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The use of language is flawed isn't it? Its claiming to include ....."spaces for theaters, art galleries and studios, museums, libraries and more".... When you put the letter "S" at the end it makes it plural, right? SO are they claiming there will actually be two or more libraries in this small complex? More than two museums? Two or more theaters? Its a bullshit list of imaginary substance that was clearly thrown together in haste. It is NOT being specific about what it claims to be offering in exchange for a zoning variance and I believe the bar should be higher for proposals like this. If the developer has substantive things it can bring to the table they should have no trouble at all listing them and DEFINING them. Pointing to other unrelated developments in other parts of the world and claiming you can do the same is NOT in itself a plan for success.


When I hear "spaces for...", I just imagine an empty lot where one of those institutions could go, if it was ever built. If it took this many years to develop a profitable luxury building, you can imagine how long it would take to build anything for the publics benefit.

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The use of language is flawed isn't it? Its claiming to include ....."spaces for theaters, art galleries and studios, museums, libraries and more".... When you put the letter "S" at the end it makes it plural, right? SO are they claiming there will actually be two or more libraries in this small complex? More than two museums? Two or more theaters? Its a bullshit list of imaginary substance that was clearly thrown together in haste. It is NOT being specific about what it claims to be offering in exchange for a zoning variance and I believe the bar should be higher for proposals like this. If the developer has substantive things it can bring to the table they should have no trouble at all listing them and DEFINING them. Pointing to other unrelated developments in other parts of the world and claiming you can do the same is NOT in itself a plan for success.

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It says it in the article: "allowed to build taller high-rises than zoning allows in exchange for creating spaces for theaters, art galleries and studios, museums, libraries and more."

Newark did this with NJPAC and it has been a great improvement to the area. Go to the area around military park and you'll notice the transformation happening. I think that serves as a good example of this working.

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What exactly comprises an "art district" and what are its characteristics that give it substance beyond the "selling the sizzle" aspect of a real estate developers initial pitch? Developers should be asked to define EXACTLY what those words mean and then when the project is complete there needs to be a mechanism in place that judges weather or not a viable "arts district" has been created. After all this is the valuable trade off the developers are offering the city in exchange for the go ahead to build whatever they want. If they are claiming they can bring an "arts district" to an area where before there was none, and they are claiming it is a contribution so valuable that the city should overlook zoning, then they should have no trouble defining it exactly and guaranteeing it will happen upon the projects completion. Are there people at city hall that can weigh in on this issue and point to examples int he recent past where developers created an Arts District as they promised?

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Jersey City envisions arts district near historic Loew's

By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on October 25, 2016 at 12:19 PM

JERSEY CITY — The neighborhood behind the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre in Journal Square would be set for a radical transformation under zoning changes up for final adoption by the City Council tomorrow.

The changes would allow the Harwood family to construct residential high-rises and arts facilities on a roughly 2-acre area the family owns that runs along the PATH tracks. The area is now home now to parking lots and a garage.

The city hopes the changes will lead to the creation of a cultural arts district connecting the neighborhood west of the Loew's to Journal Square. The Harwoods would be allowed to build taller high-rises than zoning allows in exchange for creating spaces for theaters, art galleries and studios, museums, libraries and more.


http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... e.html#incart_2box_hudson


can a city have too many arts districts?

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Jersey City envisions arts district near historic Loew's

By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on October 25, 2016 at 12:19 PM

JERSEY CITY — The neighborhood behind the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre in Journal Square would be set for a radical transformation under zoning changes up for final adoption by the City Council tomorrow.

The changes would allow the Harwood family to construct residential high-rises and arts facilities on a roughly 2-acre area the family owns that runs along the PATH tracks. The area is now home now to parking lots and a garage.

The city hopes the changes will lead to the creation of a cultural arts district connecting the neighborhood west of the Loew's to Journal Square. The Harwoods would be allowed to build taller high-rises than zoning allows in exchange for creating spaces for theaters, art galleries and studios, museums, libraries and more.


http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... e.html#incart_2box_hudson



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what a monstrosity for that block.

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By Ron Zeitlinger | The Jersey Journal
on October 06, 2016 at 8:57 AM, updated October 06, 2016 at 8:58 AM

A new Journal Square community group has been formed and it will hold its first general meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Old Bergen Church, 1 Highland Ave.

New JSQ Community Association's slogan is "clean, green and safe" and the group said clean streets, sidewalks and alleys, beautification such as more flowers and murals, an environmentally friendly neighborhood, and a sharp reduction in crime are its top priorities.

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This is within the 2060 Journal Square Plan where buildings this size are in fact allowed by zoning. Although the lack of a sidewalk is a bit odd.....


There will be a sidewalk. Developers can't get rid of those. The rendering shows no setback from the sidewalk.

