League of Women Voters Provides Essential Primary Election Details for Voters

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The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley (LWVNV) reminds the public of several changes to the upcoming July 7 Primary Election.  As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this election will be conducted primarily through vote-by-mail ballots with limited in-person voting options available.

Vote-by-mail ballots were automatically sent to all active registered Republican and Democratic voters.  All unaffiliated voters and inactive Republican and Democratic voters will receive a vote-by-mail application.  Both the ballot and application will have pre-paid postage and the deadline to apply by mail to receive a mail-in ballot is June 30.  The Bergen County Clerk must receive mailed applications by that date.

Vote-by-mail applications for the July 7 Primary Election may be downloaded at www.bergencountyclerk.org.  Voters may also apply in-person to the County Clerk for a mail-in ballot by July 7, before 8:00 p.m.

Each vote-by-mail ballot comes with instructions in English, Spanish, and Korean to complete the ballot.  The Bergen County Clerk’s Office also created an online step-by-step instructional tutorial about how to complete the vote-by-mail ballot in the July 7th Primary Election that may be viewed at http://www.bergencountyclerk.org/.  For information, call 201-336-6100.

To the extent possible, at least five readily accessible secure ballot drop box locations in Bergen County will be available for a voter to submit the completed vote-by-mail ballot.  Voters, who submit their vote-by-mail ballot using a drop-box, must return the ballot on or before July 7, prior to 8:00 p.m.  The vote by mail ballot may also be returned in-person to the Bergen County Board of Elections by 8:00 pm on July 7.   Voters may also return the vote-by-mail ballot by placing it in their mailbox using the U.S. Postal Service.  The ballot must be postmarked on or before July 7 and received by the Board of Elections by 8:00 p.m. on July 14 to be considered valid.

Each municipality will have a minimum of one polling location available and Bergen County will open a minimum of 50% of its polling places, provided sufficient poll workers are available.  Polling place locations were announced on June 15 and voters will receive a mailed notification of polling locations.  Voters will not receive sample ballots.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for polling place safety and sanitation will be followed.  Voters who vote at polling locations will use a paper provisional ballot.  Voters with disabilities may vote on ADA accessible voting machines.

Leonia High School Celebrates their Class of 2020 in Style

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Leonia High School is jumping on the innovative graduation bandwagon in order to recognize their Senior Class of 2020, whose graduation could not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Principal Chuck Kalender, Vice-Principal Mark Sernatinger, and a caravan of teachers and guidance councelors drove through Leonia and Edgewater  to drop off items, including caps, gowns, lawn signs and more in order to recognize all 168 Seniors. Each senior was also given lawn blankets that were donated by the Leonia High School Home & School Association.

Value Companies Completes Social Distancing Presentations of Rewards in Resident Retention Program

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Social distancing restrictions haven’t slowed Value Companies from recognizing the loyalty of some of its long-time residents.  At a time when many landlords may be tightening operating budgets, the Clifton, NJ-based company has just completed the presentation of financial rewards in its annual resident retention program.

Value Companies initially launched the incentive – called Value Cares – in 2019 to give directly back to dedicated residents with firm roots in its apartment portfolio in New Jersey.  Receiving rewards from Value Cares is simple.  For each five-year milestone celebrated in a Value Companies’ home, renters receive a $100 Value Cares Gift Card.  For example, a five-year resident is gifted $100; a ten-year resident $200, a fifteen-year resident $300, continuing up.

“In the wake of the COVID-19 era, we wanted to pay it forward to our loyal residents who continuously choose our communities to call home,” says Jack Linefsky, Vice President of Property Management for the Clifton, N.J.-based company.  “The Value Cares program serves as the perfect thank-you notion, so that long-term members of our communities know how grateful we are to have them. We had to improvise in the delivery of the rewards in order to practice social distancing, so we have been delivering all the Value Cares gift cards door to door.”

For over six decades, Value Companies has reported high retention and occupancy rates throughout a roster of more than 3,000 apartment homes by providing the highest level of professionalism and a dedication to excellent customer service.  Headed by CEO and President Andrew Abramson, Value Companies has an outstanding background in property management and is well established as one of the northeast’s leading real estate developers, owners and managers.

