700 Jackson in Hoboken Wins Smart Growth Award for Resiliency

Credit: Marchetto Higgins Stieve

700 Jackson, a transit-oriented, mixed-use multifamily development in Hoboken, NJ won a Smart Growth Award from New Jersey Future in recognition of the project’s resiliency efforts. The development includes innovative stormwater management features and over two acres of new public and civic spaces as well as access to public transportation.

The Harman Group is providing structural engineering and parking planning and design services for the project, which is being developed by Bijou Properties and Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation and was designed by Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects.

Hoboken, NJ is a low-lying city on the Hudson River that is prone to flooding. The city also has a dense urban core with varied transit options but has historically lacked open recreational areas. 700 Jackson was designed to address these unique challenges. The project is comprised of two buildings. One is a 14-story multifamily apartment tower offering 424 residential units, 26,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, and a 413-space parking garage. Units range from studio to three-bedrooms, with 42 set aside as affordable housing. A green roof features community amenities, including an outdoor patio, pool deck, barbecue station, terraces, and garden. The second building, an over 6,000 square feet public gymnasium, offers a central game court and flex space for athletic or community activities.

The development’s park space incorporate stormwater detention features and green infrastructure to mitigate the community’s flooding, which is worsened by the city’s high percentage of impervious ground cover. The underground system can contain a water volume equivalent to the predicted 10-year storm volume for the development’s total site area, more than 450,000 gallons. Above-ground, the park features public gathering areas including open grass, a pedestrian plaza, an exercise surface, a playground, and a promenade with shaded areas for café seating.

Increasing ridership on public transportation is a key factor in the project’s design, as it is located adjacent to the 9th street Hudson Bergen Light Tail station, which provides access to downtown Hoboken, Jersey City, and New York, as well as bus stops. Additional features will encourage biking and walking.

700 Jackson is slated for completion in 2019. Learn more about the award in Jersey Digs.