New York City Renters Choose Hoboken Lifestyle at 7 Seventy House

Andres Torres and girlfriend Tiara Tingle cross the Hudson River for luxury apartment living, open space and ease of access to Manhattan.

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It’s no secret Hoboken, N.J. has long been a migration point for New York City renters seeking to trade in smaller apartments for more space, better amenities and less expensive pricing, all in one of the most dynamic and vibrant settings on New Jersey’s “Gold Coast.” The traditional relocation to this Hudson County City has been even more pronounced following the lifting of stay-at-home orders, with pent-up demand from New York metro renters eager and ready to transition into a new luxury rental lifestyle in the birthplace of Frank Sinatra.

“Hoboken, with its tremendous access to Manhattan, higher level of affordability and walkable urban environment, has always had appeal to New York City residents,” says Jaqueline Urgo, President of The Marketing Directors, which is directing the marketing and leasing program at 7 Seventy House, an upscale apartment building at 770 Jackson Street. “We’ve seen an escalation of this trend this summer with a surge of interest from prospects that both planned to move before the pandemic hit, and those compelled to add more space and move away from New York City crowds and congestion.”

7 Seventy House is fast approaching 80% leased, fueled in part by a noticeable increase in renters crossing the Hudson River. Two of those, Andres Torres and his girlfriend Tiara Tingle, were quick to make the jump from New York City to Hoboken to secure a larger apartment in a highly-amenitized building a short trip from Manhattan.

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“I was living in Brooklyn and Tiara was living in the Financial District,” Mr. Torres said. “When we decided it was time to live together, an existing roommate and lack of space ruled out my apartment. We started to look at other options.”

The mile-square city located directly across from midtown Manhattan was their first and last stop. Mr. Torres had already been familiar with Hoboken and its lively urban lifestyle, having frequently visited friends who lived in the community. The knowledge of its residential market, its entertainment, restaurant and nightlife scene and easy access to New York City, was a critical factor in choosing Hoboken as their new home.

“I knew my commute time for work into the Financial District from Hoboken would be equivalent to what it was from Brooklyn,” Mr. Torres points out. “And I knew we could get a larger home, more amenities and access to outdoor space. As a Hoboken resident, we would also not be subject to New York City resident tax which is an added financial bonus. It all added up to more bang for the buck.”

Confined to touring homes remotely, Mr. Torres relied on the advice of his friends. Their recommendations, combined with having visited 7 Seventy House as a guest, provided all the insight the couple needed to choose the 424-home building for their first shared apartment.

“7 Seventy House has everything you can think of from every angle,” commented Mr. Torres. “The Manhattan skyline views are unbeatable. The amenities are perfect, including the rooftop pool, grilling areas, and multiple outdoor gardens. The home itself had captivating floor-to-ceiling windows that really create a luxury feel to the apartment.”

Mr. Torres and Ms. Tingle are excitedly awaiting early fall when they will be moving into their new one-bedroom residence.

“Hoboken has a distinctly residential vibe and a change of pace from the hustle-and-bustle of New York City,” Mr. Torres added. “That’s particularly true at 7 Seventy House. After a long work week, it will be nice to come home to more open space and less congestion.”

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Developed by Bijou Properties and partner Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation, 7 Seventy House features studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Homes boast open floor plans with red oak engineered wood floors and expansive windows that bathe the homes in natural light. Kitchens boast 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 Kohler fixtures.

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

The landmark Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects (MHS Architects)-designed building features a 14-story high rise tower with multiple terraced setbacks, a glass and brick exterior and a distinctive columned entryway.

Enhancing resident lifestyle at 7 Seventy House is a complete package of resort-style amenities, including 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 that include the Manhattan skyline.

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

Additionally, 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.” Services include Hoboken’s PATH and New Jersey Transit and Ferry terminals that travel to Manhattan. Closer to home, there is 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.

