Jersey City Approves Two-Tower, 524-Unit Development at 414 Hoboken Avenue

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Approved: Bergen Arch Plaza will be constructed at 414-432 Hoboken Avenue near Journal Square, Jersey City. Rendering via LWDMR Architects.

The city’s planning board recently signed off on a major proposal that will transform several vacant properties near the border of Journal Square and The Heights into an ambitious mixed-use project complete with a new public space.


In September last year, we reported on a proposal to redevelop several lots at 414-432 Hoboken Avenue totaling over 43,000 square feet in size. The properties were acquired in July of 2015 by Hoboken-based developer Seth Martin and consist of an abandoned house plus two vacant structures formerly home to a vehicle repair facility and the Corte & Co. Sausage Manufacturers, who operated out of the property for almost 70 years.

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Site of approved new development dubbed Bergen Arch Plaza, 414-432 Hoboken Avenue, Jersey City. Image via LWDMR Architects.

The development, approved by the planning board during their February 18 meeting, will start completely from scratch by demolishing everything and constructing two 28-story residential towers connected by a breezeway as part of a mixed-use development. Dubbed Bergen Arch Plaza, the project’s residential component includes 524 apartments that are skewed toward studios — 293 units will be designated as such.

Designed by LWDMR Architects, the towers of Bergen Arch Plaza boast two distinct looks and will include 143 garage parking spaces for future residents. The development’s west tower will have 367 total units and include the lion’s share of the studios, while the east tower will total 157 units. No affordable housing is required under current regulations and none is included in the development.

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Street-level view. Rendering via LWDMR Architects.

414 Hoboken Avenue will be creating a 5,500-square-foot public plaza between the two towers, which will overlook and provide access to the historic Bergen Arches at what’s known as the Erie Cut. The plaza portion was drawn up by landscape architect Arterial Design Studio and will create a walkable pedestrian connection between Hoboken Avenue and Central Avenue when completed.

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Overlooking the Bergen Arches. Rendering via LWDMR Architects.
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Public plaza. Rendering via Arterial Design Studio.

6,700 square feet of retail space will surround the plaza, which will feature movable tables and chairs, raised planters, and permanent seating areas. Other features of 414 Hoboken Avenue include 29,000 square feet of office spaces that sport outdoor areas and both towers are set to include rooftop decks complete with pools.

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One of the rooftop pools. Rendering via LWDMR Architects.

LWDMR says they embraced a cascading nature when working on the project to make it both appealing and accessible from street level. “The hope is that designs like this will create truly mixed-use experiences that invite the general public into communal spaces on different levels, each fostering activities in business, arts, culture, and residence,” the firm says.

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Cascading two-tower design. Rendering via LWDMR Architects.

The project is located within Zone 4 of the Journal Square Redevelopment Plan and was granted a “c” variance related to the building’s bulk from Jersey City’s planning board via the approvals. A groundbreaking date hasn’t been set.

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Streetscape. Rendering via LWDMR Architects.

414 Hoboken Avenue is the second project to move forward this year near the Bergen Arches, an abandoned railway corridor that various groups hope to one day repurpose into open space. Last month, a 27-story tower at 622 Summit Avenue was green lit and also touted access to the Bergen Arches as one of the community benefits.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. How do they approve something with more than 500 apartments and just 143 parking spaces? What is wrong with these people? They need the same amount of parking spaces if not double because we all know most times there’s more than 1 car in a household. WHERE THE HECK ARE THEY GOING TO PARK IN JC?

  2. Because they’re encouraging people to use transportation other than an auto that will contribute to traffic and air pollution

  3. Absolutely awful, zero vision thinking to expect double the parking of units! It’s laughable and just completely disconnected from reality and the future of JC. If you haven’t noticed the city moving toward more green and alternative transportation, then you’re in for a long, long journey.

    The last thing the city needs is more cars or encouraging people to bring more cars. Could you imagine the traffic and pollution with that amount of cars and bumper to bumper traffic every where. This ain’t the suburbs where your cars are more than welcome!!

  4. For once I agree with you. Yes. This project is in the center of public transportation. Path, buses. Etc. People that move here are commuters who use path or need what’s in walking distance. Anyone looking for more or a car friendly, look somewhere in Hackensack or the burbs. This is a City, which is connected to NYC(the biggest city in the country) via public transportation.

  5. We are slowly moving the middle class out of the city and surrounding counties(gentrification). When the economic buble bust, they will look for the middle class(tax payers), and thee government to bail them out.

  6. I just want to ask Mr. Fullof when the City of Jersey City will construct a few like
    those for the hard working and decent Senior Citizens and the veterans to live in
    a decent appartement that they can afford, the waiting list for those apartments is five list while new appartement buildings are being constructed everywhere, every corner a
    luxury apartments for the rich and famous. When Mr. Mayor when will approve a few of those for people like me
    the Seniors, when?