Founded in 1952, the firm’s residential properties have been built and managed by a highly-skilled, in-house management team of more than 80 industry professionals which oversee all aspects of Value’s communities, including construction, leasing, maintenance, property management and administration.

Value’s third-party management business, Value Asset Management (VAM), provides full-service management capabilities and customized asset solutions to a growing list of third-party real estate investment and property owner clients.  Value Companies also received numerous industry awards for its various properties as well as being a 4-time recipient of the New Jersey Apartment Association Management Company of the Year award.

For more information on Value Companies’, please contact the company headquarters at 973-473-2800 or visit www.valuecompanies.com.

Northern NJ Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund Awards Nearly $240,000 to Nonprofits

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The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) announces the award of 54 grants totaling nearly $240,000 from its COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund to nonprofit organizations serving Bergen County.  The NNJCF, a not-for-profit organization based in Hackensack, New Jersey, focuses on civic engagement, education, the environment, public health, and the arts.

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The NNJCF’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund awarded grants to vetted nonprofits encountering increased demand for services and supplies in Bergen County’s communities.  Nonprofit organizations providing arts programs and services in Bergen County to build community engagement in a time of isolation were also supported.  The average grant was $4,3000, with grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

Grants were awarded to nonprofits to provide services in these fields.

Arts

Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Art Center of Northern New Jersey, Art School at Old Church, Inc., ArtWorks-The Naomi Cohain Foundation, Inc., Bella Music Foundation, Inc., Bergen Performing Arts Center, CavanKerry Press, Ltd., Center for Modern Dance Education, Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus, Pro Arte Chorale, Inc., Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra, Skyline Theatre Company, Teaneck International Film Festival, The Black Box Performing Arts Center, Inc., The Company Theatre Group, Inc.

Community

Boys & Girls Club of Lodi, Inc., Bloom Empowerment, Greenfaith, ITN North Jersey, Network for Responsible Public Policy, Project Literacy of Greater Bergen County, YWCA Northern New Jersey

Food

Center for Food Action, Circles for Healing, Community Chest of Leonia NJ, Disabled Combat Veterans Youth Program, Meals With A Mission, Inc., Tri-Arc Community Development Corporation, Trinity Baptist Church

Health and Safety

Adler Aphasia Center, Bergen Medical Volunteer Initiative, Backpacks for Life, Inc., Buddies of New Jersey, Center for Hope and Safety, Inc., Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., Englewood Health Foundation, Garfield First Community Development Corporation, Geriatric Services, Inc., Hackensack Meridian Foundation, Holy Name Foundation, Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Northern New Jersey, Marblejam Kids, Inc., North Jersey Friendship House, S.H.A.R.E., Inc., Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps, The Center for Family Support, Inc., The Jillian Fund, Valley Hospital Foundation, Valley Kids Matter Foundation, Inc., Visions Recovery, Inc.

Housing

Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County, Family Promise of Bergen County, Rebuilding Together North Jersey, Volunteer Center of Bergen County, Inc.

Collaboration Key to Fund’s Success

“The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation is grateful for the support of a network of funders who recognized we are ideally positioned to distribute grants to help nonprofits serving our neighbors experiencing hardships during this pandemic.  Their support enables us to carry out the Foundation’s mission and foster collaboration among local agencies and our partners to build stronger communities in the region,” said Michael Shannon, President, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation.

The NNJCF collaborated with The Community Chest, a nonprofit serving eastern Bergen County, to maximize the impact of limited resources throughout the area.  Support for the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund came from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Russell Berrie Foundation, NEC Financial Services via the NEC Foundation of America, Visions Federal Credit Union, individuals and other donors.

COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund Expands

Nonprofit organizations working at the grassroots level continue to face difficult choices about whom to serve and how.  Children, families, and seniors face increased struggles with reduced or lost income, food and housing insecurity, health expenses and childcare needs.  Social distancing is causing increased isolation and loneliness among community members.

