Both along the waterfront and on the western edges of Hudson County, new housing is rising for those who want to take advantage of the area’s beauty, parks, culture, and six forms of public transportation.
Condos and apartments are under construction in parts of Hoboken, Jersey City, Bayonne, North Bergen, West New York, and Weehawken.
The median monthly rent in Hudson County has reached $2,200 according to Zillow. According to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of the Census on housing units authorized by building permits, New Jersey had 26,751 new units authorized for construction during 2016.
Here is a rundown of some of the projects underway or on the horizon.
Jersey City has more than 9,000 units currently under construction spread throughout the city.
One of the biggest will be found in the city’s interior. Developer Johnathan Kushner’s KRE group is in the midst of developing Journal Squared, a $666 million project encompassing three towers and 1,880 units in total. The project is located in Journal Square, a transportation hub near the center of the city, away from the waterfront. The first of the three building opened in 2016 and the second tower expected to be finished in 2019 and the third in 2021.
South of Journal Square, the Fisher Organization is constructing a 44-story tower now going up at 33 Park Ave. in the Liberty Harbor North redevelopment area. The project includes two 44 story rental residential towers for a total of 900 units, 448 in phase 1 and 452 in phase 2, , with 14,327 total square feet of retail space. The first tower received a10-year tax abatement in exchange for $3 million contributions to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
Closer to the waterfront in the Paulus Hook neighborhood, developer China Overseas America has begun construction on the tallest building in New Jersey, 99 Hudson St., a 79-story condominium tower will stand around 900 feet tall. When completed in 2018, the skyscraper will contain 781 units with 15,000 square feet of retail space.
A few blocks north in downtown Jersey City east of the Grove Street PATH station,
Ironstate Development Company and Panepinto Properties are building a 545-unit apartment tower at 70 Columbus Drive, which is part of a three-phase project known as Columbus Towers. The project also includes a 152-room Marriot hotel and additional apartment building at 90 Columbus Drive, which will be 50 stories tall.
North of this, developer KRE is constructing a 400-unit Unico Tower II apartment complex on Manila Avenue near the Newport Center Mall. This building received a 20-year tax abatement in exchange for including 80 units of affordable housing. The building is expected to finish construction this summer.
Up the river from these developments near the waterfront, Dutch firm Concrete, working with developers Mack Cali Realty Corporation and Ironstate Development, is constructing Harborside URL Plaza 7/URBY, a 69-story, 766-unit standing 713 feet tall. It’s the first of three similar towers.
On the waterfront is a new development by the LeFrak’s organization, Ellipse, that is supposed to open this summer. The 41-story rental building will have 381-apartments and has been under construction since 2015.
One of the biggest proposed projects may end up having a few different contributors. In the west near Route 440, the proposed development is known as Bayfront, in Jersey City’s 1,344-acre Bayside Development Zone. It will incorporate new housing, offices, and retail uses, with public waterfront access and more than 20 acres of open space.
Bayfront, which was supported unanimously by the City Council in 2008, has been zoned for 4,100 units of residential and will allow up to 8,100 residential units and 600,000 square feet of retail space.
The proposed mixed-use development will be realized though a public-private partnership once environmental remediation is completed by Honeywell.
Developers have recently broken ground on several large projects in Hoboken.
In northwestern Hoboken, Advanced Realty opened The Harlow Building on 14th Street and Willow Avenue, a formerly industrial area of town near the Viaduct to Union City. It officially opened its doors Nov. 30. and includes 140 rental units. It will be home to a ground-floor Trader Joe’s supermarket starting in May.
“The northwest corner of Hoboken has become a thriving neighborhood.” – Hoboken City Council President Jennifer Giattino
In the middle of town, Developers Marchetto-Higgins-Stieve will convert a historic church at 901 Bloomfield St. to six luxury condos,
A few blocks west of that, Hoboken’s Planning Board approved a mixed-use development at 726 Grand St. with a 28-unit building on the property. The project, designed by local architecture firm Minervini Vandermark, will be developed by FGAM LLC. Minirvini Vandermark also designed the project across the street at 720 Clinton St.
