70-Story Tower Could Come to Part of Jersey City’s Avalon Cove Site

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444 Washington Boulevard Jersey City
Site of proposed development: 444 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City. Aerial view via Google Maps.

An application that calls for constructing one of the tallest buildings in New Jersey could be approved as early as next week.

A Manhattan-based firm calling itself Tower Cove Jersey City Urban Renewal has filed plans to construct a 70-story tower at 444 Washington Boulevard in Jersey City’s Ward E. The residential portion of the proposed high-rise would consist of 950 units, according to a legal notice that was issued on Friday. On the ground floor, the building would contain four spaces that would bring a combined 17,200 square feet of new retail space to the Washington Boulevard corridor. 572 parking spaces are planned as well.

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Current Avalon Cove development. Photo by Darrell Simmons/Jersey Digs.

The property, located in a flood plain along the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway between Harborside and Newport, sits roughly a block east of the Harsimus Cove stop on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail. The premises consist of AvalonBay Communities’ Avalon Cove complex, which is made of two separate five-story buildings with a total of roughly 500 apartments. Parking is also provided at the development, which was constructed over two decades ago.

Although it is not yet clear where exactly the 70-story building would be constructed at 444 Washington Boulevard, it appears that the existing apartments will remain.

Tower Cove Jersey City Urban Renewal is registered out of the 22nd story of Paramount Plaza in Midtown Manhattan, a floor that is also used by AvalonBay Communities. The Jersey City Planning Board is scheduled to take up the company’s application during its meeting on Tuesday, August 13, at 5:30 p.m. The developer is seeking Preliminary and Final Site Plan approval with variances.

Jersey Digs will continue to follow this breaking development news and report any additional updates as they become available.

Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to be heard by the Jersey City Planning Board and other commissions are subject to change.

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11 COMMENTS

    • I am from Manhattan and I now regularly go to Hoboken and Jersey City. It , along with Long Island City add vast dimension to the New York City egregore.

      • Jersey city and Hoboken is finally getting the recognition it deserves same as Brooklyn and LIC… These are historic cities that haven’t had thier fair share of development as Manhattan has in the past. However it was unavoidable. Finally getting the recognition it deserves…

  1. Hard to believe they can build this without knocking down the existing apartments. Do we really want these types of buildings ruining our waterfront and view into NYC? It’s all about the money and not about the quality of life for the people of Newport.

    • That works as it’s densely populated urban neighborhood, walkable and featuring 24 hour mass transit. Increasingly, city residents are not owning cars; they rent a car or take Lyft / Uber as necessary. Many residential developments feature Zipcar onsite.

      A 70 story tower is massive and would block view of existing tenants on the site. I know the site well; either one of the buildings would need to be demolished, or you’d build within the courtyards, forcing existing tenants into darkness and shadow, and trading their unobstructed river views for views of walls and parking structure at base levels of the proposed tower.

  2. We used to live in that South Avalon building, and for the life of me I can’t imagine where they would put up the building that size without knocking down one of the existing ones, there simply is nowhere to put it. That triangle of land between the power station and Avalon is not big enough (I think) to put up something on the scale of what they are proposing. So.. love to know where on earth another freakin’ tower will go! How many do we need along the waterfront? I still shake my head thinking of the great idea that was originally proposed about 20 years ago, to keep all the old warehouses and turn them into the ‘arts district’… it’s a woeful remnant with just a few of those now, nothing like the destination that a good ‘old style’ arts district could have been…

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