Is the twin towers project long ago promised for Jersey City’s Journal Square finally on its way?
The towers were proposed years ago for a 1.5-acre lot directly across the street from The Jersey Journal’s old headquarters. Formerly the location of the old Hotel on the Square and some dilapidated stores, the site was cleared after demolition in 2009. Back then, former Mayor Jerramiah Healy said two residential towers would replace them within three years.
Five years and two mayoral elections later, the lot is still vacant, a glaring symbol of the city’s inability to restore Journal Square’s former glory.
But now there is a small sign of hope that the long-stalled project is back on track, with architectural firm Humphreys & Partners posting new renderings of the proposed development, known as City Center Towers, on its website.
A Humphrey & Partners spokeswoman would only confirm that the renderings are indeed new. She declined to answer any more questions, and asked The Jersey Journal not to publish the renderings quite yet.
A phone call seeking comment from MEPT was not immediately returned.
The City Center Towers proposal consists of two towers, both about 60 stories high; 50,000 square feet of retail space on the basement, ground and second levels; 330,000 square feet of parking on five levels; and 1.24 million square feet of residential space, including about 1,500 units.
It was supposed to usher in a revitalization of the Journal Square area, but it looks like developer Jonathan Kushner will get there first, with his KRE Group building three towers on the other side of the PATH transportation hub. Construction on that project began in December.