2006-12-01, 08:35

Mixed use in Jersey City

By: Jonathan Groner
On Nov. 29, 2006, Multi-Housing News reported that Montgomery Greene, a mixed-use project in Jersey City, N.J., will be completed by January 2007. Jersey City is an old city that is coming back into favor because of its proximity to midtown Manhattan. According to the article, the new mixed-use project is less than 22 minutes from midtown by the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) train.

The project will be a 19-story building with 113 one- and two-bedroom luxury condominium units and 4,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Regardless of what Multi-Housing News calls it, this doesn't sound very much like real mixed-use development or the "new urbanism" to me, and it's not being marketed by its developers -- at least not on its Web site -- as an example of mixed use. It sounds more like a close-in high-rise condominium with a fine view of a New York City that most people can't afford to live in.

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