Second and Tallest Journal Squared Tower Now Rising in Jersey City

Journal Squared Phase 2 Rises
Journal Squared from above. Photo by Darrell Simmons/Jersey Digs.

While the more infamous Kushners duke it out with the city over their Journal Square project, the other Kushners are full steam ahead developing in Jersey City. Earlier this year, the KRE Group launched 485 Marin Street in the Hamilton Park area, now the company is moving forward with the second phase of their bellwether Journal Squared project.

Journal Squared Phase 2 Construction Progress Jersey City
Journal Squared site progress. Photo by Darrell Simmons/Jersey Digs.

The company officially broke ground last year but only last week did vertical construction begin on the second of three planned towers for the site. This tower is the project’s tallest, rising 70 stories and 759 feet. Phase two of Journal Squared is expected to be completed in late 2020 and will bring about 600 apartments into the mix.

Kre Group Journal Squared Phase 2 Rises
Journal Squared from above. Photo by Darrell Simmons/Jersey Digs.
Rendering Credit: HWKN/Hollwich Kushner and Handel Architects

Once finished the three-tower project will house over 1,800 residential units along with a mix of office and retail space. The project was designed by Handel Architects and Hollwich Kushner. The first tower, which rises 54-stories, topped out in December 2015.


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  1. A transit-oriented-development (TOD) hub around Journal Square is a great idea, but only if the PATH and other transit systems keep up. 20 minute frequencies on the weekend to head into Manhattan and packed trains during rush hour detract significantly from what should be a locale with great connectivity. It’s not rocket science to fix either. With the new signalling system in place, they can easily add material capacity with new train cars.

  2. The 54 story tower is so dominant from Western Hudson/Bergen county views. I look forward to the 70 story building go up. It will be an influential change to JC.

  3. PATH is almost at capacity during weekday rush (pre-COVID-19). Jersey City commuters must call, tweet and write PATH for more/better service. Remember it is a 100+ year old system that has long out grown the amount of passengers it was intended to carry. Track infrastructure and signals are poorly maintained, which is why there are so many switch/signal failures on a very small rapid transit system (13 miles/13 stations).


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