That “Wonderlofts” development, by Parkwood Development, converts a former Wonder Bread factory to 68 condos and an additional 2,375 square feet of retail space.
The plan includes six units of affordable housing across the street in a separate six unit building on the east side of Clinton.
Nearby at 727 Adams St., developer FGAM LLC began work last year on a five-story building with 28 residential units and retail space. It’s also designed by Minervini Vandermark and is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year or early next year.
Also on the city’s western edge, developer Bijou Properties began the first phase of construction recently on a 424-unit residential project near the Monroe Center, within the Northwest Redevelopment Area. It will include 42 units of affordable housing 415 onsite parking spaces, retail space, and a 2-acre flood resiliency park. The first phase is scheduled to finish construction by 2019. (See sidebar.)
Development on Weehawken’s waterfront has been ongoing for many years.
Lennar Urban had its ribbon cutting last year for the Avenue Collection, which includes both 1000 Avenue at Port Imperial with 74 units and 1200 Avenue at Port Imperial with 103 units.
Another developer, Landsea has decided to build The Avora, along River Road near the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal as well. It will have 184-unit condominiums at 10 and 11 stories high. It is expected to open in 2018,
Developers are planning a new project for 800 Harbor Blvd. and nearby properties within the Lincoln Harbor community in Weehawken, not far from the Hoboken border. According to a legal notice from the Township of Weehawken, Hartz Mountain Industries has a four-phase proposal for the area. Phase I calls for three new buildings to be constructed, which will contain a total of 596 market-rate residential units. A nearby lot is slated to include both 180 new market-rate residential units and a new 232-room hotel as part of Phases 3 and 4. There are also plans for an additional office building or residential development on another nearby lot.
Further north near Port Imperial Henley on the Hudson is in the final stages of building.
Developer, Lennar , has added 67 residences situated in two buildings of four and six stories above a private parking garage. Henley on the Hudson will feature a mix of one, two and three bedroom units and is scheduled to open in 2018.
The Post Brothers are developing a three-tower project to open later this year on River Road. The project titled The Duchess at 7601 River Rd. in North Bergen consists of three towers each 12-stories high with about 300 units in totality
In downtown North Bergen on Paterson Plank Road, Hudson Mews Urban Renewal, LLC is constructing the Hudson Mews development. This seven-building, four-story gated residential townhouse community will include 288 rental units and is slated for completion by 2018.
West New York
The biggest project in this area has been the two-mile Port Imperial development along the waterfront in Guttenberg, West New York, and Weehawken. The 200-acre development spans the same length as 33rd to 85th streets in Manhattan.
Scheduled for a 2018 project closeout, representatives of Hovnanian began work in November on the new 278-unit residential condo building on the West New York waterfront. Once delayed by the 2008 recession, Hovnanian’s new 13-story building is situated on a 2.8-acre lot in the area of the Port Imperial ferry terminal.
In Secaucus, developer Hartz Mounatin Industries completed a 116 unit complex in 2012 but recently added an additional 62 units with the Osprey Cove development. The development at 34 Meadowlands Parkway and is 66,294 square feet in total. The project cost $10 million and was completed in November.
On the waterfront, Boraie Development LLC will build the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor at the former Military Ocean Terminal after receiving approval for a 30-year tax abatement from the Bayonne City Council in January. The residential project will feature between 500 and 850 units and construction will be broken down into three phases, with the first phase creating 150 residential units in a four-to-five story building.
Bayonne also has several projects under way in the city’s interior.
Madison Hill Properties will develop a 70-unit apartment building near the city’s 22nd Street Light Rail station by 2018. The 74-foot-tall building will feature 50 one-bedroom units, 18 of which would be over 1,000 square feet, and 20 two-bedroom units, six of which would be duplex lofts. The project at 222 Ave. E, would also have 72 covered parking spaces.
Also in the area city officials broke ground on the 19 East development 19 East 19th Street in February. Brad Ingerman, owner of Ingerman Construction, and the developer the building, hopes for the project to be finished by spring of 2018. He called the development “one of our most exciting projects,” in the 27 years the company has been in business.
