RE-NJ: Ironstate, Panepinto cap off Jersey City project with 539-unit rental tower (SLIDESHOW)

RENJBy Joshua Burd – Ironstate Development Co. and Panepinto Properties have taken the wraps off the last piece of a multiphase, mixed-use project that has brought nearly 1,500 new apartments and a hotel to downtown Jersey City over the course of a decade.

The developers have already leased more than 100 apartments at the final phase, a 539-unit luxury apartment building known as 90 Columbus, after debuting the property only three weeks ago. Located at the corner of Columbus Drive and Grove Street, the 51-story tower is now reaping the benefits that have propelled the earlier phases of the project, including a location at the entrance to the Grove Street PATH Station. FULL STORY



With the cut of a ceremonial ribbon, the 152-suite Residence Inn by Marriott® officially opened today in downtown Jersey City, New Jersey.   The all-suite Residence Inn Jersey City will operate as a Marriott franchise and is owned by Columbus Hotel Urban Renewal, a joint venture entity of Ironstate Development Company of Hoboken, New Jersey and Panepinto Properties of Jersey City.  The hotel is managed by True North Hotel Group of Overland Park, Kansas.

Located at 80 Christopher Columbus Drive in the heart of this vibrant urban destination and just minutes from Manhattan via the adjacent Grove Street PATH Station, ten miles from Newark International Airport and 15 miles from LaGuardia Airport, the Residence Inn Jersey City offers business and leisure travelers convenient access to the myriad commercial, cultural, entertainment, dining and nightlife pursuits located on both sides of the Hudson River.

Marriott Residence Inn Jersey City Ribbon Cutting“The Residence Inn Jersey City provides a much-needed extended-stay hotel option in an area that already offers terrific public transportation, a walkable setting, and proximity to Jersey City’s financial district, midtown and downtown Manhattan, Wall Street, and other points of interest,” said David Barry, president of Ironstate Development Company. “We are excited to partner with Marriott and its globally-recognized Residence Inn brand, and are confident the hotel will appeal to business and leisure travelers, both as a stand-alone destination and as a launching point into New York City.”

The opening celebration drew public officials led by U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, community dignitaries and business leaders.  The influential group of attendees all touted the role the hotel will play in advancing Jersey City as the best midsize city in America. Continue reading

Coming Soon to Jersey City 70C

70 Columbus in downtown JC

Steve Strunsky at reports on the dramatic growth of development in JC. With nearly 30,000 units on the way, Steve identifies the Top 10 projects coming to a neighborhood near you.

Jersey City’s remarkable transformation from an industrial railhead to a gleaming metropolis dates back decades, with ups and downs reflecting the broader economic fortunes of New York and the nation.  But the city’s current growth spurt is extraordinary even by Jersey City’s own booming standards.

Residential development is particularly strong, with 42 projects of at least 100 units each now in the works, totaling nearly 15,000 condominium and rental units over the next five years, and another 13,400 units projected within 10 years after that, according to the Jersey City Division of Planning. Those are in addition to more than 4,500 recently completed units, planners say.


70 Columbus in Downtown Jersey City Leasing at a Record Pace

New 545-Unit Luxury Rental Tower 60% Leased in Just Four Months

70 Columbus has burst onto the downtown Jersey City residential scene, setting a new benchmark for leasing velocity with 60% of the 545 rental residences leased in the first four months.

The new 50-story tower developed by Ironstate Development Company and Panepinto Properties adjacent to the Grove Street PATH Station has successfully attracted residents from both sides of the Hudson River and beyond with a combination of modern residences, incredible social spaces and commuter convenience.  The fast-paced leasing activity, managed by exclusive leasing and marketing agent, The Marketing Directors, also reflects the rise of Jersey City as one of the region’s hottest residential destinations.

“Jersey City has become far more than just a value alternative to Manhattan and Brooklyn, and today is flourishing with new restaurants, culture and street life that foster a vibrant, urban lifestyle experience,” said Michael Barry, President of Ironstate Holdings.  “Our location at the entrance of the Grove Street PATH Station offered an opportunity to create something modern, innovative and design-driven that would resonate with the growing resident base and become an asset to the City.  It’s great to see that vision become a reality.”

The development team tapped Gwathmey, Siegel, Kaufman Architects (GSKA) to design 70 Columbus as an iconic addition to the neighborhood.  The tower’s contemporary design, including dramatic window-bay columns that project from the building, is visually striking from all angles while maximizing unobstructed views of the Hudson River, downtown Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. Continue reading

50th Floor Penthouses at 70 Columbus in Jersey City Transformed into “Mementos” Pop-Up Art Exhibition

70 Columbus - Panepinto Art Apartment

Penthouse 4 at 70 Columbus. PHOTO: James Salzano

A collection of 50th-floor Penthouses at 70 Columbus, the iconic luxury rental tower in downtown Jersey City, has been temporarily transformed into a pop-up art exhibition featuring the work of regional artists, artisans and boutiques.

