Most Construction in Jersey City Continues Despite COVID-19 Restrictions

Constructions Sites Still Working In Jersey City
Roughly 150 developments in Jersey City are still moving forward under exemptions to the Governor’s order. Photo by Jersey Digs.

While New Jersey has enacted various measures in hopes of slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus, a recent Executive Order from the Governor’s Office doesn’t appear to have done much to halt work at development sites throughout the state’s second-largest city.

Earlier this month, Governor Murphy announced that he was shutting down all “non-essential” construction taking place throughout the Garden State. The Order took effect on April 10 and while some sites have closed since then, almost 150 developments in Jersey City are still moving forward.

Murphy’s order contains carve-outs that allow construction sites to remain open and several of the city’s largest projects have utilized them to continue working. The 79-story 99 Hudson development is currently wrapping up work and was allowed to continue because they have condominium units in the building that are under contract, which gives them an exemption under the Governor’s Order.

Work on the second 70-story tower of KRE Group’s Journal Squared continues, as the company was granted exemptions for “abating hazards” and “site safety.” Mack-Cali’s 69-story Harborside 8, which started pre-construction work last month, is an active worksite due to “site security” exceptions included in Murphy’s Order.

Downtown has been impacted the most by exemptions available under the construction order, as high-rises like 351 Marin Boulevard continue to be active worksites.

LeFrak’s The Beach at 700 Washington Boulevard cited a “structural integrity” exemption, among others, to continue their work.

Other developments like the 57-story The Charlotte, which includes a public school component, cited an “educational-related facilities” exemption in the Order to remain active.

Jersey City residents who live near the Hoboken border haven’t seen much slowdown in construction since the order took effect, as work at 100 Hoboken Avenue, Phase Two of The Enclave, and the 1,000-unit Emerson Lofts continues to hum along. Other notable Downtown projects that are exempt under the Governor’s Order include Bright and Varick, 170 Erie Street, and Phase Two of The Oakman.

Two large projects on the West Side also got exemptions, as the first phase of the 621-unit 100 Water Street is still under construction. Another 631-unit development at 400 Claremont Avenue is also active, with that project being granted a “remediation” exemption under the Order.

New Jersey currently has the second-most COVID-19 cases in the country behind only New York, who enacted a much stricter ban on non-essential construction back in late March. Jersey City does not have the power to further limit construction work, so any changes to the current policy would need to come from the Governor’s office.

The city has made the full list of exempted construction sites available here.



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  1. stop the construction until non-essential business can open! I’ve seen many of the construction workers not wearing a mask!!!

  2. Are you sure Toll Brothers is still working on the 33 story building? Since last week they had signs up saying all equipment removed and not to enter. I live beside it and haven’t seen anyone there.

  3. This article is inaccurate. I’ve biked past the Emerson Lofts site every day this week during work hours and the site is a ghost town. It may have gotten an exemption just to tie things down, but they’re definitely not working on the site actively.

  4. This article is inaccurate. I’ve biked past the Emerson Lofts site every day this week during work hours and the site is a ghost town. It may have gotten an exemption just to tie things down, but they’re definitely not working on the site actively.

  5. This article is inane and misleading. The construction has ceased with the exception of only those tasks pertaining to the exception. Saying a construction project is ongoing just because there remain a couple of security guards and guys putting up fencing is about as close to a flat out lie as a journalist can get….

  6. Not even a pandemic can stop the love between developers and JC! I’m sure most if not all small business or small capacity projects have been fully shutdown. But the big fish keep feasting! If you are part of Mocco, DeMarco…or the kushner clan, the possibilities are endless.

  7. Considerable work is taking place at 150 Bay (Nyack College dorms); workers gathering every morning, some masks, little social-distancing. Ditto whatever is on the southwest corner of Marin and 1st.

  8. Doesn’t Journal Squared automatically disqualify based simply on article 1, section 2 of the Trump Administration’s ‘it’s my son in laws project and we’re above the law’?

  9. I can honestly report that the giant project/tower on Columbus, The two Marin Blvd towers, Art House 2, the Toll Brothers demolition of the old factory, the Marriott hotel, and 99 Hudson are all in operation. Can see cranes moving from my window every day; cement trucks lining up. Maybe not all 100%, but clearly construction activity, especially the Columbus Street and Marin Blvd projects.

    And we laugh at other states that keep gun stores open, this is all just as silly. Future ghost buildings that will require tax dollar bails out, once we top 10% unemployment. And to think that JC is STILL entertaining new development proposals???

    Ya know, we let private industry drill and pump as much oil as they wanted, and look what happened there.


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