25-Story Development Proposed Near Secaucus Junction

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Xchange Secaucus High Rise Planned Brianna Lane
Xchange at Secaucus Junction. Photo credit Google Maps.

While most new high-rise development proposals in Hudson County tend to be concentrated near the Hudson River waterfront and Journal Square in Jersey City, a new application calls for constructing a 25-story tower near a transportation hub close to the Hackensack River in the Meadowlands.

A company called Fraternity Meadows, LLC recently filed plans with the Secaucus Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) in connection with the proposed development on the premises of XChange at Secaucus Junction, according to a legal notice. If approved and ultimately built as currently planned, the 25-story “Building G” would consist of 403 residential units. Parking would take up four floors of the development, which would be situated off of Brianna Lane.

Located near the New Jersey Turnpike, High Tech High School, Laurel Hill Park, and dozens of warehouses, the existing XChange at Secaucus Junction apartment complex was completed in stages beginning in 2008 and largely consists of four-story and five-story buildings. The only other residential high-rise currently standing in Secaucus is the Harmon Cove Towers condominium complex off of Meadowlands Parkway.

The ZBA is scheduled to hear the developer’s application during its meeting on Monday, January 13 at 7:00pm. A height variance is being sought, with the notice adding that the “Town of Secaucus has petitioned the NJSEA [New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority] to amend certain sections in the Secaucus Transit Village Redevelopment Plan…to allow the maximum overall height of any residential building located in the Riverfront Landing zone to be 25 stories, inclusive of parking.” NJSEA filings show that land use applications for a new building and a “variance/special exception” in connection with Building G were received by the authority in September.

Last fall, the Secaucus Town Council approved three ordinances related to financial agreements and tax exemptions for XChange at Secaucus Junction, one of which referenced plans by Tower at Waterside Station Urban Renewal, LLC for 403 market-rate units on Fraternity Meadows-owned property. The ordinance in question mentioned that the Town of Secaucus was entering into a financial agreement involving payments in lieu of taxes in regards to this development “in order to enhance the economic viability of and opportunity for a successful project, and cause the successful development, design, construction and financing of the project.”

Fraternity Meadows is registered out of the same address in Woodbridge Township as Atlantic Realty Development Corporation. A representative for the developer along with the firm’s attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

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

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Airbnb Tower at Secaucus Junction. I have been walking my dogs in this area since I was little. Special place with the energy of the rivers and wetlands. Secret entryway into NYC via North River Tunnel or Hoboken. Wish I had the financing to buy this area when I walked this area. Stupid me from a working class family.

  2. Surprised theres not more residential development next to the station. Theres so many trains going in to the city or Hoboken not to mention trains going elsewhere around NJ, like the shore. This would make perfect sense if the goal is to move towards a more transit oriented and less car reliant culture.

  3. This would be fine but they always underestimate the amount of children that will be coming to the schools. We are overcrowded already
    They need to have a plan in place before something like this is approved.

    • absolutely, I’m all for transit-oriented development, but infrastructure (ie. schools, roads, public services) need to be considered before shovels are put in the ground. Too often its done the other way.

  4. For An opinion regarding the possible existence of wetlands on a designated property, wetlands searches can be provided by NJ company Charles Jones

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