The public, as well as those interested in viewing the luxe apartments which offer stunning views of the Hudson River, Statue of Liberty and Downtown Manhattan, will have an opportunity to see the exhibit, titled “Mementos,” in an authentic apartment experience where all art, furnishings and accessories are for sale.  The meticulously curated exhibit, presented by Jersey City-based Panepinto Galleries in collaboration with 70 Columbus, was conceived to showcase neighborhood shops and a superior coterie of artists that weave together themes of love and remembrance through paintings, drawings and sculpture.  “Mementos” is a selection of works inspired by this positive expression, with artwork curated by Michelle Doll and Lisa Lebofsky, jewelry & fashion consulting by Jessica Van Treuren, and interior design by Regina Mariano.

“Mementos” is open weekly on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 7 p.m. through March 6th, with sunset cocktails offered from 5-7 pm.  Additionally, it is open by appointment and available for private events.

Developed by Ironstate Development Company and Panepinto Properties, 70 Columbus has exploded onto the downtown Jersey City residential scene with an impressive 50% of its 545 modern apartments leased since opening in November.  Located at 70 Christopher Columbus Drive adjacent to the Grove Street PATH Station, the building features studios, one- and two-bedroom residences, with monthly rents currently starting from $2,400.  The Marketing Directors is the building’s exclusive leasing and marketing agent.

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Penthouse 2 at 70 Columbus in Jersey City, which is part of “Mementos,” a pop-up art exhibit by Columbus 70 and Panepinto Galleries. PHOTO: James Salzano

Well-designed residences feature airy, light-filled interiors, unique crafted finishes and sustainably-sourced materials.  Oversized windows maximize panoramic views of the New York City skyline while spilling sunlight across oak wood floors.  Sleek kitchens are outfitted with GE stainless steel appliances, Kohler fixtures and white quartz countertops.

Incredible social spaces designed by Noé Duchaufour Lawrance include an inviting and attended lobby and a stylish resident lounge, while a 60,000 square-foot landscaped roof deck offers a pool, sport court, grilling stations and dog run.  Residents also enjoy free membership to Base Gym, a 30,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art gym located on the ground floor of the building.

For more information on 70 Columbus, visit, or call 201-433-7004.

About Panepinto Properties

Panepinto Galleries was founded by Stefania Panepinto in 2011 as a collective space to host gallery exhibitions and film screenings. Located in the heart of the Powerhouse Arts District in Jersey City, NJ, the 10,000SF gallery and artist’s studios have been vital in building a vibrant community for artists, local residents and visitors from the surrounding metro area. For further information and to join our mailing list, please contact the gallery:| T: 201.521.9000.


JC Art Gallery Opens New Show


Image: Peter Drake

PANEPINTO GALLERIES, in collaboration with 70 COLUMBUS, presents a one-month
pop up exhibition highlighting the passion and talent of the creators and
makers of Jersey City.

OPENING RECEPTION: Feb 5, 5pm-9pm (sunset cocktails from the 50th Floor)

OPEN WEEKLY: Sat & Sun, 1pm-7pm through March 6 (sunset cocktails 5pm-7pm)

Additionally available by appointment and private events

The exhibition “Mementos” features the multi- faceted dimensions of love
through art and objects. “Mementos”, will be showcased in an authentic
apartment home experience with local artists, boutiques and artisans from
the community and local area. The 50th floor penthouses, with their stunning
panoramic views, will be transformed into elegantly furnished homes where
all art, furnishings and accessories are for sale. This meticulously curated
experience will be a warm place to get to know your neighborhood shops and a
superior coterie of artists that weave together themes of love and
remembrance through paintings, drawings and sculpture. “Mementos” is a
selection of works inspired by this positive expression of love.

Artwork curated by Michelle Doll & Lisa Lebofsky Interior Design & Accessories by Regina Mariano Jewelry and Fashion consulting by Jessica Van Treuren.

Panepinto Galleries was founded by Stefania Panepinto in 2011 as a collective space to host gallery exhibitions and film screenings. Located in the heart of the Powerhouse Arts District in Jersey City, NJ, the 10,000SF gallery and artist’s studios have been vital in building a vibrant community for artists, local residents and visitors from the surrounding metro area. For further information and to join our mailing list, please contact the gallery:| T: 201.521.9000.

The New York Times: Architect’s Modernist Legacy Crosses the Hudson


A view from 70 Columbus, an apartment tower in Jersey City by Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman Architects. DAMON WINTER / THE NEW YORK TIMES

Today’s issue of The New York Times features Ironstate Development Company, and their Gwathmey, Siegel, Kaufman and Associate Architects (GSKA) designed 70 Columbus project in downtown Jersey City.