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7 Seventy House was developed in conjunction with a two-acre public resiliency park right outside the building. The 7th and Jackson park features a public plaza with step seating and tilted lawn panel, large plaza to accommodate vendors and seasonal markets, a children’s playground, a one-acre green space designed for active and passive recreation uses and a state-of-the-art 6,835 square-foot community gymnasium.

For more information, please visit the building’s website at www.7SeventyHouse.com or call 201-795-0770.

 

 

Hoboken Girl Presents 30-Day Virtual Wellness Crawl

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Due to the unforeseen circumstances of COVID-19 this year’s Hoboken Wellness Crawl, presented by Hoboken Girl, is going virtual.

The 30-Day Virtual Wellness Crawl Event is happening  from September 13 to October 13, offering exclusive access to special deals, offers, giveaways, and classes for all-things wellness in Hudson County.

With over 100+ local vendors, the goal of the Hoboken Wellness Crawl is to connect local residents with wellness centered businesses in Hudson County. Vendors range from food establishments to fitness and health, as well as beauty options. During the 30 day event, ticket holders will be able to engage with local businesses both in-person and online to check out all of the wellness options offered.

In order to hold the audience accountable, Hoboken Girl’s team will also be releasing wellness challenges and tips on the @hobokenwellnesscrawl social media platforms throughout the 30 days.

With your ticket, you will receive:

  • Virtual giveaways: You’ll have the ability to enter online and win a giveaway prize valued at $75 or more for each of the 100+ businesses participating — all from the comfort of your own home {and on a platform called JackRaffit created by a local Hoboken resident}.
  • Exclusive Deals + Offers: You’ll get access to a virtual deals guide for all ticket holders to utilize throughout the 30-day event — only accessible to ticket holders, including freebies and deals from over 100+ businesses — for both in-person and online, as they are being offered individually by each business}.
  • Free Classes: Ticket holders will be given a virtual token to cash in for free fitness + wellness classes– with both in-person + virtual class options. General Admission ticket holders will have 2 token uses and VIP ticket holders will have 3 token uses. These token uses are good now through the end of 2020, pending class availability.
  • A 30-Day ‘Support Local’ Wellness Challenge hosted on our @hobokenwellnesscrawl social platforms, as well as an exclusive Hoboken Wellness Crawl Facebook Group.
  • For VIPs, you get all this, plus a VIP bag worth $150+ in goodies + local offers, 1 additional tokens for free classes, and automatic entry into all the giveaways.

General admissions tickets are $25 and VIP tickets are $75. Hoboken Girl plans to donate 20% of all ticket sale profits to the Hoboken Relief Fund, in order to support businesses and individuals  who were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Solaia “Tops Out” on New Jersey Hudson River Gold Coast

Upscale North Bergen Building Will Deliver 70 Luxury Condos and Inspiring Wellness Amenities in First Quarter, 2021

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Skyline Development Group announced today that Solaia has topped out at 14 stories, representing a significant construction milestone for the new luxury condominium building rising on an elevated location bordering the historic Palisades Cliffs in North Bergen, NJ.

Skyline Development Group, with joint venture partners, Vasco Ventures and Mosaic Real Estate, plan for pre-construction sales for the collection of one-to-three-bedroom homes to begin in early fall.  In readying for the launch, Skyline Development Group has unveiled a teaser website at www.livesolaia.com where interested purchasers can add their name to a VIP wait list.  Construction on the Architectura-designed building is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2021, delivering 70 luxe residences and a complete package of ultra health and wellness amenities to New Jersey’s Hudson River Gold Coast.

“Solaia will be unlike any other condominium on the Gold Coast market today,” said Lou Mont, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Skyline Development Group.  “The project has been conceptualized to create a new level of indulgence with an emphasis on a healthier, more balanced lifestyle.  The building design fully maximizes its natural surroundings and unique location with dramatic Hudson River and New York City skyline views from every home. The spa-like amenity package is one-of-a-kind and a welcome retreat from the daily hustle and bustle of city living.  We’re delighted to now be one step closer to realizing this vision for this iconic development.”

