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Jersey City megaproject seeks to create a new arts district in Journal Square

The mixed-use buildings will include a theater, exhibit space, and a public promonade

Studio V

Development along the Hudson is hardly limited to the far west side of Manhattan—as has been noted, there’s a whole other crop of sleek new towers going in on the New Jersey side of the river.

The latest to join their ranks: A pair of shiny new mixed-use buildings slated to rise at 808 Pavonia Avenue in New Jersey’s Journal Square (h/t Jersey Digs). Developed by Harwood Properties and designed by Manhattan-based firm Studio V, the towers offer a combined 1,200 units of housing split between the two buildings, which measure in at 49 and 55 stories, respectively.

According to the release from Studio V, though, the residences are just part of the development, which aims to “create a new vibrant public space and destination in the heart of Journal Square.” Located a quick walk away from the Journal Square PATH station, the site “offers a great opportunity to integrate the existing street grid, creating a walkable pedestrian neighborhood with arts and cultural facilities and small-scale retail to complement the [adjacent] Loew’s theater.”

To that end, the project will also include 6,000 square feet of ground floor retail, a 126-seat black box theater, a museum, an outdoor amphitheater, 450 parking spots, a “pedestrian-friendly promenade,” and a multi-level network of landscaped pocket parks. Residents will also have access to 32,260 square feet of amenities space, including a green roof, a “skyline cabana club,” and a public rooftop garden.

“Journal Square was one of the greatest civic spaces on the East Coast,” said project architect Jay Valgora in the statement. “Our design for a new arts and culture district will spur the renaissance of the Square as an urban center for arts, culture and entertainment.”

As Jersey Digs notes, the plans have yet to be heard by the Jersey City Planning Board, but the project website says that “no variances to existing zoning are needed for development of the project.”