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Mapping Jersey City's Tower-Tastic Residential Building Boom

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Welcome to State o' the Garden State, a Curbed feature in which we explore the new developments in New Jersey neighborhoods across the Hudson from Manhattan. Have a new development you'd like us to consider? Let us know via the tipline.

In five years, the Jersey City skyline will look very different than it does today. More than 20 residential buildings are currently under construction in the 15-square mile city, and most of them are not on the waterfront like they have been in the past, thanks to new tax abatement rules to spur greater investment farther inland. Major real estate developers that traditionally focused on Manhattan and Brooklyn have set their sights on the other side of the Holland Tunnel; everyone from Toll Brothers to the Kushners (the architect and both developers in fighting family) are eager to break ground in JC and take advantage of the strong rental market while stratospheric rates continue to push Manhattanites out of the city.

Following the leads of neighboring Hoboken and the old, artist-filled Brooklyn it calls its muse, still-rugged Jersey City is undergoing a swift transformation that is both market-driven and politically motivated. Brownstones are being restored, new restaurants and cafés are popping up throughout town, and MANA Contemporary is actively luring priced-out painters, photographers and other "makers" to its massive and growing compound that offers the holy grail of cheap rents and huge space. To track the building boom, we mapped 19 21 new residential developments. Most are in the planning stages or under construction, but a few have recently opened. If you see one we missed, please let us know in the comments section or on the tipline.
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1. Journal Squared

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Easily the most ambitious development in the state, Journal Squared will include 1,850 rental units among the three towers that will form a 2.3-million-square foot high-rise project meant to revitalize the scrappy Journal Square neighborhood. One of the towers is expected to be the tallest in the state at 70 stories. Designed by Hollwich Kushner and Handel Architects, the first tower will rise 54 stories and hopefully be complete by mid-2016. The developers are Kushner Real Estate Group and National Real Estate Advisors, and work began on the first tower in March. Rents are expected to run about $1,500 a month for studios and $3,500 for three-bedrooms.

2. 30 Journal Square

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30 Journal Square, County Road 625
Jersey City, NJ 07306

Kushner Companies and the KABR Group are working together on a 40-story tower at 30 Journal Square that will replace the former headquarters of the Jersey Journal. Designed by Ismael Leyva, it will house 525 apartments, the old building and the Jersey Journal sign will be incorporated into the new structure. The renderings show a step-like building, and the tallest part will stand about 40 stories.

3. 3 Journal Square

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3 Journal Square Plaza
Jersey City, NJ 07306

3 Journal Square is a 13-story, 240-unit rental tower that will be built on top of an existing parking deck. Opening in winter 2015, the project is being developed by PHM II Associates, LLC a partnership of Hartz Mountain Industries, Panepinto Properties, Inc. and Garden State Development Inc. Hartz opened the parking deck and adjacent office building in 1984.

4. 500 Summit Avenue

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500 Summit Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306

In March, it was reported that HAP Investments, a developer that's been very active in Upper Manhattan recently, purchase an 80,000-square-foot lot in Journal Square. Plans weren't solidified, but HAP may build a 42-story residential tower. The property is currently partially covered by a parking lot.

5. Cast Iron Lofts

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873 Jersey Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07310

The Cast Iron Lofts consist of 155 rental units in a building developed by the Manhattan Building Co., which recently broke ground on a similar building next door, Cast Iron Lofts 2 (creative!). The building will hold 232 rentals. Manhattan Building is also in early planning stages for an additional two Cast Iron Loft buildings that would hold 400 more apartments.

6. The Laguna

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45 Park Lane South
Jersey City, NJ 07310

The Laguna, a new 159-unit building at 45 Park Lane South, opened last year alongside its neighboring residential towers as part of the Lefrak Organization's finishing touches to the Newport nabe. Poskanzer Skott Architects designed the 19-story waterfront building, which wrapped up leasing in December 2013, just six months after launching.

7. Two Ten Ninth Street

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210 9th Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Silverman, an active Jersey developer, has plans for a 5-story project between Grove and Erie Streets near Hamilton Park will house 25 apartments and the Scandinavian School of Jersey City.

8. Hamilton Square South

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Pavonia Avenue & Erie Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Silverman also has plans for a seven-story, mixed-use project on Hamilton Park between Erie Street and McWilliams Place. Designed by H. Thomas O'Hara, the building will join the 11-story condo building that Silverman opened on the park in 2012.

401 Washington Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07310

M2 is a 38-story, 311-unit rental building that Mack-Cali/Roseland and Garden State Development Inc. have in the works at 401 Washington Street. Designed by SLCE Architects, it will sit at the Harsimus Cove Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station and share a parking garage with the neighboring Marbella apartment building, which the developer opened in 2003. Occupancy is slated for the beginning of 2016.

10. URL Harborside

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Greene Street and Hudson Street
Jersey City, NJ

Ironstate Development teamed up with Mack-Cali to develop the first phase of its new lifestyle concept, URL Harborside, a group of three Concrete-designed 69-story rental buildings planned for Harborside Plaza between Greene and Hudson Streets near the Exchange Place PATH station. The first “Urban Ready Living” tower will include 763 partially furnished rental units, ground floor retail and a “parking pedestal.” The two other towers will include 2,358 rental apartments, and all three should be complete by mid-2016. Construction began in January.

11. 65 Bay Street

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65 Bay Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Kushner Companies and the KABR Group are getting ready to break ground in June for the second Trump Plaza building, the mixed-use 50-story East Tower, which will include 446 units, ranging from studios to two-bedrooms. There will be indoor parking and ground-floor retail, and the design, created by Humphreys & Partners, will look very similar to the first, which opened in 2008.

12. 350 Warren Street

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350 Warren Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

A large warehouse in the Powerhouse Arts District will be converted into 366 lofts-style apartments by Mill Creek Property Trust and Rockwood Capital. The building's 25-foot ceilings, exposed brick, large windows, wood beams and columns will be preserved, and amenities will include a rooftop deck, fitness center, 24-hour concierge, a clubroom with bar, a dog washing station, and bike storage.

13. 160 Morgan Street

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160 Morgan Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Toll Brothers broke ground last year on the first of three buildings planned for an area on Morgan Street near Marin Boulevard. Called Provost Square, the first building is a 38-story, 417 rental designed by SLCE Architects, and it will be complete next year. The two other sites, part of the downtown Powerhouse Arts District, will hold condo towers for a total of 925 residences, a performing arts center, ground floor retail and more than 900 parking spaces.

14. 70 and 90 Columbus Drive

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70 Columbus Drive
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Gene Kaufman isn't only plaguing New York City with his projects. The man is the architect of record for two 50-story towers for a project by Ironstate and Panepinto Properties on Columbus Drive. The development, which broke ground last year, is a 1.2 million-square-foot complex that will include a 150-room hotel and approximately 1,000 rental units above more than 20,000 square feet of retail.

15. Warren At York

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Jersey City, NJ 07302
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BNE Real Estate Group leased 25 percent of the 139 rental units at the new 11-story Warren at York building within four days of opening. Three days later more than half the Minno & Wasko-designed building was spoken for. Studios start at $2,100, one-bedrooms at $2,200, 2 bedrooms at $3,300 (all of which have 2 bathrooms) and units with three bedrooms at $5,400.

16. 273-279 Grove Street

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279 Grove Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Silverman's next local project is Charles & Co. (Majestic II), a seven-story mixed-use building on Grove Street at the corner of Montgomery Street. It will include one floor of co-working office space above retail at its base, plus 99 rental apartments on the top floors.

17. 286 Varick Street

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286 Varick Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Rushman Dillon Projects has plans for a five-story, 86-microunit building on Varick Street at the corner of Bright Street. The rentals will be between 325 and 350 square feet and equipped with multi-function, collapsible furniture residents can hide away as needed. The proposed plans include several common areas, including a rooftop deck and a gym, as well as commercial space on the ground floor.

18. 235 Grand Street

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235 Grand Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Ironstate Development will soon transform from the abandoned coal bunker that the Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County calls home into a 45-story, 670-unit residential tower designed by HLW International. The nonprofit is relocating to 18 Park, courtesy of the same developer. The area is located in the 80-acre Liberty Harbor Redevelopment District, and this section will be known as Liberty Harbor North. Work on 235 Grand will also include an extension of Grove Street and the revitalization of an adjacent park.

19. 18 Park

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Marin Blvd
Jersey City, NJ

Ironstate Development Company and Kushner Real Estate Group teamed up to develop the 11-story 18 Park, which is rising in the Liberty Harbor North Redevelopment District near Ironstate's 235 Grand Street. The 500,000-square-foot project, designed by Minno & Wasko and HWKN Architects, will have 422 rental apartments and will include 30,000 square feet of retail and new facilities for the Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County, currently housed in a converted storage bunker at 1 Canal Street. Construction began in 2012, and it's expected to open this year.

20. 8 Erie Street

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8 Erie Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

A beautiful building from the later 1800s is being converted in 16 units. The structure was originally the original NY NJ Telephone Co. switching station and was once the headquarters of the Jersey City Police Dept. It's now known as the TelCo. Lofts, and it should be complete soon.

21. 110 First Street

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110 1st Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

A 35-story, 350-unit rental tower is nearing completion on First Street. BLDG Management is the developer, and work began in March 2013. DeWitt Tishman Architects designed the building.

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1. Journal Squared

Jersey City, NJ

Easily the most ambitious development in the state, Journal Squared will include 1,850 rental units among the three towers that will form a 2.3-million-square foot high-rise project meant to revitalize the scrappy Journal Square neighborhood. One of the towers is expected to be the tallest in the state at 70 stories. Designed by Hollwich Kushner and Handel Architects, the first tower will rise 54 stories and hopefully be complete by mid-2016. The developers are Kushner Real Estate Group and National Real Estate Advisors, and work began on the first tower in March. Rents are expected to run about $1,500 a month for studios and $3,500 for three-bedrooms.

2. 30 Journal Square

30 Journal Square, County Road 625, Jersey City, NJ 07306

Kushner Companies and the KABR Group are working together on a 40-story tower at 30 Journal Square that will replace the former headquarters of the Jersey Journal. Designed by Ismael Leyva, it will house 525 apartments, the old building and the Jersey Journal sign will be incorporated into the new structure. The renderings show a step-like building, and the tallest part will stand about 40 stories.

30 Journal Square, County Road 625
Jersey City, NJ 07306

3. 3 Journal Square

3 Journal Square Plaza, Jersey City, NJ 07306

3 Journal Square is a 13-story, 240-unit rental tower that will be built on top of an existing parking deck. Opening in winter 2015, the project is being developed by PHM II Associates, LLC a partnership of Hartz Mountain Industries, Panepinto Properties, Inc. and Garden State Development Inc. Hartz opened the parking deck and adjacent office building in 1984.

3 Journal Square Plaza
Jersey City, NJ 07306

4. 500 Summit Avenue

500 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306

In March, it was reported that HAP Investments, a developer that's been very active in Upper Manhattan recently, purchase an 80,000-square-foot lot in Journal Square. Plans weren't solidified, but HAP may build a 42-story residential tower. The property is currently partially covered by a parking lot.

500 Summit Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306

5. Cast Iron Lofts

873 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07310

The Cast Iron Lofts consist of 155 rental units in a building developed by the Manhattan Building Co., which recently broke ground on a similar building next door, Cast Iron Lofts 2 (creative!). The building will hold 232 rentals. Manhattan Building is also in early planning stages for an additional two Cast Iron Loft buildings that would hold 400 more apartments.

873 Jersey Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07310

6. The Laguna

45 Park Lane South, Jersey City, NJ 07310

The Laguna, a new 159-unit building at 45 Park Lane South, opened last year alongside its neighboring residential towers as part of the Lefrak Organization's finishing touches to the Newport nabe. Poskanzer Skott Architects designed the 19-story waterfront building, which wrapped up leasing in December 2013, just six months after launching.

45 Park Lane South
Jersey City, NJ 07310

7. Two Ten Ninth Street

210 9th Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Silverman, an active Jersey developer, has plans for a 5-story project between Grove and Erie Streets near Hamilton Park will house 25 apartments and the Scandinavian School of Jersey City.

210 9th Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

8. Hamilton Square South

Pavonia Avenue & Erie Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Silverman also has plans for a seven-story, mixed-use project on Hamilton Park between Erie Street and McWilliams Place. Designed by H. Thomas O'Hara, the building will join the 11-story condo building that Silverman opened on the park in 2012.

Pavonia Avenue & Erie Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

9. M2

401 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07310

M2 is a 38-story, 311-unit rental building that Mack-Cali/Roseland and Garden State Development Inc. have in the works at 401 Washington Street. Designed by SLCE Architects, it will sit at the Harsimus Cove Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station and share a parking garage with the neighboring Marbella apartment building, which the developer opened in 2003. Occupancy is slated for the beginning of 2016.

401 Washington Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07310

10. URL Harborside

Greene Street and Hudson Street, Jersey City, NJ

Ironstate Development teamed up with Mack-Cali to develop the first phase of its new lifestyle concept, URL Harborside, a group of three Concrete-designed 69-story rental buildings planned for Harborside Plaza between Greene and Hudson Streets near the Exchange Place PATH station. The first “Urban Ready Living” tower will include 763 partially furnished rental units, ground floor retail and a “parking pedestal.” The two other towers will include 2,358 rental apartments, and all three should be complete by mid-2016. Construction began in January.

Greene Street and Hudson Street
Jersey City, NJ

11. 65 Bay Street

65 Bay Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Kushner Companies and the KABR Group are getting ready to break ground in June for the second Trump Plaza building, the mixed-use 50-story East Tower, which will include 446 units, ranging from studios to two-bedrooms. There will be indoor parking and ground-floor retail, and the design, created by Humphreys & Partners, will look very similar to the first, which opened in 2008.

65 Bay Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

12. 350 Warren Street

350 Warren Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

A large warehouse in the Powerhouse Arts District will be converted into 366 lofts-style apartments by Mill Creek Property Trust and Rockwood Capital. The building's 25-foot ceilings, exposed brick, large windows, wood beams and columns will be preserved, and amenities will include a rooftop deck, fitness center, 24-hour concierge, a clubroom with bar, a dog washing station, and bike storage.

350 Warren Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

13. 160 Morgan Street

160 Morgan Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Toll Brothers broke ground last year on the first of three buildings planned for an area on Morgan Street near Marin Boulevard. Called Provost Square, the first building is a 38-story, 417 rental designed by SLCE Architects, and it will be complete next year. The two other sites, part of the downtown Powerhouse Arts District, will hold condo towers for a total of 925 residences, a performing arts center, ground floor retail and more than 900 parking spaces.

160 Morgan Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

14. 70 and 90 Columbus Drive

70 Columbus Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Gene Kaufman isn't only plaguing New York City with his projects. The man is the architect of record for two 50-story towers for a project by Ironstate and Panepinto Properties on Columbus Drive. The development, which broke ground last year, is a 1.2 million-square-foot complex that will include a 150-room hotel and approximately 1,000 rental units above more than 20,000 square feet of retail.

70 Columbus Drive
Jersey City, NJ 07302

15. Warren At York

120 York Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

BNE Real Estate Group leased 25 percent of the 139 rental units at the new 11-story Warren at York building within four days of opening. Three days later more than half the Minno & Wasko-designed building was spoken for. Studios start at $2,100, one-bedrooms at $2,200, 2 bedrooms at $3,300 (all of which have 2 bathrooms) and units with three bedrooms at $5,400.

120 York Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

16. 273-279 Grove Street

279 Grove Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Silverman's next local project is Charles & Co. (Majestic II), a seven-story mixed-use building on Grove Street at the corner of Montgomery Street. It will include one floor of co-working office space above retail at its base, plus 99 rental apartments on the top floors.

279 Grove Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

17. 286 Varick Street

286 Varick Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Rushman Dillon Projects has plans for a five-story, 86-microunit building on Varick Street at the corner of Bright Street. The rentals will be between 325 and 350 square feet and equipped with multi-function, collapsible furniture residents can hide away as needed. The proposed plans include several common areas, including a rooftop deck and a gym, as well as commercial space on the ground floor.

286 Varick Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

18. 235 Grand Street

235 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Ironstate Development will soon transform from the abandoned coal bunker that the Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County calls home into a 45-story, 670-unit residential tower designed by HLW International. The nonprofit is relocating to 18 Park, courtesy of the same developer. The area is located in the 80-acre Liberty Harbor Redevelopment District, and this section will be known as Liberty Harbor North. Work on 235 Grand will also include an extension of Grove Street and the revitalization of an adjacent park.

235 Grand Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

19. 18 Park

Marin Blvd, Jersey City, NJ

Ironstate Development Company and Kushner Real Estate Group teamed up to develop the 11-story 18 Park, which is rising in the Liberty Harbor North Redevelopment District near Ironstate's 235 Grand Street. The 500,000-square-foot project, designed by Minno & Wasko and HWKN Architects, will have 422 rental apartments and will include 30,000 square feet of retail and new facilities for the Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County, currently housed in a converted storage bunker at 1 Canal Street. Construction began in 2012, and it's expected to open this year.

Marin Blvd
Jersey City, NJ

20. 8 Erie Street

8 Erie Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

A beautiful building from the later 1800s is being converted in 16 units. The structure was originally the original NY NJ Telephone Co. switching station and was once the headquarters of the Jersey City Police Dept. It's now known as the TelCo. Lofts, and it should be complete soon.

8 Erie Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

21. 110 First Street

110 1st Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

A 35-story, 350-unit rental tower is nearing completion on First Street. BLDG Management is the developer, and work began in March 2013. DeWitt Tishman Architects designed the building.

110 1st Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302