Thursday, January 29, 2009

Title Photo (in the heading on top)

This photo is (or I should say was) 110 First Street. It was taken on September 8, 2004 and it should have been, for me, the end of any hope that there could be a viable historic warehouse and art district in Jersey City.

In 1998 - 99 the city had agreed to take the historic warehouse by eminent domain and turn it over to a developer to be restored and developed as artist housing. Detailed financial and architectural plans were drawn up and about 100 artists put down payments on lofts in the building. At the last minute the city reneged, capitulating to the owner -- Lloyd Goldman.

This presaged what would happen in June of 2006 to 111 First Street when the Healy administration again capitulated to Goldman allowing him to not only evict the artists and demolish the historic warehouse at 111 First St, but also to construct high-rise towers on the sites of both 110 and 111 First St.

The subsequent Toll Brothers outrage (if PADNA losses) will be the coup de grace.

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