Rendering courtesy of Beckerman PR

A $75-million capital transformation of the Harborside district along the Jersey City waterfront was unveiled by the Mack-Cali Realty Corporation yesterday. The project spanning 4.3 million square feet will modernize the area’s existing buildings and drastically upgrade the public and retail spaces in an effort to catalyze the continuing evolution of Jersey City as a destination neighborhood along the Hudson River

Mack-Cali’s initiative began with the reinvention of the Harborside Atrium, which today operates as cultural space for art, dance, and music performances, along with serving as a festival space. Additionally, the opening of the Lutze Biergarten this past May and this September’s opening of Piggyback Bar at Harborside, a restaurant owned by famed NY chef Leah Cohen and partner Ben Byruch will continue to add to the redevelopment of the area.

The key components of the current transformation phase include revamping the buildings’ lobbies and adjoining internal passageways to the Harborside Atrium, and overhauling the current food court into a grand European-style food hall known as The Marketplace.

Rendering courtesy of Beckerman PR

Additional plans include the reskinning of Harborside’s office buildings with state-of-the-art, floor-to-ceiling glass and steel, designed to increase natural light and views of the Hudson and New York City, and the installation of new interior design features to create modern, collaborative meeting spaces.

“Together with the addition of a new NY Waterway ferry terminal, serving the Hudson Yards and World Trade Center, coming this fall, the capital improvements will facilitate far greater connectivity at Harborside,” said Michael J. DeMarco, Chief Executive Officer of Mack-Cali. “In order to activate the waterfront and energize the neighborhood, it’s integral that we create a seamless experience for residents, workers, and daily visitors.”

Mack-Cali’s vision has reimagined the creation of Haborside as a one-of-a-kind cultural district that blends premier offices, luxury living, locally inspired shopping and dining, and public spaces for the community to enjoy, all against the backdrop of the New York City skyline.

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