Tag Archives: Seminary Avenue

Arts Guild to leave downtown building

After almost 20 years at its current location at Irving Street and Seminary Avenue, Arts Guild New Jersey suddenly closed and must leave the city-owned building by the end of the month.

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More than 300 properties on foreclosure registry

There are more than 300 residential properties on the city’s foreclosure registry, as of Sept. 1, including almost 100 vacant properties.

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Four apartment buildings win multi-year tax appeals

Continuing a trend in recent years, four apartment complexes won tax appeals totaling more than $54,000 across a number of tax years, ranging in reductions from 7 to almost 20 percent.

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Would you invest $10 for a public mural?

On vacation this week, blogging from our Sag Harbor, N.Y. bureau…

Would you give $10 to get a funky mural painted on the putrid-looking KC Jazz property?

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KC Jazz site could become parking

The building that was to become a jazz club is no longer structurally safe and developers are ready to cut their losses on the project.

File photo

Redevelopment Director Peter Pelissier reported to the Redevelopment Agency earlier this month that Ronald Esposito, an attorney representing E.T. Building, LLC, said the property is plagued by multiple problems: the building is structurally unsafe, plumbing has been ripped out due to theft, and a leaking roof has created water damage. The building has no value but RSI bank still is owed some $400,000 on the mortgage, he said.

Should the bank take the property in foreclosure, Pelissier said the Parking Authority could negotiate with the bank to see what  the best use of the property might be, most likely as parking since it’s needed in the area of Seminary Avenue and Irving Street area.

The Redevelopment Agency last year granted Esposito’s request to lift a restriction that the property be developed specifically as a jazz club. For years, the former Kelly’s Pub site was slated to become KC Jazz restaurant, receiving Planning Board approval in July 2007.

Restriction lifted on proposed jazz club

The Redevelopment Agency last night officially agreed to consider uses other than those permitted in the redevelopment agreement for the former Kelly’s Pub property.

A principal of the proposed KC Jazz Club at 1646-54 Irving St. (Block 162, Lots 5-7) made his case to commissioners at their meeting last month, arguing that financing evaporated while annual costs continue unabated. A restriction limiting the property to use as a jazz club apparently also hindered any potential sale or new developer to resurrect the project.

(Note the new sign in recent weeks, “Commercial Building Available,” on the left in the photo above, juxtaposed with the one on the right that says: “Coming Soon! KC Jazz Restaurant.”)

The resolution was adopted during a special meeting last night, a week after a lack of quorum for last week’s regularly-scheduled meeting did not allow for official action to be taken.

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Check out this piece from Crain’s New York Business about Brooklyn’s Myrtle Avenue. Twenty years ago, you’d be told to avoid the Clinton Hill neighborhood’s “crime-ridden main drag.” Today, 97 percent of the businesses are locally owned, with eight new arrivals in the past year, and 78 percent of them are minorities and/or women.

The story provides some details about community leaders and longtime residents creating a revitalization project in 1999 that has morphed into a business improvement district with an annual budget of $1 million thanks to money from the city, private foundations and fees on local landlords.

Restriction likely to be lifted for jazz site

The requirement that only a jazz club/restaurant can be developed at the former Kelly’s Pub property looks like it will be lifted by the Redevelopment Agency, allowing other options to be pursued for the site.

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