Several Massive Developments Rise Along Jersey City’s Marin Boulevard

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Downtown Jersey City Construction Update
A four-block neighborhood of Downtown Jersey City is undergoing an unprecedented transformation. Photos by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.

A four-block neighborhood of Downtown is undergoing an unprecedented transformation even by Jersey City standards and work that will add 1,407 residential units, almost 11,000 square feet of retail, college dormitories, and two theater spaces continues to advance along what is likely the busiest stretch of the Garden State.

Schemes to rejuvenate underutilized properties where Harsimus Cove and the Powerhouse Arts District meet have been planned for years and are now seemingly coming together all at the same time. The project that’s furthest along, a development dubbed DVORA at Marin Boulevard and 2nd Street, will feature 159 rental apartment units.

331 And 351 Marin Blvd Dvora Jersey City
Left to right: 331 Marin Blvd, 351 Marin Blvd, Dvora. Photos by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.

Just a block south, two high-rises are transforming the skyline before our eyes. The faceted base and angular planes of KRE Group’s 351 Marin can already be observed as the 38-story tower rises along an entire city block, which is set to include a 4,500-square-foot public plaza as part of the work.

The development is expected to wrap construction in 2021 and is adjacent to another towering structure that is rising across the street. Dubbed MGM Marin Boulevard, the neighboring 482-unit rental building is set to include 121 parking spots and 14,000 square feet of amenity space inside of its 41 floors.

MGM Marin Boulevard comes courtesy of local developer Silverman and is the company’s first high rise following years of work on smaller projects. The ground floor of the building is set to feature a 125-seat theater that should add a more intimate viewing experience to the Powerhouse Arts District.

150 Bay St Jersey City Dorms
Nyack College is revamping three floors at 150 Bay Street. Photo by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.

Just half a block east, the former headquarters of A&P at 150 Bay Street is getting a renovation that will add dormitories to three floors of the building. Nyack College is revamping over 121,000-square feet of space on the fourth, fifth, and six floors into 72 dorms, a study lounge, a cafeteria, and a recreation area for students.

Provost Square Jersey City Phase Three A&p Annex
Toll Brothers is repurposing the former warehouse into a lobby for a brand new 550-seat performing arts center. Photo by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.

The A&P Annex Building across the street is also undergoing an overhaul, albeit one with an added high-rise component. Toll Brothers is repurposing the former warehouse into a lobby for a brand new 550-seat performing arts center that’s included in the third phase of their Provost Square development.

Provost Square Tower Three Jersey City
Site of Provost Square’s third phase which will add a 33-story tower. Photo by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.

A 33-story tower that shares a base with the project’s first portion will be built just west of the theater and includes 259 residences, 6,289 square feet of retail, and a parking garage with 218 spaces. An additional 17,706 square feet of multi-purpose art space will round out the development.

All of this construction is happening just a block away from the Canopy by Hilton Jersey City Arts District, a 211-room hotel that opened earlier this month. Growth in the vicinity assuredly isn’t done; New York-based Epire recently won approvals for a 12-story, 81-unit development at 144 First Street and KABR’s Warren at Bay project that wishes to adaptively reuse a nearby warehouse into restaurant, retail, and office space looms large over the neighborhood.

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18 COMMENTS

  1. I wish they’d stop calling this area the ‘arts district.’ It long ago ceased to be an affordable artist oriented community. It’s now all just luxury housing. Once again, where the artists go, the rich follow making any smart artist’s mantra ‘move on.’

  2. Workers and businesses have discovered that people can work from home so there is not a big need to live in the city at high rents or have a big mortgage for small spaces.

  3. YIMBY please. Jobs, economic development, maximizing the utility of these spaces, increasing urban density which a net environmental positive, creating more housing supply to help meet demand and in turn easing rent pressure on older and more affordable units, and just creating beautiful and useful and comfortable places for people to live. Loving it. Cue the NIMBYs.

  4. This is all very exciting to see. The combined effects of all these projects along Marin will be a dramatic and beautiful improvement from what was there before (vacant/abandoned/run-down) when completed. Given that this is a very prominent stretch directly outside the Grove St. PATH, I think the scale of these all make sense and will nicely add to the vibrancy and density of the area.

