Renders Show What Downtown Jersey City’s Development Future Could Look Like

Downtown Jersey City Highrises Under Construction
High-rises along Marin Blvd. Left to right: 331 Marin Blvd, 351 Marin Blvd, Dvora. Photos by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.

The coronavirus pandemic has done little to slow the frantic pace of construction in New Jersey’s second-largest city and several mock-ups are providing a glimpse into how the neighborhood might transform if approved projects in the area get built during the coming years.

Over the summer, we profiled a stretch of road that might be the busiest construction zone in the Garden State. Several developers are teaming up to add 1,407 residential units, almost 11,000 square feet of retail, college dormitories, and two theater spaces to several blocks of Marin Boulevard that will undoubtedly transform the city’s Powerhouse Arts District.

Downtown Jersey City Development Map 1
Map showing new construction activities within the last two years. Image via Facebook.

The map above shows all the developments in the neighborhood that have hosted construction at some point during the last two years, including projects like Mack-Cali’s The Charlotte at 25 Columbus Drive and The Lively at 321 Warren Street. While this relatively small zone has seen many new additions, another east-looking rendering shows exactly how many new high-rises could be coming near the city’s waterfront.

Downtown Jersey City Development Map 2
Projects currently under construction or approved. Image via Facebook.

Highlighted in red are developments currently under construction like 99 Hudson, the second tower of VYV, and the third phase of Toll Brothers’ Provost Square. The yellow portions consist mostly of projects that have already been approved by the city’s planning board or ones that can be built as-of-right.

Notable endeavors in the yellow sections include the remainder of Forest City’s massive Hudson Exchange development, LeFrak’s 2,000-unit plan for the Sixth Street Pier, the 950-unit Avalon Tower, and Mack-Cali’s 68-story Harborside 8.

LMC’s Laurel & Saddlewood project and a proposed high-rise at 111 First Street have not been fully greenlit by the city but are nonetheless shown in yellow on the rendering. The image also features orange-shaded graphics for the remaining two Urby towers, a commercial project from Mack-Cali called Harborside Tower, and several as-of-right buildings in northern Newport. Those developments have all been stuck in limbo during recent years.

Downtown Jersey City Development Map 3
Three renderings generated from the rooftop of 148 First Street. Image via Facebook.

Three renderings generated from the rooftop of 148 First Street show how dramatic the skyline’s change is slated to be, as the Hudson River will likely not be visible from many vantage points if all the approved developments come to fruition. Jersey City has decidedly gone vertical over the last decade of growth, as the city is currently home to 13 of the state’s 15 tallest buildings.

It is unclear how fast the yellow high-rises on the map could start rising in the real world, as many of the approved developments have yet to announce any firm groundbreaking dates.



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  1. WHY??? Who is going to rent all these spaces?
    Is there a plan for infrastructure?
    Traffic …. in and out of the city?
    Any plans on how commuters will have access to NYC?

    Aside from the greed of the developer to shove as many units down our throats, WHY

  2. I wish there was one of these for Journal Square. I know there was something they showed that reflected what the immediate area around the courthouse would look like, but it was very basic. Would be cool to see all of Journal Square in a rendering.

  3. Why would u be upset at more units, greater supply brings down rent prices for everyone, more tax revenue for city, more money spent on local restaurants

  4. Cite me where new buildings bring down rents.. we are in a pandemic and there are “offers” but rent is not changed openly but we can assume negotiated. However the mass exodus of individuals out of high rises and multi family dwellings here and NYC show a trend that will not be changing anytime soon. So if I could live in Manhattan for the same rent why wouldn’t I? What is the expectation for affordable housing and those who found themselves evicted due to mass layoffs? I am sorry but this chest thumping nonsense is absurd.

  5. @GGVVV- What is your source for saying there is a mass exodus of people fleeing high rises? Yes, some very wealthy individuals have left NY for their second or third homes. But the pandemic will end at some point- most likely within a year’s time. There is a need for high rises because the demand is there, the population is increasing , and JC has become a prime real estate market. A building boom creates a vibrant economy hence more jobs of all sorts. Rent stabilization laws are still in effect- however the State shouldn’t be responsible for certain groups who have large families but can’t support them. Ditto for people who are unwilling to work or reside here illegally.

  6. Really? I guess the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times are wrong then. And prior to the census New Jersey was losing residents at a fast clip, so let’s see with the current numbers in place what that brings. Again cite your sources and explain to me what business are hiring, median wages and of course the one comment about infrastructure shows that there are problems there with regards to how one will commute to said jobs where “ever” they are. Add to that we will not see any change until 2022, not next October which given if we have a vaccine there will be sufficient population tested and inoculated to ensure safety. As for “illegals” they are hardly the ones taking up residency in the Vanguard towers that are actually working in/on… they cannot afford the inflated rents to do so.. and as for large families.. gosh who is working to keep up revenues, paying taxes and supporting the GDP? So in your idea world we all we would be rich, white, 25-35 and single. Wow just wow.

  7. @GGVV- Firstly, the sky is not falling with everything going to Hell in a hand basket and never coming back. Secondly, the housing market and stock market are booming and high rises are here to stay. Thirdly, people who occupy those high rises are hardly all young ,white, middle class twats. JC is the most ethnically diverse city in the US- this group will account for the larger occupancy rate.

    I agree that people have left NYC. I wouldn’t call it a mass exodus. The pandemic will end (taper off if you will) at some point in the near future. The biggest hit to the economy, as I see it, is the lack of tourist dollars in NY. This, also, is not permanent.

    I also don’t believe in this mischaracterized notion of *working families*. They are, rather, low income workers. Every situation is different (regarding one’s income), I just don’t believe the State, i.e., the taxpayer should accommodate everyone and anyone who comes knocking.

  8. I don’t understand people. You do realize these are usually empty lots or run down looking areas which get built up right? I rather have a nice building around me as opposed to derelict lots.

  9. I don’t understand people. You do realize these are usually empty lots or run down looking areas which get built up right? I rather have a nice building around me as opposed to derelict lots.


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