Extended approvals for the 70-story Avalon Tower in Jersey City


Approved development of the Avalon Tower, 444 Washington Boulevard. Rendered via the app.

The company behind a Jersey City skyscraper that would rank among the tallest in the state is still planning to build its vision after various delays over the past two years.

In 2019, projects emerged to transform a current parking lot at 444 Washington Boulevard, next to the community of Avalon Cove. AvalonBay received approval that year to build the 950-unit Avalon Tower that would stand approximately 722 feet high at its highest point, with a shorter section peaking at 575 feet.

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Aerial view of the Avalon Tower, 444 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City. Rendered via the app.

Jersey Digs was the only outlet to uncover footage of the mysterious project, which would be Jersey City and the state’s fifth tallest building if built. Only 99 Hudson, the Goldman Sachs Tower, Jersey City Urby and the second phase of Journal Squared soar higher, but work on the property has yet to begin.

AvalonBay was granted a one-year extension of its approvals at the November 30 meeting of the Jersey City Planning Board. A lawyer for the company said during the proceedings that although COVID-19 has contributed to the lack of activity, AvalonBay is still “seeking the approval of outside agencies” to move the project forward.

The development would impact the Jersey City skyline if it were built. Designed by Manhattan-based Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel Architects, the skyscraper would be built near the northwest corner of the premises and would consist of 505 studios, 265 one-bedroom, 160 two-bedroom, and 20 three-bedroom. The 59th floor of the tower would include a amenity area with an outdoor terrace and swimming pool, while a “multi-purpose terrace” would occupy the second floor of the building.

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Waterfront view, Avalon Tower, 444 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City. Rendered via the app.

A 145,216 square foot parking garage just south of the tower would include 382 spaces for residents plus 17,192 square feet of retail space spread across four different storefronts facing Washington Boulevard. An additional 130-space surface car park will include spaces reserved for people visiting the commercial component of the project, with ground floor renderings showing sufficient space for a potential supermarket.

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Trader Jay’s suggests that Trader Joe’s could come to the approved Avalon Tower development at 444 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City. Rendered via the app.

The development would use aluminum and brushed stainless steel on the exterior and the existing Avalon Cove buildings on the property would remain as planned. If the tower is built, the entire Avalon complex would total 1,448 units.

The construction of the Avalon Tower would also build new public features along Thomas Gangemi Drive. This component, developed by Melillo + Bauer Associates, would offer a view of the Manhattan skyline alongside a pedestrian patio, a children’s play area and a dog park.

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Overlook Plaza. Rendered via Melillo + Bauer Associates.
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Place of the greenway of the east coast. Rendered via Melillo + Bauer Associates.

While AvalonBay has kept the project a secret and did not respond to a multitude of media inquiries, the extension of development approvals is a clear indicator that the tower is still in the company’s plans. .


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