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Mold Awareness and General Safety Procedures Training

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Flood Risk Open House

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Family Fun!!

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ReelAbilities: The New Jersey Disabilities Film Festival

You are cordially invited to attend ReelAbilities: The New Jersey Disabilities Film Festival presented by Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Public Policy, NJTIP @ Rutgers, and Goodwill New York/New Jersey on Monday, November 17. Please see the invitation below for more information.

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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony

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Flu Shots!

flu_shotsThe Health Department will be giving free flu shots to all Harrison residents age 18 and over.

Location: Harrison Senior Citizens Center 221-223 Harrison Ave.

Monday November 17, 2014 from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Please bring ID and wear a short sleeve shirt.

Open House: Comeback for Harrison, NJ

Once-Industrial Town Is Undergoing Major Redevelopment
By Melanie Lefkowitz
Updated Sept. 26, 2014 9:47 p.m. ET
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A couple walks on Harrison Avenue.
The town of Harrison, N.J., has long offered its residents a friendly, diverse and safe community; easy access to Newark, Jersey City and Manhattan; and relatively affordable wood-frame houses on quiet streets.
“I just like the general feeling of being able to walk around the streets, talk to people,” says the mayor, James Fife, who moved in 1966 to Harrison, a Hudson County town of about 14,000 people situated across the Passaic River from Newark. “You know your neighbors. It’s a nice little town.”
But the little town is growing. The once-industrial community is in the midst of a major redevelopment, with about 700 new residences as well as hotels and retail establishments opening downtown and construction of a new, $256-million PATH station. The Red Bull Arena, home to a Major League Soccer team, opened in 2010. More housing and retail construction is under way.
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The 138-room Element Harrison-Newark, a Starwood hotel, opened in August. A 141-unit luxury rental complex, the Water’s Edge at Harrison, began offering leases last week for apartments that will be available starting in October.
Town leaders and developers are optimistic that the changes will revitalize Harrison. Once known as “the beehive of industry,” the town’s population of 14,000 ballooned to 90,000 each workday in the mid-20th century. But after its large manufacturers relocated to other states, the town suffered from decades of neglect, with rising taxes and shrinking services.
“We were left with big, hulking buildings and not too much revenue,” says Mr. Fife, who took over stewardship of the redevelopment projects from his predecessor, Raymond McDonough, who died earlier this year.
The plans have been more than a decade in the making, but were slowed by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the economic recession. “It’s taken a while, but now we seem to be moving in a positive direction,” Mr. Fife says.
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The Harrison Public Library.
Developers say they are drawn by the town’s location along the PATH line, offering residents a quick commute to job hubs in Newark, Jersey City, Hoboken and Manhattan, as well as the existing urban infrastructure.
“We’re one of several redevelopers in Harrison, and we’re transforming what was an older urban area that hasn’t had a lot of development in years into a forward modern community,” says Michael Barry, president of Ironstate Holdings.
Ironstate and the Pegasus Group own the Element hotel and are developing the Harrison Station rental complex next to the PATH station. The project is expected to eventually encompass 2,250 luxury apartments and 80,000 square feet of retail space in seven buildings, including the hotel. “We’re bringing street retail, restaurants and shops back to downtown Harrison,” says Mr. Barry.
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A clock by Town Hall.  
Rentals at Harrison Station, which currently has 275 units, cost about $30 a square foot, with a 700-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment renting for around $1,800 a month, Mr. Barry says. Apartments in the Water’s Edge, on Dey Street near the Passaic River, are around $1,700 a month for a one-bedroom and $2,200 for a two-bedroom apartment, according to the developer, BNE Real Estate Group.
One- and two-family houses on Harrison’s residential streets, as well as two-bedroom condominiums, generally sell for around $200,000 to $300,000. The median listing price of all listings in Harrison in August was $275,000, says Zillow.com, a 19% drop from the same month in 2013.
Independently owned shops and restaurants can be found along the town’s main thoroughfare of Harrison Avenue, including many reflecting the growing Latino community. Once largely Polish and Italian, Harrison’s population is now about 44% Hispanic and 16% Asian, according to census data.
The Port Authority’s replacement of the town’s 76-year-old PATH station with a modern facility is a selling point for new residents, developers say.
“The PATH link…is a huge driver in this day and age. People want to be close to where they work,” Mr. Barry says. “It makes a huge difference.”
Parks: West Hudson Park, in Harrison and neighboring Kearny, is a 46-acre Hudson County park with ball fields, a gazebo and the 2-acre Fairy Lake. Veterans Plaza is a green space on Harrison Avenue.
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Schools: Harrison has four public schools with an enrollment of around 2,000 students.
According to 2012-2013 state data, the high school outperforms 43% of schools across the state when it comes to academic achievement. Its graduation rate was 91%. The U.S. Department of Education named Harrison High School a blue-ribbon school in 2013.
Dining: Restaurants include many international and ethnic restaurants reflecting the town’s diverse population. Among the new establishments that have opened downtown are Sakura Japan and an outpost of Five Guys Burgers & Fries, both on Frank E. Rodgers Boulevard South.
Shopping: Shops and services can be found along Harrison Avenue, including the Farinhas Bakery, a Portuguese bakery. Larger stores can be found in Kearny.
Red Bull Arena.

