BAYONNE, NJ - The much heralded renaissance of Bayonne took another step forward on Tuesday with the ribbon cutting of the 138-unit 19 East residential building located just blocks from the 22nd Street Light Rail station.
While nearly 20 percent of the units are already filled Mayor Jimmy Davis said that he looked forward to being back in the coming months celebrating full occupancy, an achievement that Brad Ingerman, the president and CEO of the development company behind the project, offered would be further indication that their investment was a good one.
“Often times you come into a community and government says the right things,” said Geoffrey Long, also of Ingerman. “Bayonne lived up to that and passed it,” he added, describing Mayor Davis’s Administration, as well as other entities involved due to the complexity of the project, as “true partners.”
“If you don’t pull together as a team you don’t get to days like this,” Long said philosophically before sharing his belief that the project which includes 20 studio units, 74 one-bedrooms, and 40 two-bedrooms, is going to “define the city for the future.”
Following a ceremonial ribbon cutting on the building’s outdoor terrace that boasts BBQ grills, fire pits, and ping pong tables, Davis was joined by several dignitaries in touring two of the open plan units, both of which included stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, LED lighting, laundry facilities, and a range of other high end finishings, saying simply “this is where the City of Bayonne is going.”
Telling the gathered crowd earlier that construction was continuing on several other residential projects for the neighborhood that is set for a complete transformation in the coming years Davis declared that 19 East has “set the bar for us.”
According to Todd Stecker, director of leasing and marketing, rents start at just $1750 for a studio unit, $2150 for a one bedroom unit, and $2700 for a two bedroom unit, with one month free on one and two bedroom units, and no security deposit under certain conditions.
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