  5. Now all we need to do is add 8 more lanes to Marin Blvd and we’re in business… imagine how fun walking/driving through the Columbus/Marin intersection is going to be when these are all fully occupied!?

  6. The last time one could call this a proper Arts District was in 2007 when 111 1st, the old tobacco warehouse where scores of artists had their studios, was demolished. But it’s great realtor babble terminology to use to make people feel cooler than than everybody else by living in a veritable *arts district*.

    Most of these buildings are really sucky looking making them fit right in with all the other sucky downtown high rises. Think about it. If you want to fit in you have suck real bad in JC.

  7. Agreed, it’s pretty silly and purely for real estate reasons that it’s being called Powerhouse Arts District. However I’m glad they’re required to include arts space in recent buildings in the area, even though it sucks that they couldn’t save the original arts community to begin with. A 125-seat theater in 331 Marin and 550-seat theater in Provost Square, plus the Nimbus studio/performance space in 321 Warren, can at least start trying to make up for that and promote the arts in general. Again considering that many of these lots were abandoned, run-down or vacant I think it’s revitalization that is good overall.

    As for the buildings I personally like JC’s high-rise architecture, these being no exception, and I think the characteristic austere, clean, repetitive facades and mostly subtle designs/high-quality materials are welcome even if some people find them bland. The trees (assuming the renders are accurate) and wider sidewalks alone will be drastic improvements to the streetscape there. We’ll have to wait to see the final products but in my opinion JC has much more sophisticated, aesthetically pleasing high-rises that will age better than comparable developments in Downtown Brooklyn and Long Island City, for instance.

  8. Questions: Now I’m going to live across the street from a dorm? How is this added population going to work? What about sanitation workers? The neighborhood is paved w/ dog droppings now. What about trash cans stuffed with household trash from somewhere else? What is Mayor Fulop’s and the city’s plan to manage the growth? What about the people who live across the street from the Shop Rite?

  9. 150 Bay Street is also converting 40,000sqft into affordable artist space And community gallery and has maintained the integrity of the building as it is a national landmark. The building currently offers live/work lofts for rent and maintains an artist subsidy program with the city. The owners care a great deal about the art community and welcome a large group of artists this fall into a brand new developed art space.

  10. As a resident born and raised in Jersey City seeing these developments gives me no hope. I have watched Jersey City transform so much in favor of people of the “upper class”. I never imagined growing up going to college for a BA and MA and still not being able to afford to live in the city I went to school to serve. I am technically a government employee and can’t move out of my parents’ home into a Jersey City residence. It seems that all new construction in no matter what part of Jersey City it is in is being built as luxury. It is clear that if you don’t have the luxury of a high paying job or the willingness to make finacial sacrifices (really suicide) Jersey City is not the place for you. There are people paying these rent prices and going without meals. These are professionals that can’t enjoy the “new” jersey city. There needs to be more affordable housing alot of the residents paying these rent prices can’t truly afford it either. It is just shameful for a city to know that some people are just getting by all while luring more rich here. Who is JC really for?

  11. With all the new residential development going on in the neighborhood, I’m disappointed that I haven’t seen any mention of including affordable residential units. There’s a comment above that expresses the expectation of some trickle-down benefits, but given the obvious profitability of all this construction, you’d think the city could have insisted on a significant number of new affordable units in the neighborhood. JC touts its own diversity, but that means less without inclusiveness.

  12. The fact is if you are a long time resident of JC and have owned property for a long time (20, 30, 40 years) you will make a bundle even people who have not maintained their buildings. If you were smart and doing upgrades you will be doing even better. Just 10 years ago in 2010, post housing market collapse, you could have bought a one family for $150k to $ 300k depending on the location. I know some one who recently sold an absolute dump for close to a million. But low, sell high.

  13. Don’t worry about crowds, these places will be empty for at least a few years plus. And sorry, it won’t drive rents down; these projects are all based in a set rent; if they can’t get it, the can’t cover the financing and the building will go bankrupt.

    Supply and demand economics, and right now, it’s zero demand. I would find out who’s financing these scams and steer clear from putting your money there!

  14. Does Jersey City have enough electrical power to keep up with the demand for all these new buildings…..time to buy a generator

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