Upgrades to Jersey City’s Harborside Could Move Forward

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Harborside Plaza 2 | Credit: Mack-Cali

An upcoming hearing could determine whether several proposed changes to Jersey City’s Harborside complex could move forward.

The Jersey City Planning Board is slated to hear plans by M-C Plaza II & III, LLC during its meeting on Monday, October 30, at 5:30 p.m., according to a legal notice released late last week. The LLC, which is registered out of the Parsippany offices of Mack-Cali Realty Corporation, is planning multiple changes to the mixed-use property along the Hudson River near Exchange Place.

For instance, renovations are planned for the exterior of Mack-Cali’s Harborside 1, Harborside 2, and Harborside 3 office buildings while pedestrian plazas in front of 10 Christopher Columbus Drive, 200 Hudson Street, and 210 Hudson Street are expected to be reconstructed. Meanwhile, as per the notice, 12,035 square feet of new floor area is planned for three buildings on the Harborside premises and the North Pier Access Road to The Pier Apartments is set to undergo a reconstruction. New signage would be installed throughout the area, including two “LED mesh screen signs,” five “touch screen digital directory signs,” three rooftop signs, and billboards.

M-C Plaza II & III, LLC is seeking Preliminary and Final Site Plan approval with deviations in connection with this application, according to the notice.

Harborside Terminal rendering via Mack-Cali.

Plans to bring major changes to Harborside were initially revealed by Mack-Cali in 2017. At the time, the company announced plans for a new office tower, a food hall, and alterations to the facades of the existing buildings. Late last year, a new ferry terminal was installed alongside the complex.

Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to be heard by the Jersey City Planning Board and other commissions are subject to change.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. This building is in such a prominent place and of such scale that it’ll be wonderful to get something that is higher grade in appearance and more up-to-date. The building was beginning to look dowdy.

  2. It’s the oversized ferry people against the tiny land people. The ferry giants have size and strength on their side, the land people have safety in numbers. Who will win the inevitable war?

  3. They need to move that Harborside Ferryboat dock elsewhere, not upgrade it. Right it now is right next to ( only about 10 yards away ) the The Pier Apartment complex, and the noise of those ferry boats idling their engines morning, afternoon and night, is very loud and disruptive to the residents of that build. Many residents have moved because of it, and other prospective tenants have decided to rent elsewhere because of the fear of the noise. Also, one early morning last year, there was even a ferry boat that ran into the pier that the apartment building sits on. Needless to say that’s a very scary thing for the residents of the building to experience, because the impact shook the whole building like an earthquake. The apartment building had to have engineers come in to inspect the structure of the pier and the building after that, to make sure the crash didn’t compromise the structure. If they want to improve the area, then moving the Harborside ferry dock somewhere would be a nice start. But then, I guess nobody is going to put the quality of life and safety of the residents, ahead of the profits to be gained from the tourists and business interest there — especially if they don’t themselves live on the Harborside waterfront.

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