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Old 02-21-2008, 10:46 AM
 
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I received many Direct Messages in regards to Elizabeth's Redevelopment.. so I figured I would just post here.

NOTE: Please this thread is just to keep people informed of past, current and future projects in Elizabeth, NJ. It is not to discuss your opinions, (wishful thinking)

please feel free to add PROJECTS or INFORMATION you may have on the status on the projects.

:::::::::::::PROJECTS::::::::::::::
-Elizabeth's Master Plan
http://www.elizabethnj.org/planning_pdf/master_plan.pdf (broken link)

- NEW SCHOOLS - (Elizabeth Public Schools - Inspire Every Student to Achieve Excellence)
New School Construction (http://www.elizabeth.k12.nj.us/newconstruction/newconstruction.htm - broken link)
- Elizabeth Schools Listed in the Same Category as Westfield, Summit and Mountainside Schools
Elizabeth Schools Test Scores Improve (http://www.elizabeth.k12.nj.us/news/testscoresareup.htm - broken link)

-UCC makes expansion in Elizabeth official
$48M building to house multiple programs

-$2B MXD Planned for Elizabeth Waterfront
$2B MXD Planned for Elizabeth Waterfront

-NJTPA Board Authorizes $100 Million for Liberty Corridor Projects
Newsletter December 2007

-Towers of glass, ferry service to NYC proposed in Elizabeth
NJ.com: Everything Jersey

-Celadon - The Art of Living Green
Celadon - The Art of Living Green

-What is the status of the Elizabeth Ferry? (real estate, lease)
What is the status of the Elizabeth Ferry?

-New Fishing trail on waterfront

::::::::WHAT TO DO IN ELIZABETH::::::::::

There are many great restaurants, bars, lounges, etc.. in Elizabeth

Destino's Lounge on ELMORA (MySpace.com - Destino Lounge - 28 - Male - 185 ELMORA AVE. ELIZABETH, NEW JERSEY - MySpace.com - Destino Lounge - 28 - Male - 185 ELMORA AVE. ELIZABETH, NEW JERSEY - www.myspace.com/destinolounge )
KAFE at Morris Ave - BTW tomorrow we are having (OWMTA.com) MODELS serving shots after 10:30pm - I'll be there :-) (MySpace.com - Kafe Lounge - 32 - Male - Elizabeth, NEW JERSEY - MySpace.com - Kafe Lounge - 32 - Male - Elizabeth, NEW JERSEY - www.myspace.com/kafelounge)
DOLCE LOUNGE on Broad Street MySpace.com - Dolce Lounge, Elizabeth, NJ - 30 - Male - ELIZABETH, New Jersey - www.myspace.com/dolceloungenj
ALGARVE RESTAURANT - great Portuguese food
VALENCA Restaurant - great Spaniard food
Los Faroles - Colombian & International food on Westfield Ave
LA CUMBRE - PERUVIAN & Spanish food on ELMORA
ROCKY's Chicken - EXCELLENT Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken on ELMORA
MOJITO - Great CUBAN Restaurant & Lounge on BAYWAY - (MySpace.com - Mojito Lounge and Restaurant - 100 - Male - ELIZABETH, New Jersey - MySpace.com - Mojito Lounge and Restaurant - 100 - Male - ELIZABETH, New Jersey - www.myspace.com/mojitoloungenj )
OASIS - BRAZILIAN Coffee shop on Elizabeth Ave - location is not that good but bkfast is EXCELLENT
LAS AMERICAS BAKERY - Great place to have coffee
DON JULIO - great PERUVIAN Cuisine by the seaport, location is not that bad but it could be better..

3 more clubs/lounges are opening this year..

:::::::::TRANSPORTATION:::::::
New Jersey Transit - Home

BUS LINES to NYC -
111, 112, 113, 115,

NJT TRAIN STATIONS
1. Broad St - Elizabeth
2. North Elizabeth

Airports: NEWARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (40% of Airport is in ELIZABETH)

FERRY - under construction

Light Rail - planned


::::::::::: BEST SECTIONS to LIVE::::::::::::
current::
ELMORA HILLS
ELMORA
NORTH ELIZABETH
WESTMINISTER
BAYWAY

future (3-5 years):
SEAPORT - simply b/c it'll be within walking distance to new Ferry and because of all the new redevelopment, there are already new townhouses and people moving into the area are young professionals.

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Old 02-21-2008, 11:50 AM
 
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http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z228/jsedano676/elizabethcopy.jpg (broken link)

Population is over 125,000 people..

