Jefferson Trust – 1st and Clinton

4/10/2010 Update:

Ongoing angst at Jefferson Trust

This construction project continues to be a thorn across the board. Residents still miffed their neighborhood is changing – are calling Hoboken Police on a regular basis with issue after issue. This morning HPD once again responded to calls – but said all permits were on par, and were advised not to respond to future calls for this site. Residents with problems should call Al Arezzo during the week, since this is a civil matter.

ALLPREVIOUS UPDATES (BACK TO 2007) AFTER THE JUMP…

1/25/2010 Update:

Seems like the Jefferson Trust project is still annoying the living daylights out of nearby residents!

The OSHA violation of the day

Anthony, who is one of those residing in the vicinity, has sent a myriad of communiqués to city officials for countless violations and other inconsiderate acts, with very little action or response. Although this project was shut down temporarily by Construction Code Official Al Arezzo in the last week or two for various other code violations.

But the violations continue – and on top of copying the Mayor and council members, Anthony is now including both the Federal and State Departments of Labor as well – for blatant OSHA violations, including this:

“Please note the following opening on the floor with a 20′ drop among other OSHA infractions that should be addressed. Please make a site visit and have this addressed. Thank you for your help.”

Jefferson Trust Construction Hoboken NJ unsafe conditions OSHA violations

9/14/2009 Update:

Making Hoboken denser – one building at a time

The Jefferson Trust building (and controversy surrounding it) has been going on for nearly two and a half years. But with the debates behind us – the gutting of the building is complete, and construction is about to begin.

If you don’t get downtown (or out of your car) often – here’s what has to happen to “preserve history” in Hoboken:

5/26/2009 Update:

“Like a (not so) good neighbor…”

Construction and development in a packed, densely populated city is no easy task. Permits from the city, approvals from planning and zoning boards, community acceptance and safety are all factors. Consideration for your neighbors should be paramount for any new project – and it seems like the Jefferson Trust Bank site is a source of controversy this week.

Anthony L., who is a resident (and board of trustees member) of the Jefferson Trust Condominiums adjacent to this project on First & Clinton is frustrated with the utter lack of regard the developer has for his neighbors. Unable to effectively contact First Ward councilwoman Theresa Castellano, he’s reached out to Mayoral candidates Peter Cammarano and Dawn Zimmer to see if they can help.

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“Dawn / Peter,

I appeal to you both since one of you will be our Mayor in a matter of weeks. I live in 300 Newark St (aka Jefferson Trust Condominiums) on the corner of Willow and Newark Street and am on the Association Board of Trustees. We are in the first ward but I have not been able to contact Theresa Castellano; the email I have is not current.

I am writing about my concerns regarding the demolition of the adjacent building – the Jefferson Trust Bank Building. While our building is in favor of having the poorly maintained back buildings razed and a new building in it’s place, we are overwhelmed by the lack of adherence to an established easement agreement as well as any concern or consideration for the safety and welfare of the residents of our building. We have been involved in the evolution of this project for the last four years and have tried to act preemptively to prevent what is presently happening.

The developer is allowing his contractors to use our driveway (which is not permitted based on the easement agreement we entered in 1997) for dumpsters, trucks, bobcat, materials, etc. while we use this for our parents with small children, handicap access and a 15-minute parking space. We have gone out of our way to communicate with the developer (Mr. Seth Martin) but he has done nothing to keep us apprised of his plans. We have written letters and made numerous phone calls to no avail. In addition, we had just paid approximately $87k (a portion of which Mr. Martin still owes us) to repair the driveway and our back entrance, much of which will have to be rebuilt (I’m hoping to our satisfaction by Mr. Martin).

