LeFrak Plans ‘The Wave,’ a New Building in Newport

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Newport, Jersey City. Photo by Darrell Simmons/Jersey Digs.

A new development is coming to Jersey City’s waterfront Newport neighborhood, but aside from its name, very few details have been revealed.

Midtown Manhattan-based LeFrak, which is largely responsible for building this mixed-use community along the Hudson where the Pavonia Terminal once stood, is planning a new project called “The Wave.” Although no documents with the name “The Wave” have been released yet, sources state that this proposal involves the long undeveloped northeast quadrant at Newport.

However, it is not clear if this project is the same as the proposed 338-unit mixed-use complex that we first reported on last year or a different development that is being planned nearby on the premises. The previously proposed project is designed by HLW International for 700 Washington Boulevard and calls for a 24-story tower, a 12-story building, and a five-story structure in between. 16,490 square feet of commercial space would be included inside.

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We reached out to LeFrak to find out exactly what “The Wave” will consist of, but spokesperson Isabel Schwab stated that “it’s still pretty preliminary” and that “we actually haven’t announced any details about that yet.”

The northeast quadrant site, which was offered as a possible location for Amazon’s second headquarters if Jersey City were selected, consists of a mixture of vacant property and an Eastern Concrete Materials facility. It is situated between Eighteenth Street and the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway. However, work recently began on the premises and the property was set to be subdivided.

We contacted Eastern Concrete Materials to learn more about the property’s future, but our request for comment was not returned.

LeFrak has been working on a number of projects in Jersey City in recent years, including Ellipse and a proposed 258-unit complex slightly farther inland at 854 Jersey Avenue and 659 Grove Street. Jersey Digs will continue to investigate this upcoming development and keep you updated as more information is revealed.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Are they calling it The Wave because that is all you will do to Manhattan because we haven’t improved the pathetic PATH system? The mayor doesn’t control the PATH but they do control development. You cannot continue to build an infinite number of units when no one has added transit capacity.

    • to be fair PATH hasn’t been an issue for me yet and I travel daily from JSQ to both WTC and 33rd at peak hours…mornings usually between 7am – 8am and coming home between 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. They’ve been talking about PATH getting overwhelmed for years…so I am assuming they have some sort of plans in place as far as frequency/adding cars etc. But I do agree at some point it needs to get addressed, especially if they plan on extending to Newark Airport and once all the development is done in JSQ / Newark as well.

      • I often have to wait 1-2 trains at grove street between 8-830AM and I prefer the 33 street line. The WTC line is usually much worse. The trains to JSQ are also super crowded on weekday and weekend nights.

    • This location is equidistant to the Hoboken PATH and to the Newport PATH (10 min walk). As the JSQ-33 line becomes even more crowded, residents in these north Newport locations would logically prefer the commute via Hoboken. The Hoboken trains never look crowded to me on the commute home from 23rd St. So development in this area shouldn’t be a concern for PATH commute crowding.

  2. The city does not plan for infrastructure that it cannot control and leaves that to happen after the building is built. This is modern planning that is almost reduced to a rubber stamp of developers plans…in essence planners that don’t plan.

  3. I wish they could have just made Newport Green into a bigger park. So now the kids (and adults too) will have high rises on both sides while they play. Right now my building has unobstructed views of the Empire State Building and River but I guess that will just be for another year! I don’t even want to think about what the Newport PATH will be like.

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