Details Revealed for LeFrak’s Mysterious 18th Street Development in Jersey City

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Editor’s note: Yesterday, we reported on a new project at 854 Jersey Avenue. Upon further research, it appears that project is just one-half of a larger, two-part development LeFrak is planning for the block-long site.

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659 Grove Street | Rendering by HLW International Architecture and Engineering

A gas station and some vacant land along Downtown Jersey City’s northern edge could soon be replaced with 258 apartments and three larger retail spaces, as plans for two parcels along the Hoboken border have become clearer following Planning Board approval.

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A mysterious sign with a rendering of a new development appeared back in March at 220 Eighteenth Street, a wide piece of land between Grove Street and Jersey Avenue that backs up to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail tracks. Since then, developer LeFrak has drawn up plans for the two properties at 854 Jersey Avenue and 659 Grove Street, which were submitted in separate applications.

659 grove street jersey city site planBoth proposals were given the green light by the Planning Board on May 30th and all portions of the project were designed by Madison-based HLW International Architecture and Engineering. The first, at 854 Jersey Avenue, calls for a residential tower portion that will rise ten stories and 110 feet, plus another shorter three-story section that makes up a longer chunk of the property.

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854 Jersey Avenue | Rendering by HLW International Architecture and Engineering

119 residential units will be in the tower, while the three-story section will be made up of a 14,013-square foot retail storefront and 116 parking spaces on the second and third floors. The units at 854 Jersey break down as eight studios, 64 1-bedrooms, 40 2-bedrooms, and seven 3-bedroom spaces. The second building at 659 Grove Street is designed to essentially be a “mirror image” of 854 Jersey, as the buildings will have the same footprint, but reversed.

659 Grove’s ten-story tower will sport 139 units that break down as slightly smaller in size, with 18 studios, 68 1-bedrooms, 37 2-bedrooms and 16 3-bedroom apartments. Two retail storefronts will be featured in its three-story section, one of 8,150-square feet and the other clocking in at 4,377-square feet. 116 parking spots will also be included on the top two floors above the retail.

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659 Grove Street site plan

Both properties fall within the High Rise District of the Jersey Avenue Light Rail Redevelopment Plan, which was first designated in 2007 in an effort to facilitate growth in a somewhat forgotten industrial corridor. The new construction will utilize red and gray brick exterior materials in keeping with the feel of the area, also including some beige stone in certain sections.

The two buildings will additionally feature bike rooms, resident lounges, and a landscaped walking path area behind the buildings next to the light rail tracks. Two roof terraces featuring barbecues will also be built, as will a landscaped plaza and courtyard area in the middle of the two buildings that may be open to the public.

LeFrak has been busy planning lately, although their next move is unclear. The company will soon complete the Ellipse development and has approvals in place for Pier Six, the Revetment House, 700 Washington, and now 854 Jersey and 659 Grove.

The company was also given the go-ahead back in 2010 for another two-tower project near 700 Washington whose plans were recently extended by officials, giving them a total of six approved projects in the pipeline. Whatever ends up happening next development-wise, it’s clear that LeFrak will be expanding their footprint on Downtown’s northern end.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Now double the problem. As I commented yesterday Paterson Plank Road must be rerouted around Hoboken or the entire area will gridlock. This is a Jersey City, Hudson County problem that only they can fix and have been ignoring for a very long time.

    • I agree… that entire section of Paterson Plank from the disastrous traffic light at the Cliffs all the way through to the bizarre dog-leg intersection going around the drive through liquor store, are an absolute mess and disgrace, and problems will be hopelessly compounded with the development which is happening and is proposed.

  2. NJ Transit please finally build the 18th Street light rail station now! Hundreds of more cars on the roads coming real soon. Time to do some real regional planning where Jersey City, Hoboken & Union City sit down and actually discuss what their development plans are and how to approach the county, state and NJ Transit to build the infrastructure to support the new buildings. Please wake up!

  3. I saw a proposed road running parallel to the light tracks on the west side of the light rail tracks. Starting just before the light on the JC side of the light rail tracks (at The Cliffs Lofts) and running toward New York Ave.
    This would be perfect to get to the Holland Tunnel or the 1/9 Turnpike ramp. I bet 90% of the traffic coming down Patterson Plank Road is headed to one of those outlets. You need to lopp off 40′ along the edge of the paper
    recycling company. You’d probably be doing them a favor to build a road there. John G. is on it. It’s obvious and not too hard to implement.

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