As an example, our lawyers were notified via fax at 2:17pm the day before work commenced in earnest. I have tried to speak to the construction official but he is convinced that the property is the developer’s and told me that he had a copy of the easement. This document clearly states that the property is ours and that there is a certain protocol to be followed. This protocol is being ignored as is our requests for a discourse with this developer. We have reached out to his lawyer and had a meeting scheduled yesterday which they canceled at the last minute. We have discussed our options with our lawyer but do not want to use our replacement reserve to achieve an unsatisfactory result in the courts at a point when most of the work is done. We spent about $120k in ’07/’08 fighting the original application for an 8-story building. As someone who has worked in construction and development in NYC my entire career I am baffled that this is allowed to happen. From looking at the plans, there are many ways this work could be completed with minimal impact to the driveway area but my belief is that Mr. Martin is taking the most cost-effective and expedient route despite the affect on his neighbors or the legal obligations in place.

I want to reiterate that we are most concerned about the safety and welfare of our residents which is being compromised.

Thank you for your consideration,
Anthony

Read more history about this project below…

5/20/2009 Bump / Update:

Quite a few area residents have been emailing me about the construction/demo that has been taking place at the old Jefferson Trust Bank site at First and Clinton.

Here’s a little background about the project from back in 2007…

9/26/2007 Update:

Local resident Sean, has an update regarding a compromise that has been reached for this project:

He writes:

“As a result of the public’s concern, the developer compromised by changing the part of the area of the proposed restaurant into a retail store & area for the condo project. Also, the height of the tower was reduced significantly, keeping in-line with the height of the surrounding neighborhood. Gone was the valet parking, and there is a still a point of contention about the parking which we hope to resolve soon.

The developer also detailed multiple structural enhancements, keeping in line with the historic preservation of the site. The Bank sits in a flood plain, and the developer also plans to increase the height of the entire structure (more details on this to follow, from what I understood it would be raised about 5 feet). The facade, windows, moulding and copper treatments would be restored. The sidewalk, lighting and trees would be enhanced or added.”

Continue reading previous updates below…

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6/18/2007 Update:

The Zoning Board has cancelled the meeting that was supposed to happen Tuesday the 19th, which means the Jefferson Trust Bank Building item will be carried, along with the rest of the agenda, to July 17th at 7pm. There was some question as to whether the ZBA would consider the Jefferson Trust item while it was still pending at the Historic Preservation Board. A developer proposal to build a seven story parking garage across Newark Street from the Jefferson Trust Condos in between Neumann Leather and the Napa Auto Parts was also on Tuesday’s ZBA agenda, and will be carried to July. Updated the Event Calender accordingly.

6/15/2007 Update:

Hoboken411 reader ‘Furey”, who’s a condo owner in the area had attended the recent meeting regarding this project.

He said:

There is simply no support by the public here, and many members of the committee seriously questioned this project. Everyone loves his idea to restore the Bank and how it could be made to look, but mostly everyone agrees that adding residential units on top of the building isn’t in the best interest of the community. The owner is trying to get thirteen – THIRTEEN – variances for this property.

6/9/2007 Update:

Originally, the next Historical Preservation Committee meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, June 12th. However, the city has moved the date up to MONDAY, June 11th at 7pm. The Hoboken Planning Board meeting is still on for Tuesday, June 19th at 7pm.

5/22/2007 Update:

In case anyone is interested, there will be a low-key review of this proposal in front of the Historic Preservation Committee tonight at 7:00pm (basement of city hall).

There will be an opportunity for the public to comment or “inquire within”. Not many important people will be there it seems, as some have other commitments. However, it has been said that this project/property shouldn’t even be listed by any Realtor since there is no official zoning in place. It may considered unethical, etc..

5/14/2007:

Over at the forever vacant (and still historically intact) Jefferson Trust building on 1st and Clinton, there finally appears to be some action happening.

Here is the letter that has been posted as of late (thanks 411 reader Furey):

“Dear Neighbor,

Below is an artist’s rendering of the proposed changed to the Jefferson Trust Bank Building.

The proposed changes are scheduled to be discussed at the Tuesday June 19th meeting of the Hoboken Zoning Board of Adjustment, City Hall, at 7pm.

If you’d like to voice your opinions regarding the proposed changes, I urge you to attend.

If possible, please could you notify any of your neighbors who may also be interested in attending.

