Harsimus Cove Sta. RDP Amendments – September 2017

Forest City has asked for amendments to their first block currently under construction. They have already received approval from Planning Board in June, but immediately sought approval from City Council the next session. Forest City offered to share the design changes to the N.A.s in the area AFTER they presented to Planning Board, leaving no time to comment to Planning Board. City Council typically rubber stamps anything Planning Board approves. City Council un-tabled the ordinance during a Special City Council meeting at 10am. Not a typical situation and it was not on the agenda – so no one spoke during the Second Reading because we had no idea that it would be un-tabled that day!! Very disappointed in the city’s lack of communication with the public. 9-0 approved.

Forest City developers are now seeking to get approval of the new building’s design, now that they have the amendments approved. (September 2017, Planning Board).

I question the timing of presenting to the downtown neighborhoods. The time to discuss should be much earlier in the process, not at the last moment. A block with two phases should be presented together, not years apart, especially if they design something that never met the current specs, hence the request for an amendments at the last minute. Latest design removes the setback and creates a sheer tower along the 4th Street (35+ stories), the main entrance to the development. Designs are presented without looking at the entire neighborhood – it would benefit to see how the other ten towers will line up with the amendment. 3D models help visualize the plans. After people asked, Forest City created some 3D renderings, but are showing the current buildings in the area only, not how it will look with the other tower and bases scheduled to be built over the next 15 years.


NOTE from Forest City: The intent of the “Yellow Blocks” (towers throughout RDP) was to allow some flexibility within that zone for the towers to move and shift around within those designated areas, but still adhering to the 60’ rule.  The massing of the towers may not encompass the entire yellow area on any given plan to allow the two towers on either block to “breath” if you will and maintain the 60’ separation.

Forest City hasn’t started designing the individual towers yet for the future blocks, once they do so if there are any changes needed they’ll make sure to meet with the community to discuss much earlier in the process.

I’ve included the other renderings presented to us a couple weeks ago. Please take a look at – if you have any comments – please speak up. We’d love to hear the good and bad comments.

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1B tower dimensions are approximately 122’ x 128’.

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comparisons of altered design to setback currently in RDP.


Mid-Summer Community Meeting Aug. 9th, 730p

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Jersey City circa 1838

Please join us August 9th, 2017, 7:30 pm at the Departed Soles Tasting Room, 150 Bay Street for a community gathering.

  • Planning Director Annisia Cialone introduction – She’ll go over her overall approach and changes to be made to the City Planning office
  • Brian Platt, Director of the Jersey City Office of Innovation. Their team is currently focusing efforts on storm water management with the goals of reducing local flooding and pollution of our water ways but also of easing pressure on our aging sewers. He will talk about the variety of short, medium, and long term initiatives. And also answer any general questions about the city’s initiatives.
  • Ward E Candidates Introduction, https://www.jcprogressives.com/who-is-running/ – come with questions after meeting adjourns.Attending on Wednesday August 9th.
    Michael Billy Bisogno
    Padraic “Packy” Dugan
    Jake Hudnut
    James Solomon
    Rebecca SymesUnable to attend:
    Nicholas Grillo
    Madeleine Giansanti Cag
  • Join a committee! Arts Projects / Construction / Development / open to suggestions

Spread the word and we’ll see you there!

Become a member of PADNA – your $ goes towards events and communication. http://www.padnajc.org/become-a-member/


August 16th: Tax Reval Meeting at City Hall

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There will be a special session on the tax reval at City Hall on August 16th at 7PM at for residents of Powerhouse Arts District and other new buildings along the waterfront/Exchange Place & Liberty Harbor area.  The buildings in these areas have special concerns since many are in various points in their tax abatement and will therefore may see effects from the reval.
Representatives from the reval company as well as the City will be there to present, discuss, and answer questions on the tax reval.
WHEN:  Wednesday August 16th, 7PM
WHERE:  City Hall Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, 280 Grove St. Jersey City
CALL TO ACTION:  As key contacts in these buildings/neighborhoods, I ask that you please distribute this invite freely.  This is a great opportunity for residents/owners to get their questions and concerns addressed.

First Street Streetscape (Marin Blvd > Provost Street)

ALL Ordinances were approved – should take affect in the next month or so. The city will be striping the pavement to show parallel spaces and parking prohibited areas along the south side of First Street.

Ordinances (17-075, 76, 77, 78, 79, 85) have been drafted & reviewed by City Council. The First Reading vote was the usual (9-0) last week (6/14) and this Wednesday the Second Reading (6/28) will happen – and this is when the public can come out and support, question or voice their opinions. You don’t have to speak, but can show up in a group to show your support or objections.

Complete Ordinance wording – Ordinances_17-75_76_77_79_85

Basically these ordinances entail:

Ord. 17-075 “Electric Vehicle Zone”: this creates a new type of parking zone reserved only for vehicles that are plugged in and charging.

Ord. 17-076: “Angle Parking North Side of First”: authorizes angle parking on the north side of first street (currently illegal)

Ord. 17-077: “No Parking Opposite Loading Zone”: prohibits parking in the angle parking spaces across from the loading dock so when trucks back in cars can still safely drive around them

Ord. 17-078: “Establish Loading Dock”: authorizes no parking in front of the loading dock on first street

Ord. 17-079: “Zone 4 Revisions”: Clarifies changes where Zone 4 Permit Parking exists, specifically on First Street where EV charging stations are installed.

Ord. 17-085: “Franchise Amendment” Reduce term from 99 years to 20 years or less. Revert up to 12 parking spaces back to general public. Location of those spaces was shifted to better accommodate the location of a specialized type of charger that has already been installed (DC Supercharge). Eight angle parking spaces will be will be included in the Zone 4 Permit Parking Program and also open to the electric vehicle charging vehicles.  The next 8 angle parking spaces will be exclusively for electric charging vehicles, as this is where the DC Supercharge is located.  Last 4 spaces near Provost Street will be Zone 4 Permit Parking Program and also open to the electric vehicle charging vehicles (No Parking 8a-5p M-F, Ord. 17-077). It will allow the city to ticket and tow from these spaces as well.

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Over 80% of those surveyed on facebook and Nextdoor were OK to return a portion back to Zone 4 Permit & Public parking until demand changes.


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I think we all want the Electric Vehicle (EV) concept to succeed (launched June 2014), but at this time the spaces are still unused after 3 years and many times a nuisance (illegal parking from those outside the neighborhood, especially late night drinking) – action needed to be taken.
1 – To point out that all 20 spaces are NOT being used. Over a year went by after EV “Zipcar” moved out, leaving 6 more spaces empty. Developer’s Greenspot started to advertise “Maven” EV car-sharing late last fall, launching with only two cars, currently up to three cars.
2 – To get the city to understand that research and planning should have happened to make it succeed. These proposed ordinances are clarifying the rules and to return some of the parking back to public parking, but exclusive EV spaces can be re-activated as the proven need arises.
Personally, I also would encourage Greenspot to move/spread these electric charging stations to other neighborhoods to give others the opportunity close tho them use public EV charging and give “EV in JC” a chance.
If someone wants to speak about something else in general, they may call the clerk to be added to the public speakers list, which grants them the 5 minute window to talk about anything and everything in front of the city council.  To sign up for Public Speaking: Call the City Clerk’s Office, no later than 5:00PM on the day of the meeting. (but only between 9am and 4pm): 201-547-5150. Thank you!!