99 Hudson Street Gets Height Bump to 950 Feet, Will Become New Jersey’s Tallest Building

99 Hudson StreetOld design for 99 Hudson Street, image by Alex Stark

Back in May, YIMBY brought you the first renderings for a development project in Jersey City, at 99 Hudson Street. Now, we have learned that initial plans have been discarded, and that Perkins Eastman is designing a 950-foot tall tower that will become the tallest building in the state of New Jersey, though images are not yet available.

With the current boom just beginning to kick into high gear across Jersey City’s waterfront as well as its Journal Square neighborhood, the news surrounding 99 Hudson Street should hardly be surprising. The site’s old plan offered a two-towered configuration, and while we do not know specifics regarding the layout of the new plan, we do know that it has received a substantial height boost.

The changes are likely the result of the site changing hands, as China Construction America purchased it last year for $71 million. Hartz Mountain Industries and Roseland Property Company were the former owners, and had previously announced that 99 Hudson would total 1,000 units, and create over 2,000 construction jobs. Neither positive figure should waver much with the new developer.

The largest nearby project currently in the works is Urban Ready Living Harborside, which will yield three towers of fifty floors or greater. Perkins Eastman is also the architect behind Hudson Exchange West, a major mixed-use development located several blocks to the north. Given 99 Hudson’s location near the Exchange Place PATH Station, the project’s size is definitely warranted, and its 1.1 million square feet will transform a block currently occupied by surface parking.

Several similarly-sized opportunities await nearby, and in YIMBY’s recent interview with Jersey City’s Mayor Fulop, he mentioned both the plans by China Construction America, as well as a new tower by Goldman Sachs.

When complete, 99 Hudson Street will become the tallest building in all of New Jersey, topping nearby 30 Hudson Street’s 781-foot pinnacle by a wide margin. The list’s current #2 is the 548-foot tall Merrill Lynch Building at 101 Hudson Street, and while several current projects will rise substantially taller than that, none have yet been confirmed to surpass 30 Hudson.

A 95-story casino project has the potential to take the city’s crown by an even wider margin, though that plan is likely several years or more away from fruition, and no designs have been made public.

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