Westview Looks to Lead Development Along Jersey City’s West Side

Westview Jersey City Aerial Rendering 2
Westview, Jersey City.

Much of Jersey City’s progress over the past few decades can be attributed to future-thinking developers undertaking ambitious, transformative projects which in turn leads to more development and attracts new residents.

It started in the mid-1980s when LeFrak set its sight on a stretch of Jersey City waterfront that would become Newport. Since then, not only Newport but Downtown Jersey City as a whole has been transformed into a bustling community as countless developers found success following LeFrak’s lead.

Next came Journal Square. The former heart of Jersey City, Journal Square had fallen on tough times. For years, local officials and real estate speculators touted the promise of returning Journal Square to its former glory. However, it wasn’t until KRE Group broke ground on the first Journal Squared tower in 2016 that those promises began to manifest. Now, only a few years later, the area is seeing what is likely the largest development boom in the entire state.

While Journal Square rises, a new visionary plan is currently in pre-development planning within a different Jersey City neighborhood that will, like Newport and Journal Squared, act as a beacon for Jersey City’s West Side neighborhood.

Westview Jersey City Aerial Rendering
Westview will feature three mixed-use, high-rise structures harmoniously blending commerce and residential living.

Called Westview, the project is led by Bushburg, a developer that specializes in transformative projects in emerging markets. With extensive experience in adaptive reuse projects throughout New York, New Jersey, and Florida, Bushburg is confident in their ability to turn this former industrial area into Westview – a multi-phase development project featuring three mixed-use, high-rise structures harmoniously blending commerce and residential living.

Westview Jersey City Site Overview
Westview site.

Westview is planned for a series of lots in Jersey City’s West Side neighborhood. Spanning roughly 8.29 acres, the irregular shaped parcel touches the streets of Route 440, Culver Avenue, Mallory Avenue, Pollack Avenue, Claremont Avenue, and Water Street. Currently, the land is mostly vacant while one parcel contains an existing building.

Due to the irregular shape of the parcels as well as its mixed zoning, Bushburg tapped leading land use planners Dresdner Robin to create the vision for Westview. Dresdner Robin has extensive experience in Jersey City as land use advisors on projects such as Journal Squared, Berry Lane Park, NJCU’s Performing Arts Center, 99 Hudson, and many more.

Westview Jersey City Street Level
Westview includes multiple structures of different heights and densities to create a uniquely livable neighborhood.

Designed by MHS Architecture, one of the area’s most prominent firms, Westview is planned in three phases and benefits from diverse zoning as the property encompasses High-Rise and Mid-Rise B Zones allowing for a mix of structures, densities, and uses. Once fully completed, Westview will feature over 3,000 residential units, nearly 130k sq. ft. of retail space, and 120k sq. ft. of park space. Plans also include roughly 2,000 vehicle parking spaces as well as 1,695 bicycle parking spots.

Westview Jersey City Site Plan
Site plan showing each of the three phases.

The Westview property includes the right of way for the planned Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) extension. Planners leveraged this right of way as an opportunity to create large-scale public park spaces underneath and alongside the future rail line. Once completed, the HBLR extension will give Westview direct connectivity to the rest of Jersey City, Hoboken, and transit into NYC.

Jersey City Light Rail Extension
Map of the planned Hudson-Bergen Light Rail extension.

For future residents, Westview aims to be a community that’s both self-sufficient and intimately connected to the rest of the city. With significant commercial retail space planned, Westview will attract retailers of all sizes that will bring daily necessities to the community. A thriving community of restaurants, shops, essential services, and more will foster connection between residents to create a truly unique living experience.

Westview Jersey City Park Sketch
Sketch showing the planned public park space.

In addition to MHS Architecture and Dresdner Robin, Bushburg is working with GRID Real Estate as a redevelopment advisor and tapped Genova Burns for their legal needs.

A project of this scope requires not just the vision of the development team but also the support of both the community and elected officials.

To learn more about Westview visit WestviewNow.com, where you’ll find all the details of the endeavor, a robust FAQ section, as well as a petition you can sign to show your support of the project.


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