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Old 02-22-2008, 09:46 AM
 
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2 additional Projects


ELIZABETH, NEW JERSEY
- Redevelopment Project - 300 to 450 Units, Mix Use Development - Midtown TRAIN station section in Elizabeth
The George Group ~ Current Projects (http://www.thegeorgegroup.net/current_projects.php - broken link)

-Midtown Elizabeth Redevelopment
City of Elizabeth, NJ
Sam Schwartz : Portfolio : New Jersey : Elizabeth Redevelopment (http://www.samschwartz.com/port/08nj_elizabeth.html - broken link)
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Old 02-22-2008, 11:16 AM
 
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Excellent and accurate post.

Here's my top 5 neighborhoods in Elizabeth:

1. Elmora Hills
2. Westminster
3. Elmora
4. Bayway
5. North Elizabeth

* The seaport would trump them all if the new projects are approved.
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Old 02-22-2008, 04:13 PM
 
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School information that is not posted:

Because Elizabeth is an Abbott District and because most of the middle schools are still not making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) all of Elizabeth's middle schools will be converted to pre-k/k - 8 schools and all elementary schools will become pre-k/k - 8 schools. In order to do this Elizabeth will have to redistrict every one of their elementary schools.
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Old 02-22-2008, 06:07 PM
 
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The plans where approved in December for the Seaport.. it's on one of the articles linked on original thread.. don't recall which one.. it even said that Ferry construction was to begin as early as Spring 2008..

Also, maybe the 5 top neighborhoods have different ammenities.. so the top 5 may vary for everyone..
soo..
1. Elmora Hills - quiet and safe neighborhood, need a car to get around
2. Westminster - quiet and safe neighborhood, need a car to get around
3. Elmora - quiet in certain streets but very centric and safe, elmora ave has shops, restaurants, delis, coffee shops, spa's, beauty salons, laundry, dry cleaners, etc.. very convenient to all.. no car needed
4. Bayway - quiet and safe neighborhood, need a car to get around
5. North Elizabeth - quiet and safe neighborhood, need a car to get around

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Originally Posted by E-TOWN-R.I.P. View Post
Excellent and accurate post.

Here's my top 5 neighborhoods in Elizabeth:

1. Elmora Hills
2. Westminster
3. Elmora
4. Bayway
5. North Elizabeth

* The seaport would trump them all if the new projects are approved.
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Old 02-24-2008, 02:12 PM
 
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The Story Behind an Ambitious Plan to Develop Elizabeth’s Waterfront…






Hoda

As reported by GlobeSt.com, the Elizabeth waterfront is about to be the site of a major mixed-use development. RENJ recently spoke to Dil Hoda, manager of the Hoboken-based Tern Landing Development, LLC about his plans and hopes for the site and for the City of Elizabeth.

RENJ: Jersey City and Hoboken have experienced major renaissances in the past few years. Why hasn’t Elizabeth had a similar resurgence?

Hoda: I think it’s a combination of things. For one, the ferry was not there. The ferry is being done as part of our project, whereas in Hoboken and Jersey City it already existed. This is waterfront property in metropolitan New York, and in my opinion this is probably a better location than Hoboken or Jersey City. The Turnpike and Newark Liberty International Airport are only minutes away. Those are resources Hoboken and Jersey City don’t have. With the ferry there, making a trip to the city only takes about 30 minutes, and suddenly Elizabeth will start to become just as competitive as our project moves forward. Our project will kick-start development along the waterfront in Elizabeth.

RENJ: Why wasn’t the property developed earlier?

Hoda: There were other projects proposed, but none went through. An office complex was proposed, but the office market was not there in North Jersey, so the buildings weren’t built. Subsequently, there were proposals to build low-density, low-rise residential, but that didn’t make any economic sense because when you’re developing on a landfill, there are a lot of extra costs involved. For that, you need high density.

RENJ: What’s your vision for the finished project?

Hoda: There are two projects going on simultaneously. There is a real estate project, and then there is another project that has to do with environmental awareness and cleansing the bay. The real estate project, Celadon, which we anticipate will take about 12 years, has been positioned as an airport city. Eventually, we hope there will be either a light rail or a monorail connection to the airport, and meanwhile we’ll be running shuttle buses to the airport. In addition, we will have an on-site connection to Manhattan through the ferry.

If I were to define it, I would say that Celadon is a culturally anchored, transit-oriented, sustainable mixed-use development. Culturally anchored because it will have studios and spaces for artists and arts-related businesses. There’s also a proposed school that will be centered around environmental issues because we have the bay, we have the wetlands there. The school will be totally integrated into its surroundings that way. As far as the project being sustainable, of course the transportation hub is there. We are also making adaptable reuse of the landfill. There’ll be systems in the buildings to make them more environmentally friendly—for example, geothermal systems. Also, all our roofs except for the towers will be green roofs, and we’ll be harvesting rainwater. And it’s mixed use—we’d like people to live, work and play within Celadon so they’re less dependent on cars.
This is a demonstration project for the US Green Buildings Council—it’s a pilot project for a LEED neighborhood. This is a new designation for an entire neighborhood that is LEED certified.

