When it comes to skyscrapers and the other side of the Hudson River, Jersey City’s waterfront and Journal Square neighborhoods are just about the only areas in the state with frequent proposals for major new developments. But today, YIMBY has the first look at approved designs for a massive site in Edgewater, at 115 River Road, which would most definitely put the small city on the regional map.
Plans include four residential buildings atop a large 50-foot podium structure, which will yield rooftop gardens and other amenities for residents up above. The site is tentatively set to be divided between two rental and two condo buildings.
While we don’t have confirmation of the exact architect, the site’s developer is Fred Dabies, and the plans would yield 1919 units between the towers, which would range in height from 595 to 714 feet. Prior to the current development boom, that would’ve made the collection taller than any residential towers in Jersey City proper. Even now, the tallest would stand higher than any existing apartment or condo tower in Brooklyn and Queens.
Though Edgewater is mostly low-rise, the plans for this site signal that the narrow strip of developable land between the riverfront and the emergence of the Palisades is becoming increasingly prime, especially as ferry access to Manhattan expands. With Hudson Yards’ proximity to the riverfront, the massive new commercial towers are also a very short commute from areas that would typically be slightly less convenient.
Although Edgewater’s local politicians appear all too eager to shirk their apparent obligations to create new affordable housing, the increase in ferry accessibility alongside the rapid growth of both Jersey City and Midtown West portend a future that is probably substantially taller.
No completion date has been confirmed.