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Old March 14th, 2014, 10:52 AM   #1
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JERSEY CITY | One Journal Square | 272m | 892ft | 79 fl | 203m | 666ft | 56 fl | Pro

A major development on a city-owned parcel of land near the putative heart of Jersey City, Journal Square has been slated for redevelopment by a two tower complex since before 2008. The land has been cleared and a new design is circulating for the towers.

New design for Journal Square's City Center Towers: (Not to be confused with neighboring three tower Journal Squared development)

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New design for a project that was approved in 2008. Ignore that Canada is given as the location.

http://www.humphreys.com/portfolio/boards-6/

http://policy.rutgers.edu/vtc/tod/ne...ge_update.html

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While the recent focus on Jersey City’s Journal Square neighborhood has centered on KRE’s ‘Journal Squared‘ project, new renderings are up for the long-stalled City Center Towers site, which promises additional changes for the long-neglected area. The images were posted on the website of architectural firm Humphreys & Partners, and the site’s developer is Multi-Employer Property Trust.

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Humphreys & Partners’ latest images of the site depict two possibilities for the design, which may or may not include a sky-bridge that would link the 60-story buildings. City Center Towers will be nearly as prominent as the nearby Journal Squared project; beyond the 1,500 residential units, the development will feature 150,000 square feet of retail at its base, which will help revitalize the street-scape....

The site has been fraught with controversy, after initial deadlines for ground-breaking were ignored; the recession was chiefly to blame, as most development came to a halt across the Hudson River. No completion date has been announced, but with demolition of the site’s former buildings now complete — and pressure from local officials to proceed continuing to mount — activity is likely imminent.
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Here is the two-tower proposal from 2007:



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Towers to Rise in Journal Square

The Jersey City Planning Board has granted final site plan approval for the construction of two mixed-used towers on a 1.5-acre site immediately adjacent to the Journal Square PATH station on the old Hotel on the Square block. Journal Square is a designated “Transit Village” under the NJDOT-sponsored program. Recent designs call for a 38-story south tower and a 58-story north tower housing a total of 1,500 studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments above two stories of retail and five stories of parking.

The stage was set this summer when the national real estate equity fund, Multi-Employer Property Trust of Baltimore, joined the project as a majority partner of Jersey City’s Harwood Properties. The Connecticut architecture and planning firm of Becker+Becker has also joined the project. In 2006, the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency condemned the property, later reaching an agreement to purchase the property for $2.1 million, an amount that will be reimbursed to the city per the redeveloper agreement.

A surface parking lot and one-story retail stores are currently on site. Most tenants have already relocated to nearby sites; the last tenants are scheduled to vacate by the end of the year.

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Old March 14th, 2014, 09:41 PM   #3
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If they scrap the name on the towers itself, it will look great.
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Old June 14th, 2014, 05:38 AM   #4
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A minor update: http://newyorkyimby.com/2014/06/new-...an-remo.html/0

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No completion date has been announced for either project, though apparently both are inching towards actual construction.
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Old June 14th, 2014, 10:55 AM   #5
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In this case putting off construction for a good while at least has resulted in a much better pair of residential towers. What the hell were that pair of rooftop ornamentation anyway?!!!
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Old June 15th, 2014, 05:26 PM   #6
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decent designs. Shame that the skybridge is gone.
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Old June 15th, 2014, 06:38 PM   #7
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Not too excited about those designs. Some (lime)stone or brickwork wouldn't have hurt.

