Bank of America contributes $1M to Liberty Science Centers’s SciTech Scity

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Liberty Science Center has announced that Bank of America will become a corporate partner in the SciTech Scity project, after committing $1 million to the effort.

SciTech Scity is a a 30-acre innovation campus that aims to develop dozens of world-changing science and technology companies, as well as revamp K-12 educational standards at Liberty Science Center.

The $280 million SciTech Scity project will feature a biotech lab, a coding lab, a technology business incubator, a K-12 STEM-focused school, as well as a village with residential housing and outdoor park space.

In addition to its monetary donation, Bank of America is also is providing SciTech Scity with its leadership expertise. Sumeet Chabria, the head of global business services at Bank of America, will join the project’s board of trustees. Bank of America joins EY and Verizon as founding corporate sponsors of SciTech Scity.

Other anchor sponsors include the city of Jersey City; Joseph and Millie Williams; LSC board co-Chair David Barry; and former U.S. Rep. Frank J. Guarini.

The first phase of SciTech Scity, on a path to open in late 2022 or 2023, includes the following new construction projects:

  • Edge Works: the economic and creative hub for SciTech Scity, offering a variety of scalable workspaces, an advanced prototyping lab, custom labs, meeting spaces, and a state-of-the-art conference center
  • Scholars Village: a mixed use residential offering permanent housing (Studio-2BR) and student housing (for local university students in STEM), each equipped with the latest in smart home technology and sustainable living.
  • Public Commons: 5-acre outdoor park with activations that encourage exploration, creativity, collaboration and innovation. An events plaza for concerts, farmers markets, art exhibitions and food-truck festivals.

Subsequent phases of SciTech Scity will include expanded incubation space, a science-focused public school and other facilities to drive STEM innovation and job creation.

For more information, visit https://www.scitechscity.com/.

DIGITAL PRESENTATION AT 7 SEVENTY HOUSE IN HOBOKEN PROVIDES COMPREHENSIVE LEASING EXPERIENCE FOR RELOCATING RENTER

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In idyllic market conditions, relocating internationally can be a nerve racking experience.  Stressful decisions made from far away can include everything from having to make a housing choice sight unseen to selecting all new furniture and accessories to decorate living spaces.   A global health pandemic unquestionably amplifies these challenges.  That’s certainly been the case in the New York metro area with the circumstances created by the Coronavirus outbreak.

Fortunately, on the New Jersey Hudson River “Gold Coast,” developers of new residential properties had foresight and quickly implemented processes and procedures to ease housing searches and provide a high level of comfort to prospects relocating at this time.   For example, Hoboken, NJ was the first New Jersey municipality to issue an order to shelter in place in mid-March.  When social restrictions prohibiting physical interactions went into effect, 7 Seventy House, its largest new construction rental building, was well prepared to seamlessly continue its leasing program and provide potential renters all the tools to make important decisions.

The team behind the 424-home luxury building — developer Bijou Properties, its partner Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation and The Marketing Directors, the exclusive marketing and leasing agent for 7 Seventy House — had sprung into action weeks before.  Already in the works was an advanced one-on-one visual presentation, with tours of model homes and its world-class amenities.  Leasing agents were prepped to create informative personal Zoom prospect meetings and Facetime tours of available apartments.

These digital assets have proven to be incredibly effective and helpful to renters such as Meir Rosilio, who was relocating from Israel to Hudson County for employment in Jersey City.  Mr. Rosilio had a leg up in his home search, having visited Hoboken in December and walking the mile-square City to acquaint himself with its housing stock.

“I had the most familiarity with southeast Hoboken and that’s where I originally focused my home search,” he says.  “However, none of the properties really stood out.”

Working with a broker, Mr. Rosilio expanded his search, considering Park + Garden in the City’s uptown neighborhood and Avalon Hoboken on its west side.  The burgeoning western edge  neighborhood around Hoboken’s Monroe Center and 9th Street Light Rail would eventually become his new home when Mr. Meir discovered 7 Seventy House.  His introduction to its homes, amenities and services was completely online

“The first time I experienced 7 Seventy House was through a virtual tour,” Mr. Rosilio added.  “The digital presentations at other apartment buildings weren’t nearly as comprehensive.  Working with the leasing team, I was able to tour the actual homes I was considering.  I was pretty familiar with the layout of a one-bedroom apartment, but the video was extremely helpful in providing more insight into how much light the home had and more. It provided greater perspective to make my decision.”

The award-winning leasing team from The Marketing Directors worked remotely with Mr. Rosilio and ensured he was 100% comfortable with his decision to make 7 Seventy House home.

