By John Lynds
At the last jeffries Point Neighborhood Association (JPNA) meeting, representatives of Roseland, the developer of Portisde at Pier One on Marginal Street, were on hand to update residents and answer questions and concerns regarding the second phase of the waterfront development project.
“We are in pretty good shape and construction is well under way,” said Roseland’s Ivan Barron. “We will start framing next week and our best guess, without any bumps in the road, we should be done in about 30 months from when we started.”
Phase II of the project that began in January when Roseland’s contractor began driving the new structural piles. The construction team has finished pouring concrete on top of the new pile caps and building the foundations for the project’s two new buildings that will house 396 units.
However, one area of concern from residents was the commercial space that has been vacant since the Phase I building opened in 2014. It was reported that Roseland had been in negotiations with Idle Hand Brewery to open a brew house and restaurant in the space.
“We needed to have a tenant who could use the space that benefited both the business and the residents that lived in the building,” said Barron. “After numerous discussions we found that their plan for the space and what we were looking for was not a match.”
JPNA board members, like David Aiken, really urged Roseland to step up its search for a tenant in order to start activating the waterfront and the public amenities around Pier One.
Roseland opened Building 7 at Pier 1 in November 2014 and is fully leased.
Again JPNA are pushing for Roseland make the parking at the new buildings, as well as the completed Building 7, deeded rather than rented.
Once Buildings 5 and 6 are done and added to Building 7 there will be 472 units with 393 parking spaces. Currently roughly only 70 percent of residents renting at Building 7 have opted to rent a parking space. In the past JPNA members argued that as more residents move into the neighborhood once Building 5 and 6 are completed more residents might opt not to pay additional money for a parking space and take their chances with on-street parking. This, JPNA members said, would add to an already tough parking situation in Jeffries Point.