Liberty Harbor

A textbook example of growth through New Urbanism, Liberty Harbor is transforming the face of downtown Jersey City while preserving community institutions

Situated immediately adjacent to Jersey City’s Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, our Liberty Harbor North community will contain over 1,400 contemporary apartments in downtown Jersey City. 225 Grand, completed in 2011, is a 15-story landmark building containing 348 amenity-rich residences — all of which were leased within 10 months of the building’s opening. 18 Park, completed in 2015, is an 11-story, LEED Silver-designated building comprising 422 apartments, street-level retail including Downtown Pharmacy and Beechwood Café, and a new state-of-the-art Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County.

Following the principles of New Urbanism, Liberty Harbor ensures each development creates or enhances universally accessible public spaces and community institutions. One such institution is the area’s beloved Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County, which moved into a new 32,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility within 18 Park in September, 2014. The organization, which has been in the forefront of youth development since 1893, now provides a modern and safe haven for children to help them reach their full potential.

In 2009, 225 Grand was one of the first developments in the newly-formed Liberty Harbor neighborhood of Jersey City. Strengthening housing options along the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, the new luxury rental building helped pave the way for more transit-oriented development in the area.

Hudson County indisputably rules the rental housing market
in New Jersey: It has the largest supply of Class A units
—around 13,000, according to industry experts— and commands
the highest average rental rates of any part
of the state.

Prior to 225 Grand’s development, the renowned urban planner Andres Duany, founder of New Urbanism, was integral in the rezoning of Jersey City. He created a vision for a more walkable, livable city. In continuing with Duany’s framework, we created a diverse housing stock, new retail space, public parks, and community resources along public transit lines.

With modern interiors, exciting amenities and vibrant retail space, 225 Grand and 18 Park both reached full capacity in short order and helped define downtown Jersey City’s newest urban residential destination.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Hudson County had been operating out of a building that was built in 1912 and had since become outdated, inefficient and costly to maintain. Recognizing its critical need for a safe and modern environment, we forged a unique partnership with the organization and created a new state-of-the-art facility within 18 Park to enable it to remain in the heart of a community it has been serving for more than 100 years.

To provide a new home for The Boys and Girls Clubs of Hudson County, we constructed a brand new 32,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility within 18 Park for the community institution. The new facility includes a large gymnasium with basketball courts, versatile classrooms, science labs for biology and physics, a recording studio and a teaching culinary kitchen, as well as a home for The Great Futures Charter High School for the Health Sciences, a joint effort with Jersey City Medical Center—St. Barnabas Health.

2010

Ironstate begins leasing of 225 Grand in the spring.

2012

Groundbreaking ceremony for 18 Park in June.

2014

Leasing begins for 18 Park in May. Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County moves into new facility within 18 Park in September.

2016

Construction to start on 235 Grand.

2017

Construction to start on 101 Grove.

Partnering with KRE Group, we developed 18 Park alongside an existing Light Rail Station to provide a dynamic, energy-infused lifestyle for today’s urban professionals. The property has become the centerpiece of the Liberty Harbor North neighborhood while fostering a more meaningful, socially-interactive lifestyle for residents.

LOOKING FORWARD

For Ironstate, changing the face of Downtown Jersey City also meant preserving its community institutions and strengthening its natural assets. Improving upon what is immediately available in the area as well as providing new opportunities; Ironstate’s development plan will provide essential new amenities to the district.

With 18 Park and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hudson County’s new facilities now completed, we will break ground in 2016 on 235 Grand, a 45-story, 549-unit rental building, and in 2017 on 101 Grove, a 10-story, 131-unit rental building. The new developments will provide additional essential housing/lifestyle opportunities as well as more public green space for Liberty harbor residents.

235 Grand, a new 45-story apartment building, will serve as a distinct welcoming gateway for the newly-revived Liberty Harbor district. In addition to a more diverse housing stock, 235 Grand will also make way for an extension of Grove Street and the revitalization of an adjacent, underutilized park.

Following 235 Grand, we will start construction in 2017 on 101 Grove, a new 10-story, 131-unit rental building.