Two-Tower Mega Project near Holland Tunnel Seeks Extension

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Rendering courtesy of Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association.

There has not been much news to report regarding one of the taller development proposals to emerge in Jersey City, but a recent letter from the company behind the endeavor indicates that the project is still in the works.


Earlier this month, The Fourteen Florence Street Corp. filed a request with Jersey City’s planning department to extend approvals already in place for a 750-unit project in a prominent location. Originally approved in 2017, the plan would demolish a warehouse and shipping facility at the addresses of 560-580 Marin Boulevard and 130-150 12th Street.

The industrial building occupying the parcel is currently used by Mecca and Sons Trucking Company and the structure’s western wall is home to New Jersey’s largest mural. It would all be replaced by 57- and 59-story glass-sheathed high-rises set to include 240,000 square feet of commercial space and 1,098 parking spots in a garage.

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Credit: Green Villian.

The project would be built in two phases, with the initial 59-story portion including 383 units, 120,000 square feet of commercial space, and 573 parking spots. The second phase would rise 57 stories and feature 367 units, 120,000 square feet of commercial space, and the remaining 498 parking spots.

The property straddles the inbound and outbound entrances to the Holland Tunnel and the extension being sought stems mainly from issues related to the Port Authority. In their letter to the city, the property owner says that they have been working “to coordinate the potential construction of pedestrian infrastructure improvements over Port Authority property” located directly east of the project.

The purpose of the potential work is “to provide a better pedestrian connectivity to and from the project, Newport, and points to the north and west.” Despite being located Downtown, the area around the property is vehicle-forward and somewhat removed from the more walkable neighborhoods to the south like Hamilton Park.

The developer will be asking Jersey City to extend the project’s approvals for three years. While the planning board has not set a date to hear the request, the developer seeking more time to work out the project’s details indicates they are still moving forward behind the scenes.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Been wondering what happened to these, I really hope they go forward as improving the pedestrian/transit connectivity in that area can only help, it would be a shame it it remains a wasteland like it currently is. I think the designs are also very nice, if a bit generic.

  2. There have been so many iterations of development proposals for this site – 20 years ago it was Millennium Towers. Then, and now, the problem is how isolated the site is. It is perhaps the most pedestrian unfriendly part of Jersey City other than along Tonnele Ave (Route 1/9) or Route 440. Traffic calming planning would likely not work or even be feasible at intersections which are entrance/exit to Holland Tunnel. Skybridges might work, but no one likes using them. Locating a high density development here will only add to local traffic as it will be more convenient and safer to drive to/from these apartments than attempt walking.

  3. Stepping out of my building onto a narrow sidewalk next to the Holland Tunnel entrance.. I can only dream. Looking down from a five or six floor window onto the crawling traffic below. Serenity, I’ve found you.

  4. @Jacob……..Lol……….true…….but actually it’s only really congested at rush hour……..however walking across that six lane highway at night after a few drinks in Hamilton Pk is going to be an experience not unlike that of Queens Blvd, aka, the Blvd of Death.

  5. All this company does is propose plans and never build.. when will they actually break ground or actually develop a project???

  6. Wow what fantastic looking buildings. As a resident of JC for the last dozen years, I am looking forward to them, it looks like they are extremely close for commuting via car, light rail and path.

  7. The obvious solution that many commenters are to cynical to voice are pedestrian bridges over the tunnel roads. Better yet would be to raise the roads to the east and west of the site, so that the entrance and exit to the buildings would be on the street above all the traffic. Not cheap but those residences surely won’t be cheap either

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