Bayfront, Jersey City

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Bayfront is an urban redevelopment project in Jersey City, New Jersey

View looking north across cove at Droyer's Point
Bayfront site looking north to Jersey City Public Works building and Pulaski Skyway
Route 440 may be reconfigured as "urban boulevard", making it more pedestrian friendly
New Jersey City University is expanding to a West Campus

Hackensack Riverfront[edit]

The Hackensack Riverfront is an area on the eastern banks of the Hackensack River near its mouth at Newark Bay. It is on the West Side of the city, specifically west of NJ Route 440.[1] It lies north of Droyer's Point and south of Lincoln Park. It is home to the Hudson Mall,[2] Four Hundred Forty Shopping Center and the former Jersey City Public Works incinerator[3] as well as the planned site. Kearny Point and the piers of the former Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, now River Terminal, are on the opposite bank.[4] The Hackensack RiverWalk is a partially complete greenway promenade intended to run from the Bayonne Bridge to the Hackensack Meadowlands in North Bergen, mostly at the water's edge.[5]

Bayfront project[edit]

Bayfront is a proposed mixed-use development to be situated on a 100-acre (0.40 km2) brownfield site and developed though a public-private partnership once environmental remediation of toxic waste is completed by Honeywell, which once operated facilities there.[6][7][7][7][8] Though separated by the highway Bayport and the West Campus of New Jersey City University (NJCU) will transform large parts of the city from industrial and manufacturing zones to residential, educational, recreational and commercial uses. Development plans are required to incorporate public access to the river's edge along the bulkhead and will connect to the esplanade at Droyer's Point. While construction is expected to begin in 2016, the project won't be "built out" until 2043.[9][10] Under the 2008 agreement, the city turned over 35 acres of municipal land to Honeywell, which agreed to cover the cost of the environmental cleanup. That land along Route 440 is home to the Jersey City Incinerator Authority (JCIA), the Department of Public Works (DPW), and the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority (JCIA).the land along Route 440 that is currently home to the Jersey City Incinerator Authority (JCIA), the Department of Public Works (DPW), and the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority (JCIA). JCIA and the DPW will relocate to a new location on Linden Avenue. Some JCMUA functions will also be relocated and downsized. Remediation work was completed in 2009 of several other formerly contaminated sites, including the sites of old Roosevelt Drive-in and the new NJCU West Campus.[11]

Boulevard and BRT[edit]

in March 2011, NJDOT granted nearly $640,000 for engineering work to transform Route 440, between the two projects and beyond to an urban boulevard.[12][13][14][15] Plans include the use of the Journal Square BRT, a bus rapid system along the boulevard. As envisioned, the BRT corridor would run from Droyer's Point and reach Journal Square via Sip Avenue.[16]

HBLR extension[edit]

Currently bus service is provide by A&C Bus Corporation from the shopping centers or Droyer's Point to Journal Square. In May 2011 after two years of studies, New Jersey Transit announced a plan for 0.7 mile extension of the West Side Branch of the Hudson Bergen Light Rail from its current terminus. The new track would be laid along the former Newark and New York Railroad right-of-way on an elevated viaduct from the West Side Avenue Station over Route 440 to the northern end of the redevelopment area, where a new station would be constructed. The trip between the two stations would take 1 minute and 50 seconds. The project, eligible for federal funding, is estimated to cost $171.6 million.[17][18][19][18][19][20]

See also[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Hackensack Riverfront
  2. ^ Hudson Mall
  3. ^ Hayes, Melissa (June 23, 2010). "Jersey City council approves $67 million bond for new public works complex". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  4. ^ River Terminal
  5. ^ http://www.destinationjerseycity.com/city-districts/hackensack-riverfront/
  6. ^ JC Bayfront Plan
  7. ^ a b c NJLM Bayfront
  8. ^ JCRA Bayfront Plan
  9. ^ Jersey City has big plans for 100 acres on West Side along Hackensack River, Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Terrence T. McDonald The Jersey Journal
  10. ^ http://therealdeal.com/blog/2012/05/22/massive-jersey-city-redevelopment-plan-takes-first-step-forward/
  11. ^ http://hudsonreporter.com/view/full_story/23063017/article-Honeywell-begins-next-round-of-chromium-cleanup-on-West-Side-Environmental-work-will-culminate-in-Bayfront-groundbreaking--new-waterfront-development-?instance=secondary_stories_left_column
  12. ^ Jacobs (March 9, 2010). Route 440/Routes 1&9 Multi-Use Urban Boulevard and Through Truck Diversion Concept Development Study (Report). Jersey City Department of Housing, Economic Development and Commerce. http://www.440study.com/PDF%20Documents/PIC%20Mtg%20No%201%2003-09-10.pdf.
  13. ^ Scope of Work (Report). www.440study.com. http://www.440study.com/PDF%20Documents/Consultant%20Scope%20of%20Work.pdf.
  14. ^ MacDonald, Terrence (March 25, 2011), "Wittpenn Bridge and Pulaski Skyway among Hudson County road projects to receive $551 million in state funding", The Jersey Journal 
  15. ^ "Route 440/Route 1&9T Multi-Usw Urban Boulevard and Through Truck Diversion Concept" (PDF). North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority. 2011-08-23. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  16. ^ Journal Square 2060 Redevelopment Plan (Report). Jersey City Division of Planning. July 14, 2010. http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/uploadedFiles/City_Government/Department_of_Housing,_Economic_Development_and_Commerce/JOURNAL%20SQUARE%202060%20RDP%20-%20Ord%2010-103.pdf. Retrieved 2014-05-16.
  17. ^ Whiten, John (May 11, 2011). "Light Rail Extension to Jersey City’s West Side Gets Push Forward from NJ Transit". Jersey City Independent. Retrieved 2011-05-13. 
  18. ^ a b NJT newsletter 09/16/2009 "NJ Transit Approves Study of Light Rail Extension" (Press release). New Jersey Transit. September 16, 2010. Retrieved 2011-04-30. 
  19. ^ a b Whiten, Jon (Aug 23, 2010). "West Side Light Rail Extension Project Picks Up Some Federal Funding". www.jerseycityindependent.com. Retrieved 2011-04-04. 
  20. ^ NJ Transit's board advances light-rail extension, awards transit center contract

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