Homes at Solaia will range from 864 square feet to over 1,900 square feet with initial pricing expected to begin from the mid $700,000’s to $2,000,000.  Almost all homes will provide private balconies. These homes will have custom Italian cabinetry and countertops, WIFI enabled appliances and thermostats, HUE lighting & automation systems, custom closet systems and soaking tubs.

An inspiring 10,000 square-foot package of world class facilities at Solaia will be highlighted by a three-story wellness center with fully-equipped fitness center, full service spa including steam, sauna, Halotherapy salt lounge, vitality tub, personalized owner’s locker with dressing rooms.  Recreation and social amenities will include a cliffside roofdeck with BBQ grills, fireplace and dining area, co-working spaces, Owner’s lounge featuring fireplace wall, billiards, catering kitchen and dining area.

Located at 8701 Churchill Road, Solaia takes full advantage of New Jersey Gold Coast living.  Just minutes away are the eclectic offering of dining, shopping and waterfront recreational and nightlife pursuits in Edgewater, Weehawken, North Bergen and Hoboken.  Its location has long attracted those commuting to New York City for business and pleasure who appreciate its proximity to the George Washington Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel and NY Waterway Port Imperial Ferry Terminal.

Maridian Properties Implements Enhanced Safety and Health Procedures for Tenants and Employees Returning to Work

Hoboken-based Company is Providing Commercial Tenants with Additional Services To Create a Safer and Healthier Work Environment  

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Mario Fini, Founder and Managing Director of Maridian Properties

Maridian Properties, a Hoboken-based real estate developer and property manager with more than 100,000 square feet of commercial space and 200 residential units under management, has implemented a detailed re-occupancy plan that allows its commercial tenants and corporate employees to return to the workplace in a safe and healthy manner.

The plan includes enhanced cleaning procedures and safety protocols, as well as new policies that make it easier to meet social distancing guidelines and decrease individual exposure, according to Mario Fini, Founder and Managing Director of Maridian Properties. They include:

  • New disinfecting measures, including continuous and intensified disinfecting of all common areas, restrooms, stairwells, and touchpoint surfaces.
  • New hand sanitizing stations in lobbies and common areas.
  • New signage with PPE and social distancing reminders.
  • New procedures in place for limited-capacity elevator usage to help maintain social distancing.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided to company employees.
  • Training for maintenance staff on proper sanitizing procedures, site-specific protocols, and use and disposal of PPE.
  • Additional trash receptacles in lobbies for responsible disposal of PPE.
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In its own corporate offices, Maridian Properties has installed plexiglass shields between workspaces, as recommended by Cushman & Wakefield’s “Safe Six: Workplace Readiness Essentials” checklist. The shields provide an added level of separation between team members. Maridian Properties is also providing the plexiglass installation service to its commercial tenants who wish to implement it in their own workspaces, at a subsidized cost.

Maridian Properties is a company with deep roots in Hoboken that has witnessed first-hand the toll the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on the Mile Square City. The firm is implementing its re-occupancy plan with great care so that its tenants feel comfortable re-opening their businesses, thereby providing a much-needed boost to the local economy.

“We are doing everything that we can to create an environment where our tenants who choose to return to their offices can welcome their employees back in the safest way possible,” Mr. Fini said. “The pandemic has been hard on local businesses, and many of our tenants have been negatively impacted. For those who are ready to re-open, we want them to be able to do so with confidence, knowing that we are taking our responsibility for providing a safe working environment very seriously.”

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Mario Fini’s commitment to Hoboken extends beyond that of a property owner.  Fini has been a resident of Hoboken for more than 30 years, and his devotion to his community includes 23 years of service to the Hoboken Fire Department where he currently serves as Battalion Chief.  In his corporate role, Mario Fini has been instrumental in many initiatives to grow and develop the best of this city, including his involvement in the planning of one of Hoboken’s newest neighborhoods: The Railhead District adjacent to the Hoboken Terminal.  Under Fini’s guidance and leadership, Maridian Properties has developed and managed some of the most iconic properties in Hoboken and continues to carefully curate local and national retailers that meet the needs of the city and enhance its prized sense of community.