“When Meir contacted us we had just rolled out our virtual leasing program and he was the very first person to experience the presentation,” adds Leasing Manager Sara Madsen.  “The virtual leasing process with Meir was flawless, and extremely effective.  We created a custom presentation and a comprehensive approach that showcased the building in a way that gives a feeling similar to walking in and touring 7 Seventy House in person.  The process also helped Meir and myself to connect, engage, and interact as if we were in person. The well thought out custom presentation along with live video interactions enabled Meir to feel comfortable and excited with his decision to apply.  It was a perfect solution for not only someone who wasn’t able to walk into the building to rent during this current time, but also someone who was moving from out of the country.”

The development team behind 7 Seventy House has rolled out a new program that will donate $7.70 to one of two non-profit organizations that are working to provide Coronavirus relief in conjunction with its virtual tours.  The donation will be made on behalf of every prospect and broker that participates in a digital leasing presentation at the building.  What’s more, the building’s ownership will commit to matching every donation, making the total raised even greater.

The process is simple and will generate meaningful funds for either the Front Line Appreciation Group (FLAG) of HBKN and JC, a local grassroots organization that provides meals and more to doctors, nurses and medical professionals, or Feeding America, a national organization with a specific fund to help feed those throughout the country affected by COVID-19.  The program will run until May 31, 2020.  There is no requirement to sign a lease to generate a contribution.

For additional information or to schedule a virtual tour of 7 Seventy House, please visit the building’s website at www.7SeventyHouse.com or call 201-795-0770.

The fast-leasing 7 Seventy House features a collection of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences with open floor plans of red oak engineered wood floors and expansive windows that bathe the homes in natural light.  Kitchens feature Quartz countertops, white ceramic tile backsplashes, custom cabinetry, and a premium GE stainless-steel appliance package, with in-residence Bosch washer and dryers.  Luxury baths are outfitted with grey mineral stone tile and Moen & Kohler fixtures.

Monthly rents start in the $2,600s, with limited-time incentives that include six weeks free on a 13-month lease.  Immediate occupancy is available.

Designed by Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects (MHS Architects), the 14-story high-rise building boasts approximately 90,000 square-feet of resort-style amenities that include a penthouse pool and roof deck with lounge seating, expansive amenity deck with BBQ stations, multiple outdoor gardens, bocce ball court, state-of-the-art multi-level gym, play room, game room, indoor bike storage, on-site dog park, dog grooming room, alcove with co-working lounge and coffee station and a conference room with access to an outdoor lounge with a fire pit.  The amenity spaces are strategically located on multiple floors with views including the Manhattan skyline. Brooklyn-based interior designer Factioned, has merchandised the amenities with chic and fashionable furnishings and appointments that blend an industrial flair with a modern lifestyle environment.

Beyond the private amenities, 7 Seventy House offers services that include a 24-hour attended lobby, Hello Alfred concierge service and covered parking.   There’s also approximately 25,000 square feet of ground floor retail space that will serve residents and the Hoboken community.

Located at 770 Jackson Street, the building is just steps from Hoboken’s 9th Street Light Rail Station and blends an upscale living experience with the convenience of quick access throughout New Jersey’s Hudson River “Gold Coast,” including Hoboken’s PATH, New Jersey Transit and Ferry terminals with service to Manhattan.  Closer to home, there’s a wide range of services and cultural attractions available in the Monroe Center, the premier arts and business community in Hoboken, which boasts artist studios, children’s activities, fitness facilities, eateries and much more.

7 Seventy House is a multi-faceted mix-use project that was developed in conjunction with a two-acre resiliency park donated to the City of Hoboken by Bijou Properties and Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation.  The initial installation of the park included a children’s playground, a one-acre green space designed for active and passive recreation uses, a state-of-the-art 6,835 square-foot community gymnasium and infrastructure to capture over 450,000 gallons of rainwater to reduce flooding.  A second phase includes a one-acre public plaza with step seating and tilted lawn panel, play sculpture and a large plaza to accommodate vendors and seasonal markets.   The project is part of the larger redevelopment of Hoboken‘s once-industrial western edge into a vibrant and active pedestrian-friendly neighborhood.

“7 Seventy House provides a lifestyle unlike any other Hoboken rental building,” says Larry Bijou, managing partner of Bijou Properties.  “Not only does it elevate urban living with stylish homes and a seemingly endless list of amenities, but the incorporation of public open space, plazas and park and playgrounds has created a sense of strong community that permeates throughout the building.”

7 Seventy House recently received a 2019 Excellence Award in Sustainable Development from  The Urban Land Institute-Northern New Jersey (ULI-NNJ) in recognition of the responsible development tactics and smart growth practices utilized to conceptualize and complete the upscale rental building.

About Bijou Properties

Founded in 1999 in Hoboken, N.J., Bijou Properties is an award-winning owner, operator, and developer of the highest quality green development along the Hudson waterfront. A recognized leader in sustainable development, Bijou Properties created New Jersey’s first LEED gold residential high-rise, first LEED platinum mid-rise, and first Passive House multi-family building. A developer that prides itself on building livable neighborhoods, projects have included new parks and pedestrian plazas, a public gymnasium, charter school, non-profit theater space, and unique commercial tenants including a rock-climbing gym, independent bookstore and culinary studio.

About Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation

Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation is an SEC Registered Investment Adviser with decades long experience in real estate investment, finance, development, construction management and asset management. Since 1959, Intercontinental and its affiliates have managed, developed, or owned collectively over $10 billion in real estate property. Today, Intercontinental manages a real estate portfolio of approximately $9.5 billion for its clients. The Intercontinental portfolio is diversified both by robust property mix and by geography. Fund strategies actively seek opportunities to invest in both Core and Core-Plus properties, as well as in Value-Add operating properties and development projects.

About The Marketing Directors

With over 35 years of experience, The Marketing Directors is the preeminent development advisory that works exclusively on behalf of residential owners and builders to develop, market, and lease residential homes. The Marketing Directors are industry leaders, respected partners, and market innovators.

 

League of Women Voters Urges Voters to Plan Ahead to Participate in the Primary Election

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The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley reminds all citizens that New Jersey’s primary election has been postponed until July 7, 2020, as a result of COVID-19.  Between now and then, additional voter deadlines have moved to reflect the new election date.  During this critical time, voters should prepare now to participate in the primary safely and check pertinent dates from May through the end of June.

Drawing members from 29 municipalities in Bergen County, New Jersey, the League of Women Voters of Northern Valley encourages voters to vote safely from their homes using a Vote by Mail (VBM) ballot, commonly referred to as an “absentee” ballot.  Vote by Mail ballots are available to all registered voters after applying.  The deadline to apply through the mail for a Vote by Mail ballot is June 30, 2020.  Applications are available at www.lwvnj.org.

“Your voice is more important than ever before,” said Nike Prieston Bach, Co-President of the League of Women Voters of Northern Valley.  “Do not wait to apply for your Vote by Mail ballot.  We urge voters to act now to ensure they have adequate time to cast their ballots from the safety of home.”

New Voter Registration and Party Affiliation Deadlines

The new voter registration deadline for the July primary is June 16, 2020.  Registered voters, who are currently affiliated with a political party and want to change their party affiliation, now have until May 13 to file a political party affiliation declaration form.  Registered unaffiliated voters may declare at any time up to and including primary election day, and vote in that party’s primary.  Voter registration forms and party affiliation declaration forms are available at www.lwvnj.org.

Party affiliation declaration forms, voter registration forms, and vote-by-mail applications must be printed, signed, and mailed.  Voters, who do not have access to a printer, may contact the League of Women Voters of New Jersey at jburns@lwvnj.org for assistance.

To obtain additional information about the July 7 primary, visit the League of Women Voters of New Jersey at www.lwvnj.org and www.VOTE411.org.  VOTE411.org, a “one-stop-shop” for election related information, provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on the election process.  VOTE411.org will publish voters guides electronically by the beginning of June.

For more information about the League of Women Voters of Northern Valley, contact lwvno.valley@gmail.com.

BeLa Launches Leasing For 99 Luxury Rental Residences in Jersey City’s Burgeoning Bergen-Lafayette Neighborhood

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Leasing is officially underway for BeLa, a new collection of 99 luxury rental residences and thoughtfully-designed amenities in Jersey City’s historic and culturally-rich Bergen-Lafayette.

The new eight-story building opens with 3D walkthroughs that allows prospective tenants to virtually tour its spacious one and two-bedroom residences and amenity suite while safely practicing social distancing.  The building’s owner Golden Glades Capital Management LLC tapped Halstead Property NJ Development Marketing, LLC as the exclusive marketing and leasing agent.  Halstead is offering an attractive launch promotion of up to three free months in incentives for tenants who sign leases in May, with introductory monthly rents starting at $1,996 for one bedrooms, and $2,560 for two bedrooms.  Occupancy is scheduled for June.

Located at 74 Maple Street, BeLa is the latest example of Bergen-Lafayette’s rise as a desirable residential destination bordering Liberty State Park. Considered by many as a hidden gem for its open green space and small-town neighborhood charm that offer a welcome alternative to the towering high-rises and congestion of Downtown Jersey City, Bergen-Lafayette is quickly gaining favor with new residents who also appreciate its convenient public transportation options and eclectic offering of restaurants, shops and nightlife.

“This neighborhood has so much urban character while also offering a greener side of Jersey City,” said Carole Bloom, executive vice president of leasing for Halstead Development Marketing.  “Liberty State Park is virtually BeLa’s backyard, offering more than 1,200 acres of public open space and a waterfront walkway, while Berry Lane Park provides an additional 17 acres of active and passive recreational space.  We’re excited to now introduce BeLa to its residential offering, which perfectly blends modern and stylish living spaces with the charm, convenience and commuter connectivity the neighborhood is known for.”

