#SilkLofts Rental Conversion in #Bayonne Provides Brooklyn Style

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SilkLofts, which offers a big dose of Brooklyn style on the New Jersey Gold Coast, is presenting a unique new lifestyle option in Jersey City’s neighboring City of Bayonne.  The rental conversion boasts 85 loft-style residences located in the former Maidenform Factory which was the birthplace of the modern bra. During World War II, the factory also manufactured military parachutes as well as carrier pigeon vests.

Reborn as a modern, urban living experience, the converted five-story brick building is located at the intersection of 18th Street and Avenue E – just 800 feet from the 22nd Street Light Rail station and minutes from Jersey City, Hoboken and Manhattan.  A separate building overlooks a landscaped interior courtyard and features a limited offering of Artist Lofts.

A variety of floor plans are offered, ranging from 568 to more than 1,400 square feet of soaring living space at monthly rental rates ranging from $1,500 to  $3,400 – a far cry from Brooklyn rents.  Masterfully designed to reflect the property’s historic roots, homes combine 19th-century restored elements that represent the building’s past – such as exposed heavy timber columns and brick – with modern finishes and appointments that innovatively meld it into the 21st century.

A mix of old and new is found throughout the loft residences, including soaring 12-to-20-foot ceiling heights, mahogany front doors, exposed brick and wood beams, bamboo and oak gunstock wood floors, gourmet kitchens with Quartz countertops and Chef Islands, and washer and dryers. Bathed in natural light through newly-installed, oversized energy efficient argon filled factory windows, the residences offer a variety of views, including the New York City skyline and Bayonne Bridge.

Wanting residents to “love where they live,” the developer has fashioned a creative suite of amenities for SilkLofts to foster a close-knit atmosphere.  An outdoor, landscaped pocket park features an herb garden, barbeque, fire pit and a fully-operational pizza oven that’s ventilated through an old smokestack.  There’s also an on-site fitness center, secured on-site parking and a welcoming lobby with historic photos of the original Maidenform factory.

For additional information on SilkLofts, please call (201)-488-3926, email info@silklofts.com, or visit www.silklofts.com


Video: Bayonne Bridge Roadway Gets a Lift

screen-shot-2016-08-15-at-9-45-01-amA video report recently posted by SILive.com provides a tour of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s $1.3 billion Bayonne Bridge construction project, which began in 2013 and is “Raising the Roadway” without altering the bridge’s existing arch.

“One of the interesting things about the Bayonne Bridge is that, with most bridges you’re concerned primarily with traffic going over the bridge, with the Bayonne Bridge we’re just as concerned with traffic that’s passing beneath the bridge,” said Dennis Stabile, Port Authority program manager, Bayonne Bridge Program, according to silive.com.

The project will lift the bridge deck 64 feet, from 151 feet to 215 feet, while keeping the bridge’s current arch in place. This will allow larger ships to access the ports of New York and New Jersey.

“We’re keeping the arch structure in place. It’s an historical arch. It’s in generally good condition,” Stabile told the news agency. “We’re rehabilitating it to add strength to the bridge, to the arch structure itself.”

During the first half of the year, the main span’s steel arch was strengthened and the steel towers were built. The components of the elevated steel deck began in the spring. Suspended floor beams were placed and the new suspender system was installed. Now, crews have started pouring concrete for the main span deck, beginning at the New Jersey tower.

According to the Port Authority, navigational clearance should be achieved by late 2017.

Bayonne’s SilkLofts Celebrates Its History

silklofts-154-avenue-e-bayonne-signvia JerseyDigs – A homecoming of sorts was held last night at the former site of the Maidenform Brassiere Company, which now sports another piece of its unique history for residents to enjoy.

The hulking, four-building industrial complex at 154 Avenue E was converted into the SilkLofts rental complex in 2014. But before its lengthy and occasionally trying renovation, the building facilitated the manufacturing of everything from the modern bra to military parachutes and carrier pigeon vests.

The property, the oldest parts of which date back to 1890, was originally the Schwarzenbach Huber Mill, but Maidenform took over the facility in 1929. The company was one of the largest employers in Bayonne at their peak in 1940, employing an estimated 1,300 workers.


Former Texaco site in Bayonne Slated for Development

Kaplan Companies plans to build more than 1,200 residential units, recreational facilities and other amenities on this long-dormant 71-acre former Texaco site in the southwest section of Bayonne. Photo: Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal

Kaplan Companies plans to build more than 1,200 residential units, recreational facilities and other amenities on this long-dormant 71-acre former Texaco site in the southwest section of Bayonne. Photo: Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal

A redevelopment project that has been in the making for nine years is finally beginning to take shape in Bayonne.

Kaplan Companies plans to build more than 1,200 residential units, recreational facilities and other amenities on the long-dormant former Texaco site in the southwest section of Bayonne.

The price tag for the Promenade at Bayonne, which received city Planning Board approval in May, is estimated at roughly $500 million.

Bayonne City Council members are expected to introduce a redevelopment plan for the 71-acre site — which has been vacant since Texaco halted its storage and refinery operations there in the late 1980s — at tomorrow’s City Council meeting.

Kaplan was designated as the developer for the site in 2006, and company president Jason Kaplan has said in the past the project could take 10 to 12 years to complete.

The ground at the former site of the Texaco Chevron plant is currently being raised 6 to 10 feet to begin construction, according to Rob Wondolowski, director of Bayonne’s Municipal Services.