As the demand for services continue, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation announces the expansion of the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund with a donation from Arnold Ventures.  “Arnold Ventures’ generous pledge of $100,000 in matching funds enables us to expand the program in Bergen County and into Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Union Counties to support local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving communities and neighbors in need.  The Fund will also support nonprofit arts organizations and those providing arts programs and services in the region to build community engagement in a time of isolation.  With the public’s support, we can meet the required match dollar for dollar,” said Shannon.

The second round of funding opens to 501(c)3 nonprofits that have not already applied to the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund.  They must provide services or resources to meet the emergency needs of communities during the COVID-19 pandemic in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Union Counties.  Applications will be announced and available on the organization’s website at the end of June.

Make a Donation

The public is invited to donate to the Fund.  Individuals, businesses, and organizations may find additional information and contribute to the NNJCF’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund at www.nnjcf.org/cause-posts/covid-19-rapid-response-fund/.  Contributions may also be sent by check made out to ‘The Northern NJ Community Foundation’, with ‘COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund’ entered in the memo line, to: the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, 1 University Plaza, Suite 128, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601.  Donations are tax-deductible, as permitted by law.  For further information, contact nnjcf@nnjcf.org or 201-568-5608.

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.

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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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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.

Value Companies Institutes New Measures to Ensure Safety and Provide Relief in Coronavirus Pandemic

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CLIFTON, N.J.  —  Value Companies, one of New Jersey’s leading apartment owners and managers, has taken great strides to ensure its leasing programs and rental procedures follow strict safety guidelines and relieve resident stress in the face of the Coronavirus outbreak.

First and foremost, to adhere to state and local regulations and obey social distancing requirements, Value Cos. has transitioned all its leasing efforts to digital platforms, with presentations now featuring virtual tours of model homes, as well as Facetime meetings with rental agents and their prospective tenants.

 

The Clifton, NJ-based company, which boasts a portfolio of more than 3,000 rental homes, has also  instituted a number of measures designed to provide some level of financial relief and considerable peace of mind for its current residents.  Value Companies, which has garnered a strong reputation for sterling customer service and renter relations, implemented the new initiatives at the beginning of April.  They include:

  • Crediting back increases to residents that renewed leases that have, or will, commence in the months of April, May, June and July;
  • Offering two-year leases to both new applicants and existing residents when they are renewing their lease who would like to lock into new rates for an extended 24 month period;
  • Absorbing all service costs to residents who opt to pay monthly rent or account balances via credit card;
  • Upon Lease Renewal, current residents are being offered a “holdover” period (May to July), where there will be no increase of monthly rent/without holdover fees.  This is particularly useful for residents with future plans on hold;
  • Waived application fee(s) equaling $50.00 per applicant, with a campaign code: FREEAPP;
  • Most importantly, Value Companies is working directly, and personally, with hardship situations to help relieve stress of residents during this unpredictable time.

“These are difficult times and we understand our residents may face challenges and obstacles that are out of their control,” says Jack Linefsky, Vice President of Property Management for Value Companies.  “We quickly drafted and implemented these new policies at the start of the pandemic to assist these residents and help alleviate anxiety as we all navigate through months of uncertainty ahead.  In addition to these procedures, we’re also in constant communication with our resident base to provide any updates or new community regulations.”

Headed by CEO and President Andrew Abramson, Value Companies has an outstanding background in property management and is well established as one of the northeast’s leading real estate developers, owners and managers. Founded in 1952, the firm’s residential properties have been built and managed by a highly-skilled, in-house management team of more than 80 industry professionals which oversee all aspects of Value’s communities, including construction, leasing, maintenance, property management and administration.

Across its development division, Value Companies has embarked in new apartment developments and investments in strategic suburban and urban locations throughout the country. Value’s development success is directly tied to its steadfast commitment and expertise in multifamily housing, and its ability to introduce new housing products that address consumer and community needs.

Value’s third-party management business, Value Asset Management (VAM), provides full-service management capabilities and customized asset solutions to a growing list of third-party real estate investment and property owner clients.

Value Companies has received numerous industry awards for its various properties as well as being a 4-time recipient of the New Jersey Apartment Association Management Company of the Year award.

For more information on Value Companies’, please contact the company headquarters at 973-473-2800 or visit http://www.valuecompanies.com.

 

Jersey Shore New Home Communities Catching the Attention of Urban Residents

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)