New Renderings Revealed as Approved One Journal Square Sets Groundbreaking

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One Journal Square Jersey City New Rendering 2
Image courtesy of Woods Bagot.

A long journey overflowing with false starts, lawsuits, and lots of frustration looks like it will finally end with construction, as two high-rises from a prominent developer have been fully approved at a property near one of Jersey City’s PATH stations.


During their January 5 meeting, Jersey City’s planning board greenlit the latest version of Kushner Companies’ One Journal Square development. We reported a first look at the revised project back in November, which emerged following a settlement Kushner reached with the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA).

One Journal Square Approved Jersey City
Image courtesy of Woods Bagot.

The agreement ended a lawsuit the company filed in 2018 that alleged city officials were engaging in “anti-Trump bias” by ignoring the development’s tax abatement request, which allegedly stemmed from CEO Jared Kushner’s role as a senior advisor to President Donald Trump.

One Journal Square Jersey City New Rendering
Image courtesy of Woods Bagot.

Kushner will be making a $2.5 million investment in local arts initiatives as part of the deal, which allows them to develop twin 52-story towers that will be built over a 12-story base. Rising 710 feet at its highest point, the two-million-square-foot development will host a total of 1,723 rental apartments breaking down as 493 studios, 972 one-bedrooms, 222 two-bedrooms, and 36 three-bedroom spaces. None of the units are designated as affordable housing, as none are required to be.

Drawn up by Woods Bagot, the towers are designed to pivot around a corner axis in order to create a dynamic response to the neighborhood’s oblique road network. Glass and steel will be utilized on the exterior and the towers aim to express a slender verticality through a series of stepped volumes that gracefully transition the high-rises to the surrounding buildings.

One Journal Square Approved Jersey City 2
Image courtesy of Woods Bagot.

As we exclusively reported late last year, the development will be heavy on amenities. Perks planned for One Journal Square include an indoor lap pool, spa, exercise rooms, squash courts, basketball court, bowling alley, lounges, party rooms, and a library. The development will additionally feature two exterior terraces and an outdoor pool.

One Journal Square Jersey City Ground Breaking
Image courtesy of Woods Bagot.

Outside the development, a public plaza along JFK Boulevard will be given a much-needed revitalization. New renderings released by Woods Bagot show a current taxi parking lot getting transformed into a lawn and some additional seating areas will be located just west of the development’s 41,000 square feet of retail space.

Construction of One Journal Square is set to happen in two phases, with the initial segment including 966 residential units, the entirety of the development’s retail, and the project’s 883-space parking garage. The second tower will consist of the remaining 757 apartments. Construction is estimated to begin in mid-spring 2021 and complete in the fall of 2025.

Champions of the development are hoping the fourth time is the charm for One Journal Square. Kushner had initially pitched a 57-story tower for the site when it first purchased the land in 2015 before supersizing the development to include two high-rises with 1,725 units. A third version consisting of two 66-story towers was approved in 2017 but never broke ground.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. 1,723 rentals not one affordable? LOL I love how these billion $$ developers get to slide through with zero affordable housing which then somehow always fall on the smaller guys.

  2. Ive seen so many versions of this proposal since they tore down the old buildings at that site over 10 years ago. This isnt the best, but not the worst either. Just build it already!

    And no affordable housing for a project this size is pretty pathetic. this city has a long way to go.

  3. These hideous buildings literally turn their back on JSQ; towers of flat glass with absolutely no nuance. It’s a terrible design.

    I’m not really concerned though. Kushner will never get to build these.

  4. Dreadfully awful looking building. Looks like a cross between Trump Tower and the Manhattan Correctional Center, aka the Tombs. Kushner to architect: Just design me something for the least amount of money that will give me the most profit. As well, I’d be curious to know if there was anything at all that went into this design to make it a green building.

    Agree with Mark. The placement of these towers looks stupid.

  5. How will it be funded? This should be in every article now with anything related to Kushner in Jersey City with Trump Bay Street funding fiasco with gerrymandered census tracks so it could have H1-B visa funding. Will this building be an economic zone funding project meant for low-income census tracks? Will it be funded by foreign investors from Qatar? Will it be from Cadre the hedge fund Kushner developed to take advantage of tax loopholes Trump pushed through in 2017. As residents, we should know the potential risk of funding drying up or having a scandal that is typical of the Trump/Kuschner family.

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