RENJ: Green building and environmental awareness are very central to your company, isn’t it?

Hoda: That is correct. It’s not just in the real estate aspects of the project. We are bringing people to the water. Right now, there is no access to the waterfront where we are proposing to build all this, and we’ll be building a promenade, an access road, a pier that goes substantially out into the bay and kayak launching pads, so we’ll be bringing people to the bay so they can use it as the recreational resource it is. And the more people that come there, become aware of Newark Bay and demand that it get cleaned—that helps our project and it helps the bay.

This is what I would call 21st century development, where environmental elements are not only important to us as developers but to our end users and society at large. We want to leave the site we work with better than we found it. There’s another term for this is “generational justice.” We want to leave the planet better than we found it.

RENJ: What attracted you to the green building movement?

Hoda: I have an engineering background and one of the first things I got involved in coming out of engineering school were waste treatment plants. That was almost 30 years ago, and everything I’ve done either from a construction or development viewpoint has had some environmental aspects to it.

RENJ: With the economy and the real estate market the way they are do you have any concerns about embarking on such a large project?

Hoda: Yes and no. The good news is, the project is spread out over 12 years, so in all likelihood we’ll have one or two recessions in between. That’s the nature of the economic and real estate cycle that we would go through. Mixed-use developments tend to navigate real estate and economic cycles much better than projects that are all one product type.

What concerns me is that credit is tighter these days because lending institutions are very careful. The good part is the supply of product has come down, so if a project is well designed and has the right support, which we believe our project does, we are in a very competitive position. And our phasing has also been designed to take that into account. We’re starting off with the transportation, leading into retail, leading into the hotel. Markets for those spaces exist and are doing well now. After they’re complete, we’ll move into rental residential, which is relatively strong, and by the time we finish that, hopefully the for-sale market will pick up. If it does, we have the flexibility to move quickly and do for-sale housing. We don’t intend to do this in the near future, but we are in a position if the market turns.

RENJ: In 20 years, if all goes well and Celadon is completed as you’ve imagined it, what will Elizabeth be like?

Hoda: I believe this would become one of the hottest waterfront locations in the metro area. As far as location, there is no comparable site on the entire Eastern seaboard in terms of public transportation, road, ferry and international air connections right next to a part of the most important metro area in the country. This is a phenomenal site. Going forward, we hope to connect our waterfront walkway with Elizabeth River Park, which will connect into the national trail system, so you could take a ferry from Manhattan into our project and walk almost the entire length of the Appalachian Trail from New Hampshire to beyond the Blue Mountains. That’s what I’d like to see in 20 years. Somebody has to think it through and push it in a certain direction. We’ll do our piece and hopefully others will do their pieces and it will all get connected.
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Old 02-24-2008, 02:25 PM
 
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Default Elizabeth Named One of the Greenest Cities in America

Only city in New Jersey included in the list.

America's 50 Greenest Cities

Want to see a model for successful and rapid environmental action? Don't look to the federal government—check out your own town. Here, our list of the 50 communities that are leading the way. Does yours make the cut?
By Elizabeth Svoboda, with additional reporting by Eric Mika and Saba Berhie

the international alliance to fight climate change, the United States is considered the sullen loner. But in the seven years since we rejected Kyoto, changes have begun. Not at the federal level, however. It’s the locals who are making it happen.

Article Sponsored by BASFIn everything from emissions control to environmental stewardship, cities across the country are far ahead of the federal government, and they’re achieving their successes with ready-made technology. Austin has pledged to meet 30 percent of its energy needs with renewable sources by 2020, aided by planned wind-power installations that will surpass their predecessors in efficiency. Seattle has retrofitted its municipal heavy-duty diesel vehicles with devices that will reduce particulate pollution by 50 percent. Boulder has enacted the country’s first electricity tax to pay for greenhouse-gas emission reductions. Something about the comparative speed of city government—a city-council member can greenlight a project and be cutting the ribbon a year later—leads to bold action, and as cities trade ideas, a very positive sort of mimicry is spreading.

The 10 trailblazing civic projects profiled in our list of the top green cities in America are among the most impressive success stories to date—examples of what’s possible when elected officials and local business leaders back up their green visions with scientific know-how, clout and creative funding.




America's 50 Greenest Cities | Popular Science
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Old 03-18-2008, 10:28 PM
 
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ok.. so I drove around Elizabeth and took some pictures of things that caught my attention, that normally I disregard..

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z228/jsedano676/Elizabeth/IMG_3868.jpg (broken link)
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Old 03-18-2008, 10:29 PM
 
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