with that PJP property…Google it…

The land was burning underground for years and years , it was an old dump. When I was a kid every once and a while the fire would erupt on the surface. Strange it was smoking ALL of the time and no one gave too shi*s back then.

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I thought the plan was for a Walmart or Costco on that site?

Is it the same site or was that plan for a different stretch of 440?

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It took two years to be completed, I can run again :)

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They did a great job getting rid of all of the bad dirt. The funny thing about the site was that the plant was across rt 440 at Home Depot . But they stored the waste over at the Drive In site. I said in previous posts they used to give the waste away for free to contractors for fill on projects all over the city and to home owners for fertilizer …sick!

Excavation of Chrome Ore Processing Residue is Complete

Excavation of chrome ore processing residue or COPR was completed on September 16, 2009. Approximately 1.3 million tons of COPR were removed. Clean fill was brought to the site until the end of the year.

We took extensive precautions to protect the health and safety of the community, our employees and the people who live or work nearby. Dust prevention was a primary goal of the cleanup design and the excavation.


Interesting site…

www.441route440.com

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In 1982, a “green stream” and “yellowish-green plumes” were spotted in the surface water near the dump site. A year later, Honeywell officials observed yellow water discharging into the Hackensack River and said that the site was “extremely contaminated.” However, Honeywell did nothing to remedy the situation. In 1988, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) ordered Honeywell to clean up the site. While a permanent remedy was sought, Honeywell erected a temporary, plastic retaining cap over seventeen acres of the site, and used concrete and asphalt to cover the rest. These measures slowed the discharge rate, but did not prevent all toxic discharges from the site.

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Having said that, the West Side extension is an NJT priority


I remember one of the original rail line proposals was to have the line run to the rt. 440 Mall. It really seemed to hurt the purpose of the HBLR to NOT have it go to a major shopping location on the West side of JC.

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It's a good idea as long as people realize that it may take a while and may not be as luxurious as envisioned. Take a look at Liberty Harbor, that plan was great, but with a downturn in the economy it has been stalled. If a prime area downtown is having trouble developing then it is fair to say Bayfront will take a while as well.

It also is really dependent on the light rail being extended there, and NJT funding for expansion is not so easily forthcoming. Having said that, the West Side extension is an NJT priority (along with Northern Branch to Bergen County).

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My cousin lived in a similar complex in Lyndhurst, right by the Medieval Times. The complexes were brand new and had a ton of amenities, including a really nice pool / courtyard area, lounge, gym, etc.

The view there was of the surrounding swampland - not exactly Manhattan Skyline - but as far as I know, the development wasn't a failure. I think the West Side development has at least as much potential, if not more, since it's actually closer to NYC than the Lyndhurst one

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FEMA doesn't have any flood maps handy for that area. The ones that were floating around the web before Irene hit showed that area in purple (which means possible underwater).

Then again... the same map showed most of downtown J.C. and Hoboken underwater as well.

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Does the hackensack waterfront have significant flooding issues? I thought storm surge was already tempered by the Narrows.

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The one thing that concerns me about these projects in the fact that area is only 2 to 15 ft above sea level and positioned at an area that will "funnel" storm surge into what is basically a dead end.


I wouldn't be so concerned if the area was manufacturing / heavy commercial. However, high density residential when / if we get hit by a Cat 2 to 3 hurricane would be a mess.

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Gosh. some people can't see the positive/potential in anything except lower taxes and owning a gun. Society Hill is already going strong. If the lightrail is extended to Bayside, then it will be a much easier commute for many.

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Up to 8,100 residential units.
As much as 1 million square feet of office space.
Some 23 acres of open space.
Those are just some of the proposed features of Bayfront, a transit village set for 100 acres of chromium-tainted land along Route 440 in Jersey City. City officials hope their success in developing Jersey City’s eastern waterfront can be replicated on its West Side, The Jersey Journal reports.
http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... y_makes_plans_for_ne.html

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the idea of living near a body of water that is brown and murky, with literally no pleasant scenery on the other side of the body of water, might have the OPPOSITE effect, and make that land undesirable to many people.


It certainly didn't deter Battery Park City in the '80s and '90s.


