Jersey City Approves 18-Story Development at 198 Academy Street

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Approved: 198 Academy Street, Jersey City. Rendering by Minno Wasko.

A road that consists of mostly mid-rises and single-family homes is slated to get its first high-rise on a prominent corner as the neighborhood continues to evolve in an upward direction.


Jersey Digs broke the news earlier this month about a sizable project proposed for a parking lot at the corner of Summit Avenue and Academy Street. A company named Vaishno Ma Summit U.R. LLC owns the sizable parcel, which is located about halfway between Journal and McGinley squares and adjacent to the Altura apartments.

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Site of development: 198 Academy Street, Journal Square, Jersey City. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

Jersey City’s planning board approved an application during their February 16 meeting that allows an 18-story building topping out at 198 feet to rise at the site. Designed by Lambertville-based Minno Wasko, the mixed-use development will feature both residential and office components accessed via separate lobby entrances along Summit Avenue.

The second and third floors of the development will consist of a combined 28,230 square feet of office space, with the remainder of the property set to include 223 apartments. The living spaces break down as 95 studios, 84 one-bedroom units, 39 two-bedroom apartments, and five three-bedroom units.

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A closer look at the plan for 198 Academy Street in Jersey City. Rendering by Minno Wasko.

Submitted plans indicate that no affordable housing units are designated at the project and no off-street parking is included in the development. Besides a first-floor common space for residents, the ground floor of the building will additionally feature an 860-square-foot retail space that will be entered on Academy Street.

Speaking of amenities, the development’s fourth floor is set to feature 1,755 square feet dedicated to an indoor club room and fitness center. An outdoor courtyard secluded in the rear of the building will flank the amenity space. The roof of the property will offer even more perks, as it is set to feature 2,280 square feet of indoor space comprising a sky lounge and private event space plus an outdoor amenity deck with seating.

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Facade materials. Rendering by Minno Wasko.

The exterior of the development is slated to utilize brick masonry and charcoal metal paneling on its façade. The planning board granted the project variances related to rear yard setback and minimum first-floor height when greenlighting the project. A groundbreaking date has not yet been announced.

The high-rise is the latest development to hit Academy Street in recent months, although many of the other projects in the works are significantly smaller. A 60-room hotel at 250 Academy Street was approved last year, as was a 50-unit development down the block at 177 Academy Street. Jersey City’s planning board also recently approved the Academy Flats proposal that emerged earlier this month.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Not bad. The less hideous surface parking lots, and dilapidated old buildings in JC, the better. Nice to see this area going more vertical. Would love to see more green space though.

  2. Beautiful! Honestly this looks much better than an empty lot across from the court house in the center of our city…this is a no brainer!

  3. Stunning architectural design, we need more like this. Would like to see good restaurants and cafes on ground floor. This neighborhood is between two good colleges St Peters and Hudson community making it a great place where students can find employment and share their insight to the neighborhood

  4. Cue the parking space NIMBYs! They won’t be happy until every available parcel next to an underground mass transit station serving the largest city in America is turned into a single family house (or maybe a two family house) with 4 parking spaces! (Advice to NIMBYs: Look up new urbanism, smart growth, etc. to understand why we can’t rely on cars (except ride-sharing) in urban environments)

  5. This is the complete opposite of *stunning architecture*. It’s the typical bland, boring design that developers demand in order to squeeze out every dime they can by using basic glass windows, cheapo aluminum cladding, and making the ceiling height as low as the construction code allows. It’s housing and money and dumbing down of people who have been condition to accept mediocrity as the new normal.

  6. I don’t mind it, it’s no JP Morgan mansion but given the current condition of the space and the potential to bring more people into this previously dead urban center. The more buildings like this the more respectful businesses will replace the mainly crap businesses along Sip…Bergen…etc. It all makes sense, more people = more reason for business. I think the city did a nice job knocking down that absolutely hideous court building and making it into a 3 acre park. We need more of that.

    The NIMBYS generally look at it through a very selfish or fearful lens. Fear of losing housing which is understandable. But the more selfish side is the parking complainers or the entitled who lived here decades during some of the worst economical times of Jersey City. It’s a complete lack of understanding that with a rapidly growing population it’s impossible to fix parking and traffic issues because there simply isn’t enough space to accommodate a car for every single resident. So it’s better to find alternative solutions like bike friendly roads, subsidized rides like Via. The more revenue the city makes with a growing population and new businesses creating more taxes the more green the city and become and support low income housing. Simple economics.

  7. While it’s true that more affluent people morning into JSQ will help replace the dirt merchants of Bergen Ave, it does not follow that the extra tax revenue will automatically fix the infrastructure or balance the City’s budget. Incredibly, in spite of almost 30 years of non-stop development and gentrification, the JC Public School budget is projected to be $300 million in the hole this year.

    The best thing I can say about the above building is that it sucks ass.

  8. I AGREE WITH MARK…IT LOOKS TOO BIG FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD.. WAY TOO MUCH AND DOES NOT BLEND IT AS PER ALREADY CURRENT SOROUNDING PROPERTIES…. BUT THE BUILDING LOOKS GOOD

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