D. R. Horton Bows Out On Bayonne

From the Jersey Journal:


One partner in a joint venture designated to build 1,700 apartments at the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor has bolted, leaving the city with an $11 million deficit in the current fiscal year’s budget.

But state officials are giving Bayonne officials an extra year to come up with the cash, taking the unusual step of allowing the city to operate with a deficit.

News of the setback came Monday night at a special meeting of the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority when the BLRA commissioners were due to announce terms of an agreement with D.R. Horton and Trammel Crow Residential to develop a 32.7-acre tract called Bayonne Bay.

Instead, BLRA Executive Director Nancy Kist said that last Thursday Horton e-mailed the BLRA that it was bowing out because of “many significant unresolved issues.”

The BLRA commissioners accepted Kist’s recommendation to approve a redevelopment agreement with Trammel Crow Residential to build 530 “luxury rental” apartments on 7.42 acres under which TCR will pay $18.4 million for the right to develop that property. TCR must give the BLRA an $11.3 million deposit upon signing the agreement and must provide the balance by June 2007, BLRA special counsel Joseph Baumann said.

Kist said the BLRA will negotiate with the other nine developers who submitted proposals in July 2005 to develop Bayonne Bay to replace Horton, possibly by Aug. 1. Kist said she expected the total purchase price for Bayonne Bay would “come in at well over $100 million.”

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5 Responses to D. R. Horton Bows Out On Bayonne

  1. Anonymous says:

    This sounds like the sort of thing that was happening in Hoboken in the early ’90s. Of course, the Mile Square City rebounded, but:

    a) it took more than a decade


    b) it destroyed the city’s essential charm, making it, in essesnce, Park Slope West, only with crappy schools, high taxes, poorer restaurants, and less interesting people.

    Not that Bayonne has much charm to preserve at any rate, but then again, that’s prolly why a project of this scope might never come to pass.


  2. Hoboken has some good restaurants…

  3. I like and live in Hoboken, but the best Brooklyn’s restaurants are on par with some of the best in Manhattan, and a significant group are of general Manhattan upscale quality.

  4. Anonymous says:

    wait till mills or the new
    corp. want to bail from
    the meadowlands.

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