  7. It’s a pretty weak argument. It’s a simple matter of supply and demand. 1980s…90s JC was crime ridden city with no economy and with it came low demand…low price. People were buying brownstones downtown for few hundred thousand.

    Fast forward 20-30 years and JC is an extension of NYC. With astronomical prices across the River and Hoboken, naturally JC was next in line. As demand significantly increased so did rents, population, and prices. Those who invested back then, are reaping the rewards…whether selling, renting, or just living in a $2 million brownstone now.

    So to try and paint this dark picture of people getting pushed out and the big, bad gentrification coming in!! That’s just fear monger it and shows a lack of knowledge about the general economy or housing market…or just generally how the world functions.

  8. The middle class is getting pushed out and it’s called “blue lining.” However it’s not happening in Jersey City. It’s occurring in cities like NYC, SF, and London. Basically there is a shit ton of luxury condos sitting on the market with no buyers as they are out of the range of most middle class people. What’s happening in JC is a really rather smart development with a huge amount of studios and one bedroom units. In addition there a lot of one and two family residences, Bayonne boxes, and the like that are quite affordable in the $750k to $800k range for, say, a new unit with 2 or three (smallish) bedrooms. Often come with a 2 car garage. Compare that with a studio and Murphy bed in the Michael Graves building on 5th Ave in NYC for $1.2 million.

  9. Glad to see people are catching on. If anything this building has too much parking. Upgrade transportation infrastructure because the roads are maxed out. Hopefully developers and the council will follow more progressive cities and not require parking (far more profitable for developers), but require one time contributions to transportation infrastructure that betters the entire community. ma

  10. The sad part is people that is born and raised in Jersey City and living these neighborhoods are not giving a fair chance at apartments like these for low income people it’s sad and it’s true people are coming from out of town and New York and the people that helped build these towns are not giving no chance at all now we have to move where do we go homeless and hopeless hopeless thank you Jersey City

  11. People that built this town died years and years ago, incredibly wealthy individuals back in the 1800s. When JC took a turn for the worst, and lower income people moved in. To claim that low income people or to claim JC was built in the second half of 1900s is an absolute false claim. I could actually argue they almost destroyed it!

    Do people not see how population throughout the history changed based on demand? It’s not that tough of a concept to grasp.

  12. It is crazy to like the little parking? I wish there wasn’t any at all. I would rather have a nice big public space and shops over a parking pedestal just for renters. It would cover the whole view. If you map this place it’s like a 10 min walk from the path and the bus stop is literally on central. Idk anyone who rents a place like this and doesn’t work either in the city, JC, or go to college somewhere. Like thats all you need… just transit. Imagine everyone trying to exit the building onto Hoboken Ave in morning traffic, I would hate the congestion.

  13. Not at all, I actually think in that area they should have zero parking…maybe some spots for shared vehicles for residents to get around. Otherwise you want to bring a car to JSQ…fend for yourself.

  14. These recent proposals right next to the Bergen Arches may indicate that developers have inside knowledge that the Bergen Arches will be tranformed into a major mass-transit corridor, with a station near these buildings. We could even imagine Manhattan’s 14th Street L-Train being extended under the river, through the Bergen Arches and on to Secaucus Junction. I say “Amen” to that. Perhaps there will be a few feet left over to create a bike lane, but the idea of the Bergen Arches being eliminated from consideration as a major transit corridor to build a bike lane is a non-starter. Would trading in such insider information be illegal?

  15. @Tony- I doubt the developers have any inside knowledge of the Bergen Arches low line being transformed into some kind of mass transit project – though it would be the perfect spot for some sort of light rail system as the Erie Cut is pretty much a straight shot to the Hudson River. There would have to be a lot of preliminary studies and cost estimates first and then actually planning and funding the project. My guess is developers will pay for basic access to small sections as an amenity for the residents of their buildings. Subterranean parklets sounds like a cool idea as that would be something quite unique to an urban setting. Then if money could be raised a bike and hiking trail might be feasible, done in sections not unlike the High Line in NY. Mass transit is a long way off…… On the other hand if they can spend more than a quarter of a billion dollars on a fucked up looking courthouse building they should be able to cough up the money for a park and light rail. My vision would be for a monorail built into the side of the cliffs and open parkland below it.

  16. The person who asks for more parking is absolutely disconnected from the reality. as DazedandConfused said, JC is an extension of NYC, having a car is not a necessity. Tenants will use the Journal Square subway path station with a trains 24/7 and a train every 3mn on morning rush hours.

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