Proposal Calls for 20-Story Tower and More Near Harrison PATH Station

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Street-level view of proposed mixed-use development Harrison North of Guyon (NOG). Rendering via GRO Architects.

Over the last decade, the southernmost portion of Harrison has gone from being an industrial district on the outskirts of Newark to a transit-oriented neighborhood with a hotel, thousands of residential units, stores, restaurants, and the Red Bull Arena. This part of western Hudson County, which is currently being referred to as the Riverbend District by developers, is seeing a major increase in development and population in part because of the PATH station that connects it with Manhattan, Jersey City, and Newark.

However, as construction continues on new mixed-use buildings and a replacement for the Harrison Station, there are still several lots in the neighborhood that remain undeveloped. One of the largest of these properties sits just north of Guyon Drive adjacent to the site of the upcoming PATH entrance. Although the site currently contains a private parking lot and vacant industrial structures from the Harrison Warehouse Company, it could look quite different several years from now because this tract could soon be the site of one of the largest projects to ever be proposed in the area.

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Master plan. Rendering via GRO Architects.
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A new plan for the premises calls for constructing a massive new 2.9 million square foot community in two phases, according to a report by Lower Manhattan-based GRO Architects. Should the Harrison North of Guyon (NOG) project move forward, it would include the town’s tallest building, a 20-story tower with 242,276 square feet of office space, 15,027 square feet of retail space, and a hotel.

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Aerial view. Rendering via GRO Architects.

Other components of the project call for a plaza near the new PATH entrance, three private eight-story parking garages with 2,200 spaces, garages for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and a three-part residential development with 518 units and 85,628 square feet of retail space. According to GRO’s report, a 25,000 square foot “big box” store, a bowling alley, two “boutique cinemas,” four restaurants, sports bars, and a 26,000 square foot convention center are also included in the proposal, the latter of which is described as potentially being “a significant improvement to the area as neighboring Newark does not have a modern facility of this type.”

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Retail storefronts. Rendering via GRO Architects.

Construction could begin in 2019, according to GRO’s website, which states that the unnamed landowner has already been designated as the property’s developer by the Harrison Redevelopment Agency.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. where in the world are they going to come up with the infrastructure to handle all the car traffic this will generate? it’s already a mad house now with all the cars trying to come over the bridge from newark to harrison by red bull arena.
    the another big thing about all this is the added strain on the path service to nyc. 99% of the time during morning rush the train is at capacity coming from newark, sigh.

  2. If the new ramps on and off 280 east of the Stickle Bridge connect through behind the Arena, AND Frank E. Rodgers is widened to 3 lanes in both directions, AND another north/south route somewhere between the Passaic and Frank E. Rodgers is added, AND another grade school development south of the Arena is planned, AND plans are changed to enlarge a drop off lane for the PATH station off Frank E. Rodgers, this is doable. But all these changes have to be part of the development plan. I know that three of them were discussed, but not the added north/south through street West of FE Rodgers leading to the Hudson County Garage. This is a must. The entire plan was cool, and very aggressive but very short on roadway access.

    While we’re at it: The PATH station really should have been redesigned from the beginning to allow for Amtrak and NJ Transit stops at the station. The amount of money spent on this station was too large to settle for what they got, and a review of expenses will show that pretty clearly: too much grease, not enough wheels. Hope Murphy takes a closer look. Beware: Christie family was involved here with the ex mayor Ray McDonough.

    • This station is less than 30 seconds from an Amtrak Acela stop. Most of the country is much further than that from any kind of high speed train.

      The only thing that might make it better would be if they were to build a train that would bring you to that Acrka stop quickly.

      Oh, right. They did already. I guess they’ve thought of everything. At least as far as convenient Trajan access is concerned.

      The only thing I’d be concerned about is all those parking spaces. The traffic they’d create would be unbearable. Not for the people wanting to get to the new spaces. But everyone who drives anywhere near there. Think what’s it’s like on game days. Every day!

    • This station is less than 30 seconds from an Amtrak Acela stop. Most of the country is much further than that from any kind of high speed train.

      The only thing that might make it better would be if they were to build a train that would bring you to that Acela stop quickly.

      Oh, right. They did already. I guess they’ve thought of everything. At least as far as convenient train access is concerned.

      The only thing I’d be concerned about is all those parking spaces. The traffic they’d create would be unbearable. Not only for the people wanting to get to the new spaces. But everyone who drives anywhere near there. Think what’s it’s like on game days. Every day!

  3. you can tell whoever thought this was a good idea was just concerned with their pockets over how stupid this is. Harrison cant handle its current influx of people and cars and now this? Might as well turn this into Amsterdam and make it bicycles only unless you want Harrison to become LA

  4. Wonderful that Harrison is truly developing… For all those people are complaining please move if you can’t handle it… In addition, there are tons of parking garages being developed with the buildings so stop complaining along with other measures to control outsiders from parking more than 2 hours…

  5. Harrison is capturing a lot of wealthy Wall Street young workers that are seeking to move here so more development with more stores and living facilities is welcomed!!!

  6. The PATH Train is allready overloaded to capacity during morning and evening rush hours. Are there plans to expand that too?

  7. I’m shocked it took the developers this long to develope the area around the Harrison PATH Station. I started commuting from 15 miles west off I 280 about 7 years ago and there was only The LAZ parking garage, vacant lots and ferral cat colonies. Now, like a dandelion bloom in a spring lawn there are buildings going up everywhere and lagging infrastructure to boot. Side roads are riddled with pot holes, the PATH Station and trains are allready overwhelmed and I have little or no faith in the Port Authority to fix it. In fact the PA can’t even build a simple train station at Harrison. Everytime I walk by it, there are like 2 guys working on it. A solution would be to add standing room only cars on the PATH Train, ask your employer to work from home or find some other place in NJ to work. Good luck because if you think it’s bad now it’s only going to get worse.

    • I think the developers are waiting for the New Path Station Renovations to be completed (which it should able to handle the daily traffic much better) which is taking forever (saw the workers put the new glasses on the station hopefully that means it will be open soon)…. I guess everyone who is complaining about the train station being pack haven’t live in Brooklyn NY or Queens/Hoboken/Edison/iselin… Those platforms in the morning and rush hour are so packed that you have to wait for 1 to 2 trains before you can get on and not mention the delays… This is not that bad ppl… In Brooklyn, where fixer up homes goes for 1.5 million and rent is almost triple, those train stations are night mare, people breathing in your face literally and every day commute is like sardine is canned fully packed to every inch…. Its not that bad here…. That is some perspective for you…

  8. I just saw this but with all the residents construction within walking or shuttle to the PATH station ( which was so overdesigned and taking forever to build) , I can’t imagine everyone getting on a train between 7 and 9 am. Where are the plans to expand capacity by going to 10 cars? Has to be simultaneously done

  9. The area around the Harrison PATH station has grown tremendously fast over the last decade, and I would say too fast. The new station was thankfully half-opened recently and helps relieve some of the cramped commute before/after the train ride. The increased volume of people has overcrowded the trains already, and this new development will most likely not improve the situation. The trains already run on delays and people are packed like sardines during rush hour. This burdens the transit system, which then requires additional maintenance and renovations. I wonder how much these developments contribute financially to the transit system, if at all. The developments profit off of the commuters who use the system by charging Hoboken and even Brooklyn rents, but everyone else most likely foots the bill to try and help keep the transit system current. Not to mention the additional burden the developments could place on local schools with additional students if families move in.

    Additionally, the tower looks like a Japanese Sex Hotel mated with a Soviet nuclear reactor and makes no attempt to relate to the town of Harrison or at all recall the fabric of the community. The warehouses that once occupied the area, and the few that still do, have greater architectural value in their brickwork and steel-framed windows, than these poor contemporary attempts at mimicking the variety of Aldo Rossi’s block drawings. The curves recall no local architecture and the windows with filleted corners will make it seems as though a cruise ship has docked in the Passaic River.

    Lastly, how much of the green space shown on the roofs will actually be “green”, as opposed to being occupied by mechanical equipment and bulkheads, which seem to be missing from the renderings. The “public square” that is called out can be whatever it wants because it is unprogrammed, therefore preventing any criticism based on expectation (but it will definitely not compete with an Italian piazza). If, for example, the developers proposed a soccer field (with a tall fence), it would be expected that the field would be of a certain size, and capable of containing soccer games. But the ambiguous “public court” means the space can be chipped away as necessary for equipment, parking, or any other future needs. Harrison’s population has exploded because of the new developments and crowds of commuters, but not additonal public spaces have been provided. Existing local soccer fields and parks have to bear that burden. It seems like everyone is aware of what contemporary cities are lacking and in need of, but those needs are conveniently left unaddressed in new developments. Take bike paths for example. The new developments provide none, forcing the bicyclists to brave the fast traffic of Frank E Rodgers Blvd, or use the sidewalk, of which they choose the latter (understandably). Bike paths should be a requirement at this point and this is NEW CONSTRUCTION. The developments in Harrison, and everywhere, should be required to address the needs of the community at large and the people they are so happy to accept rent from

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