Battery Park is also a 5 minute walk from Wall Street and near subway stations that can take you anywhere. Is the Hackensack Riverfront a 5 minute walk from anything, nevermind anything that is desirable/useful/fun?

I'm not trying to be a negative nancy. I actually would love if the west side was developed.

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the idea of living near a body of water that is brown and murky, with literally no pleasant scenery on the other side of the body of water, might have the OPPOSITE effect, and make that land undesirable to many people.


It certainly didn't deter Battery Park City in the '80s and '90s.

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Jersey City has big plans for 100 acres on West Side along Hackensack River

February 29, 2012, 3:03 AM
By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal

Up to 8,100 residential units.

As much as 1 million square feet of office space.

Some 23 acres of open space.

Those are just some of the proposed features of Bayfront, a transit village set for 100 acres of chromium-tainted land along Route 440 in Jersey City. City officials hope their success in developing Jersey City’s eastern waterfront can be replicated on its West Side.

Captain Bill Sheehan, of Hackensack Riverkeeper, an environmental organization, said Bayfront will give the city “a real shot in the arm.”

Sheehan was on hand earlier this month for a City Council caucus at which city officials presented the governing body with their latest plans for the 100-acre Bayfront, a project first dreamed up during the Glenn D. Cunningham administration.

The development would sit on land formerly owned by Morristown-based Honeywell International Inc, north of Society Hill, along the Hackensack River. Last month marked the four-year anniversary since the city teamed up with Honeywell to create Bayfront.

“Bayfront represents an extraordinary effort among numerous city officials and our partners at Honeywell to transform the West Side by making it safer and more attractive, while also creating substantial economic development, jobs, and tax revenue for our city,” Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy said in a statement.

Chromium contamination at the site has its roots in the late 19th Century, when Mutual Chemical Co., a Honeywell predecessor, started piping chromium processing residue from its plant into the Hackensack River.

Construction isn’t expected to begin until 2016, with initial occupancy beginning the following year. Though work is not scheduled to end until 2043, the city is already at work preparing the area for the massive development.

City officials say much of the contamination has been remediated.

The on-site headquarters for the city Department of Public Works and the Jersey City Incinerator Authority, meanwhile, will be demolished, as will a handful of other buildings used by the city and the JCIA. The DPW and the JCIA will move to a new East Linden Avenue complex, with construction on that facility expected to begin this year.

Councilman Michael Sottolano, who represents Ward A, where most of the Bayfront property sits, has called the plans “dynamic.”

“I don’t know if it’s all going to be done in my lifetime, but I sure hope so,” Sottolano said.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... ty_has_big_plans_for.html

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I think they plan to bring thelightrail into Bayside. If people can live in the far reaches of Queens and Brooklyn or the Bronx or Staten Island and take multiple modes of transit to get to work, I don't see why Bayside is doomed to failure

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Oh I'm all for development on the West Side, I just don't know how successful it'll be. The Hudson River might have been murkier in the 80s, but there was always a killer view of Manhattan from Newport. If the West Side does get developed, it is not the view of the Pulaski Skyway and refineries across the Hackensack River that will sell the condos.

Nor will it be public transportation, because there aren't many options there. If there is ever a PATH stop there, or any other transit station that provides 24-7 access to Manhattan - I think it could be a success. Without that, I'm not sure what types of people would find that area very appealing. It's also pretty isolated and separated by a multi-lane highway with strip malls.

I personally think the Heights has the best chance of absorbing the impact of Downtown growth/development/continued gentrification.

Posted on: 2012/1/20 11:13
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TommyC-37 I can recall when Newport mall and one residential highrise (I think Newport towers) was the only thing in dwntwn JC. In fact the hudson river then was a lot murkier. Hamilton park was not safe. Van worst park was considered the hood because of its close proximity to Booker T & Mintgomery projects, there are still low income housing units next to Van Worst park. Paulus Hook, was undeveloped and had its issues with contamination (as did Newport). The point being neighborhoods with access to water views seem to have a potential for development. Look at Bayonne, they seem to optimize the realestate around both rivers. I think we need to bribe the right government officials to focus more development on the Westside. That's where you'll find a lot of dedicated life long residents of JC that have paid there dyes in taxes. Taxes that help a lot of young professionals enjoy new parks, new developments and a bright housing market.

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