Weehawken hears application for next phase of Estuary redevelopment

A 223-unit multi-family residential complex is planned for Lincoln Harbor

Weehawken is currently in the process of holding public hearings for an application by redeveloper Hartz Mountain Industries, LLC for a new residential building.

The Weehawken Planning Board was presented plans for further consideration at a recent July meeting for the fourth phase of the Estuary redevelopment project at Lincoln Harbor. The Estuary is an existing 589-unit residential complex consisting of three buildings.

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As part of Phase IV, Hartz Mountain is seeking to construct a fourth residential building at the corner of Harbor Boulevard and Riverview Terrace.

The plans entail a 223-unit multi-family residential complex to be built on the site of an existing surface parking lot, where it appears construction is ready to begin. The building is designed to integrate itself with the other Estuary buildings in the area, with each roughly six stories tall.

The meetings have been taking place at the second floor chambers of Weehawken Town Hall at 400 Park Avenue. At the July 12 meeting at 7 p.m., the board heard more testimony on the matter. However, the application has not yet been approved.

The matter was carried to the September 15 meeting of the Weehawken Planning Board. For more information on this, go to the township’s website at weehawken-nj.us.

No hotel; larger residential building

In an interview with the Hudson Reporter, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner described the gist of the plans. He noted that instead of the hotel which was planned for the site but then removed from the redevelopment plan, Hartz Mountain is now only seeking to build a residential building there.

“They were going to build a hotel there,” Turner said. “They were going to build a smaller fourth Estuary building with a hotel. They decided to can the hotel and just go with a little bit larger fourth Estuary building.”

The reason for the change came in the wake of COVID-19 and lobbying from the township, among other reasons such as limited shared parking. But now the proposed Estuary will entail 223 units as opposed to the previously planned approximately 180 units.

“I think it was part coronavirus, and part us lobbying them that with shared parking now, we got a lot of things going on,” Turner previously told the Hudson Reporter. “I don’t know if a hotel will work. So they scrapped the hotel and they’re going back for the fourth Estuary.”

Turner applauded the existing complex at 1600 Harbor Boulevard. He added that the new residential building would be a nice addition to the area.

“The Estuary turned out to be a wonderful complex,” Turner said. “We have a lot of people from the area that rent there, and they participate in things in town. And it’s really nice complex.”

Residents looking to speak on the matter can attend the Planning Board meetings at Town Hall. The next meeting is set for September, where Hartz Mountain will continue to go over its plans for the site.

“It’s still ongoing,” Turner said. “They will come back to the Planning Board in September.”

After the Estuary project is complete and as the project at the Atir site is under construction, Hartz Mountain only has one site left to redevelop. The parking lot near the Sheraton Hotel in Lincoln Harbor is the last site owned by Hartz Mountain to be redeveloped before officials say the area will be built out.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.

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