Hoboken development wins smart growth award

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HOBOKEN–New Jersey Future, a statewide planning and smart growth advocacy group, has awarded top honors to Hoboken’s ongoing 700 Jackson St. development, constructed by Bijou Properties.
“These awards showcase not just exemplary plans and projects, but the leadership teams that are setting the standard for redevelopment in New Jersey,” said Peter Kasabach, the executive director of New Jersey Future. “We hope and expect that other towns, developers and designers will learn from, and emulate, these examples.”
The project which was a collaboration between Bijou and Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects. They worked with Hoboken Director of Community Development Brandy Forbes to create a community-based plan that includes two new parks, a gymnasium, and an underground stormwater management system to reduce flooding in western Hoboken.
The plan calls for a new 14-story mixed-use residential building with 26,000 sqft of retail space on the ground floor.
There are 424 residential units, of which 10 percent will be affordable. The building will front onto one of the new parks. The building will have a green planted roof to collect and hold water that will minimize flooding during rain events.
The 1-acre park in front of the building includes a large, programmable plaza designed to accommodate vendors and seasonal markets, tiered seating, and a tilted lawn.
Below the park is an underground stormwater detention system which was incorporated to help avoid flash flooding.
The entire space is outlined with resiliency features including rain gardens and bioswales.
Another 1-acre park is a large rectangular green space which is directly adjacent to a new free-standing community gymnasium building. This building has a full basketball court with a multi-purpose floor to accommodate various recreation activities. One of the special features of the gym is a large collapsible glass wall that when opened allows activities on the inside to filter to the outside.