Construction has topped out on the 35-story, 421-unit mixed-use building at 430 Marin Boulevard, in downtown Jersey City. The construction update is possible thanks to a photo posted to the Forums. The new building will contain 10,126 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 20 percent of the apartments (85 units) will be designated as affordable. The tower is being built as part of the 11-building Hudson Exchange West mega-development. The developer, Forest City Ratner, is facing a lawsuit over the legality of developing the property, due to a former railway that was removed in the 1990s, Jersey Digs reported. It appears construction on the first building has continued despite the legal challenge. Perkins Eastman is behind the design. Completion of the first building is expected in 2017.
Late last month, the Jersey City Planning Board approved Amerestate Holdings’s plans for three new mixed-use buildings, ranging from three to eight stories in height, at 1072 West Side Avenue and 1075 West Side Avenue, located along Broadway in the Marion section of Jersey City. Approval was also granted to combine the development assemblage into a single property, Jersey Digs reported. Across the entire project, dubbed Avenir, 486 residential units are planned in addition to 25,452 square feet of retail space. The stretch of West Side Avenue between Broadway and Fayette Avenue will be de-mapped and transformed into a public plaza. Amenities include a 384-car parking garage and rooftop terraces. The single-story building that was once home to Puccini’s Restaurant, a single-story former textile factory, and a four-story apartment building must first be demolished. Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects is behind the design. The Journal Square PATH station is located eight blocks away.
Ironstate Development and Panepinto Properties have landed $155.83 million in construction financing for their planned 50-story, 539-unit residential tower at 90 Christopher Columbus Drive (dubbed 90 Columbus), in downtown Jersey City. The tower will host rental apartments ranging from studio to three-bedroom configurations, averaging 789 square feet apiece, Real Estate Weekly reported. Amenities will include a swimming pool, children’s play areas, sports and entertainment rooms, residential lounges, and a library. The tower is the last phase of a multi-building complex, which includes the recently completed 50-story residential tower 70 Columbus and the 12-story, 152-key Marriott Residence Inn at 80 Columbus. Gwathmey, Siegel, Kaufman and Associates is behind the architecture. Foundation work is currently underway and completion is expected in 2018.
Mayor Steven Fulop, with the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA) and other officials, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday for the 17.5-acre Berry Lane Park, located in the Bergen-Lafayette section of Jersey City. It is the both the city’s largest municipal park and the first new one in decades. The public park is the site of a former brownfield property bound by Garfield Avenue to the west, NJ Transit’s rail tracks to the south, and Woodward Street to the east. It features two basketball courts, two tennis courts, a baseball diamond, a soccer field, bike paths, and two plazas (one with a splash pad). Over 600 new trees have also been planted. The Department of Recreation is in charge of hosting community events and games in the park. The site once consisted of abandoned and underutilized industrial properties, although the city demolished many of the structures, then remediated and graded the land by 2014. Multiple concrete silos were preserved and utilized for the splash pond. Berry Lane Park is right across the street from NJ Transit’s Garfield Avenue Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station.
Kushner Real Estate Group’s 53-story, 538-unit mixed-use building at 605 Pavonia Avenue, in the Journal Square section of Jersey City, is now fully clad. The tower’s construction crane has been removed, as seen in a photo posted on Instagram by the owners via the YIMBY Forums. The rental tower contains a very large parking garage as well as retail space. It’s the first of three towers in the Journal Squared mega-development, which includes additional 60- and 70-story sibling towers. The entire development will boast 1,838 residential units and 36,000 square feet of retail space. As for this first completed tower, which topped out in December of 2015, occupancy is expected by the end of this year. HWKN and Handel Architects are responsible for the design. The complex will be located a stone’s throw away from the neighborhood’s PATH station.