JERSEY CITY — When Charles Gwathmey died in the summer of 2009, New York City lost one of its most prolific and influential architects. Adherents of the strict rationalism of Modernist design, Mr. Gwathmey and his partner, Robert Siegel, had still managed to infuse their clean lines and grand geometries with warmth and humanity in more than 400 projects spanning four decades, including the expansion of the Guggenheim Museum and a new building for the United States Mission to the United Nations.

For Mr. Siegel, it was almost as if he had lost a part of himself.

“For 42 years, we sat across the desk from each other, we sketched, we drew, we talked, we argued, we worked,” Mr. Siegel said last week inside his Battery Park City apartment. “It became difficult to pretend you’re just going to continue on as it was before.”

Anyone looking at 70 Columbus, a 50-story apartment tower that opened here in November, might think Mr. Gwathmey was still seated across from his old partner, swapping ideas for the building’s unconventional trapezoidal layouts and its 545 apartments, the cascading courtyard, its doorknobs and countertops. It is a continuation of what came before, but also a coda to the Gwathmey-Siegel legacy, one Mr. Siegel has had to maintain alone.


Onward & Upward!

NJ BIZ features projects by Ironstate Development Company and KRE Group, in new, special report on Jersey City development.


50-70 Columbus

When the first wave of developers broke ground in Jersey City in the ’90s, they relied heavily on its proximity to Manhattan and public transportation to fill modest rental units.

“Earlier on, the main selling point was just building an efficient product with views of Manhattan where you could get them.” said David Barry, president of Ironstate Development Company.

Fast -forward nearly two decades and Ironstate’s latest project touts luxury living accommodations typically found on the other side of the Hudson. Instead of reminding prospective renters about the benefits of living in the Big Apple’s shadow, Ironstate’s newest advertising campaign celebrates the city as a draw in and of itself, proclaiming “We Are Jersey City”.

“As the energy and success grew around the urban areas, it became more obvious that this is a great place to live and work. There is a demand for this city.” Barry said. “My projects have gotten bigger, more architecturally significant, and include more design and amenities. “

Illustrating his point is Ironstate and Panepinto Properties’ ongoing project on Christopher Columbus Drive. The development opened in 2007 with the 400-unit 50 Columbus tower set atop the then-recently remodeled Grove Street PATH Station.

‘”That building represents part of Jersey City’s evolution Us a more traditional brick building with efficiencies.” said Barry.

In comparison, developers dubbed the project’s next phase, 70 Columbus, a “residential jewel”.

A high- rise with 543 luxury units, the newly opened 70 Columbus was designed by prominent New York firm Gwathmey, Siegel, Kaufman and Associate Architects. The project’s final two phases will include additional luxury rental residences at 90 Columbus, a 150-room Marriott Residence Inn at 80 Columbus and mixed retail services.

In addition to unobstructed views of downtown Manhattan, 70 Columbus offers upscale amenities on par with high-end Manhattan living: an attended lobby, fireplace lounge, billiards room, multimedia theater, catering kitchen, landscaped roof deck including a pool, grilling/ BBO stations, sport court, dog run and an outdoor kids play area.

It’s those extras – which also includes parks with sweeping Manhattan vistas, organic garden plots, Citi Bike stations, cooking classes and doggie day care centers – that foster communal livinq and are the calling card of this new spate of development springing up in Jersey City, said Jeremy Kaplan, chief operating officer of KRE Group.

Today it’s not just come home, get your mail, go up to your apartment and don’t come back out.” said Kaplan of the modern urban dweller.  “People want to get to know who is living next to them. They are interested in community and our buildings are being designed to cater to that.”

In the case of 18 Park, one of many joint projects from KRE Group and Ironstate, the building was developed around that interest in community – literally. The architecturally distinct 11-story structure, which opened in 2014 and features 422 residences in the city’s Liberty Harbor North neighborhood, also is home to the new 18.000-square-foot Boys & Girls Club of Hudson County.


Rendering of 235 Grand

 What the two developers have planned at the site of the former Boys & Girts Club behind 235 Grand St promises to cultivate outdoor community gathering space and revitalize a sizable chunk of Jersey City’s waterfront. Plans for 235 Grand are not finalized, but include a 45-story rental lower with 549 units and an additional 10-story building with 131 units next door. A key piece of the plan would take Grove Street where it ends at Grand and extend it to a public park on the waterfront.

“Grove Street has become such a draw to walk and to shop. This would just continue the flow of the cityscape.” said Kaplan. “The city has been encouraging us to extend Grove to change the landscape of Jersey City and benefit its residents. It’s something we couldn’t do without their support.”

And just how many more residential properties can Jersey City support?

