40-Story Tower in the Works Above Jersey City’s Newport PATH Station

Newport Jersey City Path Station
LeFrak is planning a 40-story mixed-use residential and commercial complex that would rise above the existing Newport PATH station. Photo by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.

One of the most prominent developers in Jersey City is looking to take advantage of the land above a major transit hub as LeFrak has submitted plans for their latest high rise.

The company, who constructed much of the existing Newport neighborhood since the area’s redevelopment began, are now looking to 110 Town Square Place for their next project. LeFrak’s plans for the address call for a new 40-story mixed-use residential and commercial complex that would rise above the existing Newport PATH station.

Set to rise 420 feet at the tallest point, the building would sport 423 residential units that skew smaller. The application calls for 71 studios, 211 one bedrooms, and 141 two-bedroom units throughout the building, which would not include any affordable housing component.

LeFrak’s proposed development would also feature approximately 3,450 square feet of retail space on the lower floors and about 45,000 square feet of commercial space. The architecture firm working on the project is listed as Kohn Pederson Fox Associates (KPF), who are noted for their work on New York City’s 55 Hudson Yards development.

KPF’s noted New Jersey projects include Newport Office Center VII and Harborside Financial Center. Renderings of their planned tower above the Newport PATH station have not yet been released.

The plans for 110 Town Square place do not include any vehicle parking spaces, which is notable for a project in Newport despite that area’s robust mass transit options including PATH, bus, ferry, and the Hudson Bergen Light Rail. The project does however include space inside for 218 bicycles.

The current plans for 110 Town Square need two variances to move forward. The major one relates to the lack of any parking, as 211 spaces are required under the Newport Redevelopment Plan that governs the area and none are proposed. The other deviation stems from uniform signage standard requirements.

Jersey City’s planning board has not announced a date to hear LeFrak’s latest application, but the company is currently hard at work finishing their 30 Park Lane North project. While that development recently topped out, The Beach across the street has two restaurants called Dunhuang and Blue Anchor Bar + Kitchen currently under construction.

Other notable projects in the pipeline from LeFrak include a four tower, 1,700-unit development along a pier on 6th Street and another approved residential building at 650 Grove Street. The company’s revitalization of a former elevated rail line dubbed Rampart House was greenlit last year.


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