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SETTING

With a WalkScore of 88, BeLa’s Bergen-Lafayette location puts residents right in the middle of a thriving community.  The newly constructed building is situated just blocks from Communipaw Avenue, the area’s business corridor that offers hip and authentic bars, eateries, shops and everyday conveniences, including The Grind Shop specialty coffee shop, Pacific Pizza, Harry’s Daughter Gastro Pub, and the 902 Brewing Company which is producing its flagship beers like Heaven, Hell or Hoboken IPA, Pale Ale True Hoboken (dubbed P.A.T.H.) and more.

Downtown Jersey City, Hoboken, and Manhattan are easily reached via the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Liberty Park Station which is just steps from BeLa.  Four light rail stops away is the Exchange Place PATH Station, which is one stop from the World Trade Center transit hub. A quick ten-minute ride connects commuters to New York Waterway’s Paulus Hook Ferry Terminal with service to Brookfield Place, Pier 11/Wall Street and 39th Street/Hudson Yards. Nearby Route 78 provides a pathway to the Holland Tunnel, as well as points west.

For outdoor recreation, the adjacent Liberty State Park offers a green oasis in the middle of the metropolis, with more 1,200 acres of open space, a two-mile waterfront promenade, an outdoor performance area, and spectacular restaurants with sweeping views of the Hudson River, Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty. The park also offers a full-service marina, ferry service to Manhattan, charter boat excursions and maritime sightseeing tours.  Also anchoring the neighborhood is the Liberty Science Center with its ever-evolving interactive museum experience and the largest and most technologically-advanced planetarium in the Western Hemisphere.  Work is underway to extend Jersey Avenue which will better connect downtown Jersey City with Liberty State Park and Bergen-Layfette.

AMENITIES

Right at home, BeLa residents will be the first to enjoy exquisitely-designed residences featuring keyless entry systems, stylish bathrooms with walk-in showers or soaking tubs, in-home washers and dryers, and chef-inspired kitchens with islands, custom cabinetry and stainless-steel Whirlpool appliances. An added benefit, many of the apartments feature flexible layouts with room for a den or spacious home office.

BeLa’s lifestyle amenities include an attended lobby, resident lounge and clubroom, state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga studio, and a rooftop terrace with a lounge, BBQ grilling station and Manhattan skyline views. The building also features a fully furnished guest suite, bike storage, package concierge, onsite indoor parking and a street-level café.

Bela Roof Terrace

For more information on BeLa and to schedule a virtual tour of the building’s model homes and amenity spaces, please call (201) 332-2000, or visit www.belaliving.com.

About Golden Glades Capital Management

Golden Glades Capital Management is a private investment firm specializing in private equity, real estate, and credit opportunities.  The firm was founded in 2019 to pursue attractive investment strategies for its founding principals’ personal capital.  The firm accepts limited partnership commitments from select investors who share the objective of achieving attractive risk-adjusted returns while making a positive impact on underserved communities across the US.

About Halstead Property Development Marketing

Halstead Development Marketing (HDM) is a leading leasing and marketing firm dedicated to the craft of new development. HDM partners with celebrated developers, landlords, architects, and designers to create superior rental living experiences for the next generation. Having leased thousands of units, the team brings considerable experience, skill and dedication to carving out truly unique properties that benefit future-facing residents maximizing investors’ returns. HDM collaborates at every stage of the process, from site analysis, pre-development planning, marketing and asset repositioning to lease up and stabilized leasing.  We craft substance through the team’s ardent attention to the development process. All properties receive additional exposure through the unmatched domestic and international Halstead Property network.

Like Your Favorite Artists in Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s ArtsBergen Virtual ‘The Daily Arts Dose’

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Graphics from The Daily Arts Dose Campaign.  Image Credits: Northern New Jersey Community Foundation

Break up the monotony and the isolation by participating in the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s (NNJCF) ArtsBergen virtual art social media campaign, ‘The Daily Arts Dose’.  From today, Monday, May 4 through Wednesday, May 20, the public can experience a different work of art, once a day for two week, and like their favorite artists in the campaign on the NNJCF’s ArtsBergen social media accounts.

The campaign features 14 Bergen County artists of all disciplines, who submitted their art and were selected to share a sample of their work to the community on social media.  The artists were asked to submit work reflecting the campaign’s tag line, ‘The Daily Arts Dose: Guaranteed to nourish your soul and boost immunity to boredom, isolation, and seeing those same four walls’, or that inspired, brought humor, or contemplation in the midst of the pandemic.

Each artist’s work will be posted daily starting May 4 on these social media accounts: Facebook at www.facebook.com/NNJCF, Instagram at www.instagram.com/nnjcf_artsbergen/, and Twitter @nnjcf.  Everyone is encouraged to like, share and comment on the posts they enjoy.  The artist’s post receiving the highest number of likes will be awarded a cash prize.

