Excavation could begin soon at 151 Bay Street, the site of a 33-story mixed-use tower that will make up the third phase of Jersey City’s Provost Square complex. Designed by SLCE Architects and developed by Toll Brothers, the project will integrate part of the façade of the former A&P Annex Building, which has been stripped down to its concrete frame. The new structure will rise at the corner of Provost Street and Bay Street and yield 259 residential units, 6,289 square feet of retail space, and a parking garage with 218 spaces. Twelve units are to be designated as live-work units, with one for an artist in residence.
There is presently no activity at the site, which has been cleared of everything except for the northeast corner of the previous L-shaped warehouse building that is now covered in black netting and scaffolding. There are temporary steel braces inserted among the exposed floors, columns, and walls to buttress the remnants. This shell of the A&P Annex Building will serve as part of the lobby for a 550-seat, 26,532-square-foot performing arts center. Construction fences and boards surround the property, but one can see a sliver of dirt in the below-grade levels of A&P Annex Building’s foundations partially removed.
The entire Provost Square complex is planned to yield 950 residential units, over 40,000 square feet of retail space, a 26,000-square-foot pedestrian plaza, and 17,706 square feet of multipurpose art space. A fourth and final phase will follow, consisting of a five-story building with 32 workforce housing units, 2,600 square feet of ground-floor retail, and a rooftop space. No construction timetable has been announced for this component.
A completion date for the third phase at 151 Bay Street is also unclear at the moment, but its possible progress could resume in the coming months.