Mack-Cali’s Harborside 8 Awaits Start of Excavation in Jersey City

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

Today, we wrap up our weeklong Jersey City update with a preview of Harborside 8, the most notable project on the drawing boards for the city. Designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects and developed by Roseland Residential Trust, a subsidiary of Mack Cali, the 68-story, 708-foot-tall residential skyscraper will stand as one of the tallest buildings in the state and make a profound impact on the skyline along the Hudson River.

Since our last update in late May, the construction machinery that was poised to begin work on the site has been removed. The plot is currently occupied by a 169,000-square-foot surface parking lot surrounded by a black metal fence. In place of the construction equipment now stands a corral of metal barricades encircling a dumpster and a number of wooden crates wrapped in plastic. Given this current state, it is unclear whether construction schedules for Harborside 8 may have changed in the past five to six months, or whether progress may still be imminent.

Looking west toward the blocked off southwestern corner of the parking lot. Photo by Michael Young

Looking northeast. Photo by Michael Young

Below is an aerial photograph showing Harborside 8’s location on the skyline.

Looking north towards the highlighted area of Harborside 8. Photo and diagram by Michael Young

Harborside 8’s podium will house a multi-story parking superstructure designed to accommodate 505 vehicles across the first eight floors. The property will also include an adjacent street-level parking lot, 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. Residential amenities will be located on floors ten and 11 and include a swimming pool, fitness center, yoga studio, children’s playroom, shared work spaces, a conservatory, shared and private dining areas, and a wine bar. The remaining bulk of the skyscraper will house 680 units, with 206 studios, 266 one-bedrooms, 183 two-bedrooms, and 25 three-bedroom homes. Mack-Cali also plans to construct an adjacent dual-tower project called Harborside 9 directly to the north, as rendered semi-transparently in the main image.

No completion date for Haborside 8 has been announced.

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4 Comments on "Mack-Cali’s Harborside 8 Awaits Start of Excavation in Jersey City"

  1. Good looking rendering..but removal of construction equipment from site is usually not a good sign..

  2. This is quite exciting. I think the scope of Harborside 8 is pretty cool. But, on Monath’s point, the removal of construction equipment at the site is not a good sign at all and probably means plans are being put on hold for some reason. Regardless, this is quite a nice project.

  3. Interesting as their are new, modern metropolitan areas sprouting up all around the city. (Downtown Brooklyn, Long Island City and now Jersey City). I call them the new NYC Downtowns.

  4. David in Bushwick | November 7, 2020 at 1:59 pm | Reply

    What is with this new fashion for mirage renderings? Even the proposed building is hiding in a fog.

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