Construction on the complex expected to house New Jersey’s tallest residential tower has finally broken ground. Called Journal Squared, the mixed residential and commercial buildings were designed by Hollwich Kushner (HWKN) and Handel Architects and are located in the Journal Square section of Jersey City. While the buildings will be an impressive sight to see, they will also bring add value to the area by creating a new entrance to the neighboring PATH station. The current portal to the PATH stop is little more than an asphalt road, but the new complex will revamp it into an inviting and accessible green space for the public.
Acres of asphalt will be repaved into a sweeping tree-filled plaza with space for farmers markets, bicycle parking, and evening film projections. The entrance to the station itself is planned to be a rendition of the Spanish Steps, with a set of low stairs that slope down to the PATH stop.
From afar, the 2.3 million-square-foot project might be visible for miles, but towards the ground, the building will morph to better fit in with the lower density neighborhood surrounding it. This base of the buildings will host retail space, restaurants, lobbies, and areas for parking.
Today marked the official groundbreaking of the project’s tallest tower, which will reach 70-stories into the air. Construction on two other residential towers has already begun. The first of three phases, topping out at 54 stories, broke ground in January 2014, and is expected to be complete in mid-2016. The new towers will provide the area with 1,840 new residential units.
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