“The arts can uplift and inspire hope and joy.  During this time of social distancing, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation engages local artists to help alleviate some of the disconnection and isolation community members are experiencing by injecting a healthy dose of creativity into their lives,” said Danielle De Laurentis, Associate Director, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation.

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About Northern New Jersey Community Foundation

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization based in Hackensack, New Jersey, focuses primarily on civic engagement, education, the environment, public health, philanthropy and the arts.  NNJCF works with local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups in Northern New Jersey to improve community life.  The Foundation’s partners identify and resolve regional problems and opportunities by talking and learning from each other, by sharing ideas, best practices, services, and resources.  For more information, visit www.nnjcf.org, send an email to nnjcf@nnjcf.org, or call 201-568-5608.

About ArtsBergen

ArtsBergen, an initiative of the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, is an emerging arts alliance in Bergen County, New Jersey that supports and encourages creative placemaking, the practice of integrating arts and culture into a neighborhood, town, or region to build community and livability and boost local economy.  The initiative’s mission is to energize and unify artists and arts organizations and connect the Bergen County community to the arts.  For more information, visit www.nnjcf.org, send an email to artsbergen@nnjcf.org, or call 201-568-5608.

Development Team at Hoboken’s 7 Seventy House Supports Charities Assisting Coronavirus Relief

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HOBOKEN, N.J.  —  The development team behind 7 Seventy House in Hoboken, N.J. is answering a call to raise funds for charitable organizations providing critical community support and relief during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Bijou Properties and its partner Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation have rolled out a new program that will donate $7.70 to one of two non-profit organizations on behalf of every prospect and broker that participates in a digital leasing presentation at the 424-home rental building.  What’s more, the building’s ownership will commit to matching every donation, making the total raised even greater.

The process is simple and will generate meaningful funds for either the Front Line Appreciation Group (FLAG) of HBKN and JC, a local grassroots organization that provides meals and more to doctors, nurses and medical professionals, or Feeding America, a national organization with a specific fund to help feed those throughout the country affected by COVID-19.

Under the initiative — called “Win-Win” — prospects and the brokerage community can visit the building’s website at www.7SeventyHouse.com or call 201-795-0770 to schedule a virtual tour.  At the start of a digital presentation with a live leasing agent, they can choose the charity they wish to support.  The developers, along with The Marketing Directors, the exclusive marketing and leasing agent for 7 Seventy House, will make donations for all tours conducted.  The program will run until May 31, 2020.  There is no requirement to sign a lease to generate a contribution.

“These are unprecedented times and we believe strongly that it’s important for the entire community to provide relief and support to our frontline,” says Larry Bijou, managing partner of Hoboken-based Bijou Properties.   “We’ve seen it with the large number of individuals who applaud our healthcare workers nightly and have been supporting restaurants and shops.   As a local business, we wanted to do our part by creating a program that would contribute financially to these two organizations, show frontline workers how appreciative we are and provide some level of respite to those afflicted by the disease.”

“The 7 Seventy House community of residents has such amazing civic pride — renters who have lived locally prior as well as renters who have moved here from out of the area,” adds Peter Palandjian, Chairman and CEO of Intercontinental.  “This program provides a fantastic way to create awareness of these two vital organizations for those as-yet unfamiliar with the mission as well as for prospective renters who may want to take advantage of another avenue to help in this desperate time of need. Those interested can tour a potential new home and at the same time provide much needed funds to a most worthy cause.”

7 Seventy House launched its newly produced virtual tour program to remotely accommodate prospective residents moving forward with apartment searches in today’s COVID-19 environment.   The digital presentation was introduced as soon as the City of Hoboken issued a shelter in place policy with travel restrictions and social distancing guidelines.  The creative new leasing tool provides a complete look at the building’s fully furnished model apartments and approximately 90,000 square feet of world class amenities.  The tour is part of one-on-one interactive presentations now being conducted by leasing agents through personal Zoom meetings.

The fast-leasing 7 Seventy House features a collection of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences with open floor plans of red oak engineered wood floors and expansive windows that bathe the homes in natural light.  Kitchens feature Quartz countertops, white ceramic tile backsplashes, custom cabinetry, and a premium GE stainless-steel appliance package, with in-residence Bosch washer and dryers.  Luxury baths are outfitted with grey mineral stone tile and Moen & Kohler fixtures.

Monthly rents start in the $2,600s, with limited-time incentives that include six weeks free on a 13-month lease.  Immediate occupancy is available.

Designed by Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects (MHS Architects), the 14-story high-rise building boasts resort-style amenities that include a penthouse pool and roof deck with lounge seating, expansive amenity deck with BBQ stations, multiple outdoor gardens, bocce ball court, state-of-the-art multi-level gym, play room, game room, indoor bike storage, on-site dog park, dog grooming room, alcove with co-working lounge and coffee station and a conference room with access to an outdoor lounge with a fire pit.  The amenity spaces are strategically located on multiple floors with views including the Manhattan skyline. Brooklyn-based interior designer Factioned has merchandised the amenities with chic and fashionable furnishings and appointments that blend an industrial flair with a modern lifestyle environment.

