A new development in Jersey City is converting a formally undesirable space into a revitalization hub. Designers at SWA Group have completed the Bayfront Redevelopment Area Open Space Master Plan, which is the blueprint for sustainable and resilient growth in the region.   

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A map of the development showing an area will be slated for green spaces

The site along the Hackensack River covers 100 acres of previously contaminated land. It will now house 8,000 residential units, commercial space, an intermodal transportation hub including light rail and water taxi service, 19 acres of public open space and a long-awaited publicly accessible waterfront.

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A rendering of a garden area against a beachfront area and skyscrapers in the background

The hub will feature a half-mile waterfront park, complete with piers and docks for maritime activity. The landscape design will include marshlands to filter water, provide natural plant and animal habitat and manage rising tides. 

A pathway lined with trees and bushes where people are walking

Two parks play an important role in containing chromium-contaminated soil and providing green space for the neighborhood. The design includes a pedestrian and bicycle bridge that crosses over Route 440, as well as trails, bike paths and other recreational opportunities. 

A scene at nighttime with stone steps where people are standing and sitting around

In addition to providing additional housing, commercial and green space, a primary goal of the project is to regain access to the Bayfront. The water not only serves visitors and residents in the Bayfront Redevelopment Area, but is an advancement towards revitalizing an area of Jersey City that has been notably underserved. The success of the project involves the commitment from several investors and collaboration between community groups. City and state agencies also played a role in the development. 

A green space that faces on ocean front with people walking along the cement pathway

Some groups involved include the citizens Bayfront Advisory Committee, Jersey City Redevelopment Agency, Jersey City Department of Housing and Economic Development & Commerce. Professionals from multiple fields of study contributed to the design in addition to SWA, including Perkins Eastman, Moffat & Nichol, BRS Inc and Greener by Design. The Jersey City Redevelopment Agency has acquired an agreement with two private developers to begin the first phase of the Bayfront Redevelopment.

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