About Maridian Properties

One of the premier boutique real estate development companies in Hoboken, Maridian Properties builds, owns, and manages a portfolio of some of the area’s most iconic residential and commercial properties, right in the heart of the Hoboken’s well-located Railhead District. Founded and led by Mario Fini, the company has more than three decades of experience providing its tenants with the highest level of service and attention to detail. Its holdings span residential, office, retail and hospitality uses, with more than 100,000 square feet of commercial space and more than 200 residential units currently under management.

More information on Maridian Properties can be found on the company’s website: www.maridianproperties.com.

 

Feverish Leasing Pace Greets Opening of In-Person Tours at Hoboken’s 7 Seventy House Upscale Rental Building

On-site tours at 7 Seventy House in Hoboken have relaunched with a flourish as pent-up demand has prospective renters leasing at the 424-home luxury apartment building at a feverish pace, according to The Marketing Directors, its exclusive leasing and marketing agent.

With state regulations softened, the leasing and model center at 7 Seventy House has opened by appointment only, and with detailed health and social distancing protocols in place to ensure the safety of both visitors and residents.  The resumption of in-person showings follows a wildly successful spring virtual tour program that propelled the building past the impressive mark of 70% leased.  The one-on-one digital presentations, guided by a member of the leasing staff, are still available for prospects wishing to tour the building remotely.

Enthused to once again tour 7 Seventy House, the renting public has been quick to lease at the 14-story building with a majority deciding to reserve an upscale studio-, one-, two- or three-bedroom home on the initial visit.  Several factors can be attributed to the immediate velocity, led by the opportunity to see first-hand the spacious, light-filled apartments.

Another strong contributor is the chance to experience the resort-like lifestyle at 7 Seventy House, thanks to the recent opening of many of the building’s outdoor amenities, including the penthouse roof deck with pool and lounge seating, expansive amenity deck with BBQ stations, multiple outdoor gardens, bocce ball court and on-site dog park.  Select indoor amenities are also open, including play room, game room, indoor bike storage, dog grooming room, alcove with coworking lounge and coffee station and a conference room with access to an outdoor lounge with a firepit, are also now open with social distancing guidelines in place.  The building’s multi-level gym will open in coordination with government guidance.

“Prospects used their time wisely during stay at home orders, doing extensive research, educating themselves on the market and clarifying the type of luxury homes and amenities they desire,” said Jaqueline Urgo, President of The Marketing Directors.  “As a result, we’re seeing a noticeable uptick in serious prospects willing and ready to move forward with an application on first in-person visit.  This is particularly true in the Jersey Gold Coast where the pandemic created added eagerness from both locals looking to move up to a brand new, luxury lifestyle, as well as New York City renters seeking more space and comfort.  When they first walk through our doors, visitors immediately see 7 Seventy House offers these attributes and more.”

Ahmad Abdelaziz was one of the many renters who signed a lease at 7 Seventy House on his initial visit once the leasing center reopened.   Mr. Abdelaziz leaned on the expertise of the building’s leasing staff who guided him through the process, both online and in person.

“We had been looking for a new apartment for weeks which was especially hard with everything being closed,” he says.  “Everything changed when we met Sara Madsen, Leasing Manager at 7 Seventy House. We were given in-depth information prior to visiting, including floor plans and videos that made us feel comfortable to visit in person.  7 Seventy House had all the things we were looking for and was brand new which was a very reassuring feeling. We walked in, saw the apartment of our dreams not to mention the amenities and we signed up immediately. The building is gorgeous and even exceeded the expectation and hype that had been created prior to visiting. The leasing staff, especially Sara, were amazing, patient and very seamless when it came to the process.”

Bridgit O’Rourke and her fiancé also rented at 7 Seventy House after just one visit.   Ms. O’Rourke, who was referred to the building by a current resident, appreciated the entire on-site leasing presentation.