As the population has grown, so has the burden on the light rail, PATH and ferry connections that spurred redevelopment in the first place.

“We have a finite number of links to the city.” said Barry. “I think that’s an issue that has to be resolved sooner or later. We need more ferries, more efficient trains. The Port Authority needs to invest more money in that system.”

But in the immediate future, Kaplan and Barry still see room for growth here.

“Jersey City has become a desirable place to live in its own right. The draw before was the accessibility and affordability, but it’s also acquired enormous quality of life features.” Kaplan said. “We continue to believe that will grow and grow.”


Largest Residential Building in NJ Gets Topped Out!’s Steve Lubetkin reports on URL Harborside in downtown Jersey City. For some awesome pics, check out the post by ChicpeaJC!

2015-10-07_13-28-15Mack-Cali Realty Corp. and Ironstate Development Co. topped out URL Harborside 1 September 29 at 713 feet, making the new multi-family tower on the Jersey City waterfront the tallest residential building in New Jersey.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and city officials joined the development partners and more than 200 tradespeople to celebrate the construction milestone of the 69-story residential tower that will bring 763 contemporary rental residences to Mack-Cali’s Harborside in downtown Jersey City.

The approximately $330 million development, the first phase of what will ultimately feature three towers comprising 2,358 residences overlooking the Manhattan skyline, is expected to open for leasing in the fourth quarter of 2016. The ambitious project has created hundreds of jobs in Jersey City, including construction and eventual full-time employment opportunities.

“This is a special project in every way,” says Mayor Fulop. “It will help redefine the entire New Jersey skyline. We couldn’t be more proud of the growth of Jersey City.”

URL, which stands for Urban Ready Life, was developed by Ironstate president David Barry to describe an innovative housing solution that maximizes space, reduces energy use, provides close and easy access to public transit, and serves the community with cafés, residential rooftop gardens, and other unique amenities. Designed by acclaimed Dutch architecture firm Concrete,URL Harborside 1 will be a flagship property with a distinctive tower reflective of its waterfront landscape.


The URL project is being built on a vacant parcel located within Mack-Cali’s Harborside mixed-use complex. The project will provide a new east-west connection of Bay Street within Harborsideand add public spaces and retail vibrancy to the neighborhood. The location provides unparalleled easy access to public transportation via the Exchange Place PATH station, the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, and nearby ferry.

18 Park Luxury Rental Building Honored By New Jersey Future With 2015 “Smart Growth” Award



KRE Group and Ironstate Development’s Iconic Jersey City Project Praised as a Landmark Multi-Use Building, Anchor of Emerging Community

Development partners Kushner Real Estate Group (KRE) and Ironstate Development Company have received a 2015 “Smart Growth” award for creating an iconic, mixed-use development in an emerging neighborhood in downtown Jersey City.

New Jersey Future, a non-profit organization that promotes responsible land-use policies, named KRE/Ironstate’s 18 Park building one of the recipients of its prestigious annual award, noting that it was designed to be the “community anchor” of an 80-acre redevelopment area in Jersey City’s Liberty Harbor North neighborhood.

18 Park is a 422-unit rental building with upscale amenities and services, but it is also home to a variety of community organizations. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County occupied brand new, state-of-the-art facilities at 18 Park in 2014 after relocating from a severely outdated building nearby. The Great Futures Charter High School for Health Sciences also calls 18 Park home, as does a teen technology center that includes music recording and graphic arts equipment. The building also includes street level retail that contributes to the vibrancy and pedestrian-friendly character of the neighborhood, making it feel like a true “center” of the community.

“The broad combination of community uses, plus the retail space, the 415 apartments above the community facilities and the seven townhomes along the south side of the building all work together to generate a wide range of activity at various hours of the day and evening, giving the building the true feel of a community center,” the award announcement from NJ Future reads. “As Liberty Harbor North continues to develop, 18 Park’s role as a community center will only continue to grow.”

18 Park was designed from the beginning of the project with the goal of both resident enjoyment and community engagement in mind. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County facilities are independently accessed and include a spectacular gymnasium with a floor-to-ceiling wall as part of the club’s programmed space. Parking is concealed on the interior of the building and a Hudson-Bergen Light Rail stop is right on the corner, allowing for a fully-engaged streetscape that encourages mass-transit usage and community interaction.

“We set out to create a dynamic, lifestyle-oriented property for our residents that would be not only a centerpiece of the Liberty Harbor North neighborhood, but also one of the most exciting rental offerings in all of Jersey City,” said Jonathan Kushner, President of The KRE Group. “Including usable community space for The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County and other organizations was incredibly important to us too. The fact that we were able to accomplish both goals so seamlessly is a testament to our design team, our construction team and the Jersey City community as a whole.” Continue reading