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September 2009
Volume 5, Number 2
First Residences Completed at The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor

The first redevelopment project at The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, Alexan CityView, has been completed at the 430-acre, two-mile long land mass jutting into New York Harbor that once housed the Military Ocean Terminal Bayonne (MOTBY). Plans for The Peninsula call for the creation of six districts featuring residential, commercial, entertainment and recreational uses connected by more than two miles of waterfront walkway. The Alexan CityView is a 544-unit rental community that is located in the Bayonne Bay District within walking distance of the Hudson Bergen Light Rail system’s 34th Street Station. Ferry service connecting the Peninsula with lower Manhattan and Liberty Island is to start this fall. Planners envision a dedicated trolley route that would operate along the spine of the peninsula connecting the various developments with the light rail station. Shuttles now operate between Alexan CityView and the station.

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Alexan CityView under construction
in February 2009
Note: two garages wrapped by housing

Courtesy of Jesse Ransom, BLRA

Alexan CityView offers studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom homes; rents range from $1,595 to $3,265.  The first 86 units became available in mid-June and additional units will be marketed in mid-September. More than 100 units have been leased, some prior to their availability. Alexan CityView is a project of Trammell Crow Company, a nationally recognized developer that has also been active in Jersey City and New Brunswick.

The project has been designed to meet the standards required for LEED for Homes Silver certification, and will be the nation’s largest residential LEED-certified community. A small number of apartment and townhomes are oriented to the street, with entrances via stoops. Parking is provided in two garages and on the street, providing 754 residential and 15 guest spots. One parking space per unit is included in the rental fee; leasing an additional parking space costs $125 per month.

Trammell Crow is one of three groups named to redevelop portions of the Peninsula. Atlantic Realty is slated to develop the balance of the Bayonne Bay District, located to the east of Alexan CityView. The Fidelco Group, in partnership with Roseland Property Company, was designated to redevelop Harbor Station, the westernmost district at the Peninsula. The first phase of this project, Harbor Station North, will be a short walk to the 45th Street light rail station via the existing 45th Street Bridge over Route 440. Harbor Station South is located within walking distance of the 34th Street light rail station.  Both the Atlantic Realty and Fidelco/Roseland projects are at the pre-approval stage of the redevelopment process.

For more information about the redevelopment of the former MOTBY, see our November 2006 issue or the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority website.

New Montclair TOD in the Home Stretch

Construction of the highly anticipated Montclair Residences, a 165 luxury studio, one- and two-bedroom rental project at the NJ TRANSIT Bay Street Station in Montclair that broke ground in 2007, is near completion, with a certificate of occupancy expected in September. The transit-oriented development, designed by DMR Architects of Hasbrouck Heights and developed by Dallas-based residential developer Lincoln Property Co., sits directly adjacent to the train station. The project includes a new parking deck, shared with NJ TRANSIT, which includes separate designated parking spaces for the residential units and commuters, adding significant parking capacity to the area. Montclair Township sponsored the construction of the parking deck with a $2.5 million contribution from NJ TRANSIT. To minimize disrupting existing commuter parking, construction of the residential property did not begin until the new parking deck was complete. 


Montclair Residences
at Bay Street Station

Courtesy of DMR Architects

The Bay Street Station, one of six in Montclair, is on Pine Street between Bloomfield and Glenridge avenues on the Montclair-Boonton Line whose service provides easy access to both Newark and New York City. The station’s usage increased dramatically after NJ TRANSIT constructed Montclair Connection, which combined the Montclair Branch and the Boonton Line and extended electrification to Bay Street station and Montclair’s other stations, This improvement enabled the introduction of “one seat ride” MidTOWN Direct service in 2002, which provides commuters direct service into New York Penn Station. Nearly a thousand riders board trains at Bay Street Station each weekday. The township planned for TOD around the Bay Street Station subsequent to these improvements.

The proximity of the station influenced the design of Montclair Residences—the apartments have been soundproofed to mitigate train noise. Additionally, Montclair’s planning board required the exterior of the building to blend with structures in the surrounding neighborhood by matching exterior masonry with that found on nearby buildings.

One goal of the $28 million development was to reduce the need for residents to use cars. Not only is the station readily accessible, but the new building is also situated within close walking distance of downtown Montclair.

South Jersey Light Rail to Move Forward

The Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) presented its recommendations in May for introducing a PATCO light rail service between Camden and Glassboro. The goal of the project is to help rapidly growing Gloucester County accommodate population growth and reduce traffic congestion. Passengers would transfer at the Walter Rand Transportation Center in Camden for NJ TRANSIT’s RiverLINE trains to Trenton or PATCO’s High Speed Line, which the DRPA now operates between Philadelphia and Lindenwold.



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Diesel Light Rail Transit Service
Camden to Glassboro alignment

source: Delaware River Port Authority

The DRPA’s preferred route for the PATCO extension, also recommended by the New Jersey Office of Smart Growth and the State Planning Commission, would use Conrail tracks that run 18.5 miles between Glassboro and Camden; the line would serve Glassboro, Pitman, Mantua, Wenonah, Woodbury, Woodbury Heights, Deptford, West Deptford, Westville, Bellmawr, Brooklawn, Gloucester City, and Camden. The alignment linking downtowns would allow the placement of stations within walking distance of large Gloucester County employers, such as Underwood-Memorial Hospital in Woodbury, and Rowan University in Glassboro, increasing commuting options for employees, and presenting numerous transit-oriented development opportunities.

The Office of Smart Growth and the New Jersey State Planning Commission recommended this alignment, because it was superior for promoting downtown community development, serving populations with limited mobility and conserving the state’s natural resources. The other two alternative alignments would utilize highway medians along I-76 and Route 42, with one continuing along the Atlantic City Expressway and the other utilizing Route 55.

The plan came at the end of a two-year alternatives analysis and planning study undertaken by DRPA to identify transportation needs and solutions for southern New Jersey, resulting in five alternatives along three routes. The study concluded that the preferred alignment would improve accessibility to jobs and employment centers, reduce roadway congestion, better utilize existing highway medians/shoulders and railroad rights-of-way, and enhance connectivity to recreational areas.

If the project gets built, planners say the first phase between Camden and Woodbury could be operational within five years. The second half from Woodbury to Glassboro would take an additional five years or more to complete. Governor Corzine has promised to make $500 million available from the Transportation Trust Fund.

The proposed rail line is the centerpiece of a $2 billion South Jersey public transit plan announced in May. The plan also calls for express bus lanes (Bus Rapid Transit) on highly congested I-676 and Routes 42 and 55, and improved rail service on NJ TRANSIT’s Atlantic City Line, with a transfer station at the PATCO Woodcrest station in Cherry Hill and a connection to Atlantic City International Airport.

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