13-Story Building Planned Behind Hoboken Business Center

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2 Hoboken Avenue Jersey City
Site of proposed development: 2 Hoboken Avenue, Jersey City. Image via Google Maps.

At a time when vacant or undeveloped tracts throughout Hudson County are being replaced with multi-family residential and mixed-use developments, plenty of individuals and companies are looking to either cash in on their properties or develop the lots themselves. Both Jersey City and Hoboken are no exceptions to this, with construction cranes being a common sight in both municipalities. Now, one property near the border of these two cities could be the latest to be converted from housing vehicles to housing people.

A legal notice shows that a 13-story building is in the works for 2 Hoboken Avenue in Jersey City’s Ward C. If given the necessary approvals, the high-rise structure would include 161 residential units along with commercial space on the ground floor. Bike sharing, sidewalk improvements, and a parking garage are also included in the proposal. A rendering for the project has yet to be released.

Although the site in question may technically be known as 2 Hoboken Avenue, it is actually situated along Harrison Street between Jersey Avenue/Newark Street and Observer Highway. Located just north of the New Jersey Transit train and light rail tracks and just south of the Hoboken Business Center, the property currently contains a private gated surface parking lot. Municipal tax records show that the tract is owned by JDA Hoboken Business Center, LLC, though the name of the firm behind the application is simply known as 2 Hoboken Avenue, LLC. Filings from the New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services show that the latter company was incorporated out of Hoboken in July.

The proposal comes a year after we reported that The JDA Group was planning a major transformation and expansion of the Hoboken Business Center. It also comes amid multiple residential and mixed-use development projects across the tracks, including Van Leer Place, The Enclave, and LeFrak’s 228-unit project along Eighteenth Street.

As of the October 6th legal notice, a hearing before the Jersey City Zoning Board of Adjustment on the 161-unit proposal was scheduled for Thursday, October 18, at 6:30 p.m. 2 Hoboken Avenue, LLC is reportedly seeking Preliminary and Final Site Plan approval with variances such as height and use.

Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to be heard by the Jersey City Zoning Board of Adjustment and other commissions are subject to change.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Adding even more problems to an already gridlocked intersection Jersey City again proves to be a lousy neighbor to Hoboken.

    Hoboken gets all the problems and Jersey City gets the tax revenue.

  2. Unfortunately high rise and high density development in a flood zone is unstoppable. The developments in the area will provide parking for 900 more cars when finished. Where will all these additional cars go? When the next hurricane Sandy arrives boats may be needed.

    • While some development will happen, this sort of high rise high density building in a very sensitive space can and should be stopped. 100 feet North of this site Hoboken has limited building heights to six stories. I believe the Hoboken Business Center was recently given the variance to double the size of their building from three to six stories in part by saying the same parking lot would absorb the increase number of cars and trucks the increased size of their building would generate and then only by using a valet service.

  3. It’s about time this area is being developed. It blows my mind anyone would want to try to stop any improvements in the south west of Hoboken. People are worried about traffic? If anything they should be excited that this would allow more retail, more restaurants, more things to do for the people who live and work in this side of town. If people would stop focusing on how to halt improvements in the area and start supporting change we would already be in a much better place!

    • I don’t think that it is a matter of anti-development it is a matter of the wrong type of development in the wrong site. Further clogging one of the only three access roads along Hoboken, Jersey City boarder is very problematic to all go Hudson County.

      Hopefully this development will be fully vetted to it’s impact to both Jersey City, Hoboken and Hudson County and scaled back to better fit the site.

  4. I AM BEING TOLD THAT THIS PLAN WILL BE IN FRONT OF THE JERSEY CITY ZONING BOARD ON NOVEMBER 1, 2018.

    I URGE RESIDENTS AND CITY OFFICIALS FROM BOTH JERSEY CITY AND HOBOKEN AS WELL AS HUDSON COUNTY TO ATTEND THE MEETING AND VOICE THEIR CONCERNS.

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