124-130 Park Avenue Update

Developer gives more than two dozen new trees to Hoboken

Here’s a good news update for Hoboken!

Red Bridge Group developer John Heidenry – who’s building this new LEED-certified M2 project on Park Ave. between 1st & 2nd is doing more than just eco-friendly structures – he’s also making Hoboken “greener” in other ways.

This week, six Japanese Zelkova trees were delivered, and will be installed in the area surrounding this project. Heindery queried neighbors and got permission to donate them. Out of the 25 trees delivered so far, 13 are on city sidewalks, and the rest are on private property (backyards, etc.)

Nice to see property developers who also give back, and improve the neighborhood along the way!

Park Ave. condo seeking first LEED Platinum certification ever in NJ

9/3/2011 Update:

John Heidenry, the developer of the property at 124-130 Park Avenue downtown (also known as M2) – is pulling out all the stops in a condo design that will set the high water mark for LEED certifications in New Jersey.

They already drilled nine geothermal wells over 300 feet underground (more than a 30 story building!), which will provide over 2,700 linear feet of earth-provided constant energy. The first and only building in Hoboken that will be heated and cooled this way.

The building will have 10 large apartments (at least three 4-bedroom units) all with outdoor space and parking.

Other energy highlights at M2

  • Up to 53kW of solar arrays on the roof or as many as possible within the space of the roof. This will power all common needs including the elevator and common lighting, etc as well as several of the units’ total electrical needs.
  • Electric car charging station in the garage (each unit will have a parking space)
  • All of the neighbors on the block were asked if trees could be planted in front of their property. Including the trees on this property, they’re up to 13 new trees on the block (to be planted in the fall) and hope to get more neighbors sign up!
  • Exclusive use of LED lighting. LED lighting is the future of lighting providing long-lasting, highly-efficient, and non-heat-producing light. (Hoboken411 has long been a user of LED lighting – light bulbs last forever!)
  • Spray foaming the building instead of using traditional batt insulation which makes the building extremely air tight and, therefore, energy efficient.
  • Each unit will have a system that will monitor the air quality and will bring in fresh air when needed.
  • Highly-efficient floor-to-ceiling Marvin windows and NanaWall opening glass wall systems.
  • Sustainable and/or recycled building material wherever possible such as bamboo flooring.
  • Underground water-retention tank (tens of thousands of gallons) as to not tax the sewer system when it rains. With a possible way to re-use that water as well.
  • The family-sized units will be home to people who will put roots down and raise their children in Hoboken, be active in the community, care about the school system and, consequently, make Hoboken a better place to live.

A very interesting Hoboken building indeed!

Plants successfully adopted!

12/8/2010 Update:

Back in October, Hoboken411 published a message from developer John Heidenry – who wanted to find the shrubbery around 128 Park Avenue a new home. Well – the readers responded!

“I just wanted to thank you again for posting the piece about the plants in front of 124-130 Park Avenue prior to our demolition (which is finally underway). I would like to let you know that every single plant and tree was taken. The magnolia and one of the fig trees are going to be replanted on the new site once it’s cleared of debris and the rest went to neighbors including the synagogue.

Thanks again for all of your help.

Best Regards,

John Heidenry

Plants & Shrubbery need a new home!

10/27/2010 Update:

Progress is being made to begin the renovation of the buildings damaged at the 124-130 Park Avenue fire that took place in February of 2010.

The developer John Heidenry has plans to construct family-friendly 3 & 4 bedroom condos, and is actively seeking input from nearby residents to ensure no fishy development takes place. Because of the anticipated construction coming, the landscape of the property is expected to be upgraded. As a result, many of the existing trees, bushes and other shrubbery will be replaced. Instead of trashing these perfectly healthy plants and trees – Mr. Heidenry is looking for any willing parties to find them a new home.

You can contact John via email at john@heidenry.com or phone (917)532-8525.

Heavy hearts at scene of the blaze

2/8/2010 Update:

The fire is out, but sadness and the smell of smoke still hang in the air on the 100 block of Park Avenue. No serious injuries were reported following last night’s three-alarm blaze, but apartments in three buildings have been trashed by fire, smoke and water damage. This block is unique in Hoboken, as most of its homes are set back to the rear of the lots. The wood-frame buildings are very old and connected without modern firewalls. This design allowed a fire in one of the more run-down buildings on the block to spread quickly into some of the most meticulously kept homes on the street. People in the neighborhood are asking why, and wondering whether it could have been prevented.

Hoboken Fire 128 Park Avenue Update February 8 2010 Hoboken411 NJ

Scary moments on “Ottomanelli Drive”

The fire started on the south side of 128 Park, and quickly moved through a shared wall with 126 Park. 126 and 124 are owned by Onofrio and Lucia Ottomanelli. The two three-story buildings were connected and extensively renovated to include modern apartments, as well as a carport for Mr. Ottomanelli’s antique autos and an extensive Italian front garden with meticulously kept trees and shrubs. The Ottomanellis took great pride in their home. One of their tenants said they loved living there as well, as he watched firefighters aim water hoses at flames near what was his bedroom.