The building plans include 212 parking spaces on the bottom two floors, and 138 luxury units in total
Nearby, Sky Development is constructing a 38-unit apartment building at 304 Broadway. The project will have 29 two bedroom units and nine one bedroom units and is scheduled to open this month.
South of these projects will be a development by Lance Lucarelli dubbed the “North Street Project.” The tower near the Eighth Street Light Rail will have 170 residential units once completed, and the mixed-use building will tower over Bayonne at 22 stories, 244 feet in height.
Further North on 46th Street and Broadway, the Bayonne City Council approved a PILOT agreement for a 10-story, mixed-use building that will be built by Lucarelli, on the former site of Resnick’s Hardware store. The building will include 91 residential units, 8,576 square feet of commercial space, and approximately 150 parking spaces. Construction is expected to begin this year and will be completed by the end of spring 2019, according to the PILOT agreement.
In the city’s southwest, Kaplan Companies will start construction on the Promenade at Bayonne. The 44-acre site along the Kill Van Kull Waterfront and Newark Bay will contain four parks and a river walk. Ultimately, that parcel of land will house over 2,000 units and over 100,000 square feet of non-residential space. The variety of housing types will include townhouses and stacked flats of one-, two-, and three bedrooms between 750 to 1,900 square feet. Construction has yet to begin.
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New places to romp
With new residential properties come new families, so Hudson County needs more parks. Various cities have new recreational areas planned.
In Jersey City, officials opened a 17-acre park last summer, costing about $35 million. Berry Lane Park on Garfield Avenue is a former industrial site and includes a baseball field, full length football and soccer fields, two tennis courts, two basketball courts, a playground, adult fitness area, and a spray feature.
There’s more to come. This past March, Mayor Steve Fulop announced Jersey City will buy approximately 5 acres of land from Bayonne for a new park off Sullivan Drive in the County Village neighborhood of Jersey City.
Meanwhile, Hoboken is working on three new parks.
This summer, the city intends to open a temporary “pop-up park” near the 14th Street Viaduct. It could include 30 above-ground garden plots, a nine-hole mini golf course, a rock climbing area, a spray feature, and more. Once the area’s industrial contamination is cleaned up, it will someday be a permanent 6-acre park, with at least 1 million gallons of integrated flood mitigation and a municipal parking garage.
In western Hoboken, a different 2-acre flood resiliency park is being built as part of a 30-year PILOT agreement between the city and developer Bijou Properties. The park will include a playground and 6,835-square-foot public gym and the capacity to retain 450,000 gallons of storm water.
On Hoboken’s southern end, the city broke ground in June on another flood resiliency park. The 2-acre Southwest Park will hold 200,000 gallons of storm water runoff and is slated for completion this summer. The first acre was purchased in December for $4.5 million and will include rain gardens, a central plaza, a dog run, and ampitheater.
In January, the City Council authorized the administration to use eminent domain to acquire a second parcel of land owned by Academy Bus.
North Bergen has applied for a grant funding from Hudson County for a total of $1.2 million to improve some of their open space. The funding will improve the fields on 64th Street with new turf and include perimeter fencing, dugouts, bull pens, and a score board for the baseball and softball fields. The money will also go toward handicap accessible bleachers, in-ground garbage receptacles, a batters’ cage, handicap accessible playground, a dog run, and an added equipment storage facility to the recreation building.
Braddock Park in North Bergen is also receiving some upgrades after officials from the town and county broke ground in February on the improvements, which are expected to be completed this fall. Improvements surround the Woodcliff Lake and include new benches, trash bins, signage, repaved walkways and restoration to the lake wall for about $4 million.
Last summer Bayonne opened the First Street Skate Park. The park near the Bayonne bridge includes a concrete mini pipe, four-set staircase, and several grind rails.
Some open space will also be developed as part of the planed residential developments in the city. The Peninsula development must also develop part of the fragmented Hudson River Waterfront Walkway as part of their agreement with the city. The Hudson River Walkway, once completed in its entirety, will extend from Fort Lee to Bayonne.