EXCLUSIVE: Details, Renderings Revealed for Kushner’s One Journal Square

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Kushners One Journal Square Jersey City Site
The long-vacant lot in the heart of Journal Square may finally see construction activity. Photo by Darrell Simmons/Jersey Digs.

Plans are in place to revitalize one of the most prominent vacant parcels near a major transit hub and Jersey Digs has uncovered new specifics about the latest version of a long-stalled two-tower project.

Late last month, the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA) approved a settlement agreement with Kushner Companies regarding the One Journal Square parcel. The deal signaled the end of a lawsuit the company filed in 2018 that alleged city officials were engaging in “anti-Trump bias” by ignoring the development’s tax abatement request, allegedly over CEO Jared Kushner’s role as a senior advisor to President Donald Trump.

Per the settlement, Kushner will need to make a $2.5 million investment in local arts initiatives and is required to submit paperwork detailing changes that have been made to the development. The company officially turned over their new One Journal Square plans to the city on October 28 and the revamped design changes up the exterior a bit.

New Renderings For One Journal Square Towers Jersey City Update
The new vision for the project calls for twin 52-story towers. Image courtesy Kushner Companies.

Kushner’s new vision for the property features an east to west tiered design and calls for twin 52-story high-rises over a 12-story base rising 710 feet. Construction of the glass-heavy towers would happen in two phases, with the initial segment including 966 residential units, 41,000-square feet of retail, and the project’s 883-space parking garage.

The second tower of One Journal Square will sport 757 apartments for a grand total of 1,723 units. The development’s living spaces break down as 493 studios, 972 one-bedrooms, 222 two-bedrooms, and 36 three-bedroom units. None of the units are designated as affordable housing, as none are required to be.

One Journal Square Jersey City Tower Breakdown
Image via Twitter.

All office space has been removed from the latest version of the project, which will be heavy on amenities for residents. According to a letter Kushner submitted to the city, perks planned for One Journal Square include an indoor lap pool, spa, exercise rooms, squash courts, basketball court, bowling alley, lounges, party rooms, and a library. The development will additionally feature two exterior terraces and an outdoor pool.

A sprucing up of the plaza outside the Journal Square PATH station is still included in the development’s plan. The new design is the fourth version of the project; Kushner had pitched a 57-story tower for the site when it first purchased the land in 2015 before supersizing the development to include two high-rises with 1,725 units.

A scaled-back version with two 66-story towers was greenlit in 2017 before the battle over the project spilled into the courtroom. Jersey City’s planning board has not yet set a date to hear the amendments for the latest scheme, which would need to be approved before the project moves forward.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said in a statement last month that construction at One Journal Square is expected to begin next year.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. I quite like the tiered base however the two 52 stories towers are nothing to look at. One would be hard pressed to come up with a more bland and boring design. And one floor of retail in the center of Journal Sq??……..does not have my seal of approval.

  2. I agree with XTC regarding the one floor of retail. I wish this was planned more like the City Point complex in Downtown Brooklyn – where they have apartment/condo towers atop a parking garage, movie theater, Target, Trader Joes, retail stores, food hall, etc.

    Obviously, the scale and the overall real estate market is different here in JSQ, but I feel like the single floor of retail seems so short-sighted given this prominent location and how the area will transform in the years to come.

  3. The commerical space is small. Wish it was bigger. However with all the commerical space being built on cottage and throughout the square, I’m not very concerned… However in terms of design, this is by far the best renderings yet! The previous one was ugly…

  4. I would also reverse the the positions of the towers so the corners face inward when viewed from Kennedy Blvd. This just looks stupid. And not just more retail but some sort of building facade and streetscape that’s not steel and glass anti-human store fronts.

  5. This is truly awful. Both towers turn their back on the square, offering 52 stories of blank glass walls. There is clearly not enough retail space for a development location like this. The rendering does not show the Journal Squared towers directly behind this development.

    In a time when most developers are offering months of free rent to attract tenants, this is too big for the space right now, and will be a white elephant for years.

  6. I agree with those saying this design is extremely bland and disappointing. Unlike, Journal Squared for example. its simplicity is not tasteful or sophisticated enough IMO. I think the base looks great, it’s a shame they didn’t carry through some of those design elements up through the towers.

    Let’s just hope they use very high-quality facade materials, otherwise this could easily go very badly.

  7. Does anyone else see this as overdevelopment at the Square? Build all you want, but the transit infrastructure is already operating at capacity (pre- and post-pandemic) and there’s already too much traffic during rush hours. Nothing has been done to improve the neighborhood in the four decades I’ve been watching, but developers blather on about its “potential.” Is anyone saying what level of occupancy Journal Squared, just feet away, has achieved?

  8. Thank you Cookie! Beyond the bland anti-green architecture (how many ways can you block the sun and NOT plant new trees at the same time?), the impact on commuters will be horrible. I take the PATH every morning into Manhattan after either a 20 minute bus trip or a 10 minute drive by my husband from our historic townhouse in Greenville. Pre-pandemic and pre-track upgrade to a more efficient 4 minutes between trains, Journal Square was already packed with passengers. Why the deeply avaricious Kushner development thinks we can handle more people only shows their obsession with profit over community.
    As far as lack of retail goes, if we restore all the ground level retail on Sip Ave., Bergen Ave. and Kennedy Blvd’s constructed in the last 100 years (1920-1972) we would be more than fine. Stop complaining about the lack of retail in this new property. Complain about the lack of parking or dare I say it affordable units.
    Can’t WAIT to be ass to crotch with my fellow commuters in 2022. 🤨

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