126/124 and 128/130 like night and day

In contrast, 128 Park is a two-story building that – other than the dated siding – doesn’t look like it’s changed much since it was built. 7 people rented two apartments in the small house from an absentee landlord. At the scene, one of the tenants complained of ongoing maintenance issues, including water leaks, a second floor that appears to be sinking, and mice. From the street the second floor windows are not straight and true, showing potential structural issues that pre-date the fire. Though problems with an old electric service were not on the list of tenant complaints, investigators will be looking into whether overloaded circuits could have been the cause of the blaze. It’ll take time for an official cause to be determined, and anything said at this point is pure speculation.

128 Park Avenue Hoboken NJ Property owner Frank Leanza

Politically connected Atty. owns building where fire started

Hoboken411 has learned that 128 Park and the equally dingy 130 Park next door are investment rental properties owned by politically connected Hudson County attorney Frank Leanza.

In addition to being the Municipal Judge in Guttenberg, Leanza also serves as the Secaucus Town Attorney, and counsel to the West New York Housing Authority and the North Hudson Sewerage Authority.

Just last week Leanza appeared in front of the Hoboken City Council seeking an easement for the NHSA to allow outflow pipes to run across city-owned land at 1600 Park Avenue.

Hoboken Firefighters did the heavy lifting in frigid, smoky conditions assisted by mutual aid from Jersey City FD and North Hudson Regional Fire. HPD, HVAC and the Office or Emergency Management were also on the scene.

FD ordered to evacuate one building

2/7/2010 6:50pm Update:

Fire is done, and crews are beginning to pack up equipment and head back to their respective headquarters.

2/7/2010 5:44pm Update:

Jackie and a couple other Hoboken411 readers sent more fire scene photos from 2nd and Park… Other bystanders have said that the structures were seemingly out, just smoking – and then out of the blue – flames just came out of nowhere. So far buildings at 128, 126, and 124 Park Avenue have been affected.

Fire at 128 Park spreads to two other homes…

2/7/2010 5:10pm Update:

Hoboken411 reader Melanie sent in some shots of the fire near 2nd and Park. Apparently, the fire has spread to two neighboring structures. Sucky way to spend Super Bowl Sunday!!

Fire in two story residential

2/7/2010 4:45pm:

Reported moments ago on the Hoboken411 Live Police and Fire Action Channel – Working fire at 128 Park Avenue… FD on scene as of 4:45pm.

Hoboken Fire 128 Park Ave February 7 2010

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25 Comments on "124-130 Park Avenue Update"

rich k
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rich k

Good to see someone dedicated to long term sustainability rather than short term maximization of their profit, and then resolve the LLD before any of their corner cutting or plain shoddy construction rears it’s ugly little head.

I understood that the building at the base of the 14th St. Viaduct is also going for LEEDS certification, though not Platinum. Maybe we can start a race to the top rather than the bottom. How anyone gets away with calling a building with steel studs supporting the full weight “luxury” is beyond me.

Side note, though. Referring to something as a “high water mark” in Hoboken has too many bad connotations.

truth1
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truth1

The fire cause and origing investigation will provide the information on how to approach preventing this type of fire in the future. These are old buildings that are not required to have the fire protection called for in modern day codes such as fire separation walls and automatic sprinker systems for fire suppression. A general cause of fire during prolonged cold spells is the use of electric heaters for more heat. This could overload the electrical wiring or in many cases the heater is placed too close to combustibles or has combustible items placed on them. Common sense can prevent many of these fires.

truth1
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truth1

A fire cause and ORIGIN investigation for Post 23.

In response to truth1 who said:
The fire cause and origing investigation will provide the information on how to approach preventing this type of fire in the future. These are old buildings that are not required to have the fire protection called for in modern day codes such as fire separation walls and automatic sprinker systems for fire suppression. A general cause of fire during prolonged cold spells is the use of electric heaters for more heat. This could overload the electrical wiring or in many cases the heater is placed too close to combustibles or has combustible items placed on them. Common sense can prevent many of these fires.

HomeTeam
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HomeTeam

Hoboken Fire Dept “investigation”…generally these “investigations” take as long as it takes to write “smoking”

xyzpdq
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xyzpdq

So, if I’m correctly reading between the lines here, a fire in a poorly maintained and possibly overpopulated transient rental property owned by a connected attorney ended up burning families out of their well loved and cared for homes. That stinks. My thoughts are with the families who were burned out. Who actually does the investigation? Could it be influenced by the political stature of the absentee landlord? Hoboken411, please keep an eye on what happens here. Thanks!

nacholibre
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nacholibre

Great job! For those who have never done so, it is impossible to imagine what it is like fighting a genuine working fire in those temperatures.

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