Plans Submitted for Two-Tower, 524-Unit Bergen Arch Plaza in Jersey City

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Proposed development, 414-432 Hoboken Avenue, Jersey City. Rendering courtesy LWDMR Architects.

Several vacant properties near the border of Journal Square and The Heights could be activated into an ambitious mixed-use project that would be one of the densest developments to hit the neighborhood in years.

Earlier this month, a company named 416 Hoboken Avenue LLC applied for Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan approvals from the city that would bring a new development looking to immediately transform the area. The project would span several lots from 414-432 Hoboken Avenue that total over 43,000 square feet in size.

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Site of proposed development: 414-432 Hoboken Avenue, Jersey City. Photo by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.

The properties were acquired in July of 2015 by Hoboken-based developer Seth Martin, who has previously worked on several rehabilitation projects throughout Hudson County. There is an abandoned house and two other vacant structures on the land, one of which recently served as the home of Tullo Oil, a vehicle repair facility.

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The now-vacant Tullo Oil. Photo by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.

The other building at the property was once home to Corte & Co. Sausage Manufacturers, who operated out of the property for almost 70 years. That parcel, at 414 Hoboken Avenue, had a 22-story, 121-unit building approved back in 2006, but the project never got off the ground following the real estate crash that happened shortly thereafter.

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The now-vacant Corte & Co. Sausage Manufacturers. Photo by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.

The latest vision for the land would start completely from scratch, demolishing everything and constructing two 20-story residential towers connected by a breezeway as part of a mixed-use development. Dubbed Bergen Arch Plaza, the project’s residential component would include 524 units that are skewed toward studios — 293 units would be designated as such.


134 one-bedrooms, 86 two-bedroom units, and 11 three-bedroom apartments would round out the living spaces. No affordable housing units are required under current regulations and none are included in the development.

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Bergen Arch Plaza: The proposed two-tower development, 414-432 Hoboken Avenue, Jersey City. Rendering courtesy LWDMR Architects.
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414-432 Hoboken Avenue exterior. Rendering courtesy LWDMR Architects.

143 garage parking spaces are slated for the building, as is 29,000 square feet of office space and 7,000 square feet of retail space. The development’s towers boast two distinct looks, with one of the set to include a rooftop deck complete with pool.

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Rooftop pool. Rendering courtesy LWDMR Architects.

Designed by LWDMR Architects, the development would create a walkable pedestrian plaza connection between Hoboken Avenue and Central Avenue. The firm says they are looking to activate the streetscape with that component of the plan.

“Office and retail spaces surround the elevated plaza with residences sitting atop in a cascading nature with connecting bridges — makes it both appealing and accessible from street level,” LWDMR says of the project. “The hope is that designs like this will create truly mixed-use experiences that invite the general public into communal spaces on different levels, each fostering activities in business, arts, culture, and residence.”

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Activating the streetscape along Hoboken Avenue. Rendering courtesy LWDMR Architects.

Bergen Arch Plaza is located where Hoboken Avenue, Central Avenue, and Route 139 all intersect, which is just a stone’s throw from another massive undertaking. Central Avenue is set to be extended during the next few years as part of the ongoing redevelopment taking place within Hudson County’s courts, which will see a new complex built to replace an aging one.

As far as 414 Hoboken Avenue is concerned, it is located within Zone 4 of the Journal Square Redevelopment Plan and will be seeking a “c” variance related to the building’s bulk from Jersey City’s planning board. A date hasn’t been set to hear the development’s application.

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18 COMMENTS

  1. Great to see JSQ coming to life slowly! Let’s break ground already!! *standing ovation*

    But these buildings should start providing shuttle service to NYC or the city actually to something other than blaming Port Authority. PATH is going to be an absolute nightmare. I know they’re improving signals and possibly adding another car but that’s not enough with the amount of units hitting the market over the next 5 yrs.

  2. JSQ doesn’t need parking, stop driving. If you absolutely need a car then you have to deal with parking issues like any major city. If you absolutely need parking there are plenty in the suburbs. Can’t have your cake and eat it too.

    • I’d rather live in the suburbs as a community rather than City Living squashed like sardines. I love the city life but only in New York! no jersey lol

  3. While this is great for the area affordable housing should be included. We already have luxury highrise in Journal square
    & Downtown. The Mayor has sold out the original residence of Jersey City.

    • Yes affordable housing would be great, maybe even some studios we can afford. but i read about another building that’s like a 10 min drive from this one and it has designated affordable units. So they are doing it, they just need it a little more. but i do like that this one has a public plaza

  4. This city already has too many rich people thinking they run the city. Now these buildings they are going to put in place is just more saying to the rich people step all over the small people and ruin this city. Then again, the Mayor himself is just a puppet to someone else doing what he is told. Go down to Greenville and beyond to see how they are living, what there is soo much crime in this city, and people hate every one in this city. You can not put a shinning new toy with junk all around it and thinks it’s okay. The rich stay rich and the poor stay poor to keep crime so the city can stay in money!

  5. Its Sad to see what should be a multilevel public parking garage
    this would help all the small business struggling with overprice parking
    over fulled lots and useless street cleaners.

    A school is needed there, maybe moving the liberty on 5 comers to that location would be better,
    a health center or a community center, a indoor rec center would greatly appreciate.

    What true everyday average Chilltowners don’t want or need is another Luxury building.
    We don’t want to become a another Hoboken , SoHO , Tribeca , were not the new Brooklyn.

    We are Jersey City and we want are City back .

  6. Working people that’s not that’s making under $34,000 a year where where’s the apartment luxury apartments for them it doesn’t make sense they building up all these high-rises they tore down the other high-rises the project high-rise like Duncan and Montgomery in different places like that but yet they want to build high-rise it doesn’t make sense and if they going to build high-rises why can’t the person that’s making under 36,000 get apartment in there why you got to be $2,000 and Nova most working people they don’t they don’t make that type of money the double tap or class working people we don’t make that kind of money but yet we work so why not help us out some

  7. Right now its empty, vacant land (says so right in the article) so I would rather have a fancy high-rise than some eye-sore — to all the people complaining about affordable housing, I’ve been reading articles on other buildings with designated affordable units, but right by JSQ with a public plaza, retail, and access to the green space that’s good enough for me that they’re even doing something.

    For all the parking people — more parking = more traffic and less focus on fixing the public transit. So they either provide parking and we all hate the new extra traffic or they don’t provide parking and we complain we need it. We need public transit! I need to be able to get from home, to my university in Newark, to my job in NY, without driving

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