Boraie Development Seeks to Build 1,200 Units at Canal Crossing in Jersey City

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880 900 Garfield Avenue Canal Crossing Site Jersey City
Site of proposed development: 880-900 Garfield Avenue, Jersey City. Photo by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.

A large swath of land next to both a train station and Jersey City’s newest green space looks like it finally has a tangible redevelopment proposal in place after spending years in limbo.


Just south of the Garfield Avenue Light Rail station on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system sit several properties that make up the Canal Crossing Redevelopment Plan. The post-industrial land, which includes an abandoned portion of Dakota Avenue, once housed a chromium production plant during the 1950s before the facility was shut down in 1963.

A long process to remediate the parcels ensued and five lots known as 880-900 Garfield Avenue now appear primed for a renaissance. New Brunswick-based Boraie Development submitted plans late last year to bring a total of 1,256 apartments within seven buildings on the land, which is bounded by Halladay Street, Carteret Avenue, and Forrest Street.

Canal Crossing Jersey City Map
Proposed areas of redevelopment. Map by SDL Portal.

The portion that would be developed under the plans is known as Zone A and ownership of several parcels can be traced to the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA). Boraie’s application says they envision all planned structures rising five stories and just over 72 feet. Approximately 11,100 square feet of retail is included in the proposal, as is 2,400 square feet of office space.

The apartments at the sprawling project would consist of 189 studios, 785 one-bedroom units, 257 two-bedroom spaces, and 25 three-bedroom residences. 113 of the units would be set aside as affordable housing per regulations already in place under the redevelopment plan. 569 parking spaces are also slated for the property.

Boraie submitted the plans under the corporate monikers Hampshire Urban Renewal Redevelopment LLC and Garfield JC Partners LLC. Morristown-based NK Architects is listed as the architect of record, with engineering work by Jersey City-based Dresdner Robin. Renderings of the project have yet to be released.

The land has long been unused and lacks modern public services, so Boraie’s application notes that utilities and drainage infrastructure would first be constructed by the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority before any development begins. The company is requesting minor variances related to curb cut width (larger than allowed) and the minimum number of trees in parking lots to move the project forward. The planning board has not yet set a date to hear the application.

The Canal Crossing properties are considered by some to be prime real estate due to their transit access and proximity to Berry Lane Park, but revitalizing them has been a struggle. The still-vacant properties just south of Zone A were the subject of a 2019 lawsuit from PPG Industries, who claimed the JCRA was secretly meeting with Boraie to reach an agreement that would appoint Boraie as redeveloper of PPG’s land. The case ended up being dismissed later that year.

On the bright side, projects like the under-construction Parkview Apartments are starting to transform the neighborhood and a 361-unit redevelopment proposal at 417 Communipaw Avenue that includes a STEM School and Recreation Center moved forward last year. In addition, businesses like Corgi Distillery have called the area home since 2017 and 902 Brewing Company opened in the neighborhood last year.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Music to my heart! Been too long this huge area near transportation been abused with toxic substances, now will be a residential, clean neighborhood where our families will enjoy…

  2. Bounded by a troubled area Carteret, open air drug market, too many shootings and other misbehavior. The new neighbors will just become prey. I’m all for development but I question the rationale of the developer and the ambition. It could be a lovely location properly landscaped with quiet areas and restful seatings. 24 hour security or off-duty police would make it safer. Good luck.

  3. Given all of the pluses noted, I don’t understand why JC should be on the hook for the missing infrastructure. Why not ask the developer to do that work?; possibly in exchange for a negotiated amount of greater density?

  4. Val mentioned families, but the unit mix is more than 75% studios and one bedrooms which won’t attract families. Just saying. J Kevin “questions” the developer’s “rationale” and “ambition” (weird but ok). Their rationale is to make money, like any developer. Like any participant in this capitalistic economy we have. What’s wrong with that? Can we see some renderings please? Would be nice to have a new urbanistic vibe that is walkable, since it is directly connected to mass transit. How about something without a massive surface parking lot which will just be a blight on the plan?

  5. the developer is not going to spend millions to lose money. of course he will make money. Give the green light to the is project to make the neighborhood better…

  6. Wow “chromium”. I haven’t heard that word in many years. I remember back in the day when the word “chromium” was on the front page of the JJ almost every day. Then the JC real estate boom started in the late 80s, and “chromium” disappeared from the newspaper. I wonder how many of the new, expensive residents have ever heard the word “chromium” and what this substance can do? How it was given away to residents as an extremely effective way to eliminate rats? A funny thing happened on the way to the real estate boom.

  7. In response to Carmen: Some investments are perfectly fine losing money, due to complex tax structures and corporate machinations. Sometimes losing money is far better than making money. Don’t just assume that someone is out to make money and thus cares about the neighborhood.

  8. I have lived during the halcyon times of JC and through all of its distress. I am overjoyed at the rebirth and all of the new and modern buildings all over JC. Investors make sophisticated decisions in where they build and chose not to build. The cost of building is probably the same all over JC its the ROI that should and would indicate its location. Ambition is sometimes brought with making the wrong decision based upon location, believe me I have made the MISTAKE.

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