Bill wfs4@optonline.net

wfs4@optonline.net”

Another reader wrote in that they have requested the city for numerous variances to build this eight-story luxury building and an extension of the bank to accommodate retail space and a restaurant.

This is of great concern to the residents in the area, as it may dramatically block the natural light to nearby residences. It is interesting to note that the residents of his building apparently only received one letter addressed to the Condo Board. It’s possible that many other neighbors are completely unaware of this proposal.

There are other concerns regarding the restaurant and possible bar, which may be within 500 feet of existing bars, which is considered a zoning violation.

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137 Comments on "Jefferson Trust – 1st and Clinton"

xxrjxx
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xxrjxx
So explain to me again exactly why the condo members would be liable for his legal bills given the activities you’ve referenced are outside the scope of the liability coverage provided by his insurance and are outside the scope of his duties as a board member and therefore would NOT be covered? Please keep your references to what you actually do know about liability. You clearly don’t know what the association would be liable for.[quote comment=”198380″]In related news today:The criminal trial for Anthony Librizzi began this morning in Hoboken Municipal Court on charges of criminal mischief. (tresspassing/vandalism)You (condo assn members) are paying for his lawyers.First:There IS a criminal lawsuit by the State of New Jersey against Anthony Librizzi.There IS a civil lawsuit filed by Seth Martin against Anthony Librizzi.There IS NO lawsuit between Seth Martin and Jefferson Renaissance Condo Assn. Second:This morning in Hoboken Municipal Court Anthony Librizzi was represented in his criminal court appearance vs. the State of New Jersey by the attorneys for the Jefferson Renaissance Condo Association, Griffin & Alexander. This means the JRCA owners/association attorneys are now representing a board member in a CRIMINAL trial. Not in drafting an agreement, not in protecting the association, but representing a board member in a personal criminal litigation. The attorney for Librizzi seemed to be confused about why he was there to begin with. The judge made them leave the courtroom to go read the complaint together and come back once they knew what they were there for.Either Librizzi… Read more »
xxrjxx
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xxrjxx

You may have missed my point insofar as I’d doubt they were paying for his legal costs; however, I could be wrong. I would agree with you insofar as the association should not be picking up legal costs for an individual’s legal matters. If it were a civil matter and he was being sued for actions/decisions taken in the course of duties as a board member, that’d be different.[quote comment=”198395″]Exactly XXRJ !!!!Why would your association lawyers be defending him this morning?Maybe you should ask. Maybe someone over there should ask somebody something.And don’t ask me. Start asking the guy who had your association lawyers in criminal court this morning.If you are an owner in the JRCA, you need to find out what exactly your board knows about legal fees, driveway repair costs, and their actions related to Anthonys protracted harrasment of neighbors. That is the only comment I can really make on that.Get a contingent of owners together for a presentation. Agree to file for an investigation of the association board if it is proven that he is a liar. No board members can attend. Neutral site. How about that? Put up or shut up?[/quote]

Easy-E
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I am trying to understand what, if anything Anthony is supposed to have done on 9/12. The building has been up for months, there’s no way into the building itself since the doors are secured, and the only thing that is back behind the building is a small area adjacent to the shared driveway where there are some stacks of bricks and blocks for our building and the diesel backup generator, also for our building. What could he have possibly damaged? At one point the fence was a little far into the driveway, I recall having difficulty backing out one day because it was all crooked. Maybe you saw him moving it. I don’t buy your story, you’re the same guy that posted the video before, “HDVideo”, so don’t give me that $119 flip video camera nonsense. There just happen to be loads of concerned citizens who live in that building on Clinton that face the site who happen to use the roof to hang out on all the time? Is that what I am supposed to believe? At what point did you decide that it was better to conserve the little space you had on your $119 flip camera to run all the way downstairs to catch a clip of him getting into his car. That doesn’t make any sense! Capturing, however short, the crime in progress, does. So I think you’re full of crap and have nothing to back up your crazy story.[quote comment=”198395″]Exactly XXRJ !!!! Why would… Read more »
TrustThis
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TrustThis

Hey Perry, Finally an actual “violation” on your post about violations!
Congrats, slowly truth is emerging. Only took a year!

