321 Warren Street Site Plan

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UPDATE September 22, 2017 – Fields Construction has been retained by the owner of the site to perform some early which will include site clearing and test piles along with some other investigative work prior to the commencement of construction.  [They] filed with traffic to close the sidewalk and parking lane adjacent to the site on both Warren and Steuben.  The Warren closure will be an extension of the what Toll currently has in place the North. Obviously parking will be lost surrounding the site on Warren and Steuben (any parking across the street should remain intact).

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Fields is currently working on several projects in JC and built 154 Steuben, Ivy House, and Waldo Lofts several years ago and they can appreciate the traffic concern and pedestrian safety in this area.

Fields will also be the working on the lot currently prepping for pile driving at intersection of Steuben/Marin/Morgan. This will eventually be a 12-story hotel. Work on both sites will be pile driving first and based on the results construction will start.

October 21, 2016 – It appears Parkwood Development LLC has stepped aside and a new developer, LMC has taken over the 321 Warren Street construction. A new design but the same development rights that the Planning Board approved when it created another sub-divided area within the Powerhouse Arts District Redevelopment Plan.

They are on schedule to submit their site plan amendment application on October 21st to be heard during the November 15th planning board meeting.
In summary the application changes only the look of the building. The number of stories are unchanged at 15 residential stories over ground floor retail, parking, and residential and Arts space lobbies. The total number of residential units is unchanged at 180. Parking count is still 18. The ground floor arts lobby is expanded and the second floor is still entirely dedicated to Arts use including the 18’ clear height black box theater.
The streetscape is improved by accentuating the Arts and residential lobbies and entrances, and separating them as two distinct elements. The double height of glass at the ground and second floors will reveal the activity behind in the arts and retail spaces, which will enliven the streetscape.
The company, LMC, is very excited about this development, they’ve begun site work for environmental remediation already, and anticipate breaking ground for vertical construction during the second quarter of 2017.

 

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Harsimus Cove Sta. RDP Amendments – September 2017

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Forest City developers are now seeking to get approval of the new building’s design and site plan surrounding the new construction and the parking lot, now that they have the amendments approved. (September 2017, Planning Board).The red circle is pointing out some changes to landscape. BUT – The important thing to obsess on, is the road and sidewalks that will be created and new boundaries of the parking lot and how cars will enter and leave the parking lot from Fourth St./Washington Blvd. entrance and the Sixth Street to the north. Is it pedestrian friendly?

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A bit of the back story earlier this summer – July/August 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.

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.

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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.

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UPDATE March 14, 2017 – Merchant’s Refrigerator Company Rehabilitation – Public Storage

Really cool drone video clip of the Powerhouse Arts District:  https://youtu.be/_rH-R9YjBHk

PUBLIC STORAGE has celebrated the completion of its newest and largest storage facility in the country.

Public Storage at 133 2nd St., in Jersey City, N.J., opened its remaining units and now offers a total of 3,978 units, the most under one roof at any of the company’s facilities.

Located in the Powerhouse Arts District neighborhood, the new business received the support of the community. To celebrate the project’s completion, Public Storage will host a grand opening Saturday, March 25, offering celebratory cake and a chance for neighbors to meet.

https://www.cpexecutive.com/post/largest-public-storage-location-makes-debut/

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