Third Phase of Jersey City’s Provost Square to Break Ground in Early 2020

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Phase Three of Provost Square, 151 Bay Street, Jersey City. Rendering courtesy SLCE Architects.

The largest redevelopment project in the Powerhouse Arts District will soon start adding another new tower to the city’s skyline, as Toll Brothers has indicated they will start construction on the next leg of the four-phase development next year.

The sprawling Provost Square was initially approved all the way back in 2009 and the totality of the development includes 950 residential units, over 40,000 square feet of retail, and a 26,000-square-foot pedestrian plaza that ties the complex together. The first two phases of the project are completed and the next portion is set to rise at the address of 151 Bay Street.

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Aerial view. Site plan courtesy SLCE Architects.

Phase three of Provost Square will see the construction of a 33-story tower that shares a retail base with the project’s first portion. The new high-rise calls for 259 residences, 6,289 square feet of retail, and a parking garage with 218 spaces. 12 of the residential spaces will be designated as live/work units, including one for an artist-in-residence.

Designed by SLCE Architects, phase three of the plan will restore the façade on the existing A & P Annex Building and repurpose the structure into a lobby for a brand new 550-seat performing arts center spanning 26,532 square feet. An additional 17,706 square feet of multi-purpose art space will round out phase three of Provost Square.

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Current A & P Annex Building that will be the entrance to the new performing arts center. Photo by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.

Scaffolding is already up on the side of the A & P Annex Building and Toll Brothers wrote a letter to Jersey City’s planning department on October 3 stating that they have already applied for permits to build the third phase. The company says they anticipate commencing construction “on or about December 31.”

The letter was part of a Toll Brothers request asking the city’s planning department for a one-year extension on approvals for Provost Square’s fourth phase, which would be constructed on a surface parking lot at 352 Marin Boulevard.

The final portion of the project is set to rise five stories and feature 32 workforce housing units, another 2,600 square feet of ground-floor retail, and a rooftop recreation space. That application was submitted in October but hasn’t been considered by the planning board yet.



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