Mack Cali’s 68-Story ‘Harborside 8’ Gets Ready to Rise as Excavation Equipment Arrives, in Jersey City

Harborside 8 and 9. Rendering via Mack-Cali’s quarterly reportHarborside 8 and 9. Rendering via Mack-Cali’s quarterly report

Equipment has arrived at the Jersey City site of Harborside 8, a 708-foot-tall residential skyscraper on the Hudson River waterfront. Designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects and developed by Mack Cali, the 68-story tower will be among the tallest structures in the city and the state of New Jersey upon topping out.

Recent photos show the machinery awaiting action on the plot, which is bound by 2nd Street to the north, Hudson Street to the west, Harborside Place to the south, and the 42-story 3 Second Street to the east. The asphalt parking lot will soon be ripped up and the earth drilled for testing. We will likely see more progress in the coming months.

Harborside 8. Photo by Michael Young

Harborside 8. Photo by Michael Young

Harborside 8. Photo by Michael Young

Beginning with the podium, Harborside 8 will contain a multi-story parking superstructure designed to accommodate 505 parking spaces across the first eight floors and will also include an adjacent street-level parking lot. There will be a public outdoor plaza and ground-floor retail space divided into two storefronts spanning approximately 5,437 square feet along the Hudson River and 3,225 square feet facing Hudson Street. Above these are the residential amenities located on floors ten and 11, which include a swimming pool, a fitness center, a yoga studio, a children’s playroom, shared work spaces, a conservatory, shared and private dining areas, and a wine bar. The remainder of the floors will house the planned 680 units, with a breakdown of 206 studios, 266 one-bedrooms, 183 two-bedrooms, and 25 three-bedroom homes.

YIMBY last reported that Mack-Cali plans to commence construction on Harborside 8 sometime this year, with a completion date yet to be announced. The developer also plans to construct an adjacent dual-tower project called Harborside 9 directly to the north. It is still unclear when that will start and finish.

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7 Comments on "Mack Cali’s 68-Story ‘Harborside 8’ Gets Ready to Rise as Excavation Equipment Arrives, in Jersey City"

  1. Lots of JC updates lately! I love it!

  2. Jersey City will become a major housing relief pressure valve for younger Manhattanites. Since views are paramount, the positioning of the buildings will create even greater price differences within such closely spaced towers.

  3. Is this supposed to take up that whole lot?

    If so the amount of retail included is so paltry. Do not really understand why they build these huge podiums with almost no retail.

    • And are you bullish on retail space? Do you not understand what has happened to the future of brick and mortar retail?

  4. A question for you RV: with a massive oversupply of retail property and trends shifting toward on-line and delivery based consumer-staples why would you suggest more retail be added? The amount cites (-/+ 17k sf) is enough for a food and drug for convenience of residents, and as it is in the same building as parking it will be well positioned to serve the larger area as well. What kind of retail to you think JC can support in this location?

  5. Jack Arkitekt | May 24, 2020 at 10:43 am | Reply

    Jersey City may be emerged as new booming town in post covid NY Metropolitan… And it’s population may even double… To 500k perhaps…

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