Residents of Upper Manhattan, particularly Washington Heights and Inwood, will soon see something new rising across the Hudson River. On Monday, groundbreaking was held for the second tower at rental development The Modern, located just a bit south of the George Washington Bridge at 100 Park Avenue in Fort Lee.
This 47-story, 496-foot, glass-clad tower will be a twin of the existing tower, which has been open for the last year-and-a-half, and is located even closer to the bridge at 800 Park Avenue (formerly Martha Washington Way).
There will be 450 units, consisting of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedrooms. Prices will range from $2,300 to $9,000 a month. That includes penthouses.
Sitting in between the two towers will be a nearly two-acre public park with water features and walking paths developer SJP Properties says will be “reminiscent of Central Park in New York City.” A 7,000-square-foot restaurant will be in the park and will have both indoor and open-air seating. There will also be a 13,000-square-foot building to be donated to the borough for use as a public theater and museum.
As for the residential amenities, SJP says they are “unprecedented in New Jersey, rivaling those found in Manhattan’s most competitive luxury residential buildings.” Indoors, they include a fitness center, a separate yoga and Pilates studio, a spa featuring a community sauna and massage services, a lounge area available for catered events, a screening room, a golf simulation area, a “tween” room with a Nintendo Wii station, and an internet lounge with snack, where residents can hook up their laptop computers to available Wi-Fi and printers.
Outdoor amenities of the first tower already include an infinity pool surrounded by chaise lounges, volleyball and basketball courts, a expansive rolling lawn area that features sporting events during summer days and outdoor movies during summer evenings, individual and community barbecue stations, a covered dog walking area and pet spa, and separate indoor and outdoor children’s play areas.
“The Modern was conceived to address the demand that exists on the New Jersey side of the Hudson for luxury residences with high-end features and finishes, resort-style amenities and inspired architecture,” said Allen Goldman, president of SJP Properties’ residential division. “As interest in the exceptional living experience we’ve created at The Modern only increases, we’re confident that the development of the second tower will be met with excitement from prospective renters.”
“The start of construction on The Modern’s second tower marks a true milestone in the continued renaissance of Fort Lee,” Mayor Mark Sokolich said. “It’s been remarkable to witness the success of the first building, which has injected an incredible amount of energy into our community. The development of the second tower is symbolic of Fort Lee’s transformation from a town reenergized into a prime destination on New Jersey’s booming Gold Coast.”
The Modern is just half of a major transformation of downtown Fort Lee, with Hudson Lights just across Park Avenue, occupying the space bound by it, Main Street, Lemoine Avenue, and Bruce Reynolds Boulevard. Hudson Lights will feature shopping, dining, an eight-screen movie theater, and its own residences. It is currently under construction.
Both developments are welcome additions and are extremely convenient for drivers, though we desperately hope they don’t put too much strain on the limited roadways of downtown Fort Lee. The northern end of Park Avenue connects directly to the local access lanes of the George Washington Bridge, and is just a couple minutes’ walk to the inbound bus stop. Residents of The Modern will also have access to a free shuttle to bring them across the bridge, where both the A and 1 trains are a very short walk away.
Completion of The Modern’s second tower is expected in the summer of 2018.