Volume 2, Number 1

Recent New Jersey TOD News

TOD on the Other Side of Jersey City: West Side Avenue Station


The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line (HBLR) has not only stimulated development along the Hudson River waterfront where tony high-rise condominiums and rental apartments offer million dollar views of Manhattan, it has also given the more modest neighborhoods along its western spur (Liberty State Park to West Side Avenue) a valuable amenity as well.


Three blocks from the West Side Avenue Station, new townhomes and lofts are being built by Centex Homes, a national builder based in Dallas. CityHomes at Westside Station is one of their many projects in redeveloping areas. Centex representatives are emphatic that the presence of the light rail station and the transportation options are what draw buyers to this location.

The site is slated to contain 120 homes - 88 lofts in two buildings and 32 stacked townhomes and studios (studios over towns). Construction is well under way and several of the stacked townhouse buildings are sold out. Base prices range between $300,000 to $470,000; one-, two- and three- bedroom units offered in a variety of floor plans.

Source: www.centexhomes.com

The Centex development is an early step toward the larger goals for Jersey City's West Side: the Bayside Redevelopment Vision Plan that encompasses 75 acres between Communipaw, Bergen and Stevens Avenues and Newark Bay. A key player is the New Jersey City University (NJCU) which is located proximate to the West Side Avenue Station.

NJCU, in conjunction with the Jersey City Board of Education, is developing 21 acres that it owns within the Bayside Redevelopment area. This expansion, known as West Campus, will include retail space, housing, academic teaching spaces, academic office spaces, and primary and secondary schools. The buildings will be organized on a new street grid, clearly defined by the building facades, with ample pedestrian-friendly sidewalks connecting a variety of public spaces. Currently, the site is being cleaned up and cleared of old industrial buildings. The West Campus is within walking distance of the West Side LRT station.

West Campus Rendering
Source: www.njcu.edu

Improvements Made to Cinnaminson Light Rail Station

Kaplan Companies of Highland Park, has completed a $50,000 retrofit to Cinnaminson's RiverLINE light rail station to improve access for homeowners in the company's new Villages at Cinnaminson Harbour project. Improvements include a pedestrian crossing of River Road (Highway 543), sidewalks, handicap ramp, lighting, and pedestrian crossover of the tracks.

Located on the banks of the Delaware River, the 911-unit subdivision in Burlington County will include a mix of townhouses, carriage homes, condominiums, and villas, as well as several shops and a marina. Of these units, 511 will be condos and 400 will be rental units with 136 set aside as affordable housing. To date, 95 percent of the first 150 homes have sold. In mid-March, the company opened the next phase — 33 townhouses and 36 carriage homes. Units are currently listed to sell from $189,000 to $284,000.

Cinnaminson Station Improvements

RiverLINE (featured in Volume 1, Issue 2 of the Transit-Friendly Development newsletter) runs through Mercer, Burlington, and Camden counties along the Delaware River, and serves commuters between Trenton and Camden, with transfers to downtown Trenton and Philadelphia.

In other activities near the Cinnaminson RiverLINE station, a developer (1714 Bannard Street LLC) is currently building a business park across River Road from the station. The 105,000 square foot park will include office, restaurant, and storage space.


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