The current development plan calls for the 71 acres to be broken up into three parcels and the construction to be completed over a number of phases.

During phase one, two housing complexes would be built with a total of 300 units, Wondolowski said. The plan calls for ballparks and a public park to be built as well.

While an industrial pier was initially planned for the area, a recreational pier is likely to be built in its place. A ferry is also in the plan, but it has not been decided where the landing would be placed.

The ground is expected to be completely raised by spring and construction will likely begin by next summer, Wondolowski said.

Renderings of the proposal and be seen on the website of the architect for the project, Minno and Wasko.


Bayonne says Barnabas’ emergency center will ‘mark major redevelopment’ on Broadway

2015-09-03_10-15-11via Joshua Burd/ NJ Biz

A developer will build a new emergency medical center for Barnabas Health in Bayonne, in what city officials hope will be a catalyst for redevelopment in the downtown.

The facility, which will be built by the firm Rendina, is slated to break ground later this month on Broadway between 23rd and 24th streets, city spokesman Joe Ryan said. The three-story building is projected to employ about 170 people. It will house several functions, including an emergency room, a radiology center, an intensive care unit, a pediatric unit and primary care services.

“This is going to mark a major redevelopment of that part of Broadway,” Ryan said. “It will take down a number of commercial buildings that were not in good shape and replace them with a brand new medical facility.”

The facility, which will also have a three-story attached parking structure, is just one project aimed at revitalizing the city. Ryan also noted there are plans for a 22-story residential building, with ground-floor commercial space, slated for the southern end of the city, plus a 10-story building farther north on 46th Street.

The new facility would sit just a few blocks from Bayonne Medical Center. A spokesman for CarePoint Health, the hospital’s owner, said the organization over the last seven years has invested millions of dollars in the facility, including a $1 million upgrade of the emergency department just last year.

“This upgrade enhanced technology as well as created a fast track program to decrease wait times,” said Jarrod Bernstein, CarePoint’s senior vice president for marketing and communications. He later added: “Patients should have access to quality care in their own city when minutes count.”

He also noted the Bayonne hospital has earned top scores from the LeapFrog Group for patient safety and quality, adding that “CarePoint Health Bayonne Medical Center has provided that care for the last 125 years and will (do) so in the future.”


Business Spotlight: Sneaker Room

2015-08-06_13-20-36Sneaker Room, with a new branch in the Heights section of Jersey City, has an outpost in Bayonne as well. The upscale kicks store is located at 895 Broadway and is owned by Suraj Kaufman.

The 2013 opening of the store was attended by none other than  the then New York Giants’ defensive end Justin Tuck and Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz. Kaufmann cited recent building and housing development as incentives to locate Sneaker Room in Bayonne.

The store boasts a mixture of unique brands catering to the entire family.

Today they are featuring the Nike Air Max2 CB ’94!

Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis talks debt, development


Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis sits down for an editorial board meeting with The Jersey Journal on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal

This week Jonathan Lin interviewed Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis and city Business Administrator Joe DeMarco for Hudson County Newsmakers at NJ.com.

The interview focuses on achievements of the past 8 months including resolved development lawsuits and teacher’s contracts. They also discuss the challenges ahead:

Looming large in the wide-ranging discussion was the $24 million structural deficit inherited by the new administration, which Davis says he plans to tackle with “development and redevelopment.”

“In a seven-year period, we should be able to eat away at most of this $24 million,” he said.

A raise in the city’s taxes will also figure into the equation for dealing with the deficit, DeMarco said, though a figure for the increase won’t be known until closer to April, when city officials expect to introduce the budget.

Fidelco Bayonne Realty LLC and Bayonne Bay Developers LLC are expected to proceed with residential developments on the MOT as their lawsuits against the city are put in the past, which would generate money for the city.

Davis said he’d like to eventually purchase parts of the MOT back from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In 2010, the former administration sold part of the base to the bi-state agency, going back on a plan to transform the entire terminal into a residential community.


Residents’ Input Needed For Five-Year Community Development Plan

2015-02-25_14-11-04Mayor Jimmy Davis invited all Bayonne residents to participate in a survey on Community Development issues on the municipal website, www.bayonnenj.org.

The City of Bayonne is in the process of preparing a Five-Year Consolidated Plan for Community Development program years 2015-2019. These documents are required by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to distribute funds for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and other federal programs. The Plan will describe the City’s housing and community development needs, strategies, and priorities. These documents affect neighborhoods and organizations across the community. Input from residents, city agencies, and service organizations is vital to identifying needs and allocating resources. For this reason, the City of Bayonne is asking individuals to complete this brief online survey as part of the planning process. You may respond from your home computer, or use a computer at the public library, a church, or a civic center. This will help the Community Development Office gather as much input as possible. It is important for the program to receive public input, in order to prepare a complete and accurate plan that reflects our City’s needs and priorities.

The results of the survey will be available for public review and comment and discussed at public hearings in March and April of 2015.

Please go to the link below and complete the survey in either English or Spanish. The survey should take about five minutes to complete. Please check http://www.bayonnenj.org for updates and information.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments about the survey, please contact Ms. Samantha Howard, Community Development Manager, at 201-858-6120 or at orcdbg@baynj.org. The survey is available athttps://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BAYONNE_Survey_English and