Beyond the private amenities, 7 Seventy House offers services that include a 24-hour attended lobby, Hello Alfred concierge service and covered parking.   There’s also approximately 25,000 square feet of ground floor retail space that will serve residents and the Hoboken community.

Located at 770 Jackson Street, the building is just steps from Hoboken’s 9th Street Light Rail Station and blends an upscale living experience with the convenience of quick access throughout New Jersey’s Hudson River “Gold Coast,” including Hoboken’s PATH, New Jersey Transit and Ferry terminals with service to Manhattan.  Closer to home, there’s a wide range of services and cultural attractions available in the Monroe Center, the premier arts and business community in Hoboken, which boasts artist studios, children’s activities, fitness facilities, eateries and much more.

7 Seventy House is a multi-faceted mix-use project that was developed in conjunction with a two-acre resiliency park donated to the City of Hoboken by Bijou Properties and Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation.  The initial installation of the park included a children’s playground, a one-acre green space designed for active and passive recreation uses, a state-of-the-art 6,835 square-foot community gymnasium and infrastructure to capture over 450,000 gallons of rainwater to reduce flooding.  A second phase will include a one-acre public plaza with step seating and tilted lawn panel, play sculpture and a large plaza to accommodate vendors and seasonal markets.   The project is part of the larger redevelopment of Hoboken‘s once-industrial western edge into a vibrant and active pedestrian-friendly neighborhood.

7 Seventy House recently received a 2019 Excellence Award in Sustainable Development from  The Urban Land Institute-Northern New Jersey (ULI-NNJ) in recognition of the responsible development tactics and smart growth practices utilized to conceptualize and complete the upscale rental building.

About Bijou Properties

Founded in 1999 in Hoboken, N.J., Bijou Properties is an award-winning owner, operator, and developer of the highest quality green development along the Hudson waterfront. A recognized leader in sustainable development, Bijou Properties created New Jersey’s first LEED gold residential high-rise, first LEED platinum mid-rise, and first Passive House multi-family building. A developer that prides itself on building livable neighborhoods, projects have included new parks and pedestrian plazas, a public gymnasium, charter school, non-profit theater space, and unique commercial tenants including a rock-climbing gym, independent bookstore and culinary studio.

About Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation

Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation is an SEC Registered Investment Adviser with decades long experience in real estate investment, finance, development, construction management and asset management. Since 1959, Intercontinental and its affiliates have managed, developed, or owned collectively over $10 billion in real estate property. Today, Intercontinental manages a real estate portfolio of approximately $9.5 billion for its clients. The Intercontinental portfolio is diversified both by robust property mix and by geography. Fund strategies actively seek opportunities to invest in both Core and Core-Plus properties, as well as in Value-Add operating properties and development projects.

About The Marketing Directors

With over 35 years of experience, The Marketing Directors is the preeminent development advisory that works exclusively on behalf of residential owners and builders to develop, market, and lease residential homes. The Marketing Directors are industry leaders, respected partners, and market innovators.

Cavany Foods to open gourmet market at 235 Grand in Jersey City

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Cavany Foods, a full-service meal preparation company that offers its customers fresh, organic food delivered directly to their front door, has signed a lease for a 1,750 square-foot space at 235 Grand in downtown Jersey City, the luxury rental building’s developers KRE Group and Ironstate Development Company announced today.

The company will utilize the space for its first ever retail location, with a gourmet market offering everything from prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner meals to coffee, desserts and other treats. The gastronomic company is relocating its existing commercial kitchen from Jersey City’s Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood to 235 Grand, where it will continue to focus on its popular home-delivery service that’s operated through an app.

“Cavany Foods is a local business with a loyal following and a high-quality product. We’re delighted to partner with them on their first retail location,” said Jonathan Kushner, president of KRE Group. “When we select a retail tenant for one of our buildings, we consider the impact it will have on our residents and the community at large.  In this case, the benefit was clear.”

Cavany Foods was founded in 2017 by Chef Alejandro Ferrer who hails from Venezuela, attended the School for Food and Hotel Management in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and today calls Jersey City home.  The modern kitchen concept became a staple at the annual Grove Street Farmers Market, and quickly built up a loyal following of patrons who responded to its variety of gourmet recipes ranging from Continental and American cuisine to delicious vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, as well as its sourcing of fresh, local ingredients.  It also launched a popular subscription meal delivery service, bringing hundreds of local residents “the freshness of real organic food to your door.”

With customers asking when he was going to open a brick-and-mortar location and more than 80% of its clientele coming from downtown Jersey City, Chef Ferrer decided 235 Grand was the ideal place to support both his current business model and his plans for future growth.

