Van Leer Place Adds to Growing SoHo West

Van Leer Rendeing
Van Leer Rendeing

Van Leer Place is a two phase development project located in the Lackawanna area of Jersey City. Situated just below the Palisades cliffs, the project will be another addition to the rapidly developing ‘Soho West’ neighborhood that connects Jersey City with Hoboken.

Paying homage to its history, the project’s name Van Leer Place comes from the Van Leer Chocolate Company that once occupied the site. The factory was demolished after the area became a redevelopment zone.

However, its industrial history poses some problems. The site was declared a Brownfield following years of dumping dumping of white-cake arsenic. Clean up on the site began in 2010, removing the toxic material and re-capping it with clean soil.

In addition to the residential buildings, the developer, Hoboken Brownstone Company plans to build a 1.5 acre public park on the site that will include a children’s play area and dog run. They also received a $4.6 million dollar grant from the Federal Highway Transportation Fund to extend the light rail line to connect with 2nd St. station.

The first phase at 137-139 Hoboken Ave will consists of a 6-story rental building with 260 units, 7,585 square feet of retail and 280 parking spaces.

The second phase will bring another 222 units and 131 parking spaces.

Ground hasn’t been broken on the project yet.



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  1. ground hasnt been broken on the van leer develoment? oh yes it has,, i walked there today and asked the construction men what they were building.. why hide the fact that the development is in the process of being built as i type this.. most importantly, have these apartments already been given out to those who seem to have the preferential treatment.. this was not announced in the local jersey journal i may add.. oh well, i won’t be able to afford it anyway as most of the other developments applied for..i wonder how many of these units will be set aside for affordable housing…. just asking


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