What was in its place before? Brownfield? Hardly imagineable there.
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Old November 15th, 2014, 07:32 AM   #8
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Despite the recent hype, no visible progress, but they have apparently been making themselves known at planning board meetings.
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Seriously, I'm tired of it.. if they aren't going to put up anything they shouls lose the rights to the land. With more interest in Journal Square and KRE actually building the first tower of the J Squared project there will be someone interested in doing something positive with this site. It's an embarrassment.. and the company that provided the main investment money actually spent big money buying up Newport Tower, the biggest office tower in the Newport development in the Jersey City downtown waterfront. They have the money, just wasting time and showing their priority isn't developing that fenced off eyesore. So the city should take it off their hands.. they agreed to a huge long term tax abatement seven years ago and we only get a redesign and vague talk.
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Sounds like there Landbanking...
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Sounds like there Landbanking...
If they are, then shame on them. The city should take away the 30 year abatement and say if you don't start construction within a certain time, you're in breach of agreement. They promised this and if they can't afford to go on with the project, put it back up to competitive bidding to someone who will. And with Journal Squared starting up behind the PATH Station recently with the first of three towers, someone will have enough pockets and confidence to put something similar up there.
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Bada bing!

Jared Kushner pays $27M for Jersey City site

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Jared Kushner’s Kushner Companies, in partnership with the KABR Group, paid $27 million for a vacant Jersey City site just across the street from the firm’s planned 40-story residential tower.

The two-acre site at One Journal Square was at the center of a long-delayed plan to construct two 60-story towers holding 1,500 rental units and 150,000 square feet of retail space. Kushner said in a statement that he will soon unveil plans for the site that “will help drive the city’s continued renaissance.”

Multi-Employer Property Trust and Washington, D.C.-based real estate firm Landon Butler were developing the One Journal Square buildings, once expected to be called the City Centre Towers. Plans were repeatedly delayed after the Hotel on the Square was demolished in 2009.
- See more at: http://therealdeal.com/blog/2015/01/....EAUYIuZo.dpuf

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Still in a comatose state, but there are at least tire tracks, likely because of the dumpster, whatever it is used for...
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Don't get your hopes up. Still nothing, but the dumpster keeps moving.
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Saw something recently where Jared Kushner is definitely working behind the scenes on this project and still thinks very highly of its potential impact on the Square. He's back burnered the other tower his firm is working on, the one that will surround the Jersey Journal building until the City Center project is well under way. Mayor Fulop didn't push hard to get this property changing hands to a developer who actually would develop the property just to go into cruise control.... maybe there are significant redesigns, or whatever but from the look of that article which I saw reposted on a Jersey Cuty themed site the intent to do this is real. Hopefully soon the dumpster won't be the only thing moving around the site.

Very happy to see the progress already on the first Journal Squared tower that you put up in the under construction section.... can't believe three years ago Journal Squared was a pie in the sky vision but already is further along by miles on anything happening on the City Center lot.
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This is an extremely visible site, unlike Journal Squared, which is already about 25 feet up, since it is so close to the main shopping streets and the main entrance to the PATH station. As such, it defines whether or not Journal Square is actually developing.
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This is an extremely visible site, unlike Journal Squared, which is already about 25 feet up, since it is so close to the main shopping streets and the main entrance to the PATH station. As such, it defines whether or not Journal Square is actually developing.
Oh, definitely. It's the heart of the Square so hopefully Kushner intends to get the ball rolling very soon. Speaking of the main PATH building... I just hate everything about it and how it helped decimate the streetscape. Not in the short term but as these towers get developed around it I feel it will be time to renovate or rebuild if possible. It's just awful... one of the ugliest building/plaza developments anyone could ever have the misfortune of seeing/using. It's an insult to our city.
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UPDATE!!!! New (kind of early) rendering of the first tower already sent to the board for approval.

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well poop, it certainly looks JC worthy (bland/ugly. - in this case the latter) Hopefully the color scheme won't be atrocious. Also, 666'?

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It's a black and white cross between a conceptualization and render... you want ugly? The original 2007 two tower vision personifies UGLY. This may be kind of conservative, maybe a bit bland but hardly ugly crap. I'm just hoping this gets going soon and makes rapid progress just as on the other side of the street with the first of the Journal Squared towers. Is this going to have another tower though down the line or has it been completely reconfigured to just being one tower now? It does make total business sense to build one, see how the market reacts and building another if market conditions warrant it in 2-4 years.

I do fully agree on the 666 ft height.... they get their marketing ideas from watching "The Omen" one too many times? Round it off to 670ft, for goodness sakes.
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