See the tall residential towers coming to Jersey City’s low-rise Journal Square

July 30, 2021

Rendering of 26-28 Van Reipen Avenue (left) and 26 Cottage Street (right) courtesy of C3D Architecture

More dense housing developments are headed to transit-rich low-slung parts of Jersey City. In the city’s Journal Square neighborhood, developer Namdar Group plans to add several high-rise residential towers in an area near the PATH train that is currently made up mostly of two- and three-story homes. In total, the Long Island-based developer is bringing six new towers designed by C3D Architecture to a few blocks of Journal Square.

Renderings of 26 Cottage Street courtesy of C3D Architecture

In 2018, Jersey Digs first reported plans from Namdar to build three towers along Homestead Place. These include a 27-story tower at 26-28 Van Reipen Avenue with 220 units, a 27-story at 35 Cottage Street with 350 units, and a 20-story tower at 26 Cottage Street with 166 units, which broke ground last year.

The plan includes building a new pedestrian plaza, the Homestead Walkway, to connect Van Reipen Avenue and Cottage Street. In total, the towers create roughly 750 new apartments across roughly two blocks of Journal Square.

Nearing completion, 26 Cottage Street replaces two single-family homes with a 20-story mixed-use tower. According to the developers, the residences at the building will be “outfitted with high-end finishes that optimize the living space.” A majority of the units will be studios, with four three-bedroom units offered.

Residents of 26 Cottage will have access to free WiFi and in-home concierge services. The tower includes office space and over 1,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.

Renderings of 26-28 Van Reipen Avenue courtesy of C3D Architecture

Across the street is 35 Cottage Street, which has been reported to include a 27-story tower with 350 total units. Around the corner, a 27-story mixed-use tower is planned for 26-28 Van Reipen Avenue, currently a vacant lot.

The project, which renderings depict sitting next to existing low-rise single-family homes on the block, will feature office space on the third floor, 235 rental units, and a rooftop pool with views of New York City, as Jersey Digs reported last summer.

In March, Namdar secured $120 million in construction financing for 618 Pavonia Avenue, moving plans along to build a 27-story development with 432 units. Renderings are expected to be released soon for this phase of the development.

Plans are also in the works for 626 Newark Avenue, a 27-story building with over 575 units that faces Central Avenue and sits east of the three other proposed towers. Amenities include bike parking and a rooftop deck with skyline views.

The developer opened MRK, a 16-story mixed-use tower on Newkirk Street that holds over 130 rental units. As CityRealty reported, leasing at MRK launched last spring, with rentals starting at $1,800/month.


All images courtesy of C3D Architecture


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