ICYMI: Construction to Begin Soon on Bayonne’s Tallest Buildings

26-north-street-bayonne-mhs-renderingvia Jared Kofsky at JerseyDigs.com – New information and renderings have been revealed for a massive new mixed-use development near the 8th Street Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Station that will be the largest and tallest of its kind in Bayonne.

The upcoming project at 26 North Street, between Avenue C and Kennedy Boulevard, is now slated to consist of two high-rise towers, each of which will be 22 stories tall. In an interview with Jersey Digs, David Greenman from Silbert Realty & Management stated that construction on this new development is expected to begin in the next 90 to 120 days.

The current plans call for each building to include 170 residential rental units, for a total of 340. The apartments are expected to mostly consist of one bedroom or two bedrooms, but some studios are possible. The ground floor will include 25,020 square feet of commercial space, which will likely be occupied in part with what Greenman describes as a regional “small footprint gourmet high-end grocery retailer.” In addition, another business such as a daycare center or a restaurant is expected to occupy 4,200 square feet. Four underground floors of parking with 725 spaces for shoppers and residents are also planned.

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Can an Aerial Gondola to Bayonne Solve Staten Island Commuters’ Woes?

bayonne-staten-island-gondolavia Jersey Digs – Transportation between Manhattan, New Jersey, and Staten Island are one of the highest frustrations for commuters and residents alike. However, the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation’s latest project development may have the solution. The corporation is headlining a radical new idea to ease commuting between Staten Island and Manhattan through Bayonne: an aerial gondola that drops people off at a light rail station.

The aerial gondola design came from Leitner-Poma of America (LPOA), with the goal of creating a design to better connect commuters to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system in New Jersey. According to the SIEDC, the success of the aerial gondola could create a shorter commute for daily users between Staten Island and Manhattan – down to 33 minutes, in fact.

Initially, the SIEDC initiated a competition to find the best fit to carry out the design rendering and the proposed route for the best route to get commuters to and from Manhattan. The competition’s jury – comprised of architects, engineers, planners, and media – determined Elm Park to Bayonne would be the most efficient route from the three route submissions they received. “System length, total cost [of development], and travel time” were key factors in the final route decision for the jury, according to the SIEDC vice president of membership and outreach Alexandra Porto.

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Town Tour: Bayonne

BayonneThe city of Bayonne, encompassing nearly 12 square miles, is located in Hudson Coun­ty’s Gateway Region. The city is situated on a peninsula between Newark Bay to the west, the Kill Van Kull to the south and New York Bay to the east.

Bayonne is located east of Essex County’s Newark, north of Elizabeth in Union Coun­ty and west of Brooklyn, N.Y. It shares a land border with Hudson County’s Jersey City to the north and is connected to Staten Island, N.Y., by the Bayonne Bridge.

Manufacturing, distribution and maritime activities remain key segments of Bayonne’s economy, with a portion of the Port of New York and New Jersey located within the city’s borders.

Bayonne’s extensive network of roads, high­ways and bridges affords residents easy access to locations within the tri-state area.

The Bayonne Bridge connects south to Stat­en Island over the Kill Van Kull, while Kenne­dy Boulevard is a major thoroughfare along the west side of the city from the bridge north to Jersey City and North Hudson, N.Y. Continue reading

Park Bayonne Grand Opens

Jonathan Lin at NJ.com reports on the grand opening of Park Bayonne

cf21bba4358b162fAfter a months-long delay, city officials and developer Lance Lucarelli cut the ribbon this week on “Park Bayonne” — a seven-story, 60-unit luxury apartment building — and are calling it a step in the right direction for the city.

The building, located across the street from the Stephen R. Gregg/Hudson County Park at 1040 Kennedy Blvd., stands 75 feet tall and towers above the surrounding neighborhood of mostly two-story homes. The view from the top offers clear sights of the Manhattan skyline, Port Newark, the Bayonne Bridge and the Turnpike Extension Bridge.

Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis said Park Bayonne “represents the kind of investment that we want to see in Bayonne.”

“My goal is to ensure that this type of quality product is delivered to strategic areas throughout our community in the coming months and years,” Davis said in a statement.

Lucarelli of The L Group has previously said he hopes Park Bayonne — as well as other projects he has in mind for the city — will help address the economic decline he’s seen in the city over the years.

He reiterated that sentiment at Tuesday’s ribbon-cutting.

“The city’s going to be great. The whole city’s gonna change because of this,” Lucarelli said.

Studios start at $1,900, one-bedrooms at $2,225, two-bedrooms at $2,850 and three-bedrooms at $4,215, according to Park Bayonne’s website. About 20 of the building’s 60 units have been leased already, Lucarelli said.

The project, which has a five-year tax abatement from the city, includes a parking garage with 71 parking spaces, he said.

Community amenities at Park Bayonne include an indoor rooftop lounge, an outdoor rooftop patio with grilling stations, a fitness center, complimentary shuttles to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, and other features, the building’s website states.

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