Chef Alejandro Ferrer

Chef Alejandro Ferrer

“We decided to open at 235 Grand because it is in an area with a lot of pedestrian traffic, close to the PATH and the downtown commercial district and near our existing customer base,” Chef Ferrer said.  “We also like the idea of setting up shop in a brand new building whose residents will essentially be using us like room service.  It’s the perfect location for our business to grow.”

Cavany Foods’ current app-based meal delivery service is a popular option for customers who want to eat inspired meals made with local, organic ingredients and prepared by a professional chef. Business for the company is up 50% since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Ferrer, with more people working from home, ordering multiple meals per day and desiring fresh, healthy food.

“We are proud to be serving the community during these challenging times and are thankful that we are able to contribute to the health and well-being of our customers in our own way,” Chef Ferrer said. “At the same time, we are planning for a brighter future. We believe our gourmet market at 235 Grand will be a popular neighborhood destination, giving us an opportunity to offer an in-store experience while also expanding our app-based, home delivery service.”

Cavany Food’s app-based service is live.  For more information, visit www.cavanyfoods.com. The company is currently offering new customers a 20% discount on their first order.

The broker for the deal was Grid Real Estate.

The LEED®-certified 235 Grand luxury rental building features 549 residences.  The 46-story building offers modern indoor and outdoor amenities, dramatic views and a convenient location within walking distance of light-rail, PATH, and NY Waterway ferry service.  More than 90% of the studios, one- and two-bedroom residences have been leased, with The Marketing Directors overseeing the successful leasing program.

For more information on 235 Grand or to schedule an appointment to virtually tour its model homes and amenity spaces, visit www.235Grand.com or call (201) 613-9235.

Jersey Shore New Home Communities Catching the Attention of Urban Residents

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Developers of new home communities on New Jersey’s famed Jersey Shore are reporting an uptick in interest from urban enthusiasts seeking more space and comfort without sacrificing the ease of living and proximity to a dynamic lifestyle they enjoy in city apartments and condos.  At one of the most unique new neighborhoods in Monmouth County, East Gate in Oceanport,  CB New Homes, its exclusive sales and marketing agent, has seen a noticeable increase in phone calls and website leads from potential buyers in urban centers such as Jersey CIty and Hoboken.

One thing many of these prospects share is a strong desire to move quickly and purchase a home that would allow them to be residing “down the shore” by summer’s end.  This not only allows them to be enjoying a suburban-like lifestyle sooner than later, it also enables families with young children to be settled in a new home in time for the 2020 school year.

East Gate has been an attractive option thanks in large measure to its limited inventory of immediate occupancy homes now available, according to RPM Development Group, which has created East Gate in fullyrestored century-old Officer’s Housing at historic Fort Monmouth in Oceanport, NJ.

Each of the product types offered at East Gate, townhomes and single-family detached residences, are available in the Quick Delivery inventory.  The residences boast all the attributes that have spurred sales at the community past the 70% sold mark. 

First and foremost are modern and spacious interiors that feature designer appointments throughout.   These contemporary floorplans are complemented by notable brick exteriors of tremendous grandeur and consequence.  There’s also plenty of room to spread out with private patios and outdoor space provided with each residence, as well as shared open space that includes a walking trail, expansive parade grounds and the East Gate Park.  All of this is offered in a picturesque, maintenance-free neighborhood where tiresome chores such as lawn are handled by a Homeowner Association.  The community is also serviced by the sough-after Oceanport school district which is consistently critically acclaimed.

Three-bedroom Quick Delivery townhomes are priced from the low $500,000s, three-bedroom Quick Delivery duplexes are priced from the upper $600,00s and the Quick Delivery four-bedroom single-family residences start in the upper $800,000s.

“Our Quick Delivery homes have had great appeal to homebuyers who want to purchase a stylish new residence, but may desire to speed up plans to move,”  says Michael Hong, Assistant VP of Development for RPM.   “This is further amplified by current market conditions and includes everyone from purchasers who already sold an existing home to renters in places like Hoboken, Jersey City, Morristown and Long Branch are looking to significantly increase living space from smaller urban apartments or condos.   East Gate provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to purchase a chic, expansive home with sought-after interior features and exterior historic flair that’s delivered to them quickly after completing their purchase.”

RPM Development Group has instituted revised sales procedures to assist homebuyers at East Gate during the coronavirus outbreak.  The development firm, along with CB New Homes, the community’s exclusive sales agent, has enacted the new measures to allow prospects to safely tour the homes and neighborhood and alleviate some of the concerns associated with COVID-19. 

