Revealed: 30 Journal Square

30 Journal Square30 Journal Square today, via Google Maps

Yet another tower is in the works for Journal Square, which is apparently about to become home to the fourth most impressive skyline in the New York City region; renderings have been posted on Kushner Companies’s website for an Ismael Leyva-designed skyscraper set to rise at 30 Journal Square.

30 Journal Square

30 Journal Square, rendering via Kushner/Ismael Leyva

The limited glimpse is still comprehensive, and the skyscraper’s bulk will be impressive; the tower will step-down towards the old Jersey Journal building at 30 Journal Square. While structures worthy of preservation are few and far between in Journal Square, the Jersey Journal’s headquarters definitely fits the bill.

Integrating the historic building will keep some element of the ‘old’ Journal Square alive, even as the neighborhood sets a rapid course for revitalization; besides the latest proposal, two additional mega-projects — City Center Towers, and Journal Squared — will also rise in the vicinity. Together, the developments will play a crucial and beneficial role in transforming the neglected hub, which has massive potential and capacity as a residential commuter node.

In terms of form and function, 30 Journal Square looks to be significantly more attractive than typical outer-urban developments, and besides incorporating the building currently on-site, it will create a street-wall along the rest of its block, which speaks to the project’s pedestrian-friendly form. The rendering comes with a description noting the tower will have 525 apartments, and a floor count reveals the skyscraper will stand slightly over 40 stories tall.

No completion date has been announced, but Douglas Elliman’s website has the data for the sale of 30 Journal Square, which went for $3.525 million. Given the project was included in Kushner Companies’ 2013 brochure, it seems the acquisition was recent — and with a surge in activity encompassing surrounding blocks, construction may begin sooner rather than later.

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