Hotel and Conference Center Approved Near Liberty State Park

Liberty Harbor Hotel Jersey City Rendering 3
Rendering of the planned Liberty Harbor Hotel and Conference Center. Image courtesy of The Architects Alliance.

The owners of a storage facility next to one of the Garden State’s most scenic parks have been given the go-ahead to transform a 1.82-acre parcel into Jersey City’s newest event space.

We broke the news back in April about the owners of Liberty Storage submitting plans to redevelop their property at 302 Morris Pesin Drive. Located within the Liberty Harbor Redevelopment Plan, the land is just off the entrance to Liberty State Park, overlooks a boat launch, and is near Liberty National Golf Course.

302 Morris Pesin Way Jersey City
302 Morris Pesin Avenue, Jersey City. Image via Google Maps.

During their November 17 meeting, Jersey City’s planning board unanimously approved a proposal to build an eight-story lodging facility at the property dubbed the Liberty Harbor Hotel and Conference Center. Drawn up by Blase Weimer of Newark-based The Architects Alliance, the development would cover about 50% of the lot, with an additional 35% being covered by either paved asphalt or walkways.

Liberty Harbor Hotel Jersey City Rendering 4
Image courtesy of The Architects Alliance.

The first floor of the facility would include a reception area, front office, and lobby lounge along with a parking garage complete with 151 spaces. The hotel’s 123 guest rooms would start on the building’s fifth floor and sport three different layouts: single occupancy, double occupancy, and suite.

Records submitted to the city indicate that the maximum guest capacity at the conference center would run about 336 patrons. Other highlights of the proposed conference center include a third floor Grand Ballroom with a 344-person capacity.

Liberty Harbor Hotel Jersey City Rendering
Image courtesy of The Architects Alliance.

The fifth floor looks to take advantage of the scenery around the property, as it is set to feature another 3,870-square foot ballroom and reception area that includes a south-facing outdoor terrace area totaling 3,960-square. An additional bar and lounge area with another 600-square foot outdoor terrace dubbed a “courtyard café” rounds out the floor, which is slated to include a gym and spa complete with east-facing terrace.

Liberty Harbor Hotel Jersey City Rendering 2
Image courtesy of The Architects Alliance.

A final 3,060-square foot bar and lounge space is planned for the top floor of the building, which will rise just over 100 feet at its highest point. A timeline for the project has not been announced, but the approvals are another sign that the area bordering Liberty State Park is undergoing a bit of a renaissance that includes the restoration of the park’s western interior.

Liberty Harbor Hotel And Conference Center Jersey City Walkway Connection
Image courtesy of The Architects Alliance.

Just up the road from the future conference center, Criterion Group is overhauling a nearby warehouse into Caven Point Studios. Two more filming facilities are slated for the area and Liberty Science Center’s massive SciTech Scity project should break ground on its first phase sometime early next year.



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  1. The Jersey City architecture just gets worse. This is like China in the 80s, even they have advanced further in design by now. Incredible this is approved.

  2. @Anu- I couldn’t agree more. Just an absolutely appallingly bad building. I’m constantly bitching about the piss poor quality of of Architecture in JC but 9 out of 10 comments are Build, build, build! One could literally put up a double sized tool shed on a vacant lot in JC and the reaction would be, “Looks great!” There is zero sense of architectural citizenship by the developers and the ignorant masses just fawn over the most frightfully awful crap as if it were Haussmann’s renovation of Paris in the 1850’s.

  3. I agree this one is truly bad. It looks genuinely like a self-storage facility or prison, not a hotel. Is it legal to deny the plan simply due to aesthetics? If so it should be.

  4. I didn’t think it was possible, but this one is actually more hideous than the Garabrant aka the grass building In Lafayette. It’s a shame because that’s actually a pretty nice building inside but the idea of the outside reflecting grass blades failed miserably and now we are left with a building that seems totally out of place and anyone that drives by can’t help but get the stinky fish face and wonder why and how something that hideous was built.

    But this one is actually worse. Aren’t we over the small window phase? And I hate the word conference center…reminds me of a Ramada from 1990 with complementary breakfast of stale bagels with tiny cream cheese packets and old apples and bananas. Wouldn’t it be more up to date or hip to call it a co-working space or a wework concept specially considering the tech campus being built right next door? Who uses conference centers anymore? 90% of meetings are on zoom. I guess that’s all that is outside this hack developers wheel house.

    Probably why you don’t want a storage facility owner with a Newark architect building a “conference center” for you.

  5. these renderings are hilarious. didnt even try. and yes, its an ugly building, but that whole corner of the city is relatively unattractive. its too bad because it had potential being flanked between the park and golf course as it is


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