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Revised Plans Presented for High-Rise Near The Beacon in Jersey City

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Image credit GRO Architects via community presentation.

Plans for an estate next to Jersey City’s iconic Art Deco complex are ditching previous designs as the owner of one of the historic buildings seeks to build a new tower, hoping to blend in with the area. It has been revamped from

At a community meeting on September 29th, Richard Garber of GRO Architects announced plans to renovate the 593 Montgomery Street property.Jersey Diggs covered A proposal was made earlier this year for a piece of land just outside The Beacon, a 14-acre complex of buildings that was built in the mid-20th century as the Jersey City Medical Center.

593 Montgomery Street Jersey City Aerial Rendering
Image credit GRO Architects via community presentation.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, New Jersey’s largest complex completed its conversion into a 1,500-unit residential community in 2016. Owners of Jones Hall, a senior building part of the development, are currently constructing a new skyscraper at the intersection of Montgomery Street and Beacon Way.

593 Montgomery Street Jersey City Site
Image credit GRO Architects via community presentation.

The project will divide the property into two lots. One will contain the existing Jones Hall building, and the other will house new buildings and a 5,600-square-foot park. The proposed 17-story tower has undergone some changes and will stand just 203 feet tall in its current plan.

593 Montgomery Street Jersey City Rendering
Image credit GRO Architects via community presentation.

The ground floor of the mixed-use development includes a structured parking and garage with 75 spaces and 65 bike spaces, while the next two levels contain 27,102 square feet of community healthcare space and a surgical center It is included. During the meeting, the architect explained that New Horizon on Bergen Avenue is currently in negotiations to occupy most of the space.

The rest of the tower consists of 98 units currently divided into 42 one-bedroom and 56 two-bedroom spaces. A private deck on the 15th floor makes his second floor a little setback on the top floor, and on the fourth floor he plans a 1,350-square-foot gym.

593 Montgomery Street Jersey City Rendering 2
Image credit GRO Architects via community presentation.

Vehicle entry into the building will be via a ramp from Cornelison Avenue, and pedestrian access to the proposed medical facility and residential lobby will be provided from the plaza along Montgomery Street. The green space will be constructed along the Cornelison Avenue side of the site to replace above-ground parking.

The presentation spelled out the owner’s desire to “dematerialize the corner” while wanting it to blend in with the nearby Art Deco environment. The plan should use light gray brick, cast stone monumental panels, and metal panel accents along the exterior of the project.

The 593 Montgomery Street subdivision is just outside the Historic Zone, but a deviation from current zoning is required to move forward with current plans. The biggest difference is height, as current zoning limits building heights to 110 feet.

The project presented does not require density differences, but should allow for deviations to be used for medical components. The architectural team said at a meeting that the Jersey City Historic Preservation Commission is expected to hear an amendment later this year, possibly as early as October 24.

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