Trio of Journal Square Towers Approved

The Jersey City Planning Board has approved three skyscrapers for the Journal Square district of Jersey City. The towers will be developed by KABR Group and Kushner Companies near the Journal Square transportation hub. One Journal Square was originally set to include 744 residential units within the 56-story project. However, it was later altered to include two different towers on a 10-story base. The earlier tower will stay at 56-stories while the new additional tower will stand at 79-stories. The towers will house 1,725 residential units with 910 parking spaces. 30 Journal Square, standing at 72-stories will feature 741 residential units with 436 parking spaces. Altogether the three towers, there will be a 2,466 residential units, 224,539 sq.ft. of office space, 103,784 sq. ft. of retail space, as well as parking space.

new-plans-for-journal-square-towers-approvedjpg-305f2cdb5137c7c8 Credit: KABR Group and Kushner Company

 
Chris Langston, part of the planning board, stated in an interview with NJ.com,”We usually try and fit a building into the neighborhood. This is just raising the bar for the entire neighborhood that is hopefully going to be the standard in Journal Square from now on. The future looks bright up there.” While many were in favor of the approval, there were other’s who disagreed with it. Catherine Jimenez, member of property service workers union, stated that, “How can our members continue to live and work in this great city without designated affordable housing units in such large-scale developments? If we allow this to continue, rents will skyrocket and working-class residents will be pushed out of Jersey City.”

-5065eadd52df1b3e Credit: KABR Group and Kushner Company

 

Author’s Take 

First and foremost, it’s great to see that 30 Journal Square will integrate the former Jersey Journal headquarters into their plans. Doing so keeps the historic red Jersey Journal logo on the building. While the new developments aren’t directly displacing anyone in their current locations to my knowledge, the idea of high-rise buildings and luxury apartments taking over Journal Square can obviously concern long time residents. With the high rent prices recently appearing around Jersey City, one can see that many residents feel that sooner or later they may be pushed out of their current homes. This debate will definitely be a topic of conversation in the upcoming years.

-f8efa4206000516a Credit: KABR Group and Kushner Company

 

External Links:

Plans for 3 major new Journal Square towers move forward (NJ.com)

Historic 30 Journal Square’s Future is Sky-High (JerseyDigs.com)

Revealed: 30 Journal Square (NewYorkYimby.com)

Featured Image Credit: KABR Group and Kushner Company

1 Comment

  • Lizzie says:

    This isn’t the first time a developer has promised to build on the lot now set for One Journal Square, which the planning board chair noted when he voted to approve the newest plans.

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