Today the VERY FIRST violation related to an actual safety/health situation was issued at the Jefferson Trust construction site. It was issued against the Jefferson Renaissance Condo Association (not Seth Martin) for an unmaintained emergency generator that was found to have both health and noise violations. (In addition to the fact that it was not registered with the EPA)

These are the same county inspectors that were called dozens of times by “Anthony L.” with no violations issued. That is in fact how the construction foreman knew which county agency to call when he became ill from carbon monoxide. They had the inspectors business card because he’d met them so many times during fruitless visits on Anthonys behalf. They seemed relieved to be there for a genuine reason this time.

TrustThis
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TrustThis
Just a quick note from the same guy who previously got blasted for doing his civic duty. At 9:45 on September 12th Anthony LiBrizzi from the board of the Jefferson Renaissance Condo Association was eyewitnessed trespassing on the property at 313-315 First Street. While behind the barrier fence at 313-315 First Street Mr. LiBrizzi was overturning a section of barrier fencing, throwing a pallet, and a concrete block. There was also damage that appeared to have been done with a section of pipe or a rock. I witnessed Mr. LiBrizzi first from the roof of 88 Clinton, then proceeded downstairs and across the street to get video of him committing acts of vandalism. By the time I was able to approach LiBrizzi with my camera, he was getting back into his car. He saw me with a camera. He left in his car but I observed him about 5 minutes later watching me take from a hallway window overlooking the shared driveway while I waited for police to arrive. LiBrizzi was on the 6th or 7th floor watching me take pictures of the damage. The unofficial estimates have damages at roughly $15,000.00 for damage done during this particular incident. (9-12-10) At minimum there was damage to a cornerstone, and a metal frame on the construction site. This is in addition to the $100,000.00+ in estimated damages resulting from paving stones thrown from the roof of 300 Newark Street onto the fresh poured concrete at the 313-315 First Street construction in… Read more »
Easy-E
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You couldn’t get your camera down to the street fast enough? Why not just videotape it from your terrace that overlooks the site? I don’t support anyone wrecking private property but you aren’t giving any proof whatsoever. First it was some contractor, now it’s actually Anthony doing it. You do video for a living, you’ve shot business videos from the roof over your apartment, and it’s too far for you to catch anyone in the act? REALLY? Let’s look at some… Notice the Jefferson Trust building on the right and the Jefferson Trust building on the left: Or this one, with the roof of the old bank in clear view: So you tell me, why, if you are THAT close you would need to run down to the street to capture it? Even the lousy Sony HDcam I bought 5 years ago for $1200 has an optical zoom on it.[quote comment=”197342″]Just a quick note from the same guy who previously got blasted for doing his civic duty. At 9:45 on September 12th Anthony LiBrizzi from the board of the Jefferson Renaissance Condo Association was eyewitnessed trespassing on the property at 313-315 First Street. While behind the barrier fence at 313-315 First Street Mr. LiBrizzi was overturning a section of barrier fencing, throwing a pallet, and a concrete block. There was also damage that appeared to have been done with a section of pipe or a rock. I witnessed Mr. LiBrizzi first from the roof of 88 Clinton, then proceeded downstairs… Read more »
TrustThis
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TrustThis
I’m not here to give proof. I’m here to give some truthful balance to a conversation My Flip cam cost $119 at Amazon. The zoom is very weak. And while I was on the roof, it was completely full and had no available memory to record. I’m not a professional videographer. Nor was I sitting and waiting to catch someone doing something really stupid. It just happened that way. I was more concerned with getting my phone and alerting Police and Seth Martin. It was more important to be a good witness than a good cameraman. By the time I was approaching he was moving toward his car, got in and drove away. I recorded a few seconds of video, but it was only of him getting in the car. [quote comment=”197924″]You couldn’t get your camera down to the street fast enough? Why not just videotape it from your terrace that overlooks the site?I don’t support anyone wrecking private property but you aren’t giving any proof whatsoever. First it was some contractor, now it’s actually Anthony doing it. You do video for a living, you’ve shot business videos from the roof over your apartment, and it’s too far for you to catch anyone in the act? REALLY?Let’s look at some… Notice the Jefferson Trust building on the right and the Jefferson Trust building on the left:Or this one, with the roof of the old bank in clear view:So you tell me, why, if you are THAT close you would need… Read more »
xxrjxx
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xxrjxx
I don’t see how the association members could be held responsible for LiBrizzi’s actions, given he wasn’t acting in his capacity as a board member. This is an individual’s actions–the association wouldn’t even respond to provide legal assistance–if it did, and I was a member of that association (I’m not) I would pursue the board for breach of fiduciary responsibilities and malfeasance. You’re a bit off base on your post.[quote comment=”197342″]Just a quick note from the same guy who previously got blasted for doing his civic duty. At 9:45 on September 12th Anthony LiBrizzi from the board of the Jefferson Renaissance Condo Association was eyewitnessed trespassing on the property at 313-315 First Street.While behind the barrier fence at 313-315 First Street Mr. LiBrizzi was overturning a section of barrier fencing, throwing a pallet, and a concrete block. There was also damage that appeared to have been done with a section of pipe or a rock. I witnessed Mr. LiBrizzi first from the roof of 88 Clinton, then proceeded downstairs and across the street to get video of him committing acts of vandalism. By the time I was able to approach LiBrizzi with my camera, he was getting back into his car. He saw me with a camera. He left in his car but I observed him about 5 minutes later watching me take from a hallway window overlooking the shared driveway while I waited for police to arrive. LiBrizzi was on the 6th or 7th floor watching me take pictures… Read more »
Easy-E
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Hmmm. Well so far, nothing.

