New Renderings and Details Emerge as Jersey City’s Bayfront Moves Forward

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Bayfront Aerial Full Plan Jersey City
The future of Bayfront, Jersey City. Rendering courtesy Jersey City Redevelopment Agency.

Construction will soon begin along the banks of the Hackensack River, as work on the first phase of an endeavor to transform a 95-acre parcel into one of the East Coast’s largest mixed-income developments is slated to start.


Late last year, the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA) put out a Request for Proposals (RFP) regarding a contract for the first phase of their ambitious Bayfront project. The property set to house the development, sandwiched between the Hudson Mall and Society Hill off Route 440, had long been contaminated with chromium before a cleanup agreement was reached in 2008.

Bayfront Current Jersey City
The current state of Bayfront, Jersey City. Photo courtesy Jersey City Redevelopment Agency.

Jersey City passed the Bayfront Redevelopment Plan hoping to revitalize the property and then bonded for $170 million in 2018 to purchase the land outright. As many as 8,000 residential units and 23 acres of open space are envisioned at the site, which gained a boost last year when an expansion of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail broke ground.

The JCRA then designated BRP Development Group and Bayfront Development Partners LLC as redevelopers for the first phase of Bayfront in June. The initial portion of the development will see four parcels totaling 16 acres developed into mid-rise buildings including a total of 1,092 units, 35% of which will be set aside as affordable housing.

Bayfront Light Rail Station Jersey City
Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station at Bayfront. Rendering courtesy Jersey City Redevelopment Agency.

Before that work can begin, Jersey City will be selecting a contractor to build infrastructure at the mostly vacant parcel. Per the RFP, the initial portion of the work will focus on the construction of roadway embankments and the placement of surcharge material. The RFP specifically calls for the demolition and removal of existing utilities followed by the installation of settlement plates, drainage pipes, and structures.

The JCRA will be opening submitted bids for the initial work on February 23 and lots of new details outside the housing component have been revealed through the RFP. Bayfront will build green space along the Hackensack River portion of the property that includes an area dubbed The Landing, which will serve as a gateway to the development.

Bayfront The Landing Jersey City
The gateway to Bayfront, The Landing. Rendering courtesy Jersey City Redevelopment Agency.

Sidewalk cafes are envisioned and the city hopes to facilitate water taxi services to major employment centers along with fishing and dinner cruises at the site. A second area called The Point is slated to be built in the southwest corner of the property and will feature public spaces, two-level pavilions, a riverkeeper’s pier, and a boathouse.

Bayfront The Point Jersey City
The Point at Bayfront. Rendering courtesy Jersey City Redevelopment Agency.

Two interior green spaces, called Central Park and Promenade Park, are set to include lawns, playgrounds, dog runs, sports courts, bikeways, sculptural follies, and gardens. One parcel in the development has been set aside for a 110,000-square-foot K-8 school, which will include a separate gym and auditorium space.

Bayfront Central Park Jersey City
Central Park at Bayfront. Rendering courtesy Jersey City Redevelopment Agency.
Bayfront Promenade Park Jersey City
Promenade Park at Bayfront. Rendering courtesy Jersey City Redevelopment Agency.

Several east to west roads in the neighborhood will be extended to the property as part of the total build-out and multiple north to south roads will be created. The future Bayfront Light Rail station will be located at the extreme northern point of the property and a parcel along Route 440 near the hub is slated to get a fire station for the community.

Bayfront Aerial Jersey City
An aerial view. Rendering courtesy Jersey City Redevelopment Agency.

The city’s 2018 bonding effort that purchased the property designated $71 million toward the design and construction of roadways, sewer, and water lines that will be needed for the redevelopment. If all goes according to plan, the first round of that funding will be awarded in late February.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. @Tom- Yes, in fact the City has a very detailed plan mass transit, traffic flow, and infrastructure.
    It’s called The More The Merrier!

  2. I really like having the 2 large east-west parks connecting to the waterfront & the waterfront itself looks tastefully done and environmentally sustainable. The grid is also solid, although can they please revisit those street names? Not sure if they’re intended to be final but they are generic and confusing. The density and massing look great too, I just hope the individual parcel designs elevate things even further.

    I am curious as well about the traffic plans because 8,000 units is massive, but at the end of the day this type of development is the best use of this land and we need this level of affordable housing ambition if we are going to come close to tackling the housing crisis. We need to ensure its transportation needs are met (and have several years to do more; HBLR is already being extended their explicitly to allow this density so it’s not like nothing is being done). However that’s not a reason to hold back on starting this sorely needed affordable housing development now.

  3. Hope it won’t become a new ghetto with all low income people. If so, nobody with money to spend will go there to the shops, coffee shops, and park.

  4. This area was flooded during Hurricane Sandy and Nationally NJ has the highest percentage of low-income housing in flood zones. Will this impact those purchasing property in this complex with increased costs due to being required to have flood insurance. Will this increase construction costs, if we go back to Obama era FEMA building rules in coastal areas? What flood mitigation measures are being implemented for a flood equivalent to Hurricane Sandy? https://www.njfloodmapper.org/

  5. It obviously would be completely rehabilitated before building, so at least it’s hopefully a safe development. And yet most of what I see are complaints again… usually it’s ‘there is no affordable housing’ now it’s ‘hope it’s not going to be a ghetto’… iI swear, I give up!

  6. Given the track record of government funded housing I think it’s fair to question whether this project will be a new model for affordable housing or a new Bayfront Ghetto. Green spaces look great on paper, but there no details to what exactly is going to be built here- just some flimsy illustrations of happy, shiny people milling about.

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