The community’s sales gallery is open by appointment and buyers can still discuss the one-of-a-kind homes at East Gate with a sales representative by calling 732-523-5566.  What’s more, the process of in-person private tours has been adjusted to comply with recommended social distancing guidelines.  On-site visitors are provided exclusive access to new Officer’s Row models at East Gate, including a fully -decorated three-bedroom single-family attached home and a vignetted four-bedroom single-family detached residence.  Buyers can walk through the models at their leisure. For the safety of visitors and staff, there is an increased frequency of cleanings of the models and its high touch surfaces.  As always, a wealth of detailed information, including availability, homes features, and virtual model tours, are available on the community’s website at http://www.EastGateOceanport.com.

Officer’s Row, the final housing section at East Gate, is a limited offering of just 8 detached and attached single-family homes.  Aptly named after its former purpose as acclaimed residences for high ranking officers stationed on Fort Monmouth, homes in Officer’s Row are situated in some of most desirable community locations with beautiful waterviews of Parker’s Creek.

Palermo Edwards Architecture has remodeled the buildings’ interiors to create new two- and three-story homes with luxurious kitchens and bathrooms and a high level of style and comfort. Generous floorplans feature designer elements, including modern kitchens with granite or quartz countertops, stainless steel Kohler fixtures and GE appliance packages; and master-bathroom suites with double vanity countertops, Moen Eva faucets and showers with built-in benches and semi-frameless shower doors.  Residences also provide hardwood flooring throughout first floors in the townhome designs and throughout both first and second floors in the duplex and single-family floorplans.

Homes in Officer’s Row are priced from the upper $700,000s and feature spacious dining/living room, open concept kitchen, expansive master bedroom suite with lavish master bath and sitting room and den.  Residences provide spacious backyards with large patios to take advantage of the water views of Parker’s Creek.   As an added bonus, crown molding can be found throughout the main living level and hardwood flooring is included on both the first and second floors, desired finishes not available in previous duplexes.

In addition to Officer’s Row, a limited number of townhomes and duplexes are available in Phase II at East Gate priced from the $500,000s to the mid-$700,000s. 

Residents at East Gate enjoy being part of the Jersey Shore’s premier live/play community.  An abundance of amenities and services are nearby, including the Marina at Oceanport, parade grounds, open space and walking and biking trails around Parker’s Creek.  There’s also East Gate Park, a one-acre outdoor space featuring a monument paying homage to Fort Monmouth’s storied past, pedestrian pathways, benches, lawns, seasonal flowers and shrubbery and a modernized lightning/lantern package

Oceanport is one of Monmouth County’s most desired residential settings, combining a distinctly suburban environment with award-winning schools.  The Borough also provides an incredibly commuter-friendly location with easy access to all that makes Jersey Shore living so special.

East Gate itself is situated just minutes from popular New Jersey beaches and the banks of the Shrewsbury River, and is in proximity to the entertainment, dining and culture of Red Bank and Asbury Park. Commuters will enjoy the location just two miles from New Jersey Transit’s Little Silver Train Station, which provides direct service to Manhattan, as well as easy access to major highways including Routes 35, 36, 18 and the Garden State Parkway.

The on-site sales program at East Gate is being conducted by CB New Homes of Madison, NJ.(www.cbnewhomes.com) 

 

Hoboken Girl hosts virtual dance party

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On Saturday, April 18, 2020, Hoboken Girl will be hosting their weekly Instagram live dance party in order to raise money for the Front Line Appreciation Group (FLAG) of Hoboken and Jersey City.

FLAG of HBKN and JC serves to support all of the heroes that are helping treat, rescue and keep the community safe while putting themselves and their families at risk amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donations can be made via Venmo or PayPal. For more information visit: https://www.hobokengirl.com/weekend-events-hoboken-jersey-city-april-16-2020/

 

Cure Breast Cancer Foundation Supports The Memorial Sloan Kettering Employee Relief Fund

CBCF LogoIn these challenging times, the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) acknowledges that the excellent care Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) patients receive each day depends upon the availability of trained and skilled support staff to assist, care for and comfort patients. The same holds true for the research support staff. Care and research are intertwined, and the MSK Employee Relief Fund will help research staff too, some involved in CBCF research.

Many of these caring people are facing tremendous personal and unprecedented challenges of their own:

*Lack of public transportation to get to and from the hospital

*Children who are home from school and have no other care options

*Sick and elderly family members who are in need of care

*Unplanned family expenses

The support staff, doctors and nurses are working around the clock to uphold the excellent MSKCC standard of patient care. MSKCC realizes and understands these unprecedented challenges its support staff faces and is making a commitment to help them to get through this difficult time.

CBCF is asking for your support of these critical care staff members and researchers at this time by donating now to The Cure Breast Cancer Foundation to help cover these costs and allow their staff to be at work and continue to save lives. CBCF has already donated $50,000 to the Fund. All additional funds raised through this special effort will be forwarded to the MSK Employee Relief Fund as well. To donate and support the MSK Employee Relief Fund, please visitwww.curebreastcancerfoundation.org.