Can’t understand why you’d go so far as to post a video, that actually proves nothing.

Until I see some of the video you mentioned I’m calling BS.

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

easy e because there jerk offs,with time on their hands or at work..tomorrow may never come. 🙁 [quote comment=”185048″]Hmmm. Well so far, nothing.Can’t understand why you’d go so far as to post a video, that actually proves nothing.Until I see some of the video you mentioned I’m calling BS.[/quote]

TrustThis
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TrustThis
Wiskeydick meant “they’re”. Or perhaps grammer shortcomings are also the fault of Seth Martins construction? 😉 Some of you guys are ignorant, and worse, bad neighbors. The one sided and mostly innacurate postings by Perry and “Anthony L.” are the reason I got annoyed and involved. And ultimately the petty and non-substantive arguments have continued to compel me to stand up and say, “Liar.” My guess is that Perry is buddies with Anthony, or that Sean put Perry in touch with Anthony so he would have hoboken411 as his personal megaphone. Either way. This post, most of the comments, and the people driving the information are without credibility. This and the fact that I witnessed “Anthony” and last name ‘L’ on Martins property throwing large objects around like a caged orangutan two weeks ago only reinforces my original conclusion. That conclusion: No matter what is alleged in still photos on 411, there have been no substantive complaints against the construction site. At least nothing beyond ordinary for a project of this scope. On the other hand, there have been multiple acts of vandalism against 313-315 First Street that can be attributed to a person(s) in the bldg at 300 Newark Street. How are you confused about who is in the wrong? I would like to see some justice. I’ll help anyway I can. Keep making noise and misspelled insults. I may need a little extra motivation as we continue down the path towards litigation and the criminal trial. Sometimes I… Read more »
Easy-E
Member

I’ve never seen this guy before. There are only 2 people I see on a regular basis, the super, a latin fellow who is a short and a little stocky and the building manager who is a little overweight. Neither of them could be mistaken for the perp in your video. By the way, when did you take that clip?

All you’ve shown is a video of a guy picking up a yellow ladder, and then another clip of a yellow ladder in the entryway of 300 Newark St. Post the clips where he’s doing the vandalism. Maybe someone will recognize him.

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