New luxury waterfront rental community opens in Harrison

Water’s Edge at Harrison, a luxury waterfront rental community located in Harrison, has opened for leasing in October, officials from developer BNE Real Estate Group announced Wednesday.

 

Located at 301 Dey Street, the 141-unit apartment complex will overlook the Passaic River in a waterfront corner of Harrison.

“We designed Water’s Edge to offer a complete lifestyle experience for our residents, one that is not only easily accessible by mass transportation, but also feels private and personal,” Kristina Hedden, vice president of marketing for BNE, said in a prepared statement. “This community raises the bar for the echelon of luxury that Gold Coast renters have come to expect, at a price point that is much more affordable than what is currently being offered in Hoboken and Jersey City. Here, our renters can have their cake and eat it, too.”

Residents of the complex will have a commuter-friendly atmosphere by being located within close proximity to Route 280 and the New Jersey Turnpike. They will also have access to complimentary shuttle service to the nearby Harrison PATH station.

“Harrison is undergoing a tremendous renaissance and we are thrilled to be a part of it,” Jonathan Schwartz, senior vice president of BNE, said in a prepared statement. “Water’s Edge reflects our commitment to creating innovative, well-thought-out residences in strategic locations near mass transportation that meet the needs of today’s sophisticated renter. It is a significant new addition to this emerging neighborhood along the Passaic River, and the demand for this new building has been extremely strong.”

 

By Emily Bader
September 25, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Harrison takes another step forward as high-end rental complex nears completion

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A photo of Water’s Edge with the Newark skyline in the background. – (BNE Real Estate Group)

As several developers were planning redevelopment projects in Harrison, BNE Real Estate Group got an early glimpse of the town’s potential as a rail-anchored urban hub.

 

In partnership with Roseland Property Co., the firm opened 176 condominiums along the Passaic River between 2007 and 2008. Those units sold out — catering to commuters who use the nearby PATH station — but the ensuing real estate downturn caused BNE to shift to rental units for its next phase.

And once it had redesigned its project and obtained new approvals, the time was right.

“Time was in our favor, because obviously the market was only improving,” said Jonathan Schwartz, senior vice president of BNE Real Estate Group.

 

By Joshua Burd
October 21, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Developers break ground on Harrison apartment complex

AR-141019923.jpg&maxW=430&maxH=430The first piece of a new 104-unit residential complex in Harrison is slated to open by early next year, according to developers The Hampshire Cos. and CrownPoint Group.

 

The project, which will include two 52-unit luxury apartment buildings, is among the latest in the town’s long-running plan to redevelop its blighted industrial waterfront. It will sit at 221 Bergen St., just a few blocks from the PATH station that is the cornerstone of efforts to create a rail-served urban community there.

RELATED: Hampshire, CrownPoint unveil plans for Harrison apartment project

Hampshire and CrownPoint gathered in Harrison last week for an official groundbreaking ceremony for the project. They were joined by local officials and project investors, including Jeffrey Sica of Circle Squared Alternative Investments.

“Born of industrial roots, there is a modern community emerging right here in Harrison as the town’s urban infrastructure is being transformed into vibrant neighborhoods,” James E. Hanson II, Hampshire’s CEO and president, said in a prepared statement.

The two Morristown-based developers have tapped Feinberg & Associates P.C, a multidisciplinary architectural firm, to design the two residential buildings.

RELATED: Harrison: A blank canvas — Developers, town officials continue push to transform 1.3-square-mile town

The effort to redevelop the 1.3-square-mile town goes back some 15 years, and local officials have had to endure massive environmental cleanup projects, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the recession. That has resulted in a handful of new projects and active construction in recent years, as some of the rundown warehouses have slowly been replaced by new residential and commercial complexes.

But stakeholders have said construction is picking up. Two projects that would bring another 543 high-end apartments to the area are nearing completion, and nearly 720 more are just underway or expected to break ground within the next six months, including the CrownPoint and Hampshire project.

“Having spent 15 years in Harrison, I know firsthand the dedication and hard work that has gone into the revitalization of what once was the Beehive of Industry,” Jeff Milanaik, CEO of CrownPoint Group, said in a prepared statement. “Today we begin a new project and take one more step in achieving our vision for the town of Harrison.”

 

By Joshua Burd
October 13, 2014 at 1:53 PM

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