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Clearing the way for 19 East

An L-shaped, six-story, 138-unit apartment building dubbed “19 East” is due to break ground soon, and construction equipment has been clearing the way all week long. Crews were on 19th Street last week demolishing the vacant Housing Authority building to make way for the new development. The building is an unusual shape. It will be perpendicular, with one part starting on 19 East 19th Street and extending into the center of the block and then back out to Broadway.
Ingerman Construction is the developer. The building should appeal to the young market, which puts a premium on walkability and public transportation to Manhattan. The new building will be in walking distance of the 22nd Street Light Rail and Broadway commerce. According to Ingerman, plans include 212 parking spaces on the bottom two floors, 24 studio apartments, 74 one-bedroom apartments, and 40 two-bedroom apartments. 19 East is expected to be completed in late 2017 or early 2018.

Man who allegedly strangled mother on New Years’ Eve charged with murder

Michael Metro, 49, has been charged for the murder of his mother, Kathleen Metro, 69, on New Years’ Eve, according to a statement from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. The medical examiner determined the cause of death was by asphyxiation.
The mother and son lived together in an apartment at Pamrapo Gardens on 50th Street and Avenue E in Bayonne. Michael Metro was charged with one count of murder in the first degree, according to the Prosecutor’s office.
On December 31, 2016, at about 10:50 p.m., police were dispatched to the apartment complex on a 911 call of a man injured in the courtyard behind the building. Michael Metro was found injured below an open third-story apartment window from which he may have jumped.
Police then found Kathleen Metro with visible trauma to her upper torso. She was pronounced dead on the scene, according to the statement.
Michael Metro is hospitalized at the Jersey City Medical Center being treated for “several injuries,” according to the statement. He is under supervision at the hospital and is being held without bail, according to officials.
Kathleen Metro’s death marks the 26th homicide in Hudson County in 2016, and the tenth allegedly stemming from domestic violence.

Rumors of St. Michael’s Church closing dispelled

Rumors have been swirling about the potential January closing of St. Michael’s Church on 23rd Street due to the building’s sale. But church services are going nowhere, and the building has not even been sold, according to Steve Belloise, Executive Director of Property Management at the Archdioceses of Newark.
Mass will continue every Saturday at 4:30 p.m., and on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for Italian Mass. Weekday morning Mass will continue to be held Monday through Saturday at 8 a.m.

Special meeting to address six-story apartment building on Avenue F

The Bayonne Planning Board will hold a special meeting and public hearing on Wednesday, January 4 at 6 p.m. for the public to voice concerns about the large apartment building scheduled for completion in 2019 on Avenue F between 23rd and 24th Streets near the 22nd Street Light Rail Station. The developer, Parkview Realty, is seeking preliminary and final major site plan approval to construct the mixed-use building after the city council approved the project in July.
The building will consist of 180 units, composed of 10 studios, 85 one-bedrooms, 63 two-bedrooms, 17 two-bedroom lofts, and five three-bedroom lofts, along with 3,000 square feet of commercial space and 189 parking spaces. Total construction cost is estimated to be between $40 and $50 million. These units will be marketed as luxury apartments.

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