The $2 billion Weehawken waterfront revitalization continues as two new complexes, RiverHouse11 and 1200 Avenue at Port Imperial, broke ground and hosted a ribbon cutting, respectively.
RiverHouse11 will be a 295-unit luxury rental community, while 1200 Avenue at Port Imperial – a part of the Avenue Collections – is a 103-unit condominium complex.
According to Lennar Urban’s website, three-bedroom complexes at 1200 Avenue at Port Imperial can range from $759,000 to $3,895,000. Officials announced that 40 of the units have been released to the market and “they’re nearly all sold.”
Lennar Urban and Roseland Residential Trust separately own and operate the two buildings.
Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner said during the press conference portion of the event that “a major transformation” is coming to the township in the next two to three years.
“What’s gonna happen in the next two to three years in this township … is gonna be a major transformation. It’s been taking place slowly. It started with two things, started this development,” Turner began.
“One was Arthur Imperatore starting NY Waterway, which opened up the waterfront. He makes me say that, but it’s very true. And secondly Hartz Mountain developed Shanghai Reds, the first public use facility which was a restaurant where Chart House is now.”
Back in 1981, the longtime mayor recalled that the waterfront was “completely empty” and sealed off, a spot where wild dogs often roamed.
Speaking to Hudson County View, Turner, said “it’s hard to believe” the waterfront project has been 35 years in the making, crediting both the township planning board and the community as a whole for making this happen.
“Both communities [West New York and Weehawken], particularly Weehawken, have had extensive, extensive discussions on how to rebuild the waterfront,” Turner said.
“And what you see today is the result of those, with tremendous public participation, countless hours by planning board members … this brings jobs back, income back to our community.”
Turner further explained that the final plans for the waterfront were agreed upon in 2001, with five new projects still in the pipeline and estimating that the $2 billion, 200-acre waterfront development at Port Imperial should be complete in the next 10 to 12 years.