First Renderings of Approved 27-Story Tower at 622 Summit Avenue in Jersey City

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Approved development: 622 Summit Avenue, Jersey City. Aerial view via MVMK Architecture.

The neighborhoods surrounding Journal Square have quite a few high-rise developments that are either under construction or fully approved and another major project was greenlit by the city’s planning board last week.

Earlier this month, we exclusively reported on a plan to bring a 27-story mixed-use development to four contiguous parcels at 622-628 Summit Avenue. The properties are just north of the historic Five Corners intersection and currently consist of smaller houses and a two-story building that formerly served as home to Pete and Ted’s Bar.


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622 Summit Avenue, Jersey City. Rendering via MVMK Architecture.

A Jersey City-based company called 626 Summit Ave LLC gained approvals from the planning board during their January 7 meeting to move ahead with developing the irregularly shaped lots that total about 14,000 square feet. Designed by Hoboken-based MVMK Architecture, the modern-looking project is being referred to as 622 Summit Avenue and will top out at 285 feet when it’s completed.

209 residential units are included in the development, as is 1,372 square feet of ground-floor retail space. 622 Summit Avenue will sport 16,000 square feet of offices to take advantage of bonuses that are included in the Journal Square 2060 Redevelopment Plan, which allows buildings on larger lots to include two additional stories and 28 feet in height in exchange for featuring office space.


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The view. Rendering via MVMK Architecture.

The building’s podium will be clad with red brick that plays to the adjacent properties, while the tower will utilize aluminum panels of contrasting colors. The primary facade elements are matte white, while the intermediate floors will feature a charcoal grey. The southeast corner of the tower will sport cantilevered balconies that begin on the ninth floor and the building’s rooftop has an outdoor amenity space plus a resident’s gym and lounge.

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Streetscape: 622 Summit Avenue, Jersey City. Rendering via MVMK Architecture.

While 622 Summit Avenue has no affordable housing or parking included, there will be public park space at the rear of the building with opportunities for seating that overlooks the Bergen Arches. The abandoned rail tunnel has long been envisioned as a canvas to create new open space and released renderings illustrate how the design of the development hopes to link the building to the possible future park via stair access.

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View of 622 Summit Avenue from the Bergen Arches. Rendering via MVMK Architecture.

A few of the parcels in this project were set to have a 34-unit development rise following 2018 approvals at 622-624 Summit Avenue, but that project never got built and this one has emerged in its place. The latest 27-story tower version was granted variances by the planning board for minimum building setbacks and minimum rear yard setbacks during the approval process.

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Twilight view. Rendering via MVMK Architecture.

MVMK Architecture says they envision 622 Summit Avenue as a gateway project at the northern edge of Journal Square, but there’s no word on when the development could break ground.

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  1. Pretty radical design. Great idea to have the extra large open terraces on the upper floors. Developers usually cheap out with tiny ass balconies, if that. Still I’d be surprised if this gets built in this iteration. Also tying it in to a “possible future park”, i.e., the non-existent Bergen Arches Low Line is more than a bit of stretch. That’s like saying a possible rocket launching pad nearby to an orbiting space hotel is under consideration.

    • Not really, it’s a riff on the ‘Jenga’ tower on West Broadway in Manhattan. Without the cantilevered balconies, it would be an aluminum box

      • Everything is a riff on something else. It becomes a unique work when the artist/ architect/ musician puts their own stamp on it. This looks nothing like the Jenga tower to me. Jenga is boxy, this one has no right angles on the balcony side. For JC this is pretty rad.

        • I agree this is FANTASTIC!! Would love to see more aggressive, uniquely designed structures like this in Jersey City, particularly in Journal Sq!!

  2. I can’t believe that highrise was approved for that area. I guess the traffic will be just as bad as downtown. Also why are there no affordable housing units included. 5 I know the Mayor wants certain group of people living in JC, but doesn’t have to be so blatant about it.

  3. Really nice, seems like there was actually some thought put into this rather than a standard box. Bergen Arches will at some point become a public park, already a movement for it, so smart to position yourself early for the massive potential profits in the future.

    This will also be a big boost for all the businesses in that area.

  4. Affordable housing should be in every ward in JC.
    Not just in Greenville, maybe the developers should build that Tower in Greenville.

  5. I really wonder what is affordable housing? Personally speaking gentrification caused by people seeking affordable housing. Even if you make 150k its hard to buy a place that has enough room for a family. So is it fair to say that middle income can’t purchase an affordable house, nor is it fair that the poor is pushed out farther and farther from easy public transportation and jobs. New developments should only be for sale not rentals. The in it’s self would living in JC more affordable for everyone. Do away with any form of tax rebates and use the funds our schools.

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