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This is within the 2060 Journal Square Plan where buildings this size are in fact allowed by zoning. Although the lack of a sidewalk is a bit odd.....

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Plan pits developer against neighborhood in Journal Square

By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on October 04, 2016 at 2:58 PM, updated October 04, 2016 at 3:22 PM

JERSEY CITY — The developer of a six-story, 54-unit building proposed for a dead-end street near Journal Square is expected to receive a hostile reception from residents at tonight's Planning Board meeting.

The 64-foot-high building would replace three single-family homes on Journal Square's Perrine Avenue, which runs about 300 feet and is home to 16 houses. Nick Babalis, who is behind the project, needs the board's approval to have zero space between the front of the building and the sidewalk.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... a.html#incart_river_index

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wow, thats exciting. looks like JSQ finally got its first decent eating establishment for brunch. its about time! hope they do well.

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I noticed a vacant store front a year or so ago in handsome brick building at Liberty and St Paul's. Not sure what had been there previously (there used to be a bar around there that closed about 15 years ago but I think was another spot) with a nice big window and corner location it felt like something should be there. I noticed some work happening there this year and finally figured out what is happening - some type of eatery:

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Plans for 3 major new Journal Square towers move forward

By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on August 17, 2016 at 9:48 AM, updated August 17, 2016 at 12:23 PM

JERSEY CITY — Donald Trump's son-in-law is about to put his stamp on Journal Square.

Jared Kushner and KABR Group are proceeding with plans to build three residential towers on two lots near the Journal Square PATH hub, towers that will include a total of 2,466 luxury residential units, 103,784 square feet of retail space and 224,539 square feet of offices.

The plans, given unanimous approval by the Planning Board last night, include a radical transformation of the old headquarters of The Jersey Journal into an open-air retail market and public plaza fronting a 72-story tower.

Chris Langston, chair of the planning board, hailed both projects, calling the one for 30 Journal Square — the old home of The Jersey Journal — "absolutely brilliant.


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


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i still think a Marion Stop 200 feet away from the JSQ stop is the biggest waste of time, money and resources, only benefitting a handful of people and inconveniencing hundreds of thousands more every year who have to wait for an extra stop during rush hours. its pointless to even study this as an option. its under a 10 minute walk to JSQ. there are so many more important things the PATH can do with tax payer money than build this.

All that said, I hope the area develops as proposed and JSQ in general continues to see a nice boost in the coming years.
agreed. what a colossal waste of money if we are just talking about 200 feet. wouldn't it be cheaper to build an enclosed walkway with moving walkways to jsq?


That's a great idea!

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i still think a Marion Stop 200 feet away from the JSQ stop is the biggest waste of time, money and resources, only benefitting a handful of people and inconveniencing hundreds of thousands more every year who have to wait for an extra stop during rush hours. its pointless to even study this as an option. its under a 10 minute walk to JSQ. there are so many more important things the PATH can do with tax payer money than build this.

All that said, I hope the area develops as proposed and JSQ in general continues to see a nice boost in the coming years.
agreed. what a colossal waste of money if we are just talking about 200 feet. wouldn't it be cheaper to build an enclosed walkway with moving walkways to jsq?

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i still think a Marion Stop 200 feet away from the JSQ stop is the biggest waste of time, money and resources, only benefitting a handful of people and inconveniencing hundreds of thousands more every year who have to wait for an extra stop during rush hours. its pointless to even study this as an option. its under a 10 minute walk to JSQ. there are so many more important things the PATH can do with tax payer money than build this.

All that said, I hope the area develops as proposed and JSQ in general continues to see a nice boost in the coming years.

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(really down Marion but close enough)

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on July 29, 2016 at 3:05 PM

JERSEY CITY — A new artist's rendering shows how the site of a former industrial plant and iconic Jersey City eatery will be remade into a nearly 500-unit residential development a half-mile from the Journal Square PATH hub.

Avenir, located at Broadway and West Side Avenue, would include 486 units of market-rate residential housing and over 25,000 square feet of retail space in five buildings ranging from three to eight stories, plus 384 parking spaces. The planning board gave final approval to some of the site last week.

The development will be located on a four-acre site in the city's Marion section that once included Puccini's Restaurant, a West Side mainstay and political hangout for 31 years before closing last year to make way for Avenir.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... c.html#incart_river_index

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Another JSqaure/Marion item. I saw this in the JJ it was for one of the recent JC Planning Board meetings. This is the Puccini’s Restaurant property down in Marion that sold for 26 million last year. I guess they are getting ready to start.

Case: P16-025Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan with "c" Variances
Applicant: Broadway West Associates LLC
Review Planner: Jeff Wenger
Attorney: Francis Regan
Address: 1072 & 1075 West Side Avenue
Block: 9204 Lot: 1 & Block: 9301
Lot : 24, 27-30
Zone: R-3 Multi-Family Mid-Rise

Description: Construction of 3 new mixed use buildings and conversion of one existing mixed use building, ranging from 3 to 8 stories for 486 residential units, 25,452 square feet of retail and 384 parking spaces.

Variance: Maximum parking level height, Minimum setback for rooftop height exceptions

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I found the menu scant and the curry kind of watery, but it wasn't the worst I've had. I'll try something else next time. It's always packed when I walk by, so it's definitely popular.

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I went to the JSQ location with my wife shortly after they opened. They had some kinks to work out on service, but food was decent and inexpensive.

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Anyone been to Noodlefan yet?

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Port Authority OKs deal bringing Starbucks to Journal Square PATH station

By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on June 30, 2016 at 6:43 PM

JERSEY CITY — If you take the PATH from Journal Square and need a place to get your morning upside down triple grande extra vanilla caramel macchiato with two Splendas, you're in luck.

A deal that will bring Starbucks to the Journal Square transportation hub was approved today by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey commissioners, giving the gourmet coffee giant its first proper Jersey City location outside of the Downtown area.

The bi-state agency touted the move as part of its efforts to "reinvigorate" the PATH hub, citing the opening of restaurants PJ Ryan's Squared, which debuted in the transportation center in May, and Chickpea, which opened there last July.

The 2,079-square-foot Starbucks location will be adjacent to the PJ Ryan's, facing Kennedy Boulevard, and will include an outdoor seating area. It is expected to open around February 2017, soon after the first tower of the nearby Journal Squared development is scheduled to welcome its first residents.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... r.html#incart_2box_hudson

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Starbucks headed to Journal Square PATH station

By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on June 24, 2016 at 2:40 PM, updated June 24, 2016 at 3:09 PM

JERSEY CITY — Starbucks lovers may soon be able to get their Frapuccino fix at the Journal Square PATH station.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is scheduled to finalize a lease with the gourmet coffee giant at the agency's commissioners meeting next week, a deal that would give Starbucks its first proper Jersey City location outside of the Downtown.

The move is another signal of the changes coming to the center of the city, which city officials for decades have attempted to revitalize. Five towers of luxury housing are planned for the lots surrounding the PATH hub, while another is slated for across the street, on the former site of The Jersey Journal's headquarters.

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PJ Ryan's Squared restaurant/bar holds ribbon-cutting ceremony (PHOTOS)

By Nicholas Zeitlinger | The Jersey Journal
on May 26, 2016 at 5:57 PM, updated May 26, 2016 at 6:08 PM

PJ Ryan's Squared, a new restaurant/bar held its grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony today to celebrate its first week in Journal Square.

"PJ Ryan's is part of the comeback of Journal Square," Mayor Steven Fulop said in a speech commending owner Mike Ryan before cutting the ribbon at the grand opening.


http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... i.html#incart_river_index

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A little late just saw it in the JJ (5/26 today)……

PJ Rayan’s Squared
Irish American Sports Bar
Music Club and Beer Garden

4 Path Plaza
Corner of Kennedy and Pavonia

Ribbon Cutting, Thursday,
May 26, at 3:30 pm

Eamonn Ryan Showband
6pm – Midnight

Bagpipers 3 – 6pm

Drink Specials and Pass Around Food Tasting

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Poll: Should Journal Square developments continue to get tax breaks?

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YES Journal Square should continue to get abatements. Gee long neglected Journal Square is finally getting some much needed love and now abatements for it are in question? What’s the score as of today Downtown 100 abatements and Journal Square around 5? Abatements made Downtown what it is today a great destination. Journal Square abatements will make Journal Square the Jewel of Jersey City once again. Keep em coming to the Square and to other sections of JC as Mayor Fulop said to attract developers to those other sections outside of DT)


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Maybe it's time the city started lowering abatements in jsq to 15-20 years

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(this is the building mentioned below in sofiabull post #56)

25-year tax break for 40-unit building in Jersey City up for council OK

By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on May 10, 2016 at 5:01 PM, updated May 10, 2016 at 5:02 PM

JERSEY CITY — A 25-year tax break for a six-story, 40-unit residential building planned for just outside of Journal Square is up for final adoption by the City Council tomorrow.

The $11.5 million project, known as Journal Square Lofts, comes courtesy of developer Matt Weinreich, of Hopkins Group, which was also behind nearby Kennedy Lofts, on Newkirk Street. Journal Square Lofts will be inside an existing building at 2853-2857 Kennedy Boulevard, behind the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre.

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Also, this development is apparently under construction - http://jerseydigs.com/adaptive-reuse- ... s-lofts-to-2851-jfk-blvd/

Has anyone else never noticed this beautiful building behind the shopfronts?!



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