“When first visiting we were impressed by the building’s cleanliness and staff,” she says.  “The leasing team was incredibly friendly and helpful in our new home search.  Of course, we were also impressed by the amenities and layout of the apartment. We are very excited for our move.”

Developed by Bijou Properties and partner Intercontinenal Real Estate Corporation, 7 Seventy House boast a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences.  Apartments feature open floor plans with red oak engineered wood floors and expansive windows that bathe the homes in natural light. Kitchens boast 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 Kohler fixtures.

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

The landmark Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects (MHS Architects)-designed building features a 14-story high rise tower with multiple terraced setbacks, a glass and brick exterior and a distinctive columned entryway.  Desired lifestyle services at 7 Seventy House include a 24-hour attended lobby, Hello Alfred concierge service and covered parking. There’s also approximately 24,000 square feet of ground floor retail space that will serve residents and the Hoboken community.

Situated just steps from the 9th Street Light Rail Station, 7 Seventy House 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 was developed in conjunction with a two-acre public resiliency park right outside the building.   The 7th and Jackson park features a public plaza with step seating and tilted lawn panel, large plaza to accommodate vendors and seasonal markets, a children’s playground, a one-acre green space designed for active and passive recreation uses and a state-of-the-art 6,835 square-foot community gymnasium.

For more information, please visit the building’s website at www.7SeventyHouse.com or call 201-795-0770.

Weehawken Recreation Department is Hosting Virtual Recreation Fitness Classes

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Knowing how hard it has been for some families to stay indoors during the pandemic, the Weehawken Recreation Department has launched a few virtual recreation fitness classes to help everyone stay active and safe.

As of now, the two classes being offered to the community include Kids Yoga with Cinzia! and Kids/Family Dance Challenge with Kelly. Kids Yoga with Cinzia takes place weekly for children of all ages. The class is approximately 45 minutes long and focuses on breathing and basic poses that are easy to follow along with. Click here to view previous classes, and to find new ones posted weekly.

Kids/Family Dance Challenge with Kelly is instructed by Weehawken Recreation Department’s Zumba instructor Kelly. Every week Kelly posts a dance challenge for kids and their families, and encourages her audience to share their videos online for friends to view. Click here to view her class. The password to attend is time2dance, and can be used up to 5 times.

For more information, please visit http://www.weehawken-nj.us/recreation.html.

 

Northern NJ Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund Accepting Second Round of Applications

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The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s (NNJCF) COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund announces a second round of request for proposals is now being accepted from nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations providing services in Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Passaic, or Union Counties in New Jersey.  The NNJCF’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund will provide one time only grants to support urgent funding needs of small nonprofit organizations providing services in these counties.

Funding in round two prioritizes nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations promoting racial justice by addressing the disproportionate economic, social, and health impacts COVID-19 has on communities of color in the five counties.  The second round also accepts applications from nonprofit arts providing arts programs and services building community engagement for people experiencing isolation through interactive programming and public art.

The funding use is unrestricted and must respond to an increased demand for services and/or decreased funding resulting from the coronavirus.  These grants do not support organizations with endowments.  Organizations that applied to either the NNJCF or The Community Chest in Englewood, New Jersey may not apply in round two, regardless if they received funding in the first round.  Incomplete applications or those without a valid 501(c)(3) Tax ID number will not be considered.

Information about the Fund and a brief application may be downloaded at https://www.nnjcf.org/covid-19-round-2-application/.  NNJCF anticipates approving between 50 and 60 grants in this round of funding.  Grant awards will range from $1,000 to $10,000 with an average award of $4,000.  The deadline to apply is August 14, 2020.    Grants will not be made directly to individuals.

The NNJCF’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund launched in mid-March and made nearly $250,000 in grant awards in late May.  Fifty-four nonprofit organizations and nonprofits arts organizations received grant awards to provide services to neighbors in need in Bergen County, New Jersey.

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.