Jersey City to Review First Phase of 1,114-Unit Downtown Project

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Rendering of the proposed 47-story tower. Image courtesy of Arquitectonica.

A three-pronged development that would revitalize one of the last stretches of vacant land along Jersey City’s portion of the Hudson River could move forward in the coming days as a 47-story tower will be considered by officials.

Jersey Digs reported on a trio of developments from LeFrak back in 2022. The endeavor would add new mixed-use buildings to the entirety of what is known as Newport’s Northeast Quadrant, which is situated just north of The Beach development.

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Full proposed buildout of the Northeast Quadrant. Image courtesy of Hill West via the application.

The land abuts the trackage for the Hudson Bergen Light Rail system and essentially backs up against the Hoboken border and an area known as the Long Slip. The stretch of land was a former canal that NJ Transit recently filled in as part of an infrastructure project to prevent flooding and add trackage to their Hoboken Terminal facility.

LeFrak has submitted an application that proposes to subdivide the existing property into three lots for the development. The work would also create a new road called the 18th Street extension set to run east to west from Washington Boulevard in a similar manner to the Park Lane North roadway that was constructed for The Beach.

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Image courtesy of Arquitectonica.

The first portion, now known as 20 Long Slip, would be the section that would sit along the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway. Designed by New York-based Arquitectonica with Executive Architect work by Hill West, the tower would be the largest phase of the project rising 526 feet and including 530 residential units.

The apartments at the development would skew a bit smaller. Over half, or 298, would sport one bedroom, while the remainder of the living spaces would consist of 180 two-bedrooms, 49 three-bedrooms, and two four-bedroom units.

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Image courtesy of Arquitectonica.

20 Long Slip would feature 2,364 square feet of retail space facing the future 18th Street extension and most of the residential units would have balcony spaces that take advantage of the views. Many of the corner residences in the planned development feature outdoor spaces over 500 square feet.

The sixth floor at the proposed development would be devoted to amenities including a 2,730 square foot wraparound terrace spanning the entire east side of the property. Other perks on the floor include a 1,348 square foot game room, a 2,087 square foot clubhouse, a 1,500 square foot co-working space, and a 2,200 square foot fitness center.

The proposed development from LeFrak sports a glass heavy design in keeping with several of their more recent Newport projects and nighttime renderings submitted in the application show illumination of the balconies similar to the company’s Ellipse development.

The application for 20 Long Slip is listed on the agenda for the April 2 meeting of Jersey City’s planning board. The approvals sought are for both a preliminary and final major site plan, and no variances from current zoning are being sought by LeFrak.

Additional plans for the properties within Newport’s Northeast Quadrant included a West Tower and a smaller section connecting that structure to the proposed 20 Long Slip project. Both of those portions would also feature retail facing 18th Street, but those components are not included in the current application being considered by the board.


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