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Re: Fulop to solicit proposals from for-profit companies to replace FOL in running the Loew’s theater
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Maybe now that court case is over the folks who took an active interest in preserving the Loews will be able to use the grant funding to continue to revive the theatre.

Handing it over to a private entity will result in $150 Ticketmaster
prices and Beyonce can kiss mah azz.

This property should be used by and for Jersey City, students should have access to plays and use of the stage for their needs and development.




Do you intentionally want the theater to return to disrepair? It needs to generate positive cash flow to pay for maintenance. Giving it to students for free sounds very idealistic but students are not going to pay the bills.

Posted on: 2015/5/30 22:38
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Re: Fulop to solicit proposals from for-profit companies to replace FOL in running the Loew’s
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Monroe wrote:
I think some of the anti-FOL people should remember-the theater would be either an office building or a giant hole if they hadn't stepped up, voluntarily, to stop the wrecking ball . . .


This is true. Let FOL have its remaining five years and then turn it over to a private operator with a capacity to make it great.

FOL deserves we respect the lease, because without them, there would be nothing.

Posted on: 2015/5/30 22:33
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Re: Jersey City Mayor Seeks to Limit Chain Stores Downtown
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Is this the official end of the soon to be Whole Foods in downtown?


It's based on market area, as the population and household income of Jersey City grows, it's years,only a matter of time for all those upscale retailers to get in on the action.

Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Starbucks at Journal Square, Apple Store, and a couple Applebees in Jersey City all within 15 years guaranteed. If downtown doesn't permit chain stores, they'll just open up in Newport of even Journal Square if the area rapidly gentrifies.

Posted on: 2015/5/29 14:50
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Re: Jersey City Mayor Seeks to Limit Chain Stores Downtown
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This seems like a solution in search of a problem. It's been my experience that millennials shun chain stores anyway. And to the person talking about going to TGI Friday's for a steak?! Barf!! There are soooo many better chain/non-chain restaurants to get a good steak. Have a higher standard, man!

Posted on: 2015/5/29 14:47
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Re: Gargantuan Tower Proposed for Barrow and Christopher Columbus
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one can be pro-development and concern about community preservation. who says that site needs to have a gargantuan tower and not a 7-story tower. if the developer can't make money with a 7-story building, then he should sell it to someone who can


On the same line of reasoning, why is a 7-story tower seen as okay and how would a taller building harm the community? Yes, it's written in the redevelopment plan for 7-story but it's a plan, which means it can and should be amended when appropriate.

The design of the building, to make sure if fits into the surrounding area, is much more important to me. And based on what I've read so far, needs a lot of work. It's foolish just to focus on the height and numbers when it comes to city building.

Posted on: 2015/5/28 16:47
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Re: Gargantuan Tower Proposed for Barrow and Christopher Columbus
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K-Lo wrote:
This site is approved under a Redevelopment Plan for 7 stories, like Charles & Co and the building going in at the former Borinquen site.


It's also legally permissible to propose a modification to a redevelopment plan, which is exactly what is happening now. Just because it's 7 stories now, that doesn't mean 7 stories is gospel until the end of times or that the redevelopment plan should be used as a tool for those against development.

I'll be speaking at City Hall in support of the modification of the redevelopment plan and I invite like minded individuals to come with me.

Posted on: 2015/5/28 16:32
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Re: Gargantuan Tower Proposed for Barrow and Christopher Columbus
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I love it! Hypocrites that claim they are for development and building a stronger Jersey City until development is proposed in their own backyard. It's the same thing with the Hilltop people up in Journal Square. Literally 100 yards from the PATH station and 20 yards from one of the tallest buildings in Jersey City but would rather the site stay a parking lot.

I wonder if this is the mindset of those against this development: I spent a lot of money to live in this historic district, and I'll be damned if I let anyone else move in nearby that didn't pay as much as me. Cry me a river.

Posted on: 2015/5/28 16:28
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Re: Gargantuan Tower Proposed for Barrow and Christopher Columbus
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Fomite wrote:
Wow! Do you live in the historical district? Did you see the plans for this building? Do you own a building that you restored to it's historical glory? I'm guessing its a big fat NO.

I'm all for development as well, but these plans do not fit into this neighborhood. End of story.



No, it's not end of story. I'm all for historic preservation, but this particular site is not by any means historic and fronts Christopher Columbus Rd. I fail to see how restoring a historic building down the street from new development somehow gives you veto rights over that development. Had this been at Barrow and Newark, then I would be right there with you righting this development, it would be way out of context. Christopher Columbus is a major street and is fair game for intensification.

Posted on: 2015/5/28 16:15
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Re: Gargantuan Tower Proposed for Barrow and Christopher Columbus
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ActionDan wrote:
This is probably a stupid question, but why would Two Boots oppose a high-rise in the neighborhood for business reasons? Wouldn't more people (many without cars) be good for their business?


Hi! I had to register to express my frustration at Two Boots. I love their pizza, but if the original post reflects the opinions of their owners, I'll be boycotting that establishment! I love Jersey City, and it's entering an exciting new phase with all these developments. It's only getting better, and I will not support a business actively standing in the way of making a better city for selfish or misguided reasons.

And wouldn't a responsible business owner that relies on street traffic be supportive of new high incomer earners living in the neighborhood? Their position shows an anti city building bias. Where would Two Boots be had there been no Jersey City renaissance or development around Grove.

I say bring on the tower, and it's a shame it's not of higher density. What really matters is the design of the building, so it fits into the neighborhood at street level, especially the bottom six floors. I think I read that this building which subsequently approved, which is great news and means our city council doesn't pander to a minority of illogical loud mouths.

Don't worry Two Boots, this new business will probably increase your bottom line, in-spite of your anti-city building attitude.

Posted on: 2015/5/28 0:44
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