Bayfront sets in motion the transformation of a key section of Jersey City's west side. The Redevelopment Plan is sweeping and when completed will boast new housing, retail, office space, parkland and many other amenities.
Bayfront, which is part of a larger vision called the Jersey City Bayside Development Plan, presents a unique opportunity for Jersey City. It transforms old industrial, commercial, and municipal sites into a new pedestrian friendly urban neighborhood that will be a model of environmentally-conscious design.
Hundreds of Jersey City residents, business owners, government officials and faculty from New Jersey City University worked with Urban Planner Tony Nelessen in 2003 to create the Bayside Plan, a true public/private partnership. After incorporating data from public visioning sessions, interviews with stakeholders, and community surveys, the plan was completed.
The Bayfront Redevelopment Plan focuses on one of Jersey City's most underused natural assets, the Hackensack River, by featuring new parks, recreation space and a waterfront park walkway. It adopts basic components of urban Smart Growth with access to mass transit, green spaces and paths for pedestrians and cyclists. New offices and residences will be built with the environment in mind. The plan envisions incorporating sustainable design standards that address renewable energy and materials, a sustainable stormwater management plan, and green roofs and terraces. It also incorporates two parks extending from Route 440 to the Hackensack River as well as the continuation of the Riverwalk in Society Hill.
Bayfront residential structures are intended to be a combination of multi-story residential units, new residential condominiums and apartment towers. Retail will be the focus along a pedestrian way and the transit plaza creating a European style shopping street in Jersey City. Enhancing the sustainability of Bayfront will be the creation of a jobs-to-housing balance through the incorporation of new professional office space.
In addition to the clear benefits to residents and the environment, there exists a strong economic value to the plan. It is estimated that redevelopment of Jersey City's west side would generate substantial city tax revenues when the project is completed. What's more, thousands of new jobs will be created throughout the process.