Renderings have surfaced for the six-story, 70-unit residential building planned at 222 Avenue E, located on the corner of East 21st Street on the southern end of Bayonne, New Jersey. That’s in Hudson County. The residential units, rental apartments, will range from one- to two-bedrooms, some of which will be duplexes. Amenities include the traditional list of luxuries, like a rooftop terrace, a fitness center, a community lounge, and a 72-car parking garage. Passaic, N.J.-based Madison Hill Properties is the developer. The project was approved by city’s Planning Board this past summer and was also granted a 25-year tax abatement, Jersey Digs reported. Completion is expected in 2018. The vacant site is located across the street from the 22nd Street station on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail.
In general, new construction reflects local real estate demand and community needs. But given New York’s position as a global economic hub, it is not surprising that one of the city’s largest engineering efforts is a direct response to a megaproject 2,200 miles away. The suspended roadbed of the 84-year-old Bayonne Bridge, which spans the Kill Van Kull strait between Staten Island and Bayonne, N.J., is too low for passage of the latest, giant container ships built to traverse the expanded Panama Canal locks. If the Port of New York and New Jersey fails to accommodate such vessels, the nation’s largest metro area would suffer considerable economic damage. To keep up with the canal’s expansion, slated to open later this year, the Port Authority is raising the bridge roadbed from 151 to 215 feet above the mean water level. The Navigational Clearance Project is expected to cost $1.3 billion.