Wallabout Realty Holdings to Break Ground on Jersey City Project

The 170-unit Parkview Apartments is expected to begin construction in the coming days and is slated for completion by the end of 2021.
Parkview Apartments. Image courtesy of Wallabout Realty Holdings

After two years through the permitting process, Parkview Apartments in Jersey City will soon break ground. The two 89-foot towers are expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

Located at 87-99 Van Horne St. and 72-78 Woodward St., Parkview Apartments will offer 170 units, 18 of which will be moderate-income housing, through 65 one-bedroom, 95 two-bedroom and 10 three-bedroom apartments. The properties will have seven floors of residential on top of two floors of parking and also include amenities like rooftop terraces with a lawn and seating areas, a clubhouse and bicycle storage.

The project is being developed by Wallabout Realty Holdings, designed by Monteforte Architectural Studio and had land-use consultants Dresdner Robin—who also designed Berry Lane Park—undertake the permitting process. Dresdner Robin previously worked on another Jersey City project, where they provided engineering, environmental and design services for a 704-unit building.

Parkview Apartments will be adjacent to Berry Lane Park, which opened in 2016. The new park was created on a former 17.5-acre brownfield site and now includes basketball and tennis courts, baseball and soccer fields, a playground, a rain garden, a splash and water park and 600 trees.

Joseph Mele, Dresdner Robin’s director of civil engineering, said in prepared remarks that their project also will improve the surrounding area by bringing infrastructure and community improvements. While the apartments are the focus, the project also calls for the creation of a new road that connects the dead ends of Woodward and Van Horne Streets and a new streetscape that will improve pedestrian connectivity near the Garfield Avenue light rail station.

PERMITS PROCESS

With Dresdner Robin leading the permit process since 2017, the firm collaborated with Jersey City in many instances to get the project through. Mele told Multi-Housing News that the original plan was to split the development in two parts but the firm worked with the City Planning Department to adjust the road location and create one contiguous parcel for a unified, larger-scale development.

Mele also told MHN that Dresdner Robin’s design needed to relocate the active utilities around the site as they initially cut through the development site, while also ensuring the building’s new connections. Dresdner Robin is also working with the city to improve the area’s flooding issues and the site’s potential environmental areas of concern, like underground storage tanks, historic fills and dumping, Mele told MHN.