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After first being proposed several years ago, plans appear to be advancing for a new residential development at the edge of a Bayonne neighborhood.
The building is planned for 190 West 54th Street, just off of John F. Kennedy Boulevard, in the city’s 3rd Ward. The site, located adjacent to Mayor Richard A. Rutkowski Park along the Newark Bay and around the corner from New Jersey Transit bus service to Manhattan and Jersey City, was previously home to the Hi-Hat Caterers facility. A different development for the property was planned back in 2003, according to the Hudson Reporter, but even though construction began in 2007, the building was never finished due to the financial market conditions at the time.
This project was originally proposed by 190 West 54th Street Urban Renewal Associates, LLC which appears to be affiliated with Westchester County, New York-based Baker Residential, back in 2014. At the time, it was slated to be a four-story elevator building with outdoor parking provided on-site, according to a LoopNet listing. City records show that the original project plans also called for the structure to include 248 residential rental units, that the plans were approved by the Bayonne Planning Board, and that the developer entered into a financial agreement with the City to receive a 30-year tax exemption and pay an annual Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) instead. An ordinance at the time stated that “the City Council further found that the requested tax exemptions are important to the City and that without the incentive of the tax exemptions, it is unlikely that the Project would be undertaken.”
The New York Post sees Bayonne as on the cusp of a real estate renaissance.
In a recent report profiling a couple who moved to Bayonne in 2004, the newspaper said that the city has “long held loads of potential,” citing the Light Rail, and number of developable land parcels, but “legal battles, lackluster efforts and economic downturns” have hampered its progress in the past.
But the report said there are signs “that Bayonne’s time has at last arrived,” citing the redevelopment of the Military Ocean Terminal, as well as the many other projects currently being built around the city.
Around 1,000 residential units are being worked on this year, while another 2,000 to 3,000 apartments will be added over the next five years, the city Business Administrator Joe DeMarco said in the report.
The city’s rental costs are also significantly cheaper than Jersey City — $1,800 for a one-bedroom and between $2,200 and $3,000 for a two-bedroom, whereas similar units in Jersey City cost between roughly $2,500 and $3.500, the report said.
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Bayonne city officials gathered to celebrate both breaking ground on a new residential development and its groundbreaking concept. 180-186 Hobart Avenue in the First Ward will be home exclusively to Bayonne’s low to moderate income as well as developmentally disabled residents.
Mayor Jimmy Davis said at the ceremony, “My goal when I first came in [to office] was that we were not going to forget anyone. You can’t just develop a city and bring in new people, you have to take care of the people that are here. I want everybody to stay here and come together as one community as we were years ago.”
The non-profit organization Windmill Alliance is leading the project and has been serving special needs in Hudson County for 31 years. Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation (GSECDC), another non-profit organization based in Jersey City, was secured by Windmill Alliance as the lead developer and has developed hundreds of affordable housing units in Hudson County for 25 years.
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via JerseyDigs – Bayonne appears to be a city on the rise with a myriad of projects planned and under construction, so it’s only natural that a few new eateries would be on the horizon to serve residents new and old.
One of the latest spots to open along the city’s main street is Refinery Tavern. The bar, which has taken up residence at the former Pair of Jacks Pub space at 812 Broadway, started serving drinks out of their front room on March 18th, just in time for Bayonne’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The 80-year old building’s ground floor was renovated into a modern space, but an effort was made to preserve the older look with the clean approach.
But owner George and his team, not content to be just a bar, have been hard at work putting the finishing touches on the tavern’s full kitchen and Break Room, which will feature an open concept that gives patrons a peek at what the chefs are up to. The space will also have formal tables for diners, a separate sound system, and another six TVs that will come in handy during big sports weekends.