Plans Revealed for Redevelopment of Hoboken’s 800 Monroe Street

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Site of proposed redevelopment: 800 Monroe Street, Hoboken. Photo by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.

A controversial post-industrial property along the city’s western edge took a step toward being revitalized last week and Jersey Digs has uncovered what exactly could be coming to the site if an agreement is struck later this year.

During their January 15 meeting, Hoboken’s city council approved a resolution related to a 1.43-acre parcel at 800-822 Monroe Street. The council’s move gave a company called Applied Monroe Lender LLC a conditional designation as redeveloper of the site, and the parties will now begin negotiating a deal to bring new life to the property.

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Proposed design of 800 Monroe Street, Hoboken. Rendering by BKSK Architects.

Applied Monroe Lender is a subsidiary of Ironstate Development and the company has been performing an environmental cleanup of the property for some time. The Levolor Blind Manufacturing Company operated at the land from 1951 through 1985 and various contamination leftover from that era is still being remediated, a reality that has led to complaints about noxious odors coming from the property that go back over a year.

Paperwork submitted to the city by Ironstate contains good news for locals; the remediation of the 800 Monroe site is expected to be completed during this year’s first quarter. As for what the post-cleanup property could look like, the company is pitching a tiered mixed-use development that rises 120 feet at its highest point.

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Tiered design of 800 Monroe Street, Hoboken. Rendering by BKSK Architects.

Designed by New York-based BKSK Architects, the tallest portions of the development would include ten floors sporting 186 rental units along with an equal number of parking spaces. The residential portion includes one three-bedroom space along with 135 one-bedrooms and 50 two-bedroom units, some of which will feature either interior-facing private terraces or outdoor space.

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Main entrance to the mixed-use rental building. Rendering by BKSK Architects.

The proposal for 800 Monroe includes 2,228 square feet of amenity space like a third-floor common courtyard that will sport two pools, seating, and a lounge. Common areas are scattered throughout the building and the property’s roof is set to include a dog run. Other planned facilities like bike storage areas and a pet cleaning station round out the building’s amenities.

The neighborhood would benefit a bit from 800 Monroe’s redevelopment, as a public outdoor terrace would be created outside the building along 8th Street. Two retail storefronts totaling about 1,900 square feet at the corners of Monroe and Jackson streets are in the plans, as is a subsurface stormwater detention system to assist with flooding that sometimes plagues the area.

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Corner view. Rendering by BKSK Architects.

The look of the building is defined by brick and flush cast stone on the exterior, while glass and metal components on the development’s windows create a decidedly open feel. The property falls within Zone 2 of Hoboken’s Northwest Industrial Redevelopment Plan and the project as currently pitched complies with the existing zoning of the area.

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Corner view. Rendering by BKSK Architects.

There are still several steps before any vertical construction begins at the property, but Ironstate is hopeful 2020 could be a big year for the site. Assuming the environmental remediation does wrap up in the next few months, a timeline Ironstate submitted to the city says they are hopeful a redevelopment agreement and planning board approvals will be obtained by April of this year.

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Design detail. Rendering by BKSK Architects.

If that occurs, the company says they could break ground on the project during 2020’s 4th quarter and potentially finish construction by the end of 2022. Those revelations indicate that the coming months could be quite eventful for a property that’s long been a sore spot, but Hoboken officials say the project’s details aren’t set in stone.

“While a conditionally designated redeveloper has been authorized by the City Council, a final redevelopment agreement will be negotiated in the coming months that will provide specifications for the project including building height, parking, amenities, and more,” says city spokesperson Vijay Chaudhuri. “A proposed agreement will take into account feedback from the public through community meetings that will be promoted by the City.”

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  1. Well, seeing as how 770 Jackson, the 424 unit rental behemoth that opened last year, is not even remotely close to being fully occupied I’m not sure 186 more rental units is going to help anyone. Hoboken still has the opportunity to work with the developer to do something unique here, like a mixed use office, cultural, retail, restaurant, bowling, skating rink, and movie complex. It could be world class and really ignite western Hoboken. Instead….we get yet another rental building. Will be interesting to see if this actually goes through.

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