55 Units Planned for One of Union City’s Last Undeveloped Cliffside Lots

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1300 Manhattan Avenue Union City Exterior
Proposed residential development, 1300 Manhattan Avenue, Union City. Rendering via National Realty Investment Advisors (NRIA).

A reactivated proposal to develop one of Union City’s last remaining undeveloped cliffside properties is moving forward.


Tonight, the Hudson County Planning Board (HCPB) is scheduled to memorialize its decision to approve the plans for 1300 Manhattan Avenue and 15 neighboring tracts, all of which sit on the cliffs of the Palisades between the 14th Street Viaduct and Mountain Road. A public notice from the board states that all 16 lots are slated to be combined into one property, with four new multi-family buildings constructed on the premises. The complex would contain 55 residential units along with 130 parking spaces.

1300 Manhattan Avenue Union City Residence
Residence with a view. Rendering via NRIA.

The company proposing the development is called Manhattan Avenue Capital 1300, LLC. The HCPB’s meeting agenda shows that the company is affiliated with Secaucus-based NRIA, LLC, also known as National Realty Investment Advisors, which is involved in several projects in Philadelphia. Renderings posted by the company show that the project is being designed around its cliffside location. While all of the buildings would appear to be five stories tall when viewed from Manhattan Avenue, New Yorkers viewing the complex from across the river would see that the two northern buildings would have seven floors while the other two would reach 11 stories. Many of the units would include terraces for residents.

1300 Manhattan Avenue Union City Exterior 2
1300 Manhattan Avenue, Union City. Rendering via NRIA.
1300 Manhattan Avenue Union City Terrace
Apartment terrace. Rendering via NRIA.

These properties, which are located near the Jersey City border and overlook the Manhattan skyline, are owned by a Franklin Lakes, Bergen County-based firm called Hoboken Heights, LLC. Some of the tracts stretch all the way down the hill and end near the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and the site of the proposed New Jersey ventilation facility and shaft site for the Hudson Tunnel Project.

1300 Manhattan Avenue Union City Living
Living area. Rendering via NRIA.
1300 Manhattan Avenue Union City Kitchen
Kitchen. Rendering via NRIA.

In addition to gaining approvals at the municipal level, this proposal was required to go before the HCPB because Manhattan Avenue is a county road. The county approvals were granted during the board’s